This cleanser really clears breakouts, but it made my skin so dry that it's not worth it. I tried dif. moisturizers afterwards and my skin would still get red and flaky. It also left a film which clogged my pores. I would sometimes use pc bha toner to remove the residue from the cleanser, and the cotton pad would come out dirty. So even though it clears breakouts, it doesn't exactly get your skin clean if that makes sense.
I have had awful, teenage hormonal acne. I have used the "best products" the ones that have been guaranteed to work, and had no luck. Even proactive, which ultimately made my skin worse and was adding a lot of oil on my shiny oily face, which ended up in zits. I read many reviews on PanOxyl and everyone seemed very pleased with it. This product is really a miracle in a bottle. My acne cleared up and this product by two weeks stopped all breakouts and prevented them from coming. This product does contain 10% benoxyl peroxide and if you are sensitive to that, I would suggest using this once a day instead of two just for the sake of you skin not drying out. Purchase an oil free lotion if your skin does dry out, because this product is definitely worth the results. I give it 2 thumbs up, and I'm so happy my skin is clear now!
My dermatologist recommended this a few years ago, but when I ran out one time I never made it back to buying it. Well, my acne returned and so I went in search of this again. I found it cheapest at wal-mart around $8.97 and i got a $2 off coupon on panoxyls website so $7! Other places were $13-14. Anyways, I LOVE this product. It hasnt been drying out my skin. I have fairly oily skin and am stressed out a lot due to school. Sometimes I use a spot treatment after this, but not usually. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I love this because it does not affect my birth control pills like other acne medicines do!
This is amazing but takes time to work. It takes about 1 week to work, so once you start using it, don't stop as spots will re appear!!
So in December I started breaking out like crazy. It was all over my chin and inner cheeks and some on my forhead. They ranged from nodules to whiteheads that got bigger and bigger every hour. I am still young so I was freaking out thag my acne was getting worst. So when I went to my doctor for a physical, I told her my acne bothered me and she reccomended PanOxyl to be used with a BufPuf and to use it once in the morning and once at night. So I got them and I am pretty impressed. So at night I use PanOxyl with the BufPuf then I use a toner, and then I out aloe vera (the plant, to get rid of scarring, redness, and inflamation) then I use emu oil for the same reason. Now a day, I don't get so many pimples. I get the occasional 2-3 whiteheads but they are small and easy to get rid of. I have not gotten a cyst or anything that large. I still get blackheads sometimes but that wasn't a big concern. I am so happy with the results I get. I feel confident now that I don't have volcanoea erupting from my face.
CON: I have always had oily skin. And I still do on my forehead and cheeks. But once I started using a BP spot treatment on my chin, it healed my acne but it left my skin flaky and dry. I stopped using it then shortly after started using PanOxyl. I have to wash with this only at night because 2 times a day is too harsh. I can't wash my face in the morning, because no lotion helps the dryness, and my emu oil looks too oily to be out in public. My chin gets very dry around 5 in the evening and it starts to flake. So does the area around my nose. It itches too. My chin now has hyperpigmentation to the dry areas, but I am not sure if that is also caused by the cold winter. So the only thing is is that it will dry you out and flake you no matter what skin type you have.
Let me tell you... I absolutely love Pan Oxyl! I have been struggling with Acne for over 5 years and I have tried many products from Olay to Nuetrogena to Clearasil to Prescription Acne medicine. Just everything! When I first started using Pan Oxyl, which was a week ago, the first two days were bad! Pan Oxyl was putting my bumps to surface and and cleaning everything out, so that's what made my bumps worse! After that, the third day that I used it, it was amazing. I had sooooo many bumps on my face, but I promise you, my face is almost clear now! You can barely see ANY bumps at all! This happened only a week after I have been using it. I use it day and night, twice a day! I love Pan Oxyl, and I will definately buy AGAIN! The Product was $11, almost $12 dollars! Good luck!
For starters. I have really nasty acne..not those little itsy bitsy things that some people freak out over. I get those big, RED, puss filled cysts that that stay on your face for more than a week...the ones that makeup will NEVER save you from. So if you have those, then maybe this cleanser is right for you. :)
I went through two tubes of this and I have to say, I LOVE IT! This plus my Clarisonic has really improved the amount of pimples I get during a breakout. I'd say it's reduced the numbers from 17-20 down to maybe 8 at the most (1-2 of them being big fat puss filled and the rest itsy bitsy ones). I also use this for my back acne and it works wonderfully! Although the product contains sodium lauryl sulfate, it's low on the ingredients list and I haven't had any problems.
I have to make one suggestion though. If you have extremely sensitive skin, do not use chemical exfoliants (AHA), or have naturally dry skin, than you might want to try the 4% version or steer clear from this.
Also, if you're using this for the first time, try using a small amount with water first and gradually add more daily or weekly, depending on how your skin reacts. It helps your skin get used to the product. I highly advise moisturizing with a serum and/or moisturizer after cleansing no matter what skin type you have.
If you want to extend the effectiveness of the product, decant a little into a bottle so that the chemical properties aren't compromised it high temperatures and humidity during showering.
Overall, I think it's a great product for acne.
I have had acne since I was 11 and I am now 25. Could you imagine going through product after product and never seeing results? Nothing natural, which I prefer, worked. I tried all of the name brand products available, as well as prescriptions and nothing seemed to work. I was shopping in Walgreen's one day this past summer for another acne product, once again, and I was devoted to finding a product that would work. I read the front and back of labels. Compared the ingredients of acne products of what I had used before to make sure I didnt end up with the same results. I started off being very consistent, washing my face with PanOxyl 10% Foaming Face Wash everyday. My oily face was fighting to continue being acne prone, but I was not giving up. Though my skin was oily I did see results immediately, it was just that my face would start to clear up and I would break out in a few days after. "Why me?" I thought. I kept going forward because of the quick results I was seeing. As I did I'll admit I tried to leave it on longer than 5 minutes and it would start to burn. I learned not to exceed 4-5 minutes and made sure I removed all of the residue. Left over residue will burn and dry out your skin causing it to peel. And guess what? I went from using it everyday to maybe 3-4 times a week. My face is clear, less oily and its only winter. It had also helped with the dark spots I had. Im very happy with this product.
I use this face wash when I'm in need of a deep clean or I get a few blemishes. It's too strong for daily use for my skin. Skin Type: Oily T-zone, sensitive skin on my cheeks, no major acne issues
I've only had this a few days but I need to write a review because it only has taken a few days for this product to help almost eliminate my resistant back acne! 6 months ago, I developed moderately severe back acne due to hormonal changes. I'd tried using prescription acne medication on it (tazorac), benzoyl peroxide, nothing helped at all. sometimes it would get a bit better, but ultimately would go back to being disgusting and bumpy. I purchased this after reading reviews on here. I've used it a few days, only at night because I've read that it can bleach clothing. I rub it onto my back and leave it for 5-10 mins, then wash it off. I tend to have very sensitive skin but so far this cleanser has neither irritated or dried out my skin. I'm even considering using it on my back. Anyway, my back is at least 70% better already, you notice the difference hours after using this. Try it out, I got it for $6.99 at stop n shop.