Beauty Review Skincare

ESSE Skincare Part 2: BHA Boost Facial

If you read my previous post about Esse Skincare here, you will know that I am fascinated with their cutting-edge product formulations. Developed by Trevor Steyn, with a masters degree in organic chemistry, Esse is based on sound research and is the epitome of ‘skincare of the future‘. Their products and treatments are proof of exactly that. Because the focus is on facilitating and protecting the skin’s natural microbial ecology, Esse Skincare allows the skin to protect itself against pathogens and ageing. Think I am exaggerating? Grab a trial pack and see for yourself…I dare you.

But today’s post is focused on my experience with their professional range and treatments; specifically the Esse BHA Boost that Beauty by Yvette (an Esse stockist) did for me. A huge thank you to Lindsay Basson Photography for these beautiful photographs that allows me to share this experience with you.

Spoiler Alert: Start looking up your closest Esse stockist/therapist on the Esse website…


Products Used:

  • Esse Gel Cleanser
  • Esse Sensitive Cleanser
  • Esse Sensitive Toner
  • Esse BHA Exfoliator – Professional Product Only
  • Esse Omega Mask
  • Esse Serum
  • Esse Eye and Lip Cream
  • Esse Hydro Moisturiser
  • Esse Protect Oil
  • Esse Hyaluronic Ampoule – Professional Product Only

Beyond the Products:

If you are reading this, chances are you have heard of BHA and AHA etc. Well done, you know more than most people already. But what exactly is this BHA thing that’s used in this facial? Keep reading, I’m about to tell you…

BHA = Beta Hydroxy Acid

Don’t worry, I won’t leave you at that. Beta Hydroxy Acid, also known as Salicyclic acid, is used to lift dead skin cells and allows the healthy, living cells to move to the surface.


  • removes blackheads and whiteheads
  • clears clogged pores
  • treats acne
  • anti-inflammatory properties
  • anti-bacterial properties
  • avoids overproduction of sebum
  • calms down redness
  • restores smoothness and radiance of skin
  • anti-aging (fine lines and wrinkles)
  • used for hyperpigmentation and sun damage

The Esse BHA Exfoliator contains the Salicyclic Acid (BHA), Lactic Acid (an AHA), Aloe Vera, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rooibos, Vitamin C and Tocopherol

My Experience:

This was my very first facial… I know…Gasp! I have heard so many  things about the after-effects of facials that I opted to stay away until recently when I decided I trust the Esse Probiotic Skincare range enough to give it a go. Can I just say that this was one of the most relaxing hours of my life? I even forgot that I was being photographed (for real!).

As with any beauty treatment, but especially with facials, make sure you absolutely trust the therapist and products used. You want to be sure that the all the instruments (even sponges) are sterilized and all surfaces, towels, headbands or blankets are washed and disinfected. With Yvette, I had no doubt about this and knew I was in good hands.

Because Esse adheres to organic standards prescribed by Ecocert, you can rest assured that the products are natural, gentle and safe for your skin. This also means that the Esse BHA exfoliator does not cause much flakiness and peeling post-treatment (I actually didn’t experience any peeling whatsoever) – something that is often associated with BHA peels.

After a relaxing facial (neck massage and all), I went home extremely chuffed with my post-facial glow! Over the next few days I had no snake skin peeling off (yay!) but I had a few breakouts. Fortunately, from years of research, I know that this is normal – and actually a good thing: these breakouts were stubbornly waiting to make their arrival on a special day or even worse, they might have been planning to stay put, happily clogging my pores. The breakouts cleared quickly and when it did, my skin looked better than ever! And felt it too!

I can’t wait to visit Yvette again for this CRUELTY-FREE treatment, especially with Spring right on our doorstep.

What I’ve subsequently learnt: For BHA to work effectively, the pH of the formula and other products used must be very controlled. This is often why most “over-the-counter” (if I can call it that) BHA products do not give you the desired results. Esse Probiotic Skincare however places so much emphasis on creating the right pH, that you can be sure the BHA will be able to work its magic!

Sheer Rating: 5/5

Repurchase: Will be making an appointment again soon!

Tips: Avoid sweating it out at gym after the facial and make sure you SPF up (as you should be doing anyway)!!

I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on BHA facials and any experiences you might have had with it. I’d also love to know if you plan on giving the Esse BHA Boost a try?

You can contact your closest Esse Professional to hook you up or if you’re in Port Elizabeth give Beauty by Yvette a call on 072 291 1333 and she will sort you out for only R270!

With love, light and BHA


Disclaimer: Despite being treated to this facial, all thoughts and opinions are my own and by no means prescribed or controlled by the brand or therapist.

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  1. Wow! 5/5! Now I really want an Esse facial! I love how you speak about completely trusting the person and environment you’re having your facial done at. The adequate sterilization of skincare utensils is so important.

    Beautiful post!

    1. Yolande says:

      So glad you enjoyed this hun! It’s something so important to me xx

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