I've only had this product for two full days. I bought it because I read so many positive reviews. I've dealt with problem skin my whole life: sensitive, oily, dry in spots, acne-prone. Lately, I've gotten most of my breakouts under control but figured I'd try this. My face looks like a war zone. New, painful and inflamed red zits have formed all over my face, much more than usual, and like arielleem, I have also experienced itchiness on my neck. I'm really hoping it doesn't turn into a full-fledged rash. At this point, I'm willing to continue with the product for the next couple of days. However, in my experience, products that don't work right away never do—the whole "it's just drawing out the impurities" thing never seems to be the case. I'm hoping I don't have to return it, but it's not looking good.
I've been struggling with severe hormonal acne due to PCOS. While I've recently went back on my BCP, I also added this toner to my skincare routine and I really think it's been helping with the acne. Right now my skin is drying out (normally combo/oily) and I have large, painful break-out spots on my cheeks and jawline/neck. I've been using this toner day and night and notice a significant decrease in redness, swelling and new spots.
My face feels refreshed and clean after using this. And even though my skin is dry during the winter months, I don't feel like this strips my skin and makes it feel tight or uncomfortable.
I think this is very similar to the Aubrey Organics Blue Green Algae toner that has been discontinued, so if you loved that one and were looking for a replacement, check this out.
I really wanted to love this. All the ingredients are so wonderful, reviews stellar... Doesn't work for me. I have extremely dry, sensitive, acne-prone skin and recently my acne has been out of control. I'm 23 and have had about 10 active pimples on my face plus 20 angry red scars for the past year with no clearing signs ahead. I bought this expecting miracles. The ingredients are to die for! Well first of all, every time I use it it burns so bad it's almost unbearable. And I used it on my neck only once and that was probably 2 months ago and broke out in an insane rash it's still there. I don't know what it is! It works for everyone I'm devastated. If you are reading this don't let my review scare you away. It has fantastic ingredients and rave reviews (which got me to purchase it) but it certainly didn't agree with me. Skin issues is a learning game and all about experimenting. All skin is different and you have to keep trying until you find your winner! I still give it three lippies just because I know it is great for most people. But for me the search continues!
I don't write reviews often. I don't think I've written one in 5+ years. However, I had to write one for this product. I heard from other YouTube and beauty bloggers that Michael Todd only publishes 4+ star ratings (I have no idea if that's true or not), so I decided to write my review here just in case.
I have oily, acne prone, and reactive skin. Even though I'm 26, I still broke out a lot - especially with grad school, and around that time of the month. And then I bought this toner. Best thing I've ever purchased. Ever. I've used drug store, department store/sephora, and prescription products. Nothing has worked for my skin as well as this has. It's reduced my breakouts by about 90% (after about 3weeks of use). Freaking amazing!
Packaging -- You get a significant amount of product. Way more than other drug store or department store products.
Price - Awesome. The site offers a 10% coupon for first time shoppers.
Morning: Wash w/ Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Scrub, Blue Green Algae Toner, mix Clinique Acne Moisturizer with Aveeno radiance moisturizer
Night: Wash with CeraVe (2x), Blue Green Algae Toner, mix Clinique Acne Moisturizer with Aveeno radiance moisturizer
Spot Treatment - Clinique Emergency Lotion
This is one of the only products I would repurchase from Michael Todd. The Blue Algae toner is great. I really like how it soothes my skin and takes off everything and cleans out my skin nicely. I like the added effect that after using this my skin doesn't feel tight, irritated, or dry. It feels moisturized slightly. The reason my low rating is that it advertises as an acne prevention and treatment. I've been using this for 4 months now and still breaking out and it hasn't done its job in the Acne category. I would still repurchase this as it is a Natural Toner and I can't seem to find anything that's better and ive tried quite a few of products. I have grown to like the smell of this toner. It does take off the residue that my Purity Cleanser doesn't and refreshes the skin nicely. But it DOES NOT prevent or aids in treatment of acne. Although the ingredients are beneficial to Acne I didn't find it to help at all unfortunately!
I think this is a good toner. It doesn't irritate my skin or anything like that. But I'm not sure if it works any better than plain witchhazel that I was using before. It does smell nicer than the witchhazel but it is also more expensive. Still I would repurchase. If you are on a budget I think the plain witchhazel from the drugstore works just fine.
I love this stuff! I've only been using it for a week but it has already made a difference in my skin. My skin is so smooth and clean, I love it and highly recommend it , finally a toner okay for acne and dry skin!
This is the best toner I've ever used and one of my two favorite Michael Todd products (the other is the Citrus Cream Moisturizer)!
This is one of the powerhouses of the Michael Todd system. It has a refreshing tingle, zaps blemishes, and really balances the oils in my face. My skintone is brighter, the redness at the tops of my cheeks is gone, and my blemishes steadily cleared up and have been (mostly) prevented by this toner! I've been able to wear lighter make-up because I no longer need the heavy coverage and there's been a huge decrease in the amount of oil in my T-zone.
The only thing I don't like about this toner is the smell. It has a really strong medicinal lavender scent that smells exactly like Zoya's nail polish remover to me. Ugh! I don't like it at all but I can overlook it for the results I get. It also fades almost immediately so I don't have to smell it for long.
I was also pleasantly surprised with my full size purchase. The website says the bottle is 7.8oz but I received an 8.4 ounce bottle.
I never found myself a good toner until this one. I tried this out because of all the hype everyone was giving this product. I gave it a shot and I'm so happy I did. My skin has gotten so much better since. The fact that all the other toners are alcohol base and that this one does not have alcohol is a plus! Aloe Vera is a lot better. I've been using this every day.
I now often use this on my boyfriend after he shaves. He has sensitive skin too and always got a lot of inflammated hair follicles. We're talking about 10-30 small pimples gathered in a bunch several places at once. Then I began using this on him... and his skin is 90% better! :D If you know a guy that has the same problem, he should try this! :) To get the 100 % pimple free skin on my boyfriend I also put a little bit of La Roche-Posay B5 Cicalfate Balm on (only on the face) after this toner.
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I bought this because of a beauty guru mentioning that several other people said that this keep hormone related breakouts away, and also experienced it herself. Right now that is about the only type of break outs I get, so I decided to try this out.
I was very disappointed about the Michael Tod website not being honest by not posting reviews that were under 4 stars, but I won't rate this toner down for that reason - it's a great product for me.
First off: the bottle is HUGE! I was really afraid of receiving a tiny little bottle of toner, but got positively surprised. The first thing I looked at on the bottle were the ingredients (yey - they are on the bottle!) - I don't think I've ever seen that many active ingredients in a product. Instead of containing lots of fillers and things that makes the consistency pleasant, this have actually working ingredients - you aren't paying for "just some water"!
I have sensitive skin, so it's great that this doesn't contain alcohol! I don't use this with a cotton pad. I did try it once, just to see if my double face cleanse for some reason left some makeup behind... it doesn't :) Because rubbing things on my face might irritate my skin, I use this toner by pouring a little in my palm, dipping my fingers in it and putting it on my face, then patting it - it works great! I use this twice a day.
I usually get small hormonal acne (leading to big hyperpigmentated areas) on my jawline and neck, but I've actually seen a reduction in these acne since I began using this toner - reduction so far, not total absence. I can't explain the mechanism behind it, but I would definitely recommend trying this if you have the same problem.
I also loved that I got 4 samples with this one purchase: the silk and pearl peeling, the charcoal scrub, the vitamin C serum and a citrus toner. I have already ordered the silk and pearl peeling, and the charcoal scrub. I don't know if the vitamin C serum works - I think I would need to use it for quite longer than the sample would last (about 7 uses for me), but, honestly, I haven't had many serums that have made much difference to my skin. Till now, the only serums that I for sure can say made a difference is the Hadalabo Shirojyun Deep Whitening Lotion (amazing!) and the Missha Night Repair Science Activating Ampoule (which I CAN'T use too often) - I have a review on both. The citrus toner I haven't tried, as it's for oily skin, and mine is dry. Will probably try sometime in the summer as my skin might be oilier then.
I have also bought the "sensitive dry skin regimen", so I will review those products after trying them out for some time too (usually after using hem for about 3 or so months, unless they give some kind of immediate effect)