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D. Atkinson Acne Gel Review

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Review by Yelena Serebryakova at Unartificial Beauty

I visited D. Atkinson Herbalist & Napiers Clinic when I went to Edinburgh in April this year and of course I could not resist getting some goodies for my family and myself. I didn't do any treatments, but next time I will surely treat myself!

This beautiful Shop and Herbal Therapy Clinic was one of the first Herbal Practices in Scotland, opened in 1860 by Duncan Napier. It is a very inspiring story and I have previously shared it on Instagram in this post.

Today, I want to focus on Acne Gel by D.Atkinson. Dee is not only the beautiful face behind this product, she is one of the UK's top Medical Herbalists and owner of D. Atkinson Herbalists and Napiers Clinic at 18 Bristo Place, Edinburgh.

I am currently half way through my second 30ml jar (luckily I picked up 2) and I genuinely love it! It is impossible not to as it’s made of these wonderful healing ingredients: Aloe Vera gel, Calendula, Tea tree essential oil, Lavender essential oil, Rose geranium essential oil, Grapeseed extract. I am an adult acne sufferer for over a year and trust me - it is not as simple as just some temporary facial spots. Acne is rarely a topical issue. It may be triggered by various factors, I won’t go into much detail at the moment as the focus is on the product. However, those who suffer are painfully familiar with this burning, itching, annoying sensation and the urge to calm it, before going crazy and starting to squeeze the soul out of the spots!

So back to the Acne Gel.. it comes in amber glass jar, which keeps it naturally cool and refreshing. This is one of the reasons why it has conquered my heart. It offers an instant calming solution for the inflamed skin and it has antibacterial and healing properties. It also offers hydration to the skin. It is recommended to use it twice a day after cleansing, so your skin can get the most out of this gel. After it has absorbed by the skin I also apply a moisturiser as it can feel a bit drying and uncomfortable on its own.

One jar lasted a month for me and I have used it religiously twice a day. It certainly stopped me from scratching my cheeks offering a long needed relief. I look forward to seeong more improvements and most likely will repurchase this product again. Ah…and the price for this 30ml gold is £4.60! If you don’t believe it, check it yourself here.

I was lucky enough to get some words about this product and inspirations directly from the Master herself - Dee and this is what she says about it:

“In my practice, in the shadow of the University of Edinburgh, I see many young people with problem skin. Whilst treating skin problems internally with hormone balancing herbs and herbs to tackle infection, there was also a need to develop something to use topically.

As a young person I struggled with acne so I know how much one wants to hide it under makeup. A gel is clear, easily absorbed and nice to use. I developed the formula myself, I have worked on formulas for cosmetic brands over the years, consulting on some big brand products... It's a passion of mine. Aloe is to soothe and refuel redness, Calendula (marigold) is a traditional skin herb - it is anti-microbial, anti-bacterial and speeds up healing. The essential oils, Tea Tree, Lavender and Rose Geranium are all broad spectrum anti-microbial and anti-bacterial as well as calming inflammation. Lavender oil detoxifies the skin and is full of antioxidants that help to fight against the harmful effects of pollutants. Rose Geranium balances the secretion of sebum and clears sluggish and oily skin. Grape seed extract has huge anti-microbial actions. I wanted to make something simple, affordable and easy to use. I give it to my patients alongside herbs and supplements to take internally.”

by Yelena Serebryakova at Unartificial Beauty




Dee Atkinson MNIMH

Dee is one of the UK's top herbalists and owns and runs D. Atkinson Herbalist in Edinburgh - a herbal dispensary and shop which provide a wide range of herbal medicines, vitamins, supplements, herbal skincare as well as a herbal dispensary. Next door is Napiers Clinic.

Dee qualified as a Medical Herbalist in 1988 and took over Napiers the Herbalists in 1990, building it up into one of the UKs most respected and trusted Complementary Medicine Clinics.

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