Spot me

You know when you’re lifting weights (if you’re me then five pounds…) and you need a backup to “spot you” and observe you as a safety measure so you don’t injure yourself. That’s what spot treatments do for your breakouts: safely help you overcome those tough breakouts without the need for you to harm your skin and result in scarring.

I really don’t know why I didn’t use spot treatments before this year because now I can’t imagine my life without them. Well actually, forever ago I did use that drying, foul-smelling, pink concoction from Mario Badescu, which by the way is actually called The Drying Lotion. I do want to now take the time to emphasize that you should not be using spot treatments that are drying- you do not want to torture your breakouts to disappearance, but rather heal them. I have mentioned this before, but I highly recommend this article by Celestyna Higgins (click here) about how to look for a good spot treatment. She clearly emphasizes that if you choose the harsh and drying products route thinking you will get faster results, you will not only further irritate your skin, but it will also become less elastic and more stiff, meaning the pus will stay pushed into the skin and it will be harder for the cyst/breakout to come to a head and heal. You also increase your chances of scarring. So again, drying = BAD. I have greatly summarized her article, but I do suggest you take a better look, as she also mentions in detail what to look for in good spot treatments. Which brings me to moss’s own Zen Physic and Osmia’s spot treatment review!

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My first experience with spot treatments was actually with Osmia Organics. I’ve been changing gears and trying out Zen Physic by moss skincare (click here for more info) for the past month now, and I will review and compare it to Osmia’s so you can get an idea of which product is better for what concern, and why it’s an amazing favor to yourself to try these out.


Application & Packaging

For Zen Physic, upon first use, I wasn’t in love with the actual application of the product. For the packaging, as the formula is oil-based, the treatment comes in a dropper bottle. I’ve never had a problem with the packaging from moss (and you know I have all their products wink wink): glass, beautiful labels, no leaking, and no fuss. The same applies to this oil-based spot treatment. However, I always use a gel/liquid product with oils (Nap in the Meadow from Earthwise Beauty/ Hydrating Mineral Gelee from AMBAR) in order to help the oil absorb into my skin. I do not want to do the same here since it will dilute the product and I want full force against my breakouts hah! Thus, it’s not as convenient to use the dropper to apply oil on the breakout because it will immediately start to drip down and you have to take the time to pat it into your skin to ensure it absorbs well. Since the formula works so well, however, I use as is.

Although at first the scent put me off because it was so strong, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest anymore. It’s funny how with over time, you come to crave the scents of the non-toxic, green world that you once didn’t care for- case on point, the soaps from Osmia Organics grow on me like CRAZY even when I least suspect I will appreciate the scent (such as that of the winter limited edition Juniper soap). The same happened with this product even though it was medicinal and my first impression of it wasn’t good at all. I also love looking at the rich, deep, dark blue color of Zen Physic which is not only soothing but attests to just how concentrated and powerful this formula really is. From the pictures you can tell what a gorgeous sapphire-meets-emerald color the formula is, thanks to the blue tansy and blue yarrow constituents.

For the reason stated above, I prefer the Osmia rollerball application because it makes it easier to directly place a small amount of oil onto your breakout without the drip, and I also feel the formula absorbs quicker into the skin. It’s also a bright yellow color and has  a fresh nature scent which is very relaxing.


Performance

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As for performance, they are both excellent and I will always have both at hand, using both for difference issues.

Osmia Organics ($22 for 0.16 OUNCES/ 0.47 ML)

I love Osmia’s spot treatment on breakouts that are not cystic. It makes a definite difference on my breakouts and I don’t even use it more than twice a day (since I wear makeup and go to work after). Imagine the speedier difference 3-4 applications will reveal! In a matter of two days, the breakout will be already less inflamed- sometimes it will compleltey go away after just one day. For tougher breakouts, it takes from 3-4 days to completely heal, and flawlessly at that. Many pimples have escaped the need to be popped since this does such a great job healing them hah! It usually takes my skin 5-7 days to heal completely (and I usually will always mess with it so it may last 2 days but the scarring will stick for weeks). I also get cystic breakouts at times on my back/chin, however, and I did not notice a difference in this area. Thus, I will use this product mainly as  for my face when the need calls for it (especially according to my cycle). I also like to alternate this and Zen Physic for normal breakouts to really knock them out.

Zen Physic by moss ( $85 FULL SIZE: 9.5ML / $42 TRAVEL SIZE: 3.7ML)

So with Zen Physic now at hand a little over a month ago, I had a crazy case of three cystic acne breakouts around my upper shoulders and it was the perfect time to test moss. I initially read from their website that “Zen Physic is effective against cystic acne and deep under the skin blemishes. It will help the cyst to dissolve and heal more rapidly and with less scarring,” and a lot of reviews had tout the same efficacy for these issues. Thus, I kept this in mind while experimenting. Indeed, after 3 days and continual application on my own cystic acne breakouts, I was very, very much impressed that all three actually went away- to say I was super surprised and happy is the total truth. Usually it’s so much more difficult to deal with as they are so stubborn and painful, and stay around for much longer. I get cystic breakouts occasionally on my skin, and this product has blew away my expectations of performance on these issues to the point that I see myself continually repurchasing it when it runs out.

There is an extra bonus with this product too- when I am feeling congested once in a while and my skin is acting up, I also add only one drop to my nighttime routine (with Nap in the Meadow) to boost the anti-acne benefits and to work extra magic on my pores. It is a very diluted product, so definitely stick to one drop. Under the product description, it is clearly state that “this is an intense concentrated treatment (approx 40% EOs) so please be careful before applying all over the face – it is intended as a spot treatment only […] ZP can also be used as a concentrated additive for facial oils and serums to add acne-fighting benefits. Simply add one drop, mix with the serum or oil and apply all over face”. With my altered skincare routine of the past month and a half, I’ve definitely noticed less breakouts and congestion, and I credit this product as one of the products in helping me in reach that end. My pores around my nose definitely look and feel less congested than a few months ago. In summary, I highly recommend this product. For all my cystic breakout needs, Zen Physic is an absolute gem.

Ingredients: Myrtus Communis Oil*, Pentaclethra Macroloba Seed Oil*, Carapa Guianensis Oil*, Pongamia Glabra Oil*, Azadirachta Indica Oil*, Helichrysum Italicum Oil*, Calendula Officinalis CO2 Extract*, Copaifera Officinalis Oil*, Daucus Carota CO2 Extract*, Tanacetum Annuum Oil*, Achillea Millefolium Oil*, Curcuma Xanthorrhiza CO2 Extract*, Monarda Fistulosa Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil* {*Organic/Wildcrafted (95%)}