The workhorse behind Malezia's three step regimen. Our moisturizer may hydrate the daylights out of skin, but this is what treats acne, eliminates blackheads, and refines texture! 😉
Featuring 2.5% MICRONIZED benzoyl peroxide, which is an FDA approved topical antiseptic for the treatment of acne.
Perhaps you've tried benzoyl peroxide in the past and weren't a fan because it can be irritating and make skin drier than Satan's weenus. We get it! That's why we emphasized the micronized part.
Micronization is the process of milling down the average diameter of a solid material’s particles. This is important because homogenous dispersions of finer particles have proven to yield better results in fighting acne with less risk of irritation. In fact, one study found micronized benzoyl peroxide actually INCREASED skin moisture!
For reference, our benzoyl peroxide has an average particle size of 5 microns: smaller than the size of a bacteria cell.
But that's not all! We've also included 0.5% sodium phytate for its ability to boost skin moisture and elasticity, regulate oil production, and combat hyperpigmentation.
Click here for detailed instructions on how to use our acne treatment gel.
For more information on the benefits and microbicidal activity of benzoyl peroxide, please see this post on Simple Skincare Science.
Inactive ingredients: Water, Propanediol, Glycerin, Carbomer, Sodium Phytate, Sodium Hydroxide
OK - this is going to be long, but that's a good thing, right?
I'm 34 years old - I went through teenage acne that spilled over into my 20's and then after a reprieve flared back up about 7-8 years ago and other than a few brief windows of time where I was clear, I've had consistent breakouts, mostly isolated to my forehead, for what seems like forever. I have been down the rabbit hole. I stopped using all styling products for my hair. Switched shampoos, shaved my head so I didn't have hair touching my forehead in any way. Cleaned my glasses 2x a day with alcohol in case of bacteria, changing pillowcases nightly, so on and so forth. Like so many others, tried everything under the sun. minimal routines, 10+ step routines, other people's must-try's, holy grails, so on and so forth. Over exfoliated, minimally exfoliated, acid toners, peels, masks, spot treatments, i could go on... One thing I avoided as an adult, after using it in various OTC incarnations over my teen years, was Benzoyl Peroxide. aside from bleaching my clothes and sheets and irritating/burning the F out of my face, it had really done nothing for me ever. Flash to hearing FC on the Eyewitness Beauty podcast which piqued my interest. I proceeded to fully immerse myself in all things Simple Skincare Science. Went down the rabbit hole on ingredients on things i'd been using for ages, thinking they were helping me, only to find out that they most likely were not. I have gained a wealth of knowledge and I am so thankful for learning about this platform, which led me to Malezia. Honestly, I was apprehensive about the BP, but i just figured, i've literally tried everything under the sun, so why not give it a whirl. I know a lot of products are sold on "instant" or overnight results, and I can say I've never experienced that with any product ever, but with this BP I did. Texture improvement on my forehead (and whole face) after 1 use. Closed comedones that I thought were simply a part of my face permanently started to change, purge, literally falling off a few days later. Blackheads on my nose reduced dramatically and pores refined beyond belief. i am shocked, still.
YES - I did purge, and I still am a bit, but new spots are fewer and fewer and other things are healing incredibly quickly. I'm honestly in shock when I look at my skin in the mornings.
I've been using daily (PM only), after the Malezia moisturizer, which I also love. I use a FA safe toner and HA serum and otherwise just the two malezia products and SPF in the daytime. I never in my life thought I would be putting BP all over my face, but this works and has completely changed my skin (and I guess my life too). I could cry.
if you are thinking it might work, you should give it a whirl - it's an amazing price point and amazing to be able to support a small brand who has put so much time and energy into making really thoughtful products.
Amazing product! Really helped with my fungal acne and redness! I can’t wait to buy again!
Have been using the two products for over a week + sunscreen and wow! Less shiny. Pimples go away much quicker and aren’t as big. Really happy that as a poor grad student I can still afford to take care of my skin
I'm from Thailand, a hot and humid climate throughout the year. I've been suffering from Acne even before teenage year. Cystic, white/blackheads, close/open comedones, every type you can imagine. Suddenly, I encounter a new kind of acne known as Fungal Acne, it stays with me for around 3 yrs until now....I've been to doctors, wasted a lifetime amount of money, been on Accutane, do pimple extractions every week...nightmares! and here's come, my hero. This BP is VERY GENTLE and the moisturizer feels like a smooth film protecting the face. I'll let the picture do the talking. Just want to deeply Thank you Malezia.
P.S. patiently waiting for your future products especially body care and hair care :)
This. THIS RIGHT HERE. Literally, the BEST skin care products I have ever used. My face has never looked better despite 2 rounds of Accutane and every thing else under the sun. My family, friends and co-workers have all noticed and when they ask, I don't even hesitate to send them the link!
Now, I will say my skin is extremely sensitive and I did have a little irritation to the BP treatment at first, but that was user error for sure. I now make sure to moisturize first, let it soak in and then use a very small amount or even just spot treat with BP. I would say my perfect ratio is 2:1 moisturizer to treatment. I have already re-ordered and will continue to use these products, so please don't ever change them! Thanks for all hard work FC!
Great product that I am using with the Malezia moisturizer! Not too drying and I did not have a reaction or any flakiness. A definite repurchase, my forehead texture is a lot better after using
First off, I want to thank F.C. for all the work he has been doing for years. This man works with intention, attention, humor, thoroughness, and tenderness.
These two products have given me my life back. After two years of hiding due to my skin, I now feel comfortable getting close to people, dating, kissing, being seen, and just being myself again.
I definitely did have a purge period with the BP, so if that's happening to you, all I can say is be patient and just try to ride the wave. It felt like I was going backward in progress but it did pass after two or so weeks.
The BP and the Urea Moisturizer helped clear bacterial and fungal acne, helped with texture, PIE, and overall brightened my skin.
I'm seven weeks into my treatment and I'm looking forward to further progress.
Due to the severity of my acne and my struggle with picking, I will likely seek medical interventions like the V-Beam laser to further address my PIE.
But for now, I could not be happier. It feels like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders. The clearing of my skin has coincided with my vaccination and mask mandates being lifted where I live, so I get to go back out into the world face-first and embrace all that life has to offer.
I’ve been dealing with Fungal Acne (FA) for about 3 years now, and while changing up my routine to all FA safe products definitely made a significant improvement, I still was struggling to have any FA free days. I still had moderate outbreaks every couple of weeks and I was feeling pretty defeated. Then I began implementing the Malezia Benzoyl peroxide once a night and overnight I saw a crazy difference and within 3 days I was FA free. I stopped using it for a bit to see if it was really the single reason why my face improved, and lo and behold my FA started creeping back onto my face. I’ve been using it once a night now for about a week and it’s been life changing. I just went out in public for the first time without any makeup, not even concealer, and I could not tell you how happy this miracle product makes me. Also, as someone with sensitive skin that has also wrecked her moisture barrier in the past, this product hasn’t made my skin dry or itchy, especially as I use it on top of my moisturizer and that seems to work really well. I’m addicted and hope this product is available to purchase forever!!
Hi f.c.! I have been following your blog for the past three + years that I have struggled with what turned out to be fungal acne. I’ve taken prescription drugs, gone to dermatologists, alternative medicine doctors, spent thousands maybe even tens of thousands … And nothing has helped me as much as your blog. When news came out that you were creating your own skin care products, I ordered without hesitation.You are truly the expert on fungal acne, even more than any board-certified doctor out there. This is my SECOND order, so clearly I am loving your products immensely. I can’t wait to try your face wash, and any other products that you come out with (Body wash? Shampoo?) will definitely be a blind by for me.
I did leave one star out because of 2 reasons. I still haven’t figured out how to eradicate the little yellow beads/“wax” that can be squeezed out using a comodone extractor from my nasal labial folds. Using BP or sulfur on it helps immensely, but those yellow plugs (some of them unpoppable) fill back up within a day. If I use more BP, I end up burning my skin barrier. But if I skip a day of BP, the plugs fill back up. I feel like this is where the fungus retreats to when the rest of my face is clear. If I could kill the fungus in the spot, I feel like I could really eradicate them from my face once and for all. Do you have any advice for how I can proceed?
That brings me to the second reason I took off one star. I’ve never actually been able to use the BP on its own, since it’s extremely strong. I usually dilute it with your ceramide cream which spreads like a dream and is wonderful. One of the reasons I tried your BP after many bad encounters with it in the past was because I read that the smaller granules of your BP would make it burn less, but alas, I have had to risk getting burned each time that I use it, even after diluting it. Currently, I play it by ear, in that as soon as I feel that my skin barrier is compromised the day after applying a little too much, I stop for two days and then go back to using BP afterwards. As a result, I’m wondering whether you could make another concentration of your excellent BP for beginners whose skins are not so tolerant of this ingredient.
All in all, I enthusiastically recommend both the products. If you have been reaching in the dark for a solution to your fungal acne, this is probably the closest solution that you can get straight off the shelf. If the products can be further fine tuned as we support F.C.in his business, perhaps the small concerns I mentioned would be further tackled. I will always be an ardent supporter and customer!