The emollients that comprise the bulk of this product can make skin feel greasier and potentially clog pores. There is more alcohol in this moisturizer than beneficial ingredients for oily skin, and it contains several fragrant plant oils that can irritate skin, causing it to increase oil production rather than decrease it. Any way you look at it, this moisturizer is a step in the wrong direction for blemish-prone skin. The irritants make it unsuitable for all skin types.
An oil controlling nourishing cream with healing B vitamins, totarol and organic essential oils to calm and support oily, blemish prone skin. Nourishes oily skin. Normalizes oil production. Destroys acne-causing bacteria.
Aqua (Water), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride (Coconut), Glycerin (Vegetable), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Coco-Caprylate/ Caprate (Coconut), Cetearyl Glucoside (Coconut), Alcohol Denatured (Grain), Glyceryl Stearate (Plant), Cetearyl Alcohol (Coconut), Squalane (Olives), Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Totarol (SCO2 Totarol™), Leptospermum Scoparium (Manuka) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Elaeis Guineensis (Palm) Oil, (Tocomin®), Tocopherol (D-alpha), Tocotrienols, Panthenol (D) (B5), Biotin (D) (B7), Pyridoxine HCL (B6), Niacinamide (B3), Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Fructooligosaccharides (D Beta) (NutraFlora), Allantoin (Comfrey Root), Aspalathus Linearis (Rooibos) Extract, Citrus Paradisi (Pink Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Salvia Sclarea (Clary) Oil, Juniperous Communis (Juniper) Fruit Oil, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum (Fermented Sugar), Phytic Acid (Plant), Potassium Sorbate
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.