When I first heard of this and read the reviews, I thought I would fall in love with the product, but unfortunately it falls a bit short for me. I have sensitive combination skin, with pretty regular breakouts. In general, salicylic acid works pretty well for me, so I thought the 1% concentration would be ideal. The texture reminds me very much of what castile soap is like. While it is runny, I only need a dime-sized amount to produce a decent amount of lather to cleanse with. It washes off makeup pretty well, although sometimes my skin does feel the slightest bit tight. I've gone through half the bottle now, but as far as reducing breakouts and improving the general condition of my skin, it has neither harmed nor helped it. The high price point and the scent (not bad, but by no means my favorite) is also making me feel pretty ambivalent towards this. I will not repurchase as there are cleansers out there that I like much better.
This cleanser did not work for me at all instead of preventing acne it did the complete opposite. My skin has been breaking out alot due to stress and I read in a magazine that this was a good cleanser for sensitive skin since it is natural. First of all you dont get that much product, I got the biggest size a 5 oz bottle for $10 which is a little bit expensive for such a small amount. This claims to be a gel but I found it to be more fluid and thin. The packaging is not great at all if you squeeze the bottle too hard too much product comes out since its so liquidly. The smell is ok and the cleanser forms up a little bit. After I started using this my skin begain to break out more which I figured it was just purging so I keep using it. Much to my dismay a few days later I work up with big red bumps on my cheek that im pretty sure are hives . I think this would be good for sensitive skin but be careful and do a test patch first.
I loved this cleanser, the packaging..not so much. I tended to lose some of the cleanser since it had a very watery texture, perhaps a pump would have worked better. Although my face did feel clean after using it. It was like a breath of fresh air and soothing to the face. Did it clear the acne, no. I felt no change in my acne it just felt nice. FYI I did use the entire system.
My skin type: oily, sensitive, acne-prone. I got this to help clear a bad flare-up I got from trying coconut oil as a moisturizer. It comes in a rigid plastic bottle with a disc-top cap (you press on one end of the cap and the product comes out of a small rectangular hole on the other end). The cleanser itself is a gel that's watery enough to drip out of the hole, which is good because the bottle is hard to squeeze. It's too watery to just unscrew the cap and pour, though.
I use a nickel-sized amount on my face and neck using just my hands in the morning. In the evening, I use a quarter-sized amount on my face and neck with the Shiseido Cleansing Massage Brush after removing my makeup with Albolene and a tissue. I haven't tried using it to remove makeup alone, but it does a good job of removing the Albolene/makeup residue left behind after I wipe most of it off with the tissue.
No miracles for the first few days, but it seemed to be helping, so I added the toner from the same line. It's been a week now, and my face is a lot better. It's not completely clear, but it's healing nicely from the havoc wreaked upon it by the coconut oil. I still have teeny pimple bumps all over my face, but the giant, red, flaky itchy patches and larger pimples are gone.
The combination of the cleanser and toner are a bit drying, so in the morning, I follow them with Muface Daily Moisturizing Complex and Nivea Cream (from the blue tub), and at night, with Burt's Bees Naturally Ageless Intensive Repairing Serum and Radiance Night Cream. Even though my skin is oily, it's sensitive and has a tendency towards getting flaky if irritated, but so far, this combination is working.
I have no idea how this has gotten such good reviews. I guess it workd for some people...
I have mildly sensitive combination skin. I had been using the Yes To Tomatoes ace Lotion and Cetephil before I switched to Burts Bees, in hopes that the many zits/clogged pores on my forehead and blackheads on my nose and chin would be cleared up. Boy, was I dissappointed.
-Makes my skin feel clean
-Has kind of a nice citrus/spicy smell
-Bottle leaks at the top when you turn it over to pur the gel onto your hand, leaving a gross sticky residue all over the top
-Did not clear my acne
-Seemed like to was striping my skin of all moistures and natural oils
-Must use moisturizer immediately after drying face since this leaves skin tight
I wanted to like this stuff so much, but it's just not doing much for my combo/oily/acne prone and occasionally sensitive skin. It doesn't smell great (and I'm one who usually really likes "weird" product smells, so that says something), it feels overly drying to the point where I have to slather on a lot of moisturizer, especially at night, and I feel like even with using BP treatment, the acne around my chin, jawbone, and upper neck has actually gotten worse. I've suffered a couple of really rather disgusting breakouts--huge whiteheads that bleed at the slightest touch--while using this stuff. I think I'm just sensitive to some ingredient in it. :(
I have dry skin and LOVE that this cleanser does not dry it out any further. I think it does a great job preventing and clearing my acne. I still get acne occasionally but they're not as large or noticeable as before.
The only negative I have is the smell -its pretty awful. Overall it is a great product and I would repurchase.
I'm using this cleanser for a month now, together with the Burt's bees acne solutions toner and spot target treatment.
During the first week, my face actually got filled with tiny red bumps. I was afraid that I'm allergic with the product. I hoped that it was just a normal skin reaction in using a product or changing soaps/cleansers. I WAS SO GLAD I CONTINUED USING IT!
It cleanses pretty well! It removes dirt and makeup (foundation, eye makeup, blush). I use a toner afterwards and there's (almost) no sign of dirt on the cotton ball after I use this cleanser
Acne prevention and cure:
My huge pimples went away and my face is now clear from acne. It does prevent and cure acne. Although, huge cystic acne are hard to dry, they do dry faster with this cleanser, if used together with the toner and spot treatment. :)
I actually like the smell. And my face really feels NICE and SOFT after I use this, in contrast with other acne treatment products which make your face dry. As to the Burt's bees acne cleanser, your skin will be left with a moisturizing and glowing effect.
I started using this product a week ago and have noticed a difference right away. I even got a compliment (which I never get about my skin). My face just has a radiance (which sounds so hokey I know). I noticed a difference after the first time I used it - it just looked cleaner. I will update after a few more weeks to see if the results change.
I have super oily skin, and I didn't develop acne until I was about 24. I've been to the dermatologist and have tried a ton of different topical treatments. The ones that worked for a little while was Finacea and Clindagel. I tried Proactiv and had a horrible allergic reaction--I'm allergic to sulfa, and I think that was in there (not sure if it was in the new or old formula). Anyway, I found a trial size of this along with the moisturizer and spot treatment on sale at a discount store and figured I would give it a try. VERY GLAD I did.
My skin is much less oily--really the only thing that has gotten it this matte in years. I was nervous about the strength of the cleanser since I have sensitive skin, but my skin doesn't feel too tight. I love that it's natural, and as an added bonus, it doesn't stain towels or clothes like acne cleansers that aren't natural.
I mainly get pimples on my chin, so I'm thinking it's hormonal and thus the reason why this cleanser hasn't completely eradicated my pimples. But it definitely helps.