Right after Easter, I contracted perioral dermatitis. As some of you gals might know, POD is the Bermuda Triangle of skin diseases; noone knows exactly WHAT causes it or how exactly to make it go away. Some ladies claim to have had it for years, and this naturally sent me over the edge. I went to my doctor and got a scrip for Clindasol cream. Though she had initially suggested a round of oral antibiotics, I wanted to exhaust my topical options first. So on April 29th, I began said cream. I also took apple cider vinegar tablets and probiotics. Nothing seemed to be getting better. I bought a micellaire cleanser, but the rubbing made things worse. Ditto with Cetaphil. Then I read a breathless review of Spectro Jel, (written by a lady who worked for Mary Kay) claiming that SpectroJel had "cured" her and her friend, to boot. At first I rolled my eyes, but, after a further week with my red beard, I relented and bought some. I write to you now with the rash 85% improved and getting better every day. What does it do? Is it that it properly preps the skin for topical meds? I don't know, but I don't care! Yes, it comes in an unsexy bottle and yes, it smells like contact cement and yes, it feels like nose goo, but it's been an astonishing find. I'll keep you lot posted!
EDIT: Perioral dermatitis GONE. For two years. This is a fine, gentle, thorough product.
I fight with my skin a lot. If it is not dry and flaky, I am breaking out. I have tried a bunch of both drug store and department store product and I had yet to find something I was happy with.
Then I found this.
I started using just the cleanser during the winter and went back to my local shoppers the next week to get the companion moisturizer because I loved it so much. It left my dry, dehydrated, winter skin soft and smooth. I only break out now on occasion and even then they are easily cleared up with a spot treatment. Aswell, this cleanser removes makeup like a dream. I am often too lazy to remove all of my make up before I get in the shower at night. This takes everything right off.
I never though I would find something to make my very very sensitive skin happy.
The only down side to this product is the smell. I have the unscented version for sensitive skin and it kind of stinks. It was a little bit alarming and off-putting when I first used it but you quickly get use to it. i really don't notice anything now and it does not linger so you won't smell like that for the rest of the day.
The moisturizer does a really good job my skin use to feel really tight and I haven't had that feeling in months but it can leave my skin a little dehydrated. I try to apply my moisturizer when my face is still wet to help with this or I have another moisture shield that helps too.
I love this product and if you have dry or sensitive skin you really need to check out this product.
I use this in the winter months to follow up with the OCM. It does not remove makeup well but it does leave my skin feeling soft. I like this better than Cetaphil and like that it is Canadian so I will continue to buy. It does not make me break out or cause irritation. I do not worry about it not removing all my makeup b/c I use MAC's Cleanse Off Oil for DHC's before. I will continue to purchase when it is on sale at SDM.
Pros: very gentle, doesnt strip natural oils, gets rid of blemishes quicker
Cons: does not remove makeup, does not prevent blemishes
I really wanted to like this product! My skin used to be perfect until I moved across the country to a new climate, so now I break out occasionally around my forehead. Not a big deal, but I didn't like it. I've only ever used noxzema cleansers so I decided to try Spectro Jel. I didn't mind the smell at all, and I liked massaging the gel into my face. I liked the way it made my face feels afterwards. But it doesn't remove make-up, and while my blemishes seems to heal faster, I still get them just as often. I've been using it twice a day for over two months, hoping it would improve, but it hasnt. Once it runs out I'm buying something different.
i found a bottle of this in a clearance bin and decided to try it. the usual price in my area is around 13-15$ it comes in a big bottle with a pump (at least the format i bought). i love the pump, but that is about all i have to say nice about it. i have used cetaphil a lot in the past, and this stuff does have a sort of similar texture. it is a jelly type consistency and it smells like rubbing alcohol just not as vapor-strong. i tried to like this, i really did but i just can't. i wear a tinted moisturizer and eye/cheek/lip color, no water proof anything pretty simple stuff, and it wont even take off the tinted moisturizer, and i have to use my body soap to get off my eye makeup which isn't even water proof. i feel like it is literally doing NOTHING other than stinking up my face. it didn't help with break-outs, it doesn't remove my makeup i feel like i just spent my money on goo that does nothing but smell yucky. i even tried mixing a little with some of another cleanser that i do like from olay and it just made the other one suck too. forget this stuff it is going in the trash...money well spent there...
I've been using this cleanser for quiet a while. It is a great gentle cleanser, does not leave your skin dry or tight. The only thing is it does not remove make-up all that well, I usually run a cotton pad with make-up remover on it and I see that there is sill lots of make-up on my face after I washed my face with it.
I think it is a good cleanser for the morning, when your face has no make-up on it. It's also good for sensitive skin. Have little or no smell and it a clear gel with a bit of shimmer in it - which NEVER shows up on you face. The price is also not bad, since it comes in a big tube.
The only reason I said I would not buy this again is because I need something that removes make-up pretty well and I also have plenty of this cleanser left, I want to try something else.
I've been using this for over 5 years, and it's the best gentle cleanser I've ever tried. It rinses off clean and never makes my skin feel tight after I wash my face. I used to use this in conjunction with an acne medication, and my acne is completely gone. This won't take off make-up so be sure to use a makeup remover first. You're suppose to rub this into your face for at least 30 seconds, a little time consuming, but hey nothing's wrong with a little morning or late night massage. Highly recommended.
I have had to make some changes to my routine, since I started using the Clarisonic. Of course I'd read over & over DO NOT
A) Set it to two minutes too soon in your relationship with the Clairsonic.
B) use the brush MORE THAN twice a day.
Okay...*duh moments are over and I'm being reasonable. I had achieved amazing results initially so I thought Higher Speed! Longer time MORE EVERYTHING...Wrong-o! I started breaking out...and thats fine, I expected that. The dryness I can't handle, it makes me look old! So, Ive switched then, to using Spectro Jel for problem and acne prone skin, when I used my Clarisonic ONCE yesterday, on the factory setting, delicate brush, low speed.
Within 12 hours, the dryness had muchly decreased and the pimples are almost gone. I think I may get into Spectro Jel!
Meh....I started getting really congested pores, after using for a few weeks. To be honest I really hated the way this goop felt on my face, although it did make me feel clean after I rinsed. It's not bad, it's not great either.
Two and 1/2 years later I am standing in the Superstore, holding a bottle of this in my hands. Maybe I wasn't paying attention before and bought the wrong type for my skin or something in 2010. I was just getting used to being allergic to a bunch of foods, so maybe that was the issue.
I was using Simple gel but it isn't very popular or it is EXTREMELY popular because it is hard to find.
I used Spectro Jel, the purple bottle, unscented, today, followed by Impruv Cream.
A) Does not remove makeup, but I double cleansed...seemed ok.
B) No irritation whatsoever. No itch, no redness, no welts or hives.
C) Non drying.
D) Smell is a bit off putting.
In fact, when I was hospitalized as a teenager for about 6 months this was all I had to wash my face n body with. I hated it then...but I am liking it today.
***UPDATE*** Well 2 weeks in, I still like Spectro Gel, but this version is drying me out. I am going to try spectro derm.
***UPDATE*** Spectro derm really made me itch, I returned it. I had to stop using Spectro Gel because it is EXTREMELY drying and the ingredients are awful. For instance: “polysorbate 20,” is treated with 20 parts of ethylene oxide. This ingredient has also been linked with skin allergies. There is so much concern about this contaminant that a class-action lawsuit was filed in New Jersey against manufacturers of personal-care products containing this ingredient. PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, have a pH of 12. That's the same pH of laundry soap. There are no ingredients after or before that lower the pH. No wonder it was drying me out.
Bin it. Done.
I've never had luck with spectro jel and my face. Whenever I try to use it I break out. I tried when I was 14, and then again when I was 18. No luck! However, I have healed all my tattoos with it perfectly... so I guess it has its uses.
I've been using this product for about a month now. I was using Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Cleanser (the clear orange product) prior to Spectro Jel for Blemish-Prone Skin. There was nothing wrong with the Clean & Clear; Spectro Jel was on sale and I thought I'd give it a try, seeing as it's manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline, one of the leading pharmaceutical companies in the world. What other reviewers have said about the scent is true: the fragrance-free version does has a slight alcoholic/medicinal smell--something I don't find too surprising since, again, Spectro Jel is a product manufactured by a Big Pharma company specializing in medicine. The clear gel also doesn't foam, but it's still easily massaged onto your face.
Clean & Clear left my face feeling squeaky clean, whereas Spectro Jel leaves my face feeling ... not greasy, per se, but the same way your face feels after you've applied a light layer of moisturizer. The first time I used Spectro Jel, I thought to myself that I was going to break out for sure because I was so used to the squeaky-clean quality of Clean & Clear. However, I've been using Spectro Jel for about a month now and haven't broken out save for the occasional blemish during my period. People have started asking me what foundation and blush I'm using because apparently my face is glowing. I'm quite a tomboy and don't wear makeup except on special outings. (If anybody cares, I also use Cetaphil Moisturizing Lotion and St. Ives Collagen Elastin Facial Moisturizer interchangeably.) I haven't noticed any huge differences in my skin switching from the Clean & Clear to the Spectro Jel, but I guess the people around me have, so take that for what it's worth. So, to address the issue of Spectro Jel not leaving your face squeaky clean: I don't think this is a bad thing; it just means your skin isn't being completely stripped of its oils (Spectro Jel's claim of being "gentle") and that Spectro Jel is adding some moisturizer to your skin.