NEVER AGAIN! This is probably the product that has done the most damage to my skin of all the ones I have tried and since I have suffered from acne for several years I have tried a lot! This product made me break out so bad. I got sore bumps all over my face, I thought it was due to stress at first but after switching to another moisturiser and later buying this product again I got the same horrible reaction.
First let me share my story about acne - in case it could help and inspire someone. If you just want to read my opinion about the product, jump across this paragraph -
I have battled adult acne for 3 years (i'm 30), trying dozens of products, only to realize that the contraception pill is the only cure/ factor preventing me from breaking out. My acne had gradually started after getting off the pill 3 years ago. I had just ended a relationship and wanted to give my body a break from hormones. When i started breaking out after a few weeks, i didn't see the correlation right away and also didn't want to believe this could be the cause. I was blaming stress, lack of exercise, not an ideal diet, etc. The positive thing that came out of this acne episode is that it made me reassess every aspect of my health and beauty routine. I started exercising, found stress management methods (including psychoanalysis), worked a diet that's best for me, figured out the beauty routine and products that's best for me, tried acupuncture, etc. After 3 years, I was feeling significantly better in my body, mind and life, but the acne was still there, worse and worse, all over my face.
So i resorted to getting back on the pill and the acne STOPPED RIGHT AWAY. I mean, it happened gradually, but the improvement was striking and steady. After, 3-4 months i don't have a single spot anymore. I can't believe i'm writing this sentence. It was that bad. However, i have now terrible acne scars - red spots - all over my face. Part of me is angry that i didn't get back on the pill sooner as i had a hunch that this could be the answer, and let my poor skin go through all this devastation. But as i said, everything happens for a reason, and i have now better habits as a result.
About the product:
I wanted to write a review about the Body Shop Blemish Fade Nigh Lotion because i really think it's a great PARTNER (not the solution) in my recovery from acne scars. As I said earlier, while i was still breaking out, i have never found a product that would help with blemishes themselves (including the Body Shop tea tree line i have tried as well). If anything, i was vey glad to find Acne.org and its PHILOSOPHY - the less irritation the better. It rang especially true for me who has a very very sensitive skin and irritation prone skin. I now believe that the less products you use the better. Believe it or not, i don't even use a face wash anymore in the morning - just rinsing my face with water under the shower - only at night to get rid of makeup and everything else the skin accumulates during the day.
Anyway, i don't believe there is a magic product for acne scars either, only time and patience. But i do find the Body Shop Night Lotion to be very supportive in
a. Providing all night moisturizing without overloading the skin. It has a very light texture and absorbs right away. And doesn't irritate one bit (so difficult to find for me!!)
b. effectively battling the chronic inflammation my skin is going through. I believe the red spots are zones of inflammation were tissue has been broken, bacteria has spread and the skin is still fighting. Every new irritation, delays the recovery. I really think the essential oil in this lotion provides useful support in inflammation control. Every morning, my skin looks "calm". Very little redness. Then the unavoidable factors of life (sun/wind/pollution/dirt, etc) attack it all day long, challenging the recovery. And then the product calms it back at night. Day after day, i can see the "calming" process winning over.
Thanks for reading. Long review - but i hope it helps!
This product has its pros and cons. I like how it absorbs into my skin really quickly and I wake up with my face feeling soft and moisturized. However, this bottle is puny! It's quite expensive considering the tiny amount of product you get. Also, it didn't fade away my blemishes which was rather disappointing as that was what I wanted it to do the most. I will, however, continue repurchasing it because it does work well as a moisturizer.
I have repurchased this product several times and always have a backup. I had teenage acne (genetic - Thanks mum!) for which I used every possible prescription (including Roaccutane) and over the counter treatment for but nothing helped. I thought acne was going to be a part of my life forever and soon enough I had adult acne too. I started using this product a couple of years ago after it worked well for my sister. I was blown away by the results. The tiny bottle lasts me 4 months and I use a pump and a half on my face every night and sometimes in the day too. I still get breakouts but they are mainly hormonal and tend to go away very fast due to this product. I can't believe how something from the body shop held the cure to my problems all along. I will use this every night for the rest of my life. Please give this a try! Since using this product my skin is much smoother and it has helped with fading acne scaring too.
I have oily skin so I like a light moisturizer for my night time skincare routine. The moisturizer has a gel like consistency and absorb quickly and doesn't leave sticky residue. I know it claim to help with reducing dark spots appearance but I haven't noticed any change. I also put on The Body Shop's tea tree oil on my acne after I put this on and The combination of the two really help with the inflammation. I will be repurchasing this moisturizer again when The Body Shop have their website sale.
Effect: It gives your face a REALLY smooth and matte finish. By smooth I mean SILKY SMOOTH finish. I couldn't stop touching my face! Usually when I wake up, I have layers of oil on my face. This lotion doesn't stop that, but there's significantly less oil on my face. I love it.
Acne + scar: I still treat my spots with a dab of benzoyl peroxide. I don't think that this alone can help pimples. My hyperpigmentation scars haven't faded yet (which is what the product promises!) but it does lighten it a bit. Or maybe that's a placebo effect. Either way, it used to be way darker. So I think this product works, even if slightly.
Application: Might sting at first. But if you put it on consistently, it won't sting anymore. It's the tea tree. Don't use this if your skin is super super super sensitive as tea tree might irritate it.
Packaging: Love it. Has a pump. I usually use 1.5 pumps for my entire face. A little goes a long way!
Smell: Very strong tea tree smell. But I'm used to it.
Overall: Great product. My face isn't as blotchy and it's only been a few weeks in. No significant difference but a slight noticeable change. Definitely a good sign.
I bought almost the entire tea tree line, the oil, the body wash, the face scrub, the toner, the night lotion and the day lotion. I heard great reviews on the line and gave it a shot because I had tiny bumps along my cheeks and the occasional blemish here and there. Looking back now, I was trying to fix a problem that was very small... And in doing so I made it worse tenfold. I began breaking out when I fist started to use the line, but I assumed it was "purging" my skin of all of the impurities so I continued use. After 2 1/2 weeks, I had multiple cystic pimples (three on my left cheek, three on my forehead, six (yes six!) on my right cheek) but I still assumed it was purging. After a month of continual use my face was destroyed. I have never had acne like this. After a month of stopping the tea tree line the pimples will not go away, and there are even some new ones, along with new acne scars. I honestly don't know what happened... I used everything accordingly and never skipped a day. This line changed my skin for the worse. I am now seeing a dermatologist to attempt to fix what the $60+ tea tree line caused. I urge anyone with sensitive skin to stay far away from this product and I recommend to everyone to get a sample and patch test before buying. In conclusion, i wish I had never bought the tea tree line as it has caused permanent damage to my face.
This did nothing for me- it smells nice (tea tree) but didnt do anything (certainly didnt fade my blemishes and I can't see an ingredient in the product that would...) I was also wary of the relatively thick and substantial feeling cream- probably not the best thing to be slathering all over blemish prone skin...
My skin is pretty normal and my main problem is breakouts on my forehead and chin. I apply this every night before bed. It's thick in texture, easy to apply and has a light tea tree smell. It clears most blemishes and also helps reduce redness, the bottle is quite small with a good pump it is pretty expensive but i think it is worth it.
Edit: after a while made my skin oilier
I kept reading reviews on how small this was and i was thinking it cant be that small. So i went out to purchase it and it was the 2nd smallest bottle in the collection. What the heck!?? This is so SMALL for the price AND wasn't worth it. I spent $19 on this and it broke me out terribly and realized I skipped an ingredient in it somehow that actually causes acne and makes it worse. I don't recommend if you have acne-prone like me. I learned to look 10 times at the ingredients before purchasing something that expensive.