Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions - Purifying Gel Cleanser


125 reviews

64% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.5

Price: $$$

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Burt's Bees is a Cruelty-Free Subsidiary.


Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (1.0%)(Acne Treatment) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose Laurate, Salix Nigra Bark Extract (Willow), Coco Betaine, Betaine, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract (Beet), Oenothera Biennis Leaf Extract (Evening Primrose), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Fragrance, Glucose, Alcohol Denat., Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol

on 4/15/2012 3:27:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Sensitive, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I like this product pretty well. This is the first time I've used an acne cleanser daily and so that seems to be the trick. It removes the extra oil from my skin but it's never over-drying. Typically my face breaks out worse with my monthly cycle and so it seems thanks to this that it was very mild unlike other months. I'll keep using this and see how it works. So far, so good.

on 4/13/2012 3:24:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

So far so good! I have been struggling with adult acne which is fairly mild but because my skin scars easily, everything leaves a mark. I started using this about three weeks ago, and after the first week (knock on wood) I have not had any new acne. This is kind of unusual for me, so I'm assuming this cleanser has something to do with it! I have also been using honey and cinnamon scrub masks and have been carefully experimenting with virgin coconut oil, so perhaps those things are helping too. But this cleanser seems quite effective and doesn't dry out my skin. Works well with the Clarisonic! I'm not sure why people hate the packaging so much--it's easy to use and recyclable/reusable. Oh, and I should mention that my acne scars seem to be fading slowly too, which is huge. I've learned that my skin does not do miracles, so it isn't as if this cleanser has given me perfect skin overnight, but the improvement is noticeable, and I'm feeling pretty upbeat about things!

on 3/9/2012 7:14:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Normal, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I'm not someone with acne-prone skin, but the birth control I was on a month ago gave me a ton of acne... I bought this product and my face cleared within a few days! I also bought the moisturizer and spot treatment that went with it.

It's important for me to find the most natural products for my body that I can find. I don't like the idea of putting chemicals on my skin. Burt's Bee's uses all natural ingredients, I think willow bark and tea tree oil are the top ones.

on 2/6/2012 10:20:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Price: $10 - Kinda testy for something you've never tried before, especially when it comes in what appears to be a pretty small bottle. This product will last me 6 weeks, meaning 84 uses, which is less than 12 cents per use.
Packaging: Tall squeeze-bottle that stands upright. Has a lid similar to that of sun lotion. - Here is where it gets a little tricky. As you have already read, though this is called a 'gel cleanser,' it is a liquid. The packaging for this product could have helped or hurt the consumer, and, unfortunately, Burt's Bees chose packaging that certainly didn't help. It would have been sooo much easier if this had been a lockable pump!
How I Use: I normally put a quarter-size ammount in my palm and lather in my hands. I then massage it into my face and the foaming magic starts to happen! It is at times diffucult to wash off completely with the sink faucet, so be careful about that. This product personally leaves no residue for me. I use it with: Dermalogica Active Moist, Serious Skin Care Glycolic 3 Mask, and Jan Marini Bioglycolic Bioclear Face Lotion [leave-on glycolic treatment].
Results: It's been 2 weeks since I first started using this cleanser. The results are the quickest and most pleasing results I have ever gotten with a skin care product. It is clearing up my acne so well, I can't hardly believe it. I still get blemishes, of course, but they don't stay with me nearly as long since I started using this cleanser. I don't really see it helping my acne scars, though [just pigmentation].. kind of disappointing, but these things don't happen over night. I haven't had any bad reactions to this, redness or acne-wise. Overall and as I can see now, I love this product and will stick to it! FOUND MY HG CLEANSER!!

1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

on 1/30/2012 4:09:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brunette, Straight, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This item seems to be very hit or miss. On the plus side, it doesn’t smell bad, and it has a nice gel-liquid consistency. On the down side, it did nothing for my breakouts. In fact, I seem to consistency have bad complexion while using this cleanser. I went through 2 full bottles, waiting for it to work, and it never did. My skin immediately cleared up when I switched from this cleanser to a Cleansing Oil. This leads me to conclude that BB’s Purifying Cleanser actually does not remove all makeup very well.

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Black, Wavy, Coarse

Eyes: Hazel

This is the best cleanser I've used. I was suffering with some terrible breakouts thanks to the L'Oreal True Match foundation and my usual cleansing regime was not helping the breakouts heal. After about a month of no improvement, I decided to try this cleanser. Within 4-5 days, my breakouts were going and I was getting no new pimples either.

It's been a month since then and my skin is looking much better. I've been less oily (my skin was normal-combo before but now it is more normal) and I haven't had any new major breakouts. My face is left feeling clean but not stripped after using this...I don't find it to be drying. It doesn't leave any residue or film on my face, and it removes all makeup after using my oil cleanser beforehand.

It is pretty pricey - just over £10 - and I'm almost 1/4 through the bottle already (with twice a day use) so I see myself repurchasing a new bottle once every 3-4 months or so, which isn't too bad. Some reviews have said this doesn't lather well...I totally disagree! I get a rich creamy lather even when using just a little bit. Just pour it onto your hand and then rub your hands together before applying to your face.

I wasn't keen on the smell at first but I've grown to really like it. I love that the ingredients are mainly natural, as I have very sensitive skin that reacts to harsh ingredients. This hasn't irritated my sensitive skin at all and I look forward to washing my face with this daily! A definite repurchase.

on 12/27/2011 10:35:00 AM

Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I bought this thinking it would be good for my face since i have acne and acne scarring as well. The first week my face broke out so much ! So i thought, it was just working, the salycic acid bringing out all the scum in my face. Well after months of using it, i never got the pay off, $17.00 for this cleanser that just broke me out. Waste of money

on 12/14/2011 12:29:00 PM

Age: Unknown

Skin: Other, Other, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

Used this cleanser for about a year and used it up...

-I personally like gel cleansers, not much foam with this cleanser. *You'll want to get a piece of tulle and then make bubbles from that and use the bubbles on your face if you want foam.

-Helped my acne only a little bit, but I still got blackheads and it didn't help with hyperpigmentation or redness at all. But it didn't make my acne worse.

-Removes light makeup. I used Olay spf 15 lotion and it took it off, and also my light eye makeup.

-Awesome natural ingredients. Smells great.

-Left my skin ever so slightly dry.

-Kind of expensive for 5oz, but it lasts a long time if you stretch it. It's pretty concentrated, so you really don't have to use a whole lot.

-Packaging can get a bit sticky and messy overtime.

Overall, gentle and pretty good. I like the cleanser, but would not buy again because I've moved on to another cleanser that I like better.

on 11/22/2011 1:28:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

Have been using this with the Sensitive Skin Lotion for about 2 weeks now and my breakouts seem to have gotten worse and my skin is extremely oily just 15 minutes after the lotion. I had a feeling based on what I know about acne products that it was this and was drying out my skin causing it to be much more oily.
Last night and today I used a travel sized Soapbark and Chamomile until I can go return this and my skin hasnt felt oily at all, still using the same lotion so now I know it is definitely the cleanser. Which bums me out, I was hoping it would work. Oh well on to the next BB cleanser attempt - probably gonna try the Soapbark one for a while.

on 11/12/2011 10:34:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This is a pretty good cleanser, I used it for a couple of months and then just stopped for reasons I can't remember - (I went back to my trusted Murad cleanser.) I appreciate the fact that it is made of natural ingredients (99.4% natural) and I quite like the scent. I used it in conjunction with the Burt's Bees spot treatment and the two were effective. My dispenser got pretty sticky and even hard to open because the cleanser is stuck all around the rim. It did leave a film residue over my skin so I needed to follow up with another cleanser or simply move on to my ACV toner. I would not repurchase, and I don't even know what made me stray from my HG Murad cleanser.

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