May 17 2015

Fighting Acne Safely: Belli Skincare


In some of my recent skincare reviews (Drunk Elephant Juju Bar), you may have seen my talk about my desire to explore more “natural” and harsh-chemical free skincare products. In pursuit of this desire, I did much research into brands that offer some of the most gentle yet effective products on the market. That’s when I came across Belli Skincare…


Belli Skincare Acne Review


It is true that those familiar will the brand, would most likely associate it with pregnancy. That’s because the founders of Belli, a medical doctor and a beauty expert, created their brand in their pursuit of safe, effective and clinically proven skincare solutions when expecting their first child. The foundation of Belli, therefore, is maternity-focused skincare. Since that time (2002), the brand has become very well-regarded by both OB/GYNs and Dermatologists and loved by busy moms (or non-moms) looking to take the guesswork out of skincare ingredient safety.

The ingredients in Belli products are selected based upon an extensive review of published medical studies. Every Belli product is allergy tested, free of paraben preservatives, phthalates, and artificial dyes or fragrances. The products are teratology screened to avoid ingredients with even remote links to birth defects or miscarriage in published medical studies, and Lactmed screened to avoid any ingredients that could be harmful if passed through breast milk. They are also cruelty-free.

It doesn’t get much better than that, does it? Even if you’re not expecting, the concept of a brand that produces products this safe is definitely very appealing. But how effective are they?

Acne is a condition that affects many, including myself (and I know that expecting moms sometimes experience a resurgence of this problem). And even though I respect the effectiveness of ingredients such as salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide, I was curious to see what else was out there.


Belli Skincare Anti-Blemish Facial Wash


The Anti-Blemish Facial Wash is described as “a pure facial wash that leaves skin clear and refined, without over-drying.” It does not contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, or benzoyl peroxide, but features instead, the ingredient lactic acid to cleanse and gently exfoliate acne prone skin. Lactic acid is an alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that has been proven to be an effective exfoliant for cells on the surface of skin.

The Anti Blemish Facial wash also contains lemon peel oil, a natural anti-bacterial and skin brightener, as well as the antioxidants green tea extract and cucumber.


Belli Skincare Acne Review
Belli Skincare Acne Review


This gel cleanser develops a mild foam, and washes away cleanly with no leftover residue. Face is left feeling clean but not tight or dry. My favorite way to use the product is with my Clarisonic. I feel that this really helps the cleanser penetrate, giving me an even better cleanse. Using it this way, I am able to remove all my makeup as well.

Ingredients: Deionized Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Lactate, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium PEG-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate, Glycerine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium PCA, Lactic Acid, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Phenoxyethanol, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Oil, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate (and) Glycereth-2 Cocoate

The Anti Blemish Facial Wash fetails for $22.00 USD and is sold on Belli’s website as well as other retailers including Pea in the Pod.


Belli Skincare Acne Control Spot Treatment


The Acne Control Spot Treatment promises to penetrate the pores to help control and reduce the severity of acne blemishes. The key ingredients are colloidal sulfur, tea tree oil and chamomile. Again it does not contain salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and benzoyl peroxide. Sulfur is considered a gentle and time-tested acne fighting ingredient that works by drawing out impurities from blocked pores. It is known to have a distinct smell (some say like rotten eggs), however, I did not find the odor of the Belli version to be offensive.


Belli Skincare Acne Review
Belli Skincare Acne Review


As you can see, the spot treatment is a lotion like formula. Once applied to the skin, the product is transparent though it does require at least 30 seconds to absorb prior to applying your other skincare products. Used consequently for week or sometimes longer, I did not experience any excessive dryness or peeling.

Active Ingredient: Colloidal Sulfur 3%

Inactive Ingredients: Caprylyl Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Deionized Water, Ethylhexylglycerin, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium PCA, Xanthan Gum

The Acne Control Spot Treatment retails for $17.00 USD and is sold on Belli’s website as well as other retailers including Pea in the Pod.


So, how did the Belli Skincare Acne system work for me? 


I’ve been using the Anti-Blemish Facial Wash and Acne Spot Treatment for a period of about 5 weeks, mostly at night. Of course, I didn’t use the spot treatment every night, only when my acne reared its ugly head (which is actually quite often). Basically, if I was having a moderate to severe breakout, I would cover the affected area with the treatment for about 7-10 consecutive days, after which most of the acne cleared.  As mentioned, the facial wash works very well, leaving my face feeling thoroughly clean but not parched. Combined, the system works quite well.

To be fair, it will probably take a little longer to for you to see results with this gentler system than you would with salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide based products. But if you’re looking to avoid those ingredients, whether for personal reasons or based on the research that suggests is maybe unsafe during pregnancy, Belli skincare is definitely worth looking into as an effective alternative.





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  1. The ingredients of both of these sound so good. This range seems a great alternative to those products that contain the typical nasties 🙂


    1. It’s definitely a fantastic alternative. I don’t have anything against some of those other ingredients but it’s always nice to know you have options! 🙂

  2. Sounds like these would indeed make a nice more gentle alternative to really heavy duty acne treatments. I use differin for my acne, but I’ve used benzoylperoxide in the past.

    1. I’ve never tried differin or anything prescription…but I like to know there are so many options out there. Belli definitely impressed!

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