She cute.... and long awaited. The infamous "urea moisturizer" created by f.c. himself! This product underwent several dozen formulations before its current iteration. *Cue this isn't my final form meme. 😏
Its star ingredient is urea, a molecule found in the skin's natural moisturizing factor (NMF) that plays an integral role in improving skin barrier function.
Urea is one of those magical unicorn ingredients with the ability to both hydrate AND mildly exfoliate. It's so effective as a hydrator, in fact, that it outperforms vaseline in some studies. (1)
For more information about all things urea, please see our blog post on Simple Skincare Science.
Other key features!
- Glycerin: works synergistically with urea for added hydration and smoothing effect. (2)
- Dimethicone: creates a protective barrier and locks in moisture.
- Hyaluronic acid: hydrates skin by attracting 1000 times its weight in water.
- Allantoin: skin-soothing and stabilizes urea.
- Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride: an emollient that softens skin. It took us months to find, but we're happy to report that our caprylic/capric triglyceride is as pure as it gets and contains no trace amount of C12-24 fatty acids :)
INCI: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Urea, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Sodium Polyacrylate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Trideceth-6, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Allantoin, Hyaluronic Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin
TLDR: pretty life-changing results and the permanent HG position in my routine. I recommend this to everyone who asks.
I have extremely dry, dehydrated, sensitive skin with persistent breakouts & widespread redness that I'd never been able to get ahead of; I need to look polished for my job and haven't been able to find makeup that doesn't break me out at least a little, causing a cycle of breakouts & PIE --> makeup --> breakouts. Basically my skin barrier has been incredibly cranky for more than half my life.
In 2020 I found FC's blog and started swapping my routine to malassezia-safe formulations, which took my acne from a 7 to a 4-5 (long hair + jawline photos-->black glasses photo) depending on where I was in my cycle, but I continued to have stubborn breakouts around my nose and on my jawline (regular mask-wearing also took things back up to a 7 every now and then). I ordered the Malezia BPA and urea moisturizer as soon as FC announced the drop, and pared my routine back further to just these two products + m-safe facewash + daily SPF. I've also added CosRX 96% snail for extra hydration as needed. I religiously use the urea moisturizer daily and the BPA 2-3x weekly on my whole face + as well as applying it as a nightly spot treatment -- any more overall exfoliation and I get a little flakiness. The brown glasses photo is after 18 months of Malezia being the core of my routine. My skin is, I think, pretty damn transformed -- the remaining redness you're seeing is almost exclusively broken capillaries that will need to be lasered out. I've finally managed to get ahead of the breakout+PIE-->makeup-->breakout cycle. Even better, my skin barrier is finally resilient enough to tolerate additional actives and interventions that it was previously way too sensitive to handle. Nothing is going to take you from a deeply damaged, reactive barrier to glass skin overnight, but I'm an obsessive researcher who's tried everything short of Accutane: in my experience there's nothing on the market, at any price point, that will heal your skin as much as making Malezia the long-term core of your routine.
After struggling with "adult acne" and testing lots of products, this is the only moisturizer that addresses my real skin issues (sensitivity to oils, polysorbates) and reduces my breakouts while hydrating. I appreciate the simple 3 step routine with the acne treatment gel and a basic cleanser.
I ordered this stuff out of desperation after a terrible bout of what I suspected was fungal acne on my forehead. I was leery because I'd tried a 5% urea moisturizer years ago that really irritated my skin and I now have rosacea so my skin is even more sensitive (and according to the internet urea is an ingredient rosaceans should avoid). But since my forehead was just getting worse and I was encouraged by all the positive reviews, I decided I had nothing to lose but a few more bucks and possibly a few more days of irritated skin. But honestly it couldn't get much worse so why not.
The first night I applied it, my face started itching just a few minutes after application which is obviously not a great sign. I fully expected to wake up with a bumpy rash on the tops of my cheekbones (the usual way my skin tells me it's allergic to something) but I didn't. And since it didn't burn or make my rosacea flare up, I decided to go for broke and try it again that night.
I'm so glad I did! I don't know why it itched that first night but it hasn't since then. In fact my skin feels soothed and more hydrated and I've had no bumps or other reactions in the 2 weeks I've been using it. And though my skin takes forever to heal from acne, the bumps on my forehead are slowly but surely calming down.
I'm really excited to keep using this because I know urea is a powerhouse ingredient for improving the skin barrier, and as someone with type 1 rosacea that's a huge concern (research has shown that people with rosacea have an impaired skin barrier which likely contributes to the nasty symptoms. And I know for me personally, I never had acne in my life until I got rosacea, which I also attribute to a weakened skin barrier).
All in all I'm really grateful to this product and hope to continue seeing positive results for my fungal acne as well as my skin overall!
I’ve struggled with acne for 10 years, though it has waxed and waned in severity over that time. Various antibiotics through my teens, then a course of Accutane when things were really bad. That got rid of the worst of it, but I still couldn’t go a month without a virulent cyst or three. Then I was on prescription retinoids (and a hard-core birth control pill) for 5 years with no real change. Malezia was a hail mary of sorts. Friends, it isn’t a panacea. Nothing is. But my skin has improved. Pimples appear less frequently, heal quickly, and haven’t been of the cystic variety. My face was always red before, but it has calmed to a tone that actually resembles the rest of my body - something no other product achieved. I highly recommend the moisturizer and the benzoyl peroxide gel, if your skin journey sounds anything like mine. The people behind Malezia have my utmost gratitude and respect for bringing these products to market!
I’ve used Malezia since it came out. Sustainable, sleek, and a staple of my skincare routine.
This is the first moisturizer I've used in 25 years that didn't cause breakouts. My husband randomly said I looked younger the other day and I think it was from the dewy hydration that this product gave my face. I ordered my second tube before the first one was even half used because I don't want to run out.
I love this moisturizer! It has a great texture and is the only thing that helps to get rid of the blackheads on my nose. It doesn't feel very heavy on your face, but it packs a powerful punch of moisture. I wish it came in a giant jug so I could slather it all over my body too.
On my third tube! When I switch to something new, I always come back to this moisturizer. Love it every time!
I had combination of breakouts due to fungal acne, hormonal imbalances, and food intolerances. I'm really grateful for a company that focuses on skincare for fungal acne. I've seen the most results using products that don't feed fungal acne. I've been using both the Urea Moisturizer and the Acne Treatment gel for months now. At first my skin had a purge response to the acne treatment gel, but after that, my skin cleared up pretty fast and since then the acne treatment gel keeps fungal acne at bay. I also appreciate finding a moisturizer that is safe for my skin and has ingredients that nourish. The moisturizer is not greasy and feels balanced on my skin. Outside of this, the remaining acne has cleared up on an anti-inflammatory diet and hormonal supplements. Good luck!
I turned 70 (yikes) one week ago. Fortunately I had been using Malezia for about 3 months and all the little bumps I have had most of my life had all but been erased. It was suggested to me by a makeup artist who raves about Malezia. A great product !