After years of using Proactiv, it stopped working for me. I was devastated. Proactiv gave me the most beautiful skin; I was constantly complimented on it. So when it stopped working, I went on a years-long journey to find replacements.
All in all I discovered this: I did not need an acne product. After years of thinking I had oily, red, acne-prone skin, turns out I didn't. I still don't know what skin type I am (it goes from one to the other, depending on the seasons), but after months of using normal cleansers and harsh exfoliants, I discovered the thing that made me love Proactiv: the daily exfoliating cleanser.
Enter Dermalogica. I received a sample of this product in a Luxe Box (Canadian version of Birchbox). I fell in love. It was gentle and effective at exfoliating. I could use it every day (in the summer/spring/fall) without getting dry (I use it every other day to every 3 days in the winter, but my skin is bone dry during that season). It calmed my red, patchy skin down, got rid of all the dry parts, and left my skin feeling super fresh and clean.
Now I must admit when it comes to skincare, I am cheap. I do not like to spend a lot of money on things when there are gems like witch hazel as a toner (a couple bucks) and coconut oil as a cleanser. So when I ran out of this sample, spending $80 CAD on a full bottle of this stuff seemed pretty terrifying. I held out for a while, and noticed a definite change in my skin. It was peel-y and I broke out a little (which was strange). Overall my skin looked pretty patchy too. I decided, okay. Time to invest in this product.
I bought the full bottle of this exfoliant in April 2012. 10 months later, I am still using it, and it's at least half full (maybe more, I can't tell). I am shocked it's lasted this long, and thrilled. I can afford $80 a year (or two) for sure.
Is it pricy? Yes. But it lasts FOREVER. I now budget for this product. Does it work? YES. It's gentle and I can use it all year (which is something, considering I have to change up my cleanser and moisturizer twice a year). The packaging is nice, it comes in a very parmesan-cheese type dispenser, and it's easy to get the right amount of product (which is fairly little). It contains salicylic acid, so for those of you who have blemishes, this may help (normally salicylic acid does nothing for my blemishes, so I stick to benzoyl peroxide, but for some reason, this stuff works. I have no idea how).
Moral of the story: if I can justify spending the money on this, anyone can. I am a student, and I have to spend carefully. This product just happens to be worth the cash. It's given me some of the confidence back that I lost when Proactiv stopped working for me. Does my skin glow like it did when using Proactiv? No. But I don't think one product can do that for you. Proactiv was a daily exfoliator + glycolic toner combo, so I think that's what did it. I'm still trying to find a great glycolic toner. Stay tuned to my reviews :)
Most scrub exfoliaters (even those that claim you can use them daily) are just a bit too harsh for my face and I don't tend to buy them anymore. I find this product is perfect for gentle exfolation, keep it in my shower and use it every few days after cleansing. I don't think it's a miracle product, I personally don't notice any long term changes to tone or pigmentation. But does the job of a nice gentle exfoliant. You have to be careful not to get water in the container though.
I wish my skin liked this exfoliant because it is lovely and gentle but sadly it doesn't. I used this for two days, it felt like it dried out my skin, my forehead became really congested and i could see horrible acne coming underneath. I stopped using this and two days later my skin was so much better; the congestion was nearly gone, the acne had died down and my skin felt much clearer. I think i was just unlucky as so many peple like this product, but I would not recommend for those with acne-prone, sensitive skin.
I have a collection of dermalogica products, and some of these have an exfoliant in them. So i am careful on what products i use in a day so i don't exfoliate too much. But after i have cleansed in the morning i tend to always use this as i find aswel as doing its job it also makes my makup go on and blend much better than on a day i don't use it.
After washing my face with a skinceuticals cleanser, I use dermalogica's daily microfoliant. I apply a small amount into damp skin and rub gentyly and then wipe off with a warm damp muslin cloth. It removes all make up and provides clarity without being too harsh. You only need a small amount and the bottle lasts ages - I am never without this
It removes every last drop of foundayption, make up etc you have on your face, leaving skin fresh but not too dry. Love it!
I bought this after a facial on recommendation of the esthetician to help brighten and tone my skin. I used it as the bottle directed, at first I didn't notice any difference except for mild dryness. After about a week of daily use my jawline and chin started breaking out like I haven't seen since my teenage years (I am 28). I thought that maybe my skin was "purging" so I kept using it for almost 6 more weeks, but the breakouts got worse and I started getting painful bumps on my jawline, combined with tons of whiteheads. I stopped using it 2 days ago and already my skin feels a little better, but it is going to take weeks for the awful breakout to heal!
This is so good! Really, I have only been using it for a week, and my skin has already changed to the much better! I had small lumps and bumps on my forehead (not blemishes), which have basically disappeared now! Also, it really eliminates blackheads on my chin (not on my nose though - but it minimizes them).
I am so happy to have this product! I don't wear foundation anymore because of this. It makes my skin softer, smoother and just much more beautiful. But use a good moisturizer after it, as it can dry the skin out a bit.
I love it! It is expensive though.
I have just purchased full size of this after using up a sample. This is a brilliant extoliator, which unlike most does not use chunky grains to slough off the dry bits or dead skin. It is a powder, and you only need about half a teaspoon full a time, which you mix into a paste using a couple of drops of water. From the first use the skin is a lot softer and smoother. I have now been using it for over a month and I am virtually blackhead free, and happily I am also free of clogged and blocked pores, which is lovely as Ive never had that before! The price of this is high but you need such a teeny amount per use, it is worth the cost. Very highly recommended.
This was the first Dermalogica product I've ever used. It's rediculously overpriced so the only reason I tried it was because I got it on sale and all of the reviews were glowing.
I've been using this for a couple months and cannot see any difference in my skin. It's a nice exfoliant, but it doesn't do anything special in comparison to other exfoliants I've used previously. Bummer.