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not a drill

not a drill

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 microorganisms 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.

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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 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.

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 & red berry 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.

no vimto has been used in the making of this serum! I did plan on calling it ‘not vimto’ but was reminded of the potential lawsuits that we can’t afford. instead, not a drill will do. because its effects are seriously not a drill!


aqua, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, vaccinium angustifolium (blueberry) fruit extract, glycerin, sodium lactate, salicylic acid, hyaluronic acid, allantoin, lactobacillus ferment lysate, leuconostoc, hibiscus sabdariffa leaf, pyrus malus (apple) fruit extract, glycyrrhiza glabra (liquorice) root extract, rosa rubiginosa (rosehips) leaf, ribes nigrum (blackcurrant) fruit extract, vanilla planifolia fruit

how to use

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.

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


United Kingdom
next day tracked (if ordered before 9AM) -£5.45

4-7 days (not tracked) - £3.40

tracked (5 days) - £12.80

untracked (5-20 business days) - £11.90

tracked (5 days) - £12.80

untracked (5-20 business days) - £11.90

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return policy

we offer a full refund within 15 days of delivery. products must be purchased through our online store, and be in new condition and sealed.
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where and how it's made

all our products are hand-made in small batches in our HQ in Banbury, Oxfordshire 🇬🇧 that means your skin & body get the bestest freshest stuff, just like if you're getting fresh fruit & veg from the farmer's market 😉 click here to learn more about our formulation process.

we only use recycled, recyclable, or compostable material. all our containers are glass and we use biodegradable peanuts to pack our orders so we avoid any accidents in transit. click here to learn more about our environmental impact.

suitable for vegetarians and vegans. cruelty-free, never tested on animals, all natural stuff. we use as few ingredients as possible.

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Customer Reviews

Based on 56 reviews
age range: 35 - 50
skin tone: pale
skin type: sensitive, mature, dry
Love it!

I have slightly dry sensitive skin, but I had an outbreak of spots on my chin, the. I saw the ad for this and thought it was worth a go. It was definitely worth it!!! My skin is calm, the spots are clearing and I haven’t reacted!! I use it with the blue oil, which also suits my skin.. who knew!?

age range: 18 - 24
skin tone: pale
skin type: acne-prone, sensitive
so good

i've used a few other products from MBS and saw improvements but this has made The biggest difference. i went from 2x a week up to every other day(ish) morning and evening and although i do still get some hormonal breakouts the spots are smaller, less sore and there's fewer of them. it feels very sticky but it applies well and a little goes a long way, it sinks in fast and doesn't feel dry or tight.
i ordered the bottle in april and still have maybe 1/4 left but i'm 100000% certain i'll be re-ordering this.

Rachael Smith
age range: 25 - 34
skin tone: pale
skin type: acne-prone, sensitive, dry
My favourite serum I’ve found!

I had a free consultation with AJ about my skin and she recommended this due to some spots under the skin, uneven skin tone and some scars from previous break outs. I love the smell and the consistency and while I’m still in the building up phase I love that it is sensitive for me to use everyday! My skin has disapproved of most things, including lactic acid so it’s great to find something to blast spots but not irritate!

Bernadette Mity
age range: 50+
skin tone: pale
skin type: combination
Amazing product

I am always a bit sceptical about skin products however this was amazing it did what it claims and I would definitely recommend it

Maddy Wilson
age range: 25 - 34
skin tone: light pale
skin type: acne-prone, combination

Really pleasantly surprised with this product, its my first time purchasing from MBS and it has definitely helped with my skin not as many spots and speedier healing for the current spots,feels lovely applying. I will be purchasing again!