REALITY CHECK: New acne skincare products put to the test

Editorial Staff

June 26, 2019 4:39 pm

3 months ago AcneInsider editor Jade Winters began a blog in which she put Keeva Organics Tea Tree Oil Acne Products, on trial on her face. She was then photographed, before, during and after her three month trial. Here are the results…

I began a trial of a new brand of natural acne skincare called Keeva Organics, created by a US dermatologist, Dr Kristin Fields. It was suggested to me by a friend who challenged me to use the products (I’m usually a chemical user of big brands – guilty) and be photographed.

Always up for a challenge, I began. You can see what I used on my face here. As you will see below the results were really quite astounding.

Now, many weeks after starting the trial has come to an end. The reason it was 12 weeks in length was because it takes around this time for skin to become completely healthy again and for the natural tea tree oil to work.

First, a little about the range. I wanted to take a look at the philosophy. When Dr Fields first approached me to do the trial I said no, being wary of new formulas making big claims to eliminate acne. Dr Fields convinced me to stop using products containing harsh, artificial ingredients that really strip the surface of the skin in order to get it looking better. In my core I knew this to be true because what I was previously using always irritated my skin. She explained this is a false economy for skin because stripping the surface will always make the skin more sensitive to light and UV damage which in my book, spells big fat W.R.I.N.K.L.E.S.

Keeva is supposed to be different because, it is made with gentle, mostly botanical ingredients and small amounts of ‘actives’ such as tea tree oil (natural acne fighter) to protect the skin and to gently refine it and secondly, it had serious, scientific research behind it.

The mission of the brand is to fight and reduce acne breakouts, clear existing acne scarring and to strengthen skin using botanical ingredients. No animal testing. No parabens. I love that idea. But I also love the fact that their pedigree is rooted in hard science and they have proper clinical trials to show their products work (unfortunately, most botanicals based products I see can’t afford this).

Lastly, what I can’t ignore too is the fact that the products are so pleasant to use it’s clear research has gone into them. You see, as much as I love the idea of them, I find really ‘natural’ products often just sit on the surface of my skin, leaving a greasy film. These products do no such thing and in fact, even though at one point I was using around four products on my face, it felt as though my skin was drinking them in, with no residue or waxiness.

I can see clearly that the trial has had a huge effect on the brightness and texture of my skin. Most importantly I have never been this acne free.

Now let’s look at the results as seen by the camera. Here is a not so great shot of my skin BEFORE the trial began.


‘There is a very significant improvement of 11.2 per cent in the smoothness of the surface of the skin,’ says Dr Fields. ‘Scars have improved and new acne development has been stopped.’

According to Dr Fields: ‘The amount of acne spots reduced from 124 spots to 15.

These effects are achieved by Tea Tree Oil Acne Cream and Face Wash which contain multiple natural ingredients including tea tree oil that effectively suppress unwanted acne activity.

Here is a list of the Tea Tree Oil products I was using and their prices.

Tea Tree Oil Acne Cream – $79

Tea Tree Oil Acne Face Wash – $49

Tea Tree Oil Acne Serum – $50

Best Price – 3-in-1 Tea Tree Oil Acne Kit (which contains all of the above) – $149

So, would I actually buy them?

Looking at those prices, I know the big question (and the elephant in the room) is this: would I pay for this natural skincare?  As you probably know, the products I tried over the last 12 weeks were a press gift – I was given them all in exchange for blogging about the results. But here’s the thing, the results as shown by the photos don’t lie so I couldn’t fluff up what happened. Nor did I want to – the whole point of the trial was to find out whether natural skincare makes any difference to my skin.

So, with that – and my results in mind – will I be buying my next batch? I have thought about this long and hard and have decided that probably, yes. Think about it. All of the above products add up to $149 which sounds like a lot on paper. But for me it’s a good bit less than a daily coffee and the products lasted because you need so little of each one. Moreover, divide the amount by 84 (the number of days in 12 weeks) and you’re looking at a cost of $1.77 a day. That’s less than what I spend on tea most days, spent on my face – which is the one accessory I can’t ever take off.

Spending $149 on 12 weeks worth of skincare sounds ludicrous on paper, but over 12 weeks, that amounts to $1.77 a day. For the one accessory you can’t ever take off – your face – I think that’s money well spent

Looking in the mirror now, I haven’t seen a difference in my skin to this extent with any other skincare I have ever used, without causing any irritation. Keeva isn’t the cheapest option out there, but for me at least, I now know that the money I am spending is actually having an effect on my skin.

Find out more about Keeva Organics here.