It's strange how this is called an oil-absorbing treatment because it made my skin feel pretty greasy after applying it. But I mainly bought this product as an acne medication so I only apply it during the nighttime so I don't really mind how it feels heavy and greasy. But this did wonders to my blemishes! I would still follow up with a acne spot treatment if I had a big zit or something but for those days where my skin had a few blemishes, this was great!
I was using this before switching to Paula's Choice BHA (which I prefer because you just swipe it over your face instead of leaving a cream on for hours) and it's great at keeping skin relatively matte and controlling breakouts.
It really helped to take the redness out of any breakouts I was having, calm the skin and unclogs annoying pores and clears up breakouts fast (usually this would clear up anything within days). It's so hard to find any decent BHA products - either high end or drugstore - and I really like the Neutrogena 3-in-1 stress control hydrating gel but it's nearly impossible to find. I do prefer the Neutrogena because it made my skin feel less dry than the Clean and Clear.
Because my skin has gotten drier as I get older, so I tend to use this in the summer months, but it's a great steal at less than $7 and actually works - unlike a lot of those awful lotions they market towards those with acne (Darphin, Yon-ka, even some of the over-fragranced Neutrogena) that were made of nothing but menthol or essential oils and wax causing my skin to become redder and more sore than ever.
I would repurchase this.
Almost done w my 2nd bottle, will be going for a 3rd. Gave packaging a 5 because when I can't squeeze out any more product, I just cut the bottle open and can get a few days more uses. I got this because of beautypedia. I've never had an oily skin type, but I get shiny, especially when moisturizers and makeup with SPF get involved. It does feel like it's drying skin a bit but it's not unbearable at all, infact afterwards my skin is still soft, just matte. I only apply this once a day all-over so that I don't get dry skin. It isn't a cure-all though, at least not for me. It's like this clears pores and keeps blemishes away, but what happens to me is I get hormonal acne on my chin and jawline, and on my forehead from bangs (I don't wash my hair as much I should :x eep). For those little buggers, I simply use the Target brand Up and Up's 10% benzoyl peroxide cream. I use that sparingly because even though it works, it's incredibly drying. I would say give that regime a try if acne is a worry of yours, it can't get any cheaper at least. P.S. Yes, sadly there is a weird medicinal-floral smell but it's not bad enough to quit using the cream.
I also bought this on Paula's recommendation. I've used her 2 percent BHA lotion for years, and it's great, but getting pretty expensive. This is just as good, less expensive, and can be found everywhere. However, it is a little more drying (more like her 2 percent BHA gel). I don't like the fact that it has fragrance.
This does exactly what it says on the tin: "acne medication". It smells like medicine , it feels like medicine but it works like medicine. If you want a more luxurious feeling on the skin you need to reach for high end products. It does indeed have a somewhat strange consistency but manages to control the shine on my forehead. I only need to use a tiny little bit at a time so the small bottle lasts me for a long time
I used this along with the Advantage Oil Control Cleanser. By itself, this seems to do nothing in regards to controlling oil.
The texture of this cream is very strange. It's almost like Elmer's Glue. But I didn't find it hard to blend and it absorbs into my skin very quickly and easily. It does irritate my skin a tiny bit. I do notice a minor burning sensation immediately after applying it. But it goes away quickly, and isn't severe enough for me to quit using it.
I had pretty high hopes for this product. I hoped it would finally help me get my super oily skin under control. I usually cleanse with the Oil Control Cleanser in this showder. I then apply this, my primer, and my foundation. Even with the combination of the cleanser and the cream, my oil still comes back and eats away at my foundation. As I said with the cleanser, it's okay. It's not terrible, but it's nothing special either. I'm not sure I would purchase this again.
Best acne treatment I've found so far.
when I was in high school I had very clear skin I never had to put real effort into it and I suppose I should be thankful for that. But now coming into my twenties my breakouts are getting worse. Its not like I have a face full of it just obnoxious pimples here and there. I've been fighting this war on my face for about 5 years now and I've tried countless products and nothing really helped. I got this cream about 4 days ago and I'm already extremely impressed with it. My skin feels healthier the oil is being much better controlled and the best part is that the pimples I did have are vanishing. I'll continue to use this product until its gone and then I'm probably going to buy it again.
I absolutely love this! I have used in the past before and loved it and recently repurchased it again and still love it. Although it does not really absorb oil, it clears the skin and improves overall texture. I mix this with my moisturizer and use it twice a day and it has really helped get rid of any acne and even some of my dark spots from acne. I'll keep purchasing until they stop making this.
I've been using this since Neutrogena discontinued it's salicylic acid treatment (Several months now, I think I'm on my fourth bottle). It's not quite as good as the Neutrogena, but it's definitely the best that's being sold for this price! Clears up acne quickly and keeps my skin matte and oil-free.
My HG acne stopper is Neutrogena Rapid Clear Acne Defense Face Lotion with the Target brand Up and Up 10% benzoyl peroxide cream on occasion. I didn't take heed that this strong a BP cream could dry my face out when I started using it all over daily. So now I've gone from combo to dry skin and it's a struggle to moisturize, destroy acne, and keep it away. Normally acneic skin is oily, and I think that's who this product is for.
I got this because of Beautypedia. You can feel the little powdery bits dissolve as you apply. It is truly oil-absorbing. On my dry skin it just didn't feel good. It doesn't make it draggingly dry like a cheap soap, but your skin is matte. I'll give it a 4 because I know it works. For now, I use it on the bottom third of my face, such as my jaw and the chin. Beside (and on) the nose, the forehead.. Pretty much the dreaded T-zone plus jaws, because that is a big blemish area because of cell phones.
Maybe this can be all-over since it's summer. Well then I would give it a 4.5.