I'm surprised that I actually like this. I have sensitive but acne prone skin, with redness across my cheeks and nose. Recently I've been struggling with hormonal acne on my jawline and lower cheeks. It's more like whiteheads and blackheads than large cystic pimples. Except for my one monthly pimple, that can be a doozie.
I'm super sensitive to fragrance and anything too harsh or drying. So I expected this to irritate me and cause more redness. It doesn't! It's very gentle yet effective in cleansing and preventing breakouts.
I can't say it makes a huge difference, it hasn't cleared up my skin entirely because I have hormonal acne so it's not very cooperative to treatment.
I don't find it drying, and it gets most of my makeup off except if I wear waterproof eyeliner.
The only negative is it really doesn't last long. At $35 a bottle here in Canada, it only lasted me a 6-8 weeks. My other cleanser from Natura Bisse last me months.
Since I have acne-prone skin, I was experimenting with different cleanser and thought I need something mild, non-abrasive, gentle on my face. This product was definetely very mild but I think its very expensive for what it offers. It didnt avoid new break-outs or change the condition of adult cystic acnes and whiteheads at all...maybe not meant to do so. I will not buy this again and rather wash my face with cetaphil face bar or clean-n-clear face wash and get same results.
Very nice facial cleaner that's non drying and good for my spot prone skin. It doesn't work a miracle by itself but in conjunction with benzoyl peroxide it has cleared my skin up nicely. I use it with the Outer Peace pads on some nights and the blemish lotion to follow.
Expensive, but I like it.
I love this product, it leaves your face feeling very clean, helps with acne and doesn't dry out your skin. I'm on my second bottle of it and I will probably keep buying it, only problem (like all Aveda products) it is very expensive.
I always take into consideration where someone is coming from when reading a review. So, if like me, you find yourself in your mid 40s, still getting acne on a very regular basis, but find typical cleansers for acne prone skin too harsh and drying, then this is definitely the cleanser for you. I typically don't like spending this much on cleanser, but my skin is great with this product. I'd rather spend money now then on a scar removal treatment later.
If I keep it down to one pump each morning and night, I can keep one bottle for 4 months.
A criticism I've read from others and have experienced myself are complaints about this products ability to remove make up. It does depend on the type of makeup you wear, but if I moisten my face first, wash for at least a minute then use a good soft, preferably microfiber face cloth, I get it all off. On nights I'm taking off a heavier face I'll use a make up removing wipe or I will wash twice. Using less product the second time.
I always follow with a toner to make sure my skin is clear.
My skin, other than a rare hormonal outbreak has never been better!
Sooo I have been very disappointed with Aveda face products in the past and was reluctant to try this one. I love foam cleansers and Purity is my usual go to but for some reason ( target marketing) I was swayed by the name and hope for a greater calm..and this one delivered! I consider $10 for
a travel size fairly exorbitant , however again this is *Aveda* we are talking about. I love the scent and I really liked the way my skin was softer after
using this. No cleanser has yet to get all the foundation from my visage, so I followed up with the First Aid clearing pads and Voila! Happy skin for me...
I hated this cleanser, it is the worst cleanser especially for this price. I bought if for about HKD$300/ USD$37.50 and it did absolutely nothing for my acne or my oily skin. I bought it after a friend of mine recommended it to me. I bought the whole 4 step regimen and the cooling masque and for the first few weeks I found my skin was a little less oily but my acne was still the same. After a few weeks my acne was more noticeably red and bigger. You could also see a lot of oil around it! My face was still very oily and was only getting worse. So I stopped and started cleaning my face with just water and also putting on my old acne topical treatment. My acne has gotten much better since I stopped maybe a few weeks ago? I'm not sure. I definitely will not be purchasing this again!
I've been using this with the Outer Peace Acne lotion for several weeks now and I can honestly say it works. My face gets clearer every day and less new pimples are developing. Smells fantastic and it works.
I really like this product. I'm not a fan of foam cleansers because I don't want to dry out my skin, but this one is an exception. Although I'm not sure if it really does clear up the acne, it does removes all the debris, oil, and blackheads (like it said on the bottle & I check after I wash my face). I use this in the morning and it's really gentle so it doesn't irritate my skin. The smell of herbs are okay but they don't bother me. It does a wonderful job and I'm happy I got this.
Personally it is a nice gentle cleanser. I cannot say that it is helping clear my acne or making it worse. It is pretty pricey when you calculate the price per ounce. I am not sure if I am willing to repurchase it. Right now I alternate this between my Dermalogica and DDF Foaming cleanser.