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.
I was using Proactiv for over four months and was sold on it being the only skin care system that I would ever use again - but it did cause extreme dryness, redness and would be costly in the long run.
I was turned onto to the cleanser but was very hesitant about giving up my Proactive Renewal Cleanser but I am very glad I made the switch to something more natural. I wasn't sure if the ingredients in the Burt's Bees cleanser would be able to match that of the proactiv, but I must say I am pleasantly surprised. It won't "cure" acne, but it will help with it - that can be said of any of the products we try.
My skin does feel like it is healthy and that I have a more natural radiance to it. I am using the entire line of the acne solutions and use small amounts at a time to see how my skin feels. I typically suffer from whiteheads and the odd cystic pimple, but overall this hasn't increased them and did help with the ones that I did have when I begun using the product. I felt like they helped to "dry" out the bacterial but also soothe the skin.
I use a tiny amount and find that it goes a long way if you lather it up in your hands. My skin has felt better in the week and a bit that I have been using it. I feel like I don't have to worry about dryness or the irritation that I would sometimes get with the Proactiv system.
The other pro to this line is that it is organic and friendly to your skin and the environment (and the animals!)
The smell is something that others find to be unpleasant but it is refreshing. It doesn't bother me when I use it for the 5 minutes total it spends on my face per day.
It is comparable in price to any other brand of acne cleansers that are available on the market and can be easily purchased at Walmart, Shopper's Drug Mart or any health food store.
I LOVE this cleaser and the entire acne line from Burt's Bees. It has helped me so much.. I am just thrilled.
I am 41 and have been fighting acne since I was 13 so I have tried everything. I am using this in conjunction with the daily moisturising lotion and the herbal blemish stick and together I honestly can't believe how clear my skin is after 2 days! I am still healing some breakouts but nothing new in 2 days since I started which is a miracle.
My skin feels slightly tight after I use this if I don't put the moisturiser on but as soon as I put the moisturiser on my skin feels great. It is a bit runny but nothing bothersome.
This makes my t-zone start pumping oil like crazy. I wake up with much oilier skin when I use this (I have combo acne prone skin). I used the whole BB Acne Solutions regimen and found that It made my skin MUCH WORSE.
This product is watery and it's kinda hard to squeeze the bottle because the plastic is so thick. But other than that, this cleanser takes off my makeup and doesn't make my skin feel dry or tight. I can last 15 minutes without a moisturizer, so that's a good thing.
Despite many good reviews, I should have investigated the ingredients before using this. After one use, it made me breakout all over lower half of both cheeks (where I never normally break out). Those with very sensitive, extremely acne-prone skin, beware! I let my guard down because burts bees is an all-natural brand and I enjoy many of their other products but got horrifying results. Needless to say, I discontinued use immediately and my cheek acne slowly healed (rest of acne is still around unfortunately). The search for "good" skincare products continues!
I didn't like this product at all - first of all it really isn't a "gel". It's super watery and I found, because of that, it was very hard to use.
It didn't help with my acne and the bottle was gone in less than a month. I also didn't enjoy the smell.
It cleanses well and helps to minimize the breakouts I get.
This cleanser is part of my skin care regimen. It keeps my teenage acne under control very well and I'm particularly impressed by the natural ingredients. I love how it has 1% salicylic acid which is very effective nevertheless. I use this about twice a week which works wonders for my skin. My one complaint is the packaging which is absolutely dreadful. The dispenser is difficult to use because when you squeeze the gel out, its watery texture runs off of your fingers. I would have much preferred a pump instead. Despite the packaging, I definitely suggest this instead of the well known names such as proactive since it is hardly harsh on the skin and works like a charm.
i do like this because it does have the acid that i need but at a lower dose than other products- the other stuff dries out my skin too much, so this is a perfect balance. the consistency is sorta runny and you do end up wasting a bit of the product, but overall, i do enjoy it. so far it has done a good job at keeping my pores somewhat clear. a little pricy but most burts bees products are. i am happy this exists :)