Although I love Paula's Choice 1% BHA Gel and Lotions, I feel that a 2%BHA product works best for me. I don't like the texture of Paula's 2%BHA solution and her 2% BHA lotion is too moisturizing. I've used Philosophy Hope In A Bottle for a long time. It's a 2%BHA product and I have always been pleased with it's performance and the texture is light, and the absorbtion is quick and non greasy. It is not very moisturizing at all, which is fine by me! Although, I wouldn't exactly call it a matte product either. Aside from the slightly medicinal smell which you get use to, this is a great BHA product. My complaint is now that I am getting older I want a multi tasking product with more benefits. Aside from some vitamin E which isn't all that exciting, this product offers no other anti-aging benefits. There are no extra anti-oxidants, anti-irritants or anything special like the peptides being used in Philosophy's other skin care. Because a BHA product has to be applied 1st, before anything else, you can't layer serums or anything underneath and I just don't want to be bothered putting something else on top always for the extra benefit. If you struggle with breakouts this is one of the best BHA products out there with a good PH level for proper exfoliation (which not all products have). Just don't expect much more than a lightweight moisturizer with BHA.
Great for mild acne issues like clogged pores in the T-zone. It does have a strong camphor smell, but it is quite nice if you like herbal aromas. I like to use it mainly during the humid months (that's most of the year where I live), as the salicylic acid can dry your skin.
I got this as a sample product, and wasn't that impressed at first. I don't have bad acne, but I have started getting a few under-surface bumps (everybody says its hormones--I hate hormones). After a few weeks of using Hope, they were gone. My face looks like porcelain, and it isn't overly dry. I love it.
After my 4th little one was born, I expected the typical hormone flux while things readjusted, what I didn't expect was my forehead looking & feeling like an oil-slick!! It brought me back to my junior high years of pulling my cool feathered bangs forward with my Goody pick to cover the hideous breakouts! I was lucky enough to get this through a great swap, and I've been using it for about 4 wks now...I wasn't sure it was doing anything, but I realize now my forehead actually looks better - less breakouts and my forehead creases actually look less noticeable. It does 'mattify' my forehead - just enough to bring it in line with the rest of my face! I don't use it all over at this point; it does have a strange smell, but since its 'up there' my nose doesn't detect it after I put it on. I think the bottle will last me quite a while and I probably will repurchase.
Hope in WHAT bottle? That's my question for Philosphy. I'm sorry for $33 I don't expect to have to use something for years before my skin clears up considering I don't break out that much anymore! There are many other great products for a LOT less that have performed miracles on my skin. I think the "purging" quote I got from the company is their way of covering up that this doesn't work. I don't mind a month or two of "purging", but 6-7 months is beyond ridiculous. I've found my HG in HABA and DHC right now and haven't had any issues with severe breakouts and cystic acne with those lines like I have Philosophy.
This is the worst product ever. The first time using it, it broke me out like crazy. I continued using it for about a week, because I figured it was bringing everything to the surface. After about two more weeks, my face felt rough and dry. I can usually handle salicylic acid, but this was a total mess. Needless to say, this went right back to Sephora without any regrets. However, my face is still recovering, and it's been about two months.
This is my favorite BHA treatment product. It leaves a matte finish on my normal to oily skin and makes a good base for my makeup. It does have a medicinal smell but it dissipates after a minute or two and doesn't bother me. Hope in a bottle is especially good when mixed with hope and a prayer vitamin c powder.
This stuff broke me out and I will never, ever use it again. Some will argue that it's supposed to make your skin purge and initial breakouts are a good thing. Maybe so, but $32.50 a bottle should make you look better, not worse. Thumbs down!
This is not an instant miracle in a bottle. Instead, I feel this is a type of product that gradually improves the skin after months (years perhaps?) of continuous use. I had breakouts on my chin and a couple of whoppers on my cheek which I attribute from test driving this product. After one month, those blemishes cleared up.
After 7 months I can see slight improvements in my oily blemish-prone skin. I continue to get my regular monthy breakouts, but they aren't as bad as before. Now only a couple blemishes form, whereas before I get several zits. The pores on my noise and on my cheeks appear smaller and seemingly less clogged. My complexion looks more even. This product hasn't minimized my skin's oil output, but I can apply this product and forgo a separate moisturizer. Unfortunately it doesn't have a matte finish.
Oh yeah, and another thing, it smells pretty bad. It has a strong medicinal scent that I've grown accostomed to. I recently purchased a second bottle, and since the cost comes out to a little less than US$4.65 a month, I can justify the $32.50 price tag for a 2 oz bottle. I like Hope in a Bottle better than Paula's Choice 1% and 2%. I will continue to use Hope until I stumble onto something better.
I have very oily, acne(cystic) prone skin. So many acne products dry my skin and leave me with dry and oily skin so I gave this one a whirl. I found that this product did nothing for my oily skin. It went on ok(not real matte) but about 30 min later, my face was shiny. Oily skin causes breakouts. So if you have skin similar to mine, I wouldn't recommend it.
This product totally broke me out! I have usually crystal clear skin (sensitive and on the dry side) and since I received a sample of this from Sephora I decided to test it out.
Bad Move. My skin looked awful after having used this, I wanted to cry. Not only did it make my skin look oily and gross, but it made me break out. I was so upset.
This is a total waste of money. Stay far far far away from this one!!!