Marie Veronique Organics Treatment Oil: a holy grail acne remedy


I have been sitting on a post about Marie Veronique Treatment Oil ($80 for 1 oz) for several months. This product is so good, it's hard to know where to start. It's a facial oil meant for acne-prone skin, and in short, it has changed my skin.

It's impossible for me to explain how great this product has been for me without giving a little background on my skin. I've gotten spots and unevenness on my forehead since my teens, but all of the sudden about a year ago, I started getting particularly nasty cystic acne on my chin, and some stubborn spots on my cheeks as well. Every time my face started to heal, more pimples would pop up. And if that wasn't fun enough, everything seemed to leave red hyperpigmentation spots. My chin was perpetually bumpy, red and irritated. I used pretty gentle skincare that didn't make things worse, but nothing was working preventatively or creating drastic improvements. Then I happened to receive a sample of Marie Veronique's Face Oil, and was surprised that it started to clear my acne.

If their regular anti-aging oil was clearing my face, I had to check out the Treatment Oil, which is actually formulated for acne-prone skin. I had high hopes for this product, and it delivered big time. In short, it is the best facial oil I've ever used. It definitely speeds up healing time of existing breakouts, reduces hyper pigmentation, moisturizes, refines skin texture and seems to prevent future breakouts as well. I really want to emphasize that I have never tried a product that is this effective before. After about two weeks, my skin had improved about 80%. After a month, it was about 90% better, I only have pimples pop up on occasion now, and my chin is completely smooth, which is a huge deal for me. My forehead is also much clearer than it was before. I think that diet changes (less sugar and no dairy) certainly helped improve my skin, but it was when I starting using this oil that my skin started fully recovering. I've tried other moisturizers since using this, sure enough, pimples started popping up. I immediately switch back to MVO and my skin started to heal again.

The texture of the oil is fairly emollient, but it absorbs very quickly when applied to damp skin. It contains fantastic ingredients like borage and pumpkin seed oils, which are high linoleic acid, an important compound for acneic skin. It has antioxidant-rich seabuckthorn and red raspberry to help accelerate healing. It also contains anti-inflammatory emu oil, antibacterial essential oils like tea tree and rosemary, and black willow bark extract, a natural source of exfoliating BHAs. It's worth checking out the full ingredients list, because every single ingredient serves a purpose. 

Because MVO falls into such a high price range, I wanted to touch a little on why I think this line is actually worth it. Most of the time tend to use midrange skincare products, mainly because I feel that prices are very inflated for high end skincare, natural or otherwise. MVO is one of the very select high end brands that I feel is completely worth it because they have such an evidence-based approach to their formulations. Ingredients aren't just added to their products because they are luxe or expensive, they are all purposefully included to provide real results. That's pretty apparent when you use their products, and start seeing a big improvement in your skin.

If you're not convinced, they conducted a clinical trial to demonstrate the efficacy of their Face Oil. The skeptic in me wondered how unbiased a study commissioned by a skincare company could be, but then I read that it was an independently conducted randomized double blind study — a.k.a. the gold standard of clinical trials. Basically, they weren't messing around with the science. I still think we should always look at all scientific studies with a discerning eye, but the very fact that the company is spending money to conduct these trials says a lot about their evidence-based approach.

When I purchased the oil, I also considered that my skin was bad enough that I should have gone to a dermatologist, and likely would've been given a prescription for something a lot harsher than these products. These are all real costs that are quite comparable to a bottle of the Treatment Oil. Guess which route I would rather invest in?

Anyways, enough raving. As you can see, I really dig this company's philosophy and products. If you haven't found the right natural skincare that combats your breakouts, I highly, highly recommend trying out the Acne Relief Travel Kit ($75) to see if these products will work for your skin.

The Compact ReviewMarie Veronique Treatment Oil is my holy grail product for acne treatment, and the most effective product I've ever tried. It has improved my skin by leaps and bounds. It's 100% worth its high end price tag.

Get it: marieveroniqueorganics.com

Ingredients: Simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) oil*, carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oil*, helianthus annuus (sunflower) oil*, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin seed) oil*, borago officinalis (borage) oil*, emu oil, salix nigra (black willow bark) extract*, tocopherol (vitamin e), euterpe oleracea (acai) oil, vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry) seed oil*, rubus idaeus (red raspberry) seed oil*, calophyllum inophyllum (tamanu) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn) oil*, squalene (from olive oil), citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seed oil, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) oleoresin*, usnea lichen tincture, lavandula angustifolia (lavender) essential oil*, daucus carota (carrot) seed essential oil, curcuma longa (curcuma) essential, melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) essential oil*, cymbopogon martini (palmarosa) essential*, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) essential oil*, chamomilla recutita (moroccan chamomile) essential oil
*organic  

*I was sent a sample size of this product, but bought the full size myself. Contains affiliate links.

16 comments :

  1. I am suffering from the same skin concerns: blemishes, hyperpigmentation marks, uneven skintone... I maybe have two or three good skin days per month. It's very disheartening! I have tried many products, both natural and non-natural, and never quite found anything that worked really well for me. I gotta say, thanks to your glowing review and their clinical trial, which seems to have believable, realistic numbers, I have been convinced to try this out! While I have shied away from MVO due to the very steep prices, I will definitely be considering this treatment oil.

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    1. I totally understand. I am not one to drop a lot of money on skincare unless there's a really good reason to. My skin was bad enough that when visiting my dad, he wanted to send me to a dermatologist. I knew I didn't want to go because I didn't want to be prescribed a bunch of Retinoic Acid or anything else that makes your skin very sensitive to the sun. This stuff has helped my skin so much, without any of the harsh side effects.

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  2. Finding skincare that actually works is pretty much the best feeling! I'm not especially acne-prone, so probably not the product for me, but your rave definitely makes me want to check out the rest of what MVO makes!

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    1. It's the best isn't it? Having bad skin can be so frustrating, and I used to spend a lot of extra time covering it up. I think you might like the regular Face Oil!

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  3. I'm the opposite... I received a sample of the face oil and whenever I put it on, I actually get pimples... maybe I am too oily for these face oils... :/ I am very acne-prone... I usually don't put anything on my face and that works for me.

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    1. Oh no! Everyone's skin is different, but I feel that there's got to be an oil out there for you somewhere! Have you heard of Watermelon Seed? I was just reading up on it for my review of Lina Hanson Global Baby Serum, and it is known for dissolving excess sebum. Might be one to check out! You might also like the Treatment Serum from MVO, which has a more gel like texture.

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    2. Baby serum? Not the face serum? Is there a sample I can get? I would love to try it, but it's too expensive (the face serum one at least)... o.o I don't want to buy something that I don't know 100% sure that it will work...

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    3. I actually meant the ingredient itself, not the baby serum! Shea Terra sells it for $18 for 2 oz.
      http://www.sheaterraorganics.com/Kalahari-Ootanga-Oil-Prehistoric-Watermelon-Seed-Oil_p_51.html

      I'm not sure where you could get a sample of the pure stuff, but you could definitely get a sample of the serum One Love Organics makes with it:
      https://oneloveorganics.com/shop/love-springs-eternal-youth

      Obviously I don't know if it will work with your skin specifically, but if you are wanting to experiment I think it's a great idea to try samples.

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  4. Really nice post!
    I really would like to try some of the MVO products as I have read my great reviews about it.
    When it comes to clinical trials or scientific tests, sorry to say that I tend (always) to be a bit skeptical because a lot of beauty companies often (but not always)do not conduct them properly (the number of volunteers are often to low, statistical analysis not done etc).
    Anyway, this oil looks fab and I will def make it on my US beauty wish list! x

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    1. Hey Audrey, I think you are smart to be skeptical. I'll never forget reading about meta research (research about research) in one of my science classes. The experts basically say that a giant chunk (I can't remember the fraction, but I know it was more than half) of published studies have significant flaws in their methodology. I always keep that in mind - one study isn't ever really enough. But I think MVO did do about as good as any company could do by having the study conducted independently, and using a double blind, randomized design. I read into it more as that if they are willing to subject their products to such tests, they are serious about making them as effective as possible. And the products really worked for me, so they must be on to something!
      I have seen several non-US bloggers post about their products, so I know that they do ship internationally!

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  5. I've heard such great things about this oil for acne, and the bumpiness on your forehead sounds exactly like my skin too! Whilst I have no cystic acne any more, it's those tiny spots that still lurk around that are impossible to shift.

    Buuuuuut what really stops me from trying this particular product from MVO is the krill oil...I'd buy a vegan version in a heartbeat though.

    Mayah x

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    1. Ah, yes, this product also has emu oil so it is definitely NOT vegan. I think the cleanser and toner from this line both are though.

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  6. I've been wanting to try MVO for a long time now, especially after hearing that it helps with acneic. I suffer from monthly hormonal breakouts, do you think this will help in preventing that? My BFF got this not too long ago and she hates the smell! :)

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  7. Wow, from your review this really does sound amazing. I've never tried anything from the range before but the products really do sound worth the price x

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  8. I feel you! I've had my fair share of bad skin days, mine is the combination type so it's really hard for me to find a product that will suit my skin. I'm most prone to breakouts during my oily skin days. I've also tried tons of products but still nothing can make my acne go away.

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  9. Wow! Thanks for sharing. It can be difficult to find a perfect oil for one's skin. When you eventually find one, you stick to it. Moringa oil is also very good especially its anti-aging properties. Moringa oil

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