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VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel for acne and skin irritations

When someone asks me about makeup in person, I always tell them: don't get me started, because I'd be hard to stop once I get rolling! I can spend an hour (or more) just talking about cosmetics, and a good fraction of that time may or not be spent giving the other person a mini-make over. Haha. I always jump on the chance to educate and inspire the best I can; it seriously makes me happy!

But makeup is just really the tip of the iceberg. If you don't have good skin to begin with, your makeup won't look flawless no matter how expensive it is. So always prioritize treating your skin first and then maintaining it to the best of your ability. You'd be happier and more confident knowing that makeup is just an option for you and not a requirement.

Anyway, today I want to talk about the VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel (P710 /120 ml). It's basically a clear face and body gel that can be used to treat pimples and sweat acne, as well as a primer to keep oil at bay. It only has six ingredients, which I will break down for you so you can see how this intriguing gel works.

The main ingredient is alcohol. I know there are a ton of people out there saying that alcohol is bad for your skin, but there is bad and good alcohol! Good alcohol is not a common allergen/irritant or VMV won't put it in their products. If there's one thing you need to know about this brand, they are incredibly anal about ingredients! They base their choices on studies published in peer reviewed journals and even publish research on their own.

So. Alchohol is an ingredient that dries out and sanitizes the surface of the skin at the same time. Some of the causes of acne are bacteria growth and oily skin, which is why alcohol works to strip the skin of those offenders. The Monolaurin ID Gel stings like a motherthumper because of it but it is effective in drying small pimples overnight.

What about cystic pimples? They're an entirely different story! If you have them, no topical treatment can make them go away. They can only lessen the appearance but they will still be there. Cystic pimples are often caused by hormonal imbalance and/or unwise lifestyle and diet choices which is why you need to see a dermatologist who may prescribe medication.

The next main ingredient is water, then glyceryl laurate. Glyceryl laurate or monolaurin is a skin-conditioning agent that has anti-bacterial and anti-microbial properties. It is considered safe although other people may say otherwise. :) It is effective in also fighting bacteria and fungal growth on skin, especially the ones that cause sweat acne (pityrosporum folliculitis). 

Then we have glycerin, which is a humectant that traps moisture in the skin. It is a skin-identical ingredient, which means that it is naturally found in our skin.

Triethanolamine is another common ingredient used in skincare and cosmetics. It's an emulsifier, thus binding the ingredients together. Last but not the least, we have carbomer, which is an ingredient that makes the Monolaurin ID Gel a, well, gel. 

Alright, I got a little carried away there! Always always read the ingredients to see exactly what you're putting on your skin, and to find out how a specific product works. Treat it like a cheat sheet! If you're unsure about a product, check the ingredients online then Google them. You'll be surprised what you find. It's also not too difficult to see reliable information.

The VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel is an effective product in drying (non-cystic) pimples, sweat acne, and other bacterial/fungal irritation on skin. It stings, but it feels cool and soothing after the initial jolt. Really nice product. You get sooo much in a bottle too!

Just remember to use a generous amount on your pimples, but don't go beyond the acne, okay? Just apply directly on the spot. Don't touch the area and wait for the gel to try.

Need to address this: is it effective as a primer? I haven't tried to use it that way, but it could be effective on very oily skin since the alcohol can dry out the surface and keep the oil away for a little longer. If you have dry skin to begin with, I don't recommend this gel to be used as such. 

Hope this helps! :)

Reader Comments (13)

been a fan and have been using this for years....great product but u must also be consistent especially if u have pimples and really clear them a base its not recommended unless ur on minimal make up it tends to show where u put make up on....and makes ur makeup (liquid or powder) patched looking :)

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterallura

Amazing! Will suggest this to my brother and boyfie! :) Thanks for the review, Liz (I like the break down part, very informative)

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJam

Something I really need! Will check out this one out. When the pimple dries up, it won't leave a mark? Because when I use products that dries up pimples, I somehow get dark spots. Anyway, thanks for the review!

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNina

This could actually be the answer to my face problem. I've inquired in your shiseido mask post if that mask could soothe redness. I wasn't able to tell that my breakouts aren't really cystic, just that there are tiny red bumps which are occasionally appearing on my face and they are neither painful nor itchy. They're just there, sitting comfortably on my face. It looks like that my face was irritated but i'm feeling nothing. They eventually disappear by themselves within 5 days. But without the 'breakouts', my face is fairly okay naman. Maybe this product can help me skip waiting for 5 days and just go straight up soothe them redness. Thank you for this very detailed post! I felt like i came back to my chemistry class. Hehe =) Good thing this isn't THAT expensive. Hay hay. I got excited na. I hate it when my 'breakouts' will suddenly start appearing and i'm like 'nooo, another 5 days!'. So i guess this is a skin care week, perhaps? Or a a vmv week. Either way, i'm looking forward to your posts. =)

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMarie

I agree with what you said about alcohol. It's a very helpful ingredient for people with oily and acne-prone skin, like me.

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAviva

i feel blessed that i dont have pimple problems. i can recommend this product to my brother since he has a serious acne problem. my problem is those little pimple-like bumps around the nose area. its not milia, para lang syang simpleng skin rash and i havent found the best facial wash or moisturizer to cure it. any recommendations? thanks. :)

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterconconichi

I was just looking at this earlier today! Haha I didn't end up buying it because I'm going to ask my dermatologist first, but I was thinking that it is SO reasonably priced. It's difficult to find acne treatments under 1000 pesos.

Thanks for breaking down the ingredients list! Must admit that when I saw alcohol as the main ingredient, I got nervous. Haha

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMariana

I love this, and would probably panic if stocks ran out! :)

July 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterApril

VMV Hypoallergenics ID Monolaurin Gel is very new for me. I haven't tried any chemical or gel ever before for my acne face. May be its quite effective and helpful but I feel bit scare of this product b'cos I haven't heard about this product ever, its my first time here.

July 4, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterVictoria . B

Very comprehensive review! :) I like VMV products too! Haven't bought a lot of them, though. I agree, skincare is important. Makeup can only do so much. And great tip, to research on the ingredients of the products we use. We should be mindful of the things that we put on our face and body. The chemicals may be making our skin condition worse, rather than helping it.

July 10, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGing

wow.. what a detailed review =) and it was nice of you ms liz of explaining each ingredient's main function =) i would take note of it!

August 2, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRhania Chang

Really comprehensive review! I'm a recent VMV convert (barely a year), and is currently obsessed with amassing their whole skincare line. haha. ;) I lead an active lifestyle, so acne sweat is not a stranger to me. Glad to have stumbled on your review of this product!

August 8, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterjanine

Nice product. might as well show this to my sister. haha. I think this is superrrrr effective! :D

August 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFati Recede

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