Do Treatments Like Lerosett Really Cure Acne?
Lerosett is a Swedish maker of acne products. They make bold claims for products that seem to be designed for fair skin—but do their products work?
- Lerosett is a line of acne care products made in Sweden.
- Lerosett advertises that its products are free of added chemicals, but they all contain added chemicals.
- The main ingredient in most Lerosett products is aloe vera gel, from aloe vera plants raised in greenhouses in Sweden.
- Greenhouse-grown aloe vera has especially low concentrations of chemicals that heal the skin.
- Aloe vera gel in general has no special benefit for acne.
- Other ingredients added to Lerosett products can actually make acne worse.
- If you have rosacea, and you live in Scandinavia, Lerosett products might be helpful.
- For common acne care, try Exposed Skin Care.
What Is Lerosett?
Lerosett is a maker of acne products that has been operating in Sweden since 1985. They make products that are 100% organic. They advertise that their products are free of drugs, toxins, and added chemicals, and that they do not use benzoyl peroxide, sulfur, mineral oil, parabens, dyes, detergents, or soaps.
Lerosett formulas emphasize greenhouse-grown aloe vera. Sensitive to frost, this plant is grown in giant plantations in Texas and Mexico, where it is native, but requires nearly year-round heating in northern Europe. Lerosett Organic Clear Skin Face Wash is made primarily from aloe vera gel. Lerosett Organic Clear Skin Moisturizer is made primarily from aloe vera gel. Lerosett Organic Clear Skin Toner is also made primarily from aloe vera gel. These products also contain a variety of botanical extracts to complement their effects on the skin to pull “out the bad stuff and leave the good.”
Does Aloe Work in Treating Acne?
Since most Lerosett products emphasize aloe vera gel as their primary ingredient, it’s a reasonable question to ask whether aloe really has an effect on acne. The bulk of the scientific data suggests that aloe vera gel is fine for treating inflammation that comes as a side effect of acne treatment, but that has no real use in acne care.
You might benefit from using aloe vera gel if:
- You are experiencing redness and inflammation after recent microdermabrasion treatment.
- You have been using benzoyl peroxide to treat pimples and you have a problem with dry, itchy, or peeling skin.
- You tend to develop brown spots after acne treatment (a special problem on Asian skin) and you need a secondary treatment to prevent excessive irritation from acne treatments.
- You have an acne-like staph or strep infection of the skin.
- Dry skin makes indented acne scars look even more prominent.
- You forgot to use sunscreen or sun block and you got a bad burn when you went out into the sun.
- You tend to get pimple-like infections of the skin when you use a hot tub or you visit a water park.
Aloe vera gel, however, has no direct effect on acne. If you live in a country where winter cold tends to dry out the skin, aloe may help keep your skin moist so you get fewer tight-skin blemishes, but it will do nothing to repair acne blemishes once they occur. Moreover, the healing chemicals that naturally occur in aloe are concentrated under heat stress and drought—which do not occur when the plant is grown in a greenhouse.
What About Other Ingredients in Lerosett Products?
Although aloe is the primary ingredient most Lerosett products, other herbal extracts are also listed among the ingredients. Some of them are helpful in treating acne-prone skin, while others are not. Let’s take a look at herbs and botanicals commonly used by Lerosett. Many of the botanicals used by Lerosett are listed by their Latin botanical names (many of them misspelled).
- Arnica is used homeopathic doses (less than 0.0000001%) to treat sore muscles and bruises. Even a 1% arnica extract can cause an abortion in pregnant women or induce irregular heart rhythms in older adults. The exact amount of arnica used in Lerosett products is not stated.
- Marigold (Tagetes) extracts can fight staph infections. They can also trigger flare-ups of eczema, especially when they are used with arnica.
- Chamomile (Matricaria) extracts generally reduce inflammation and soothe allergic reactions in the skin.
- Witch hazel (Hamamelis) can open the skin when it is used with a salicylic acid skin toner. Otherwise it tends to “tan” the skin locking sebum inside pores.
- St. John’s wort (Hypericum perforatum) makes the skin more sensitive to sunburn. If you live in Sweden, this won’t be a problem. If you use St. John’s wort extract on your skin in Florida, it almost certainly will.
- Lemon oil or lemon peel oil, unlike lemon juice, usually irritates the skin.
- Grapefruit seed extract fights a variety of skin infections, but not acne bacteria.
- Aesculum hippocastanum (horse chestnut) extract helps tone and firm the linings of capillaries beneath the skin, so that they are less likely to leak blood when the skin is heated or stressed.
And despite claims that their products do not contain chemicals, in Lerosett face wash, moisturizer, and toner one can find carbomer-940, isododecane, laureth-4, nylon-12, sodium PCA, tetrasodium EDTA, triethanolamine, and urea.
If Lerosett Isn’t What It Claims to Be, Could It Work Anyway?
Lerosett products clearly are not what their advertising claim. Their major ingredient is a botanical that has no effect on acne, and they use a form of that botanical that has the smallest concentration of healing ingredients. Other ingredients in the product can cause as many problems as they correct, and there are also a variety of chemical ingredients of dubious efficacy—and one, laureth-4, that is a major cause of chin acne in women.
But are the products totally useless? Actually, if you live in Scandinavia and you have rosacea, rather than common acne, they might actually help. Rosacea needs strengthening of blood vessels combined with overall reduction in inflammation. If you have rosacea but you don’t have allergies, and you either spend your time indoors or live in a part of the world like Sweden where the sun is not harsh, Lerosett may do you a little good.
But the results won’t be spectacular.
If you have rosacea, Lerosett is worth a try, provided you buy your products with a money-back guarantee. If you have mild to moderate common acne, you are more likely to get good results with Exposed Skin Care.