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One of the most powerful formulas in the Surreal Skincare line-up, proven to unclog thousands of people's pores and annihilate their acne.

Acne Assassin serum's efficacy is primarily driven by 2% Salicylic Acid, a potent Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and keratolytic agent. This scientifically proven ingredient is lipid-soluble, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the skin's lipid layers and directly target sebum-filled pores. Once absorbed, it works at a molecular level to break down the bonds of the keratin and sebum composite that forms clogs, effectively dissolving these blockages from within. This process not only clears existing acne but also prevents the formation of new blemishes by ensuring that pores remain unobstructed, maintaining a clear pathway for sebum to reach the skin's surface.

In addition to Salicylic Acid, Acne Assassin contains a significant concentration of 10% boswellic acid, an exceptionally potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compound. Boswellic acid operates by inhibiting key enzymes (5-lipoxygenase) and agents (leukotrienes) involved in the inflammation process, thereby reducing swelling, redness, and irritation associated with acne. Its antimicrobial action further helps in reducing acne-causing bacterial populations on the skin. Moreover, boswellic acid contributes to skin resurfacing, promoting a smoother, more uniform skin texture.

The formulation is further enhanced by 1% Bakuchiol, a natural compound known for its retinol-like effects on the skin. Bakuchiol functions by modulating the retinoic acid receptors, which are crucial for regulating skin cell growth and development. This interaction not only boosts the serum's antioxidant properties, defending against oxidative stress and environmental damage, but also stimulates collagen production and cellular turnover. This makes Bakuchiol an effective ingredient for improving skin texture and tone, enhancing the overall anti-aging and skin-clearing effects of the Acne Assassin serum.

Tea tree, manuka, lavender, and seabuckthorn oils play a crucial role in enhancing the serum's effectiveness. Tea tree and manuka are widely recognized for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them highly effective against acne-causing bacteria. Lavender oil brings soothing and healing capabilities and reduces skin irritation and redness often associated with acne. Seabuckthorn oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, nourishing the skin and promoting healing, while also helping to soften and moisturize the skin.

For use, apply a full layer of Acne Assassin to clean skin, covering all acne-prone areas, twice daily until clear (usually 1-4 months). Post-clearance, reduce usage to every other night and follow with a moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Note: Initial skin purging is normal and indicates effective pore cleansing. Its oil-based formula ensures salicylic acid penetrates oil-based clogs, dissolving them from within for clear pores.

Castor Oil, Boswellic Acid (papyrifera), Borage Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Jojoba, Evening Primrose Oil, Gooseberry Oil, Squalane (Olive), Camellia Oil, Salicylic Acid, Frankincense Sacra Oil, Frankincense Carterii Oil, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil, Tomato Oil, Bulgarian Lavender Oil, Bilberry Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Manuka Triketones, Bakuchiol, Baobab Oil, Yarrow Oil, German Blue Chamomille Oil, Goji Berry Absolute, D-Alpha Tocopherol, Niaouli Oil, Geranium Oil, Cholesterol, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP

Acne Assassin Serum - Best Acne Treatment

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One of the most powerful formulas in the Surreal Skincare line-up, proven to unclog thousands of people's pores and annihilate their acne.

Acne Assassin serum's efficacy is primarily driven by 2% Salicylic Acid, a potent Beta-Hydroxy Acid (BHA) and keratolytic agent. This scientifically proven ingredient is lipid-soluble, allowing it to penetrate deeply into the skin's lipid layers and directly target sebum-filled pores. Once absorbed, it works at a molecular level to break down the bonds of the keratin and sebum composite that forms clogs, effectively dissolving these blockages from within. This process not only clears existing acne but also prevents the formation of new blemishes by ensuring that pores remain unobstructed, maintaining a clear pathway for sebum to reach the skin's surface.

In addition to Salicylic Acid, Acne Assassin contains a significant concentration of 10% boswellic acid, an exceptionally potent anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial compound. Boswellic acid operates by inhibiting key enzymes (5-lipoxygenase) and agents (leukotrienes) involved in the inflammation process, thereby reducing swelling, redness, and irritation associated with acne. Its antimicrobial action further helps in reducing acne-causing bacterial populations on the skin. Moreover, boswellic acid contributes to skin resurfacing, promoting a smoother, more uniform skin texture.

The formulation is further enhanced by 1% Bakuchiol, a natural compound known for its retinol-like effects on the skin. Bakuchiol functions by modulating the retinoic acid receptors, which are crucial for regulating skin cell growth and development. This interaction not only boosts the serum's antioxidant properties, defending against oxidative stress and environmental damage, but also stimulates collagen production and cellular turnover. This makes Bakuchiol an effective ingredient for improving skin texture and tone, enhancing the overall anti-aging and skin-clearing effects of the Acne Assassin serum.

Tea tree, manuka, lavender, and seabuckthorn oils play a crucial role in enhancing the serum's effectiveness. Tea tree and manuka are widely recognized for their antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, making them highly effective against acne-causing bacteria. Lavender oil brings soothing and healing capabilities and reduces skin irritation and redness often associated with acne. Seabuckthorn oil is rich in essential fatty acids and vitamins, nourishing the skin and promoting healing, while also helping to soften and moisturize the skin.

For use, apply a full layer of Acne Assassin to clean skin, covering all acne-prone areas, twice daily until clear (usually 1-4 months). Post-clearance, reduce usage to every other night and follow with a moisturizer to avoid dryness.

Note: Initial skin purging is normal and indicates effective pore cleansing. Its oil-based formula ensures salicylic acid penetrates oil-based clogs, dissolving them from within for clear pores.

Castor Oil, Boswellic Acid (papyrifera), Borage Oil, Black Cumin Seed Oil, Hazelnut Oil, Jojoba, Evening Primrose Oil, Gooseberry Oil, Squalane (Olive), Camellia Oil, Salicylic Acid, Frankincense Sacra Oil, Frankincense Carterii Oil, Seabuckthorn Fruit Oil, Tomato Oil, Bulgarian Lavender Oil, Bilberry Oil, Tea Tree Oil, Manuka Triketones, Bakuchiol, Baobab Oil, Yarrow Oil, German Blue Chamomille Oil, Goji Berry Absolute, D-Alpha Tocopherol, Niaouli Oil, Geranium Oil, Cholesterol, Ceramide NP, Ceramide AP

Unclogs Pores

Acne Assassin's oil-based composition allows it to penetrate 'plugs' made of oil-soluble compounds like hardened sebum, dead skin cells, and makeup. Salicylic acid (2%), a key ingredient, is delivered directly into these plugs, effectively dissolving them from the inside out, clearing the pores and preventing acne formation.

Smooths Skin

Acne Assasin is enriched with Boswellic Acid (10%), which, along with other emollients like Borage Oil and Hazelnut Oil, works to smooth the skin's texture. These ingredients fill in the tiny cracks and valleys in the skin, promoting a smoother, more even complexion.

Kills Acne

Acne Assassin is formidable in combating acne. Its blend of natural oils, including Tea Tree, Lavender, and Tamanu, along with the powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties of Boswellic Acid, targets and kills the bacteria that cause acne. This comprehensive approach not only treats existing acne but also helps prevent future breakouts.

Salicylic Acid (2%)

Salicylic Acid is a skincare superhero, renowned for its exceptional ability to exfoliate and deeply cleanse pores. This potent beta-hydroxy acid effectively breaks down oil and debris, making it a go-to ingredient for combating acne and blackheads. Its keratolytic action helps in shedding dead skin cells, promoting a clearer and more radiant complexion. Additionally, Salicylic Acid has anti-inflammatory properties, which alleviate redness and swelling, making it ideal for those with acne-prone and sensitive skin. By incorporating it into your skincare routine, it not only refines the skin's texture but also enhances its overall health and appearance.

Boswellic Acid

As one of the most potent anti-inflammatories and antimicrobials globally, boswellic acid rapidly diminishes redness, rashes, and inflammation as well as culls unwanted bacterial colonies. This pentacyclic triterpene, a substantial molecule, envelops the skin's surface with its golden richness and retains moisture for hours, imparting a radiant glow reminiscent of royalty. Surreal Skincare conducts its own solvent extraction of boswellic acid, sourcing it from royal hojari frankincense in Oman.

Bakuchiol

Bakuchiol can reduce fine lines and wrinkles through the stimulation of collagen production. It also possesses antioxidant properties, which play a crucial role in protecting the skin against damage from free radicals, a key factor in the aging process. Additionally, bakuchiol has been observed to improve skin tone, lessen hyperpigmentation, and enhance the firmness and elasticity of the skin.

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Carly H.
TRANSFORMED MY SKIN <3

I truly cannot even put into words how much I love this product and literally cannot live without it! I am so grateful to of met Morgan a few years ago and her products completely changed my skin as a whole and I rave about all of these products to every person I can!

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Charlotte K.
Transformed my skin.

I've had acne up until my mid twenties, and at last, I've found a solution that isn't Accutane. This product has transformed my skin.

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Pritha
Seasonal Transition

Just opened a new bottle of Acne Assassin Serum as the weather warms up here in NYC because my skin can breakout when dry cold shifts to moist warm (and then back to freezing cold and then to 70F degrees :/). A couple of years ago, when I was new to Surreal Skincare, my skin was pretty congested on my chin. Those days I used AA day and night to heal my texture. It totally worked! Last year I switched to cycling AA just at night (2-3 weeks on, every other night; a week or two off; then on again) because that's what works for me. First I cleanse my face with Creamsicle Tickle to get all the day's gunk off. Then I apply a pump of AA and spray my face with a bit of rosewater and massage it all in. I finish with a couple of pumps of Wa Wa mixed with a pea-sized blob of Jaded, as my final protective layer. Sometimes, (like when it's 38F degrees but March) I'll use Cheat Death, a couple of sprays of rosewater and then Jaded. Eventually, as the weather heats up, I just use AA and rose water. The great thing about AA is that there are so many ways to utilize the serum in a routine because it speaks to multiple texture concerns. It is an absolute staple for me!

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Gisa
My sons acne!

He’s using this day and night, it’s getting there! It’s been 1 month. Redness down, pores look less inflamed, overall improvement . Excited to see another month on this! Happy it’s natural .

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Oscar
Amazing Product!

I think it’s about time i write about how wonderful this product is and how it has been helping me on controlling my acne. I am 43 years old, oily, acne prone skin. I apply this product in the morning right after I cleanse my face. It doesn’t leave any residue and very light on the skin. It does have a strong tea tree oil fragrance but do not let that put you off because this product really works. I have been using this product since November 2022 and I am about to order the second bottle. I was very skeptical on the product but it’s been by far, the best product I have used on my face.