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clogged pores daily treatment

probiotics + gentle salicylic acid for acne, blackheads & congestion

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what does yogurt, kombucha and clear skin all have in common? good-for-you bacteria.

and yes, probiotics can not only help your gut, but keep your skin microbiome in check too.

let’s rewind: the microbiome, which is found under the top layer of dead skin, consists of billions of micro-organisms that help form a natural barrier against bad bacteria while managing inflammation and the skin’s pH.

just like your gut, the goal is to have a balanced microbiome. because when it’s not, it can lead to skin issues like acne, rosacea or eczema.

formulated with no fragrance or alcohol, this serum will treat acne, blackheads, and clogged pores without drying out or irritating your skin. in addition to probiotics, not a drill relies on:

1.5% salicylic acid: a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) from willow bark, penetrates so deeply into the skin it dissolves skin debris that clog pores, and acts as an anti-inflammatory to reduce red inflamed pimples and pustules. in decongesting skin, it helps reduce excess oil.

1% hyaluronic: a sugar molecule, helps to bind water to collagen, trapping it in the skin, so that skin can appear plumper, dewier, and more hydrated. a must for acne-prone skin, as it typically doesn’t have a very strong lipid barrier.

blueberry extracts: loaded with vitamins A, C and E, work to promote cell turnover while firming, tightening, and soothing the skin. they also contain resveratrol, which can help keep acne at bay while preventing sun damage and subsequent premature ageing.

orange blossom: we swapped distilled water for orange blossom water due to its rich anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties.

allantoin & aloe vera: relieves irritation and locks in that moisture! it has your skin’s back by calming it and supporting its natural barrier function.

use this product to your own peril: benefits are seriously not a drill!

+ reduces acne and the appearance of inflammation caused by acne
+ treats clogged pores without irritating or drying out your skin
+ treats blackheads, reduces excess oil and bumpy texture
+ hydrates skin and calms sensitivity

+ for all skin types
+ pregnancy-safe

if you’re new to BHAs, use 3 times a week before building up to daily usage. use after your cleanser and toner, and gently pat 2-3 drops of serum onto your skin. use it in the morning and evening, on your face or chest.

extra tip: you can also massage it into your scalp to reduce itchiness and gently exfoliate and remove excess buildup, flakes and oil.

citrus aurantium dulcis (orange blossom) floral water, aloe barbadensis (aloe vera) leaf juice, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, glycerin, sodium lactate, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, lactobacillus ferment lysate, leuconostoc

+ free from parabens, gluten, worries, phenoxyethanol, isothiazolones, or formaldehyde and is palm free.

+ vegan & cruelty-free. never tested on animals, all natural stuff. we use as few ingredients as possible.

texture/ light and fluid gel

finish/ slightly sticky in the first 10 sec, once absorbed by skin, soft without feeling stickiness, oiliness or dryness

scent/ smells mostly like sweet floral scents from the orange blossom water. not gonna lie, the lab almost quit, trying to neutralise the smell of ingredients in the formula without adding any fragrance, essential oils or weird brews. but we made it through!

essential oils content/ 0%

colour/ colourless

ISO 22716:2007 Good Manufacturing Practices | EU & FDA Standards

all ingredients are sustainably and ethically sourced, organic when possible. compounded in the UK.

disclaimer/ this product is not intended for oral use.we know it works miracles, but keep out of your eyes and dodgy toe… for real.

not a drill is no longer red as we removed the red berries infusion to guarantee stability over time and extend its shelf life. this means, it’s also unscented now. the smell only comes from the ingredients (like orange blossom water) in the formula.

we also swapped distilled water with orange blossom water, making the formula even more potent. Harriet, our accountant, was definitely not happy about this one. Nothing a lifetime of great skincare supply can’t fix though!

1. mum’s right: oil-to-milk cleanser with hemp & borage oil
2. glow the f*ck up - plumping, soothing, pore shrinking toner
3. not a drill - probiotics + gentle salicylic acid for acne, blackheads & congestion
4. moisturiser - pick your partner in crime

+ remove the pump.
+ rinse out the bottle.
+ pop the bottle in your recycling bin.
+ unfortunately, the pump and cap will not be recycled due to its multiple material composition and small size.

or give it to your mum, she’ll know how to proceed.

we’re on a mission to make inspiring, life-changing dreams come true for people in need. so a percentage of every sale goes to our madeby foundation.

shop our missions (coming soon!) to contribute even more.

results-driven products with proven science, using only plant-based ingredients. no fillers. no nasty stuff. no bs. no 10-steps routines.

Customer Reviews

Based on 66 reviews
age range: 35 - 50
skin tone: brown
skin type: combination

Great value for money hyaluronic acid with lovely ingredients. I’d rather buy this due to the clean ingredients than other competitors at similar price point. Will repurchase

Jade Hillyer
age range: 35 - 50
skin tone: pale
skin type: sensitive, dry, chronic skin conditions (rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, etc...)
Absolutely amazing

The best product I have ever used! Said exactly what it does on the bottle

Renata Alescio
age range: 25 - 34
skin tone: pale
skin type: combination
Still good, but something’s different

After the stop, I went back to Made By as 2 years ago this was the only skincare that would do wonders to my skin. I like it but something feels different, plus the website is always out of stock of the same items

Will I still buy it? Probably yes until I find something better even though I really don’t want to

Jamie Hack
age range: 25 - 34
skin tone: pale
skin type: oily
So far, so good

I was intrigued by your marketing and ads and it did its job - it drew me in. I’ve been using a couple of products for the past few weeks and I have to say, I’ve seen a big difference in the texture of my skin and I feel like I’m glowing, more than ever before.

I do need to spend more time with them to see if they can tackle those annoying blackheads that won’t seem to budge, but I am more than happy to invest in some more products soon and hopefully give the whole range a try! I’m confident that this will really work wonders for my skin and I’m VERY happy to have found skincare products that do exactly what they set out to do.

Jessica Hinds-Turner
age range: 25 - 34
skin tone: tanned
skin type: acne-prone, oily
Great for spots

This stuff is brilliant for spots and blackheads. You have to stick with it. It took about 3 months to see a different for me but it definitely works. Doesn’t stop all acne flare up for example during hormonal periods but helps get them under control quickly. My skin tone has evened out by about 50%. It hasn’t totally cured all my problems but it’s a process.