I don't have a serious acne problem, but I am prone to breakouts along my jawline and the sides of my face. I use the blemish control toner along with the complete Timewise system, and it's doing the job nicely for me. I only use the toner in my problem areas and on my nose (which produces more oil than Iraq on any given day). I've never had a problem with irritation or dryness, but I would always reccommend following up with moisturizer nonetheless. For this product to be the most effective, it should be used regularly, even if you're not breaking out. One time I ran out of it and I got lazy and didn't order any more for a while. The zits came back. Once I started using it again for a week or so, no more breakouts.
UPDATE: A few days ago, I grabbed this bottle by mistake, and I learned that it also is a great eye makeup remover! I don't recommend doing that, though. Owwwwwww.... lol
Used with a benzoyl peroxide cream/lotion, this product works miracles! It contains salicylic acid (BHA), which exfolitiates deep into pores. Yes, it does contain alcohol, but I have noticed no irratation on my skin. I use a complete Mary Kay skin care regimin, and my acne is COMPLETELY gone! I had previously had a horrible acne problem; now, I feel like I glow! :-)
I actually like this toner at first. It does the job on clearing up blemishes. The problem that I had is that it is so drying. My face was flaky and dry. I had a hard time putting my makeup on. If I would yawn or open my mouth, I could see the dry skin flaking around my mouth. I stopped using this, and in a matter of days, my face was back to normal.
I was afraid at first to use this due to the allergic nature if my skin. This helped clear my skin within days. I use TimeWise moisture over it and I did not see any flaking or drying of my skin.
I have to say, even though I am a Mary Kay junkie, this product was disappointing. Yeah, it cleared up my skin and helped with the oiliness, but it also made my skin extra dry and I'm not used to having dry skin. You can buy better products for less than you would spend on this toner. I think its about ten dollars a bottle. Clean and Clear blackhead clearing scrub does the trick for me, is less expensive and is not as drying as Mary Kay. I will not be repurchasing this product again.
I used this for over a month hoping for results--it only made my acne worse-along with the rest of the acne line. A no go for me.
If you put too much on it will make your skin feel as if it is on fire so be careful. Dab some on in spots with a Q-tip. This was a staple for me about 10 years ago when my skin was oily and acne prone. Now? Forget it. My skin is fine with breakouts only during TOTM. This will do nothing but aggravate your skin.------------------------ UPDATE: If I want to pay what MK wants for this garbage I'd rather buy high end brands or even MAC and Urban Decay.---------------------------------------------UPDATE: I used to love mk products but found out a lot of interesting information on pinktruth.com regarding the products and company. Turns out they are a bunch of scam artists after all. So sad.
This has salacytic acid in it and is remarkable. My husband uses it daily for breakouts.
PLEASSEEEEEEEEEEE be careful with the product. I did everything I was supposed to do, I started out slow etc. I ended up with burnt skin (yes burnt whole face red and and peeling) I did not want to be seen out in public for a whole week. My rep said my reaction was not normal but still be careful. I am not overly sensitive either.
I can't live without this product. This really helps keep my blemishes under control, and I notice that if I quit using it, I start to break out again. It contains salicylic acid, which can be drying or irritating to some skin, but it does the trick for me. It is similar to Clinique's clarifying lotion 3. Great stuff for oily, blemished skin!