So, I got this product as a sample at Sephora. I've used it a few times, and it seemed good right after. Then, after about a week, I ended up w/some cystic acne.... and I'm thinking it was due to this. However, it could just be purging the skin, or maybe its stress, idk. So, I'm going to wait and see if it clears up, and maybe I'll try this again at another time, but for now I wouldnt purchase it again.
I like this as an exfoliator 2x per week. I have combo skin but this would be too rough/drying to use everyday in winter. It reminds me a lot of neutrogena Visibly Even. I just love the fresh, clean smell of this. It's hard to describe. I got this as a very generous sample from sephora. a little bit goes a long way. not sure if it has any real anti-aging benefits, since I'm not looking for that in the first place. Just a nice basic, gentle scrub.
I bought this a like 6 months ago and barely used it. I dont know why I abandoned it but its really nice, and Im glad I didnt toss it. Ive been looking to simplify my skincare and wanted a cleanser/scrub/exfoliator all in one, and this certain does it. it foams up nicely, has TINY scrubbers in it (but enough to be effective!), and has salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and lactic acid, so just washing your face with it for a minute or so give some chemical exfoliation, which is nice for my acne prone skin. Some people have issues with AHAs breaking them out, so they shouldnt use this. I just ordered skinceuticals clarifying cleanser, and havent gotten it in the mail yet, but I imagine they are similar (the skinceuticals has Salicylic acid and glycolic acid too, but has mandelic acid instead of lactic acid, and is supposed to have scrubbies too). So far I really like it, I will update later.
I use this a few times a week as a scrub. Nice little scrubbies that aren't too harsh and the AHA and BHA helps to get my skin smoother and cleaner without too much irritation. A little expensive but its also a big tube. Hasn't aggravated any breakouts thus far, which is key. I have only noticed a slight improvement in clogged pores but I also have to keep in mind that its on my skin for about 15 seconds. Overall, its very nice and I would buy again.
This is a great product for my skin, and here are my findings:
- It is a great exfoliator, and safe enough to use every single day
-It takes off makeup like a dream, even eye makeup
-You just feel "clean" when you use it
-You only need a dime-sized amount, so the bottle lasts about 6 months (yes, even when I use it twice a day!).
-Makes a great clean, soft face right before you put your makeup on
-Contains both acids, so it's great for wrinkles, and adult acne (double whammy for me)
This product was recommended to me by a derm. who usually does not like too many murad products. She told me that it will be a little harsh at first, but to continue using it... every day, twice a day. After about a week, my face was used to the constant exfoliating.. and it is my absolute favorite. I do use a lot of other products on my face but this is one that I will never skimp on. It is rather expensive, but the amount and the time it lasts is well worth it. I also like that you can get it at a lot of stores, so you don't need to only order it online. If you go to ULTA you can get a sample, and that sample will last you about 3 days... so i'd at least try it if you have some adult acne or you would like a real safe exfoliator. Good luck!
LOVE, love, love this scrub! This is great for keeping pores clear between facials. It has salicylic acid and glycolic so it's very effective. I use it mainly in the t-zone (paying attention to the pores on and around my nose) after cleansing. In the summer I can use this almost every night since the jojoba beads aren't too abrasive but if youre combo-dry, I would use it less frequently (2-3 times a week maybe).
I really wanted this product to work for me. I gave it a chance. Ugh, horrible mistake. Used it for maybe a month, and it made me break out horribly on the cheeks-- in a section I almost never break out in. I am currently taking antibiotcs and using differin for moderate acne, and my skin is pretty sensitive, so my derm thinks that the combo of using all these products at once and the fact that I have sensitive skin is what broke me out. Didn't break out anywhere else from it, really, and I felt like it might have loosened up blackheads, but it was not beneficial. After stopping the use of this product, my skin has still not healed fully (it's been 2 weeks so far). It did not get any worse either, even though I stopped exfoliating. The product was not doing anything for me, besides making my skin bright red, raw, and broken out. While this may defnitely work for some, it did not work for my skin. Do not bother with if skin is sensitive.
EDIT: Ok, I used this product last May for about a month, then stopped. It is now January. Using this was the WORST decision I seriously have ever made in choosing my skincare. I am STILL recovering. My face is still bright red and the bumps the scrub caused are finally starting to go away only because I am on Accutane now (just started it a month ago). PLEASE, please, consider with caution if you have sensitive skin or are new to AHAs, because you do not want to end up with the situation i am dealing with.
This is more a scrub than a cleanser as most people can only use it two or three times a week. As a scrub it works quite well. I use this once a week in the shower so my pores would be open and this scrub can work its magic. It is a gentle but effective AHA/BHA exfoliator. My only complaint about it is that sometimes I think the exfoliating effect is a bit delayed. For example, I usually use it in the morning and the throughout the day I can see a few tiny pieces of dead skin peeling off my face. I think this is probably because of the chemical nature of AHA and BHA but I am not a chemist so don't quote me on this. :) Anyhow, so it is a bit annoying if I put on powder that day. It is not that noticeable and if there is a major event I usually do it the day before to avoid this. The snap lid on my first tube broke half way through the tube so that was a bit annoying. Perhaps a better quality packaging is needed.
OH, I must UPDATE THIS:::
Now I hate it. It's way too harsh for my skin and makes my skin burn badly :o( I'm knocking off all the lippies except one. It was my HG cleanser too but I've found out I'm super sensitive to everything. :o(
I got this on ebay and it's nice and cheap there. But anyway this stuff is amazing. I love scrubs anyway. I don't like any other cleanser (except maybe purity made simple but that is another review) because I think the scrubs get the face cleaner. I have oily acne prone skin and it really has helped stop any breakouts from coming on.
A fairly average scrub. I didn't find that it did anything spectacular to my skin. I've never had a problem with dry flaky skin (on the contrary, my skin is combination with the odd hormonal breakout) and when I wanted to exfoliate my face, I would just use any old scrub. It has no discernible scent and I found it gentle enough to use daily after cleansing. I still use this on my face on occasion just because it lives in the shower (might use it up on my feet/knees/elbows), but since I've started using a cleanser with a chemical exfoliant, this has become superfluous.