Looking back on my skin growing up, I’d say that I was blessed with a generally acne-free existence. My acne problems have mainly been hormonal and nothing too out of the norm (not that I don’t get crazy, awful blemishes from time to time). Playing around with makeup and learning more about green beauty has encouraged me to focus on keeping my skin healthy and blemish-free especially as I’m getting older. Too often acne is linked to puberty and youth but the truth is, adults get acne too.
Niora Naturals is an unique, natural skincare company in that the products focus on solutions for adult acne and anti-aging prevention. You could say the brand grew out of a labor of love. The brand is based in Portland, OR and created by chemist, George Tindall for his wife, Cindy who suffered from adult acne. Cindy couldn’t find any effective, non-irritating acne products on the market for her skin and her condition embarrassed her. George took it upon himself to develop a natural and organic anti-acne product for her that would clear blemishes and maintain healthy skin. After using Niora products, Cindy’s skin immediately cleared up, maintained its natural beauty and she has not had acne since. What a love story!
I was very intrigued when I received the chance to try out Niora’s Adult Acne Treatment system. The line is based on Niora’s unique Alpha Clear formula and anti-acne system. Product ingredients are natural, organic, Eco-Cert, cruelty-free vegan ingredients. Read all the details about Niora’s ingredients here. Niora product formulas are “the perfect balance between anti-aging and the effective treatment of acne”. (Scroll to the end of this post for a special Niora giveaway!)
Alpha Clear adult acne treatment is a two-step process that cleans, tones and moisturizes, encouraging the skin’s natural ability to heal acne while normalizing dryness/oiliness levels. Alpha Clear contains intensely moisturizing jojoba oil, which dissolves dried sebum, or skin oils, unclogging pores and clearing blackheads and whiteheads. The natural fruit acids in alpha clear exfoliant tone the skin, clearing remaining cellular debris from within pores. With rinsing, the skin is left soft and clean.
The Alpha Clear Adult Acne Treatment is based on 2 simple, daily steps using the Alpha Clear Cleanser and the Alpha Clear Exfoliant. The next optional step is the moisturizing, Alpha C Serum. I was able to try a Niora cleanser, exfoliant, eye serum, anti-aging serum, and a makeup removing cream.
Though I was initially skeptical of the claims of these products, I ended up really enjoying the gentle, effective formulas. I found most of the Niora products to be watery in texture though moisturizing, non-irritating and non-drying on the skin. The products did calm my irritated skin and lessen the appearance of blemishes.
Niora’s goal is to provide effective, natural anti-aging skin care solutions for adults with acne-prone skin by using superior anti-aging ingredients to create skin-friendly treatments that clear acne. We are committed to formulating our skin care to the greatest extent possible with natural ingredients that are cruelty free, organic and earth friendly.
My favorite products from the line were the cleanser and the exfoliant. I did start to see a difference in my skin after using solely these products for about a month. The redness in my face subsided, previous blemishes and spots lessened and I actually didn’t see many new breakouts appearing after continually using the products.
Alpha Clear Cleanser: The texture of this cleanser is creamy and watery but is a pleasant light cleanser. It does a great job of refreshing the skin, producing smooth skin and preserving moisture. I felt like my skin was deeply cleansed. You also get A LOT of cleanser in one product. I didn’t experience much irritation with this cleanser though with all the products from this line, I did feel a slight tingling sensation whenever applying but I believe this is due to the natural astringents and acne-fighting ingredients. ($16.95, 8oz)
Alpha Clear Exfoliant: I was intrigued by the idea of a spray-on exfoliant and really enjoyed using this product. This product is like a toner and exfoliant in one. Lightly sprayed onto the face and neck, it left me feeling fresh with soft skin and also removed any excess oil, dirt and redness from my skin. I really saw improvement with my skin from this product and the cleanser combined. Out of all the products, I could feel the tingling sensation most from this exfoliate. I would advise to avoid spraying close to the eyes and from a farther distance. ($13.95, 4oz)
Alpha C Serum: This serum was very light and creamy without being greasy. I enjoyed using this as a night-time moisturizer and even during the day under makeup. It leaves behind a silky, smooth, matte texture on the face and is so moisturizing. My sensitive skin is always a factor when I choose moisturizers and serums, but my face never felt dry or irritated when I used this serum. If you have sensitive or acne-prone skin, I think you’ll love this! ($31.96, 1oz)
Silk Basic Emollient Make-up Remover: This yellow-toned, creamy cleanser was gentle and moisturizing. It was a bit thin and watery compared to the cleansers and facial oils I am used to. However, it was an effective makeup remover and left my face feeling clean. I liked it but I think I like my cleansing oils better. ($17.95, o.5oz)
Eye Therapy Anti-Aging Serum: This product was extremely watery in texture and was a bit greasy on the skin. I liked how it kept the area under my eyes well-moisturized and my skin felt tauter though I didn’t see much difference in the way of reducing discoloration or puffiness. I have dry skin around my eyes and usually like to use a heavier serum or cream at night. However, I would keep using this because it was very moisturizing. ($17.95, 0.5oz)
Out of all the products, I recommend the Cleanser and Exfoliant combination because they did live up to their claims of reducing acne overtime and cleaning the skin while maintaining moisture. The Alpha C Serum was another favorite of mine because it left my sensitive skin absolutely silky smooth and moisturized all day and night long!
I think Niora Naturals is a very intriguing brand to explore and I believe they are very gentle, effective formulas as far as natural, acne-fighting skincare products go. Plus, I think these products are very affordable for the sizes you receive and their effectiveness in treating adult acne. Definitely make sure to check out the Niora ingredient lineup here.
Are you interested in trying these products? Niora Naturals is generously providing one lucky reader with one full set of the Adult Acne Treatment products to try! How to enter:
- Leave a comment below telling me which Niora Naturals product you are most interested to try and why.
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The contest ends on Tuesday, April 8th at 12pm EDT. I will randomly pick a winner and update this post as well as contact the winner by email. Contest is open to all participants in the U.S. and internationally.*
The winner will receive all the products I reviewed: 1 Alpha Clear Cleanser, 1 Alpha Clear Exfoliant, 1 Alpha C Serum, 1 Silk Basic Emollient Makeup Remover, and 1 Eye Therapy Anti-Aging Serum. Good luck!!
GIVEAWAY IS CLOSED. Congratulations to Shaleen for winning! 🙂
Thanks to everyone who entered and shared with me your stories. I enjoyed reading all your comments!
*Giveaway is open to all U.S. and international participants. Prizes and shipping cost provided by Niora Naturals. All information provided by entrants is confidential and will not be shared to other third parties. Winner will be contacted by email 48 hours after the giveaway ends. If no response is received from the selected winner 72 hours after the email is sent, another random winner will be selected.
**Products were provided to me for consideration. Reviews are based on my honest opinion and personal experience with the products. I am never paid for my honest opinions.