The malic acid in apple isn’t much of an exfoliant, which is apparent to MyChelle because this product also includes 5% lactic acid. Although it contains a potentially effective amount of AHA, the pH is really too high for effective exfoliation to occur. Even if the pH were within range, this peel wouldn’t be recommended due to the many irritating fragrant oils it contains. All of the helpful ingredients in this product will be fighting the inflammation and other skin problems that the plant irritants will cause, and that doesn’t equate to smart skin care. What a disappointment, because there really are a wonderful array of good ingredients in this product. This is much like a diet where you’re eating chocolate cake with a healthy fresh salad, which isn’t the way to take care of your waistline. Leaving out the bad is as important as putting in the good.
A peel with green apple fruit, lemon bioflavonoids, gallic acid, and L-arbutin to effectively diminish hyperpigmentation due to excessive sun exposure and age. Exceptional antioxidants such as acai and green tea protect against free radical damage and strengthen skin against future damage.
Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit, Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, 5% Lactic Acid (L) (Sugar), Alcohol Denatured (Grain), 2% Azelaic Acid, 1% Malic Acid (L) (Apple), Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Morus Alba (Mulberry) Bark Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum (Giant Knotweed/Resveratrol) Extract, Aqua (Water), Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Fruit Extract, Gallic Acid (Plant), Niacinamide (B3), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Citrus Racemosa (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens (Geranium) Flower Oil, Rosa Damascena Flower Oil, Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang) Flower Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Sweet Orange) Oil, Citrus Reticulata (Red Mandarin) Leaf Oil, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate (Green & Biodegradable), Potassium Sorbate, Fragrance/Parfum (Natural), Lecithin
Colorado-based MyChelle is sold in many health food, specialty supplement and vitamin shops, and spas. It was started by Myra Michelle Eby, an entrepreneur whose background includes years working in the natural products industry. Eby's background was mostly in sales and she translated that talent into creating MyChelle.
Like many lines that heavily emphasize natural ingredients, MyChelle spurns synthetic ingredients as always being bad or toxic. The company's catalog provides an ingredient dictionary that glorifies every natural ingredient they use as having multiple benefits for skin, but it leaves out any of the negative research proving that many plant (i.e., natural) extracts can have a negative effect on skin. Once again consumers are being fed a pipe dream that a natural product is the answer to their skin-care concerns. Depending on the MyChelle product you choose, you could be putting your skin at considerable risk for irritation, free-radical damage, and potentially phototoxic reactions when skin is exposed to sunlight. As is often the case with new skin-care companies promising the world, MyChelle has over a dozen moisturizers and serums proclaiming their lifting antiwrinkle properties, but it sells only one sunscreen, which they identify as being for the body not the face. None of that adds up to great skin care.
Ironically, while MyChelle products have lots of missteps, many of the products also contain several proven beneficial ingredients for skin alongside the irritating ones. Antioxidants, retinol, peptides, and skin-identical ingredients are often included, but when these great ingredients are mixed with ingredients that cause irritation, destroy skin cells, and cause collagen breakdown, they are fighting an uphill battle to provide your skin with any benefit.
Please don't misunderstand: we're all for natural as long as it doesn't make matters worse for skin, but that's simply not the case with the majority of products in this line. As for the "Dermaceuticals" portion of the name, well, that's just one more meaningless marketing term to look past, as there is nothing dermatologic or pharmaceutical about any of these products.
For more information about MyChelle Dermaceuticals, call (800) 447-2076 or visit www.mychelle.com.