Illumina targets acne through three primary pathways: vitamin C, enzyme + BHA exfoliation and herbal extracts that reduce hormones in the skin that increase the occurrence of acne.
The Vitamin C that we use is called Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, and it has shown to reduce acne as affectively as retinol in research studies. It is very stable, and will not discolor or oxidize.
Pumpkin enzyme is very gentle yet still very effectively desquamates dead skin cells. Often, acne sufferers have issues with skin cells properly shedding. The proteins connecting the cells as well as the skin’s sebum can become extra sticky as a result of hormonal activity. We also use willow bark extract because the salicylic acid in it can penetrate the pore and dissolve microcomedones and hardened sebum.
Lastly, we use an herbal blend that is specially chosen to mitigate acne-specific inflammation, to reduce hormonal activity topically and to take on the hardy p.acnes bacteria.
The scent is herbal with a slight touch of ferment which comes from the strong scent of the Saw Palmetto potent whole plant extract we use.
TIP: due to the high amount of actives, Illumina can take a second to sink in. Following Illumina with Potentci or a facial oil helps absorption.