In our search for acne scar removal treatments, it was really kind of tough to find too many products that focused just on acne scars, but Zenmed has a line of anti-acne products, and in seeing their “scar treatment” product, we thought we’d see how it did. We love that fact that they decided to treat the scars with two steps… an exfoliating cleanser, and then a treatment for the scar itself. We were a bit concerned that the ingredients might cause us further acne breakouts, simply because they’re not really intended to be used on the face of those who are already prone to getting acne.
In the first week of use, our tester got a few pimples on her chin that she hadn’t had in a while. Could we attribute that to the use of this product? Maybe, but the tester says she hasn’t had any pimples for quite a while, so the coincidence is a little hard to take. However, the pimples did clear up by week 2.
We tried to see how the product worked on BOTH the fading out of the redness or purpleness that surrounds acne scars, and also the look and feel of the scar itself. On the side of the “soothing” of the redness the product worked pretty good. We felt that there was a mild to medium improvement in how the discoloration looked. This is probably do to all the calming and soothing natural ingredients that Zenmed likes to use in their products. On the other side of the coin, however, the texture of the scars was pretty much not improved at all. We kind of felt like the product lacked the “oomph” to get the skin to heal its dead or damaged cells that resulted from years of acne.
As far as customer service, etc. was concerned with this company, they were just fine. The ordering process on their website was easy and smooth, and they always answer email questions the next day.
Overall, we give them a fair rating, since the product is all natural and DID seem to soothe and calm the irritation of the skin. It lost points, however, when it came to actually healing the scar, and from the possibility that it caused us some pimples. It’s not bad considering it’s not really an “acne scar” removal product, but just a product for scars in general.
ZenMed Acne Treatment got a Grade of C+
The Zenmed Acne treatment “kit” is good and bad in some respects. Good is the fact that they don’t use Benzoyl Peroxide, but instead they use Salicylic Acid as their big “acne fighter”. This ingredient is far from the best as far as curing acne, but at least it’s safe. When you buy the Zenmed kit you get:
- 1 bottle of their cleansing gel
- 1 bottle of their acne treatment gel
- 2 bottles of pills that supposedly clean out your system
The pills that are used in acne treatments, and Zenmed is no exception, are often a waste of time, and WAY over priced. If you look at this kit, the majority of it is in the pills… 2 bottles, compared to 1 of the others. However, the cost of the pills can be compared to antioxidant pills in any health food store. Truthfully, you shouldn’t pay more than $9 for pills of this kind. So, the inclusion of the pills in their acne system is basically tricky little way to make consumers think they’re getting more bang for their buck. What you really get though, is a nice cleanser and acne gel, and two bottles of useless pills.
Let’s look at how the cleanser and acne gel work: As far as killing bacteria that causes acne, you’re not getting much power here. If your acne is serious, you will need to find a more powerful key ingredient that can kill the acne-causing bacteria. However, Zenmed took some great steps as far as treating the “other” side of acne. By “other”, we mean the redness and irritation that goes along with the acne. This is what makes the acne so visible, and is actually, more important to many people than curing the cause of the acne itself. By blending Vitamin C, Vitamin B5, Allointin, and Aloe Vera, the zenmed products will do a pretty good job to calm down your skin and get the redness and inflammation to become less.
The cost is a bit of a problem, however. At $99 or so, it is one of the more expensive acne treatments on the market. The main problem is that the pills are included, and they don’t do anything for you that you’re going to directly notice in your skin. So, you’re paying $99 for a 2 product acne treatment, and frankly, that’s too much. Considering the fact that the main acne killing ingredient is just Salicylic Acid, we feel that a more appropriate price would be $50 or so.
Overall our grade is decent, but not great. On the side of killing the acne causing bacteria, we grade them about a C. However, their ingredients that calm and soothe acne-prone skin are pretty nice, which boosts the grade up to a B. The price, however, knocks a few points off, and we end up with a C+ for our final grade.