Esse’s Clarifying collection shifts skin microbes for targeted approach to modern acne

Esse's Clarifying collection shifts skin microbes for targeted approach to modern acne
Esse's Clarifying collection shifts skin microbes for targeted approach to modern acne

Bio-clinical skincare brand, Esse, announces the launch of the Clarifying collection, formulated to treat acne. Esse is leading the way in an industry shift towards a probiotic approach where feeding and seeding with probiotic species protects the skin from pathogens and treats chronic inflammation, the underlying cause of problem skin. Inflammatory skin diseases, like acne, are almost non-existent in hunter-gatherer communities but these conditions have become commonplace across the modern world. Over-sterilised homes, poor diet, and chronic stress have contributed to skin that is hyper-reactive and prone to acne.


Esse provides a new perspective using microbiome science to formulate high-tech, all-natural products that treat the cause of acne, not just the symptoms. 


Fresh from the Esse labs, the four-piece range offers an alternative approach to treating acne by shifting the microbial ecology on skin to favour a healthy, diverse ecosystem.


Esse introduces four strains of live Lactobacillus probiotics at more than 1 billion colony forming units per millilitre. Lactobacillus is a healthy contributor to the skin microbiome and these species have been shown to significantly reduce inflammation whilst being antifungal and improving skin hydration and wound healing.


Trevor Steyn, the founder, comments ‘Acne is a symptom of our modern lifestyle. We can’t go back to living as farmers or hunter-gatherers, so we need to reseed the skin with live probiotics’.


– More than 80% of teens and around 4% of adults get acne.

– Acne is either absent or rare in people that live traditional rural lifestyles.

– Inflammation is the underlying cause of acne and problem skin. 

– Vitamin D and live probiotics are shown to have a sustainable anti-inflammatory effect.  


Clarifying Cleanser, 100ml

Gently detoxifying, this non-foaming and non-stripping charcoal-infused cleanser soothes with probiotic extracts. Salicylic acid is included to gently exfoliate and balance pH to ensure a balanced microbiome.


Key ingredients:

Salicylic Acid to reduce sebum production; Bamboo Charcoal to absorb toxins and oils and Lactobacillus to shift the populations of bacteria on the skin. 


Clarifying Oil, 15ml

A light, easily absorbed facial oil which contains a synergy of live probiotics to shift the microbiome and act as a sebum support to reduce the skin’s oil production. Pro-vitamin D helps to boost an essential component of healthy skin.


Key ingredients:

Vitamin D for immune response regulation and improved barrier function; Bakuchiol to control bacterial overgrowth and maintain sebum integrity; Live Lactobacillus to improve inflammatory response.


Clarifying Serum, 30ml

A skin supplement with 2% Salicylic acid to help keep pores clear and Niacinamide to regulate oil production. Probiotic extracts and prebiotic nutrients to boost skin’s barrier function. For best results, use after the Clarifying Oil.


Key ingredients: 2% Salicylic Acid to reduce sebum production; Niacinamide to reduce inflammation; Hyaluronic Acid to aid wound healing and scar treatment; Tyndallised Lactobacillus to improve barrier function; Prebiotics to activate the skin’s own defence systems; Myrothamnus provides polyphenol anti-oxidant support.


Spot Corrector, 10ml

A targeted spot treatment packed with Salicylic Acid, Bakuchiol and Niacinamide to ensure spot and inflammation relief.


Key ingredients: Bakuchiol to control bacterial overgrowth; 2% Salicylic Acid to reduce sebum production; Niacinamide to reduce inflammation; Lactobacillus Lysate to shift the populations of bacteria on the skin; Tyndallised Lactobacillus to improve barrier function


Why is Esse different?


Modern living is taking it out of us, and it shows in our skin. Antibiotics, disinfectants, chemical-based cosmetics and pollutants are stripping our skin of their natural microbes leading to premature aging and reduced skin health. Esse seeks to rewild the skin by creating an environment that allows your natural microbial diversity to return. To do this, we use pre- and probiotic actives in highly advanced organic formulas specifically designed to support your skin microbiome.


But more than this, Esse is committed to providing skincare that is ethical and sustainable for the environment and for the people using it. Simply because it’s the right thing to do. When using Esse, you have peace of mind knowing it is:


– Certified organic by EcoCert.

– It is ‘no harm’ with accreditation from PETA and Beauty Without Cruelty.

– It is certified by the Vegan Society.

– It is plastic- and carbon-neutral.