Many of us who suffer from irritable skin struggle to find a routine that eases our woes, but when we finally figure out that magic formula and stick to our guns with persistence we are sometimes left with residual scarring, hyperpigmentation, and an uneven complexion. However, these battle scars can be treated rather quickly and without breaking the bank thanks to Banish.
I first stumbled across Banish in April when my skin took a turn for the terrible. I stopped using the Benzoyl Peroxide treatment from Acne.org thinking my skin was completely cured. If that wasn’t bad enough, I stopped using a BB cream and switched to a foundation that ended up breaking me out (I discuss those here). Without the BB cream with SPF properties, the treatment, and using those foundations, my skin broke out, and for the first time in my life I developed post inflammatory hyperpigmentation (PIH). It goes without saying that my skin looked and felt HORRIBLE.
I decided on using Banish to solve my problematic skin for two reasons:
- The company uses organic materials and it is mostly homemade.
- The derma roller is checked for dents and malfunctions before shipment
When I ordered Banish I decided to buy the Banish kit which includes the roller and vitamin C serum because of its price ($68) and take advantage of the Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale. Banish does offer other kits, such as the Starter kit, Naked kit, All Banishers kit, Scarring and Active Acne kit, among others. It just depends on your preference, and for me starting with the basics at an affordable price point was what I felt suited me best. In addition to the kit, I took advantage of the sale and bought the Vitamin C Cream, and extra Vitamin C Serum, and received the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask for free! Overall I spent $140 which was well worth it given my results.
The “Banisher” derma roller is the miracle product for the Banish skincare line. It functions to create micro channels that allow for better absorption of serums to increase their effectiveness. Additionally the derma roller increases collagen production by triggering the body to heal the micro channels, thus improving the texture and look of your skin.
Specs: 540 needles in total. 0.5mm length
I felt zero pain when using the derma roller, on the contrary it felt relieving to roll the needles over my skin and apply the serum. My skin was pink on the locations that I rolled but this went away after about an hour. With continued use and hygienic maintenance of the roller you should see results. In order to maximize results make sure not to apply makeup until the next day, otherwise it’ll enter the newly formed micro channels and the cosmetic ingredients could cause irritation and breakouts. It is important you also make sure to get a derma roller after 3 uses. This is because the needles can bend or become dull over time with continued use, thus decreasing its effectiveness. The derma roller “Banisher” costs $49, which is pricey to me since it needs to be replaced relatively often. However, the Banisher is made in America and the company does ensure that the needles are of quality material and are not bent, whereas buying one online for less could result in a defected product and cause harm to your skin.
The Vitamin C Serum ($49) works alongside the roller to help heal acne scars, wrinkles, and PIH. The serum includes vitamin E and Ferulic Acid which helps bind free radicals and prevents signs of aging in skin. The serum is moisturizing and light weight. At first it may feel a bit tacky to the touch but this dissipates once it is completely absorbed into the skin. I immediately noticed that my skin was glowing upon application and when I woke up the next day my skin maintained its radiance.
The serum has helped keep my skin supple and hydrated without making it feel oily. As someone who has oily skin, I was hesitant to put the serum on my skin, but the hesitation assuaged when I realized that it was improving my skin without any side effects. After a week of continuous use there was visible improvement in my skin tone and texture. At the price tag of $49, this is well worth the cost.
The Pumpkin Enzyme Mask (Original $49 Sale $29) is my absolute favorite! Unlike many masks that wreak of chemicals, this mask smells like Thanksgiving dessert and is made from natural and organic products. The mask was developed to help clear acne and gently exfoliate the skin to reduce the appearance of acne scars and uneven skin tone. I thought the amount of product (50ml) was rather small compared to other masks I have received, but I soon realized that a little bit goes a long way and that it does last a long time. As you can see from the photo above I have a lot of product left and I have been using it two times a week for 3 months!
Upon application, I did experience a burning/tingling sensation, but it was not unbearable. After approximately 10-15 minutes I wash the mask off with warm water and use a wash cloth to get any residual off of my face. Due to its exfoliating properties, my skin is red after taking it off but it does not remain this way for long. I did notice that my active acne was clearing and the red marks were fading, but this does take a few weeks to a month to really see.
The Vitamin C Creme has me confused to be honest. At a price of $39 I do not think it was any different from the Acne.org moisturizer. The texture and consistency are alike despite the differences in ingredients (Vitamin C vs. Lichochalcone). It did moisturize my skin, but I did not experience any added benefits of having the vitamin C (which is essentially what you pay for in the 25ml container). The creme is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin, however if you use too much product it can leave your skin with an oily feel and look.
I wish I had more to say about this product but it simply did not “wow” me like the others did. It is a nice moisturizer but for the price and amount I would rather put that money towards another vitamin C serum, or a BB cream.
How To Use
Step 1: Place the derma roller in rubbing alcohol for 5 minutes prior to using it on the skin to ensure that it is clean.
Step 2: Wash skin thoroughly and dry
Step 3: Use the derma roller by gently rolling it across your skin 3-5 times in each direction (side to side, up and down, then in an X)
Step 4: immediately apply an entire dropper worth of the vitamin C serum by patting it on the skin (do not rub). The following days use only 2-4 drops of the serum on your skin every night.
Step 5: Place derma roller in rubbing alcohol to clean it after use.
a) You should derma roll only once a week to every other week in order to avoid damaging the skin.
b) Use the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask up to twice a week (I like to use it the day after rolling).
I hope you enjoyed this article, please comment below to let me know how this is working for you if you have tried it or if you have any suggestions! If you are interested in trying it I have a coupon below to help jump start your Banish trial!
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