This has become my HG cleanser. I was previously using Neutrogena's Deep Clean line of BHA cleansers, but those left my face dried out and didn't help with hormonal breakouts, and my uneven skin-tone. So I decided to go back to CC because I respond very well to Benzoyl Peroxide. My face is super clean now, and I have this miracle of a cleanser to thank. I do have a bit of a hard time finding it in stock here in Canada, but I usually buy to tubes at a time (I've gone through about 5 tubes to date). I also like that the formula is creamy, so any make up reside left by my Ponds will surely come off with the cleanser. I am careful to use sunscreen, especially now that summer is coming. My only beef with this product is the small amount in the tube. The tube is about 5 oz in weight, not volume, and because it is very dense, you get a smaller amount than other cleansers, but I'm not going to give up this product for that reason. If they every discontinue this I will be raiding every drugstore, grocery store, and wal-mart for remaining tubes.
i too get time of the month breakouts and its so hard to find something that gets rid of them, but i love this! i use it when its that time of the month and for a few days after just to make sure. its amazing. it clears up my skin so fast, and surprisingly it doesnt dry my skin up at all. im so happy with this product and i cannot live without it. its my lifesavor for when its that dreadful time of the month :) i highly reccomend this.
I am 21 , have time of the month acne, slight cystic acne occasionally , and occasional breakouts. After i ran out of my 2nd purchase of this product i found pimple after pimple saying hello. I use the 10% version, and for me i love it. I find some "exfoliates" while their rage, often enrage my skin as small particles get into pores. Maybe im using exfoliates wrong? Perhaps it should be done on "colder" skin as to open pores? Either way, for me this cleanser is my go to for now unless i get to use to the product. From a young women with multible acne issues here and there it really helps my skin stay clear and feels really luxurious to me on my skin. Cooling, refreshing, and reasonably priced at 6-9$ depending where you buy it.
I use to use this when I was going through puberty in my teens. I am still amazed today at how well it worked for my skin! It kept my skin truly clean, clear and imperfection free; I would only get the occasional zit around that time of the month. However, I took one lippie off because I have recently had a severe acne outbreak due to an illness I have been diagnosed with and because of some medications I was put on. After trying many, many, many products I decided to give this product a try again. Unfortunately, I was left disappointed; it only seemed to bring more pimples to the surface. My acne is now a circumstance of an internal condition. So I would only recommend this for pubertal acne from my experience, but hey give it a try, it may just work for you!
My roommate bought this product by mistake for me, since I usually use Clean & Clear continuous wash, she thought it was the same purple bottled product. I decided to try it, since I am always on the look out for a good facial cleanser. Before I start my review, I would like to say I have acne prone skin, and I do get an occasional pimple, but most of the time my skin is pretty clear. This product is really harsh, the 10% benzyl peroxide is no joke. I know the label says keep out of eyes and near mouth, but if you wash your forehead with product it will eventually go toward the eye region, due to gravity. I keep my eyes closed but the product gets near the skin of my eyelashes. So painful!! I don't really like the menthol cooling effect and it really didn't do much to my skin but strip all the moisture and make it really dry. I would definitely not buy this product again.
The menthol in this cleanser made my skin feel so fresh. I loved using this just because it cleansed well and because of the feel of my skin afterwards but it really didn't help much with my acne. I have mild-moderate acne and this didn't make much of a difference. Maybe preventing it getting worse but my acne is hormonal, not from breaking out from certain products so its gonna be there anyway which is why i was hoping for something that clears my skin but oh well, back to my search for one that works. BTW I didn't have problems with drying out, but I do moisturize after I cleanse so I can't comment on what it'll feel like if I didn't moisturize.
Im reviewing the Canadian version with 5% benzoyl
Ive been using this for almost a month now and its cleared up my skin so nicely , I love the way my skin feels after i use this to , so cold and clean , Its great.
i will definetly keep using this product , it really seems to do wonders for my skin.
its also cut out redness in my skin to , its not really drying as long as u put on a good moisturizer afterwards
Love this product! Have been using this for years. I've repurchased this many times for my oily combo skin that is acne prone.
I started using this as a alternate to my Proactiv cleanser which has the benzoyl peroxide. It doesn't have the exfoliant quality but the cream component leaves my skin tingly and clean feeling. This does dry the skin somewhat but I feel that all acne cleansers do. If you moisturize right after then you're fine. I use an Olay moisturizer and I never have problems with flakes etc.
Container wise I lowered the lippies because I find that if I keep the container too close to the shower head water seeps into the container. This doesn't happen with the other containers that I have in the shower. This isn't terribly bad I just keep this bottle further away.
Price wise it's like 7 bucks lasts me a least 2 months but would probably last longer but I use a big huge glob twice a day. I usually buy this with a coupon and on sale so it's not a biggie.
I find this is an effective acne cleanser. One of the causes of breakouts is dirt and bacteria getting trapped in the pores which is definitely a problem for me. The benzoyl peroxide works by exposing the bacteria to air. So the cleanser will never stop working. I got this info from a great beauty blog written by cosmetic chemists called the beauty brains.
Def give it a try.
Update: BE AWARE that this cleanser does bleach fabrics so don't be surprised if your towels get bleached. I ruined two sets of towels and a bath mat. I tried rinsing really well before I dry but I think the whole point of this cleanser is that it deposits some benzoyl peroxide on your skin.
Maybe use white towels or towels you don't care about? Still love this product though!
This medicated acne cleanser is very effective in eliminating and preventing my acne breakouts. However, if you have sensitive skin, I would not recommend using this product excessively, as it can be too harsh and irritating due to its strong acne medication. Overall, this product keeps my skin clear, and I would highly recommend it to anyone who has acne-prone skin.
This cleanser is decent medicine when I have a breakout. Clears up acne within a few days most of the time. However, this is a very strong, thick, smelly, drying, burning, cleanser that doesn't give a luxurious, relaxing "feel good" sensation. Very medicinal. Definitely not for everyday use.