I've had troublesome skin for over ten years and I've been using it ever since my doctor recommended it. I like the consistency of the jel. I find it to be somewhat thicker so when you're using it against your face, it's not dripping off. It does its job by washing away impurities and oil from your skin, does not irritate your eyes and is good to remove non-waterproof mascara with. When it comes to removing foundation, I would suggest using an exfoliating brush (I use a manual one I purchased at Sephora for cheap) to help, since the circular motions on your skin I don't find to be enough. I like to use it at bed time, before I use a toner and my moisturizer.
Also, I know people complain about the scent, but I hardly notice it - not to mention this is a product you use on your skin less than a minute as a cleaner. It's not meant to make your olfactory go "omg wow". I think people should appreciate how Spectro has made this product fragrance-free, saving you from potentially irritating fragrances.
Unfortunately this cleanser is not for me. After only a couple days of using it, my face broke out in terribly painful acne (and in places on my face I'd never had acne before!). I used it for a total of a week before giving up and buying something else that I knew had worked for me in the past.
Also unfortunately, my face still hasn't gone back to the way it used to be before using Spectro Jel. I've never had sensitive skin issues before but I must be allergic to something in this cleanser (which is sort of odd considering this cleanser is supposed to be made for people with sensitive skin, is fragrance free, sulphate free, paraben free, soap free and pH balanced).
other things I noted when I used it:
-it had a fairly strong smell
-needed more than I typically do for other cleansers
-good price for the amount you get
Just because it didn't work for me, doesn't mean it won't work for others.
I got this product for free and noticed that it was from the pharmaceutical company GSK. I have combination/dry skin so I was interested to find a product that didn't strip away the moisture especially with the winter season coming. First impressions: Opaque white liquid with gel like consistency. One of the main things I noticed was the smell. There is a scent of medicine/rubbing alcohol and it becomes more obvious when you put it on your face. Lather: The cleanser doesn't lather and I had to use a bit more product than usual (more than dime sized). I didn't really feel anything significant. However when I went to wash the cleanser off, I felt as if there was a layer of moisture over my skin. After: Skin felt cleaned but still retained moisture and did not get the tight feeling which was good. The smell was also gone. Verdict: It is a gentle cleanser for me but I didn't like the rubbing alcohol smell.
Spectro Jel does not get the attention it deserves. My doctor recommended me to use this brand 8 years ago to treat my acne-prone skin during junior high school, and I have never turned to another cleanser since.
This gel is a smooth, no-nonsense cleanser that gets you CLEAN. No foaming and bubbles to irritate any sores or other problems on the skin - it is incredibly gentle. Though I've used this cleanser as part of a rigorous routine, it is the foundation of what I do twice everyday, and is gentle enough for whenever I feel oily. Make sure to massage it well into your skin for about a minute to feel really refreshed - the gel-based cleanser makes it so it's not such a chore :)
Fairly-priced and gentle for nearly any skin type. DEFINITELY will repurchase again. It's a staple cleanser that should be a part of any daily routine.
I have VERY sensitive oily & dry skin.
This product doesn't strip my skin of moisture like alot of products for oily skin do to me. It has no smell, and is not irritating AT ALL! Very gentle.
I definitely recommend this brand for people with intolerant skin such as mine.
It gentle and non-drying but it does nothing for acne, though it didn't make it worse. I've tried this one and the one for acne--neither worked. I thinks it's great for sensitive skin but not if you need something for acne.
This is for sure my favorite basic cleanser. I have mild acne, but this doesnt help much with it... it keeps my skin balanced. Lately i have been trying many different products to help my acne (cetaphil, proactiv, clean and clear, neutrogena, ect), and when those don't work the way i would like them to, i always come back to this until i try something new. It doesn't remove my makeup well, but as long as i get rid of it with a wipe before, im good to go. I will buy this again, because it is a really good basic cleanser for my problematic skin, and doesn't dry my skin out.
Not good for washing any makeup off. Therefore I use in the mornings or at night before going to bed. I also use this for cleaning off any exfoliating masks (like the aspirin mask) and it's awesome for that!
I use it with a small scrubby pad (similar to the ones that come with the l'oreal 360 cleansers) and it really helps clean my face than if I was just to use my hands alone. What I also like is I can apply it right on my face without having to lather it in some water first. I also got over the smell pretty quickly. Price for me was alright, I paid around $11 and it came with a full size moisturizer (which I hated) and it lasted me for around half a year.
Packaging isn't too bad either, it's not anything special, but it works! It pumps out just the right amount of product, and while I did find that some of the gel "froze" over the opening of the pump, it's not hard to clean it up.
Overall it's an OK product, I only would repurchase just to clean my skin on those days where I'm not going out. Or to just wash off masks.
-Generous quantity for the price paid (500ml for $10 CDN)
-Gentle on skin/non-irritating as advertised.
-Smell is quite gross
-It takes a long time to lather in. It says to massage into skin for 30 seconds and it takes a while to wash it all off.
-And despite following the instructions It doesn't remove my makeup the way a cleanser should and I found myself having to cleanse a second time to remove all traces of makhttp://makeupalley.com/product/searching.asp/eup.I feel that this face wash should have good cleansing properties considering it's an anti-acne cleanser.
Overall: A very mediocre cleanser. I don't hate this stuff enough to throw it into the garbage so I use it as a morning cleanser. I gave it a 3/5 (I'd even give it a 2.5 if this site would let me) overall because it didn't cause a huge breakout or cause any kind of skin irritation but it didn't work any wonders on my skin. I wouldn't recommend this product for anyone who wears makeup.
I have combo skin with minor acne issues and was looking for a gentle cleanser in the mornings. I usually use Neutrogena Cream Cleanser in the morning since it is the only one that never dries up my face or make it squeaky. It's always out of stock when I need some so I decided to go back and try out some good ole Spectro Jel.
The packaging is good. It's not pretty but who cares. It's sturdy and the pump makes it very convenient! I hated that my Neutrogena was in a squeeze bottle.
The smell is terrible. WOW. I was fairly alarmed by the glue/alcohol smell. Texture wise it's a clear gel that does not foam. This part isn't so bad.
I'm not sure if it cleans anything but oil off though. Definitely not makeup, so you can back away if you need to to clean anything other than oil! This product is more drying than Neutrogena's Cream Cleanser, but it has not made my face flake up yet. It is alright to use but I wouldn't repurchase. It just smells REALLY weird, barely cleans, and makes my skin feel squeaky while I'm cleansing it.