I have used this for a few years now and love it! I love the way it is absorbed so quickly and how good it makes my skin feel!
This is great for those people with oily skin, like myself. It kept my skin from getting oily throughout the day, and it gave me enough moisture but not too much. This saved my skin after using the wrong moisturizer and cleanser, both dried my skin out. This really brought all the necessary moisture back into my skin, and really helped the texture of my skin go back to smooth. You get a lot, and it's great it has a pump. It doesn't have spf though, so be sure to wear some during the day. This also never broke me out, like it did for some people.
So I bought this because I wanted a lightweight moisturizer and since I have super sensitive skin, I figured Clinique was the way to go, right? NOT. This made my forehead break out into tiny little bumps and I never break out there so I knew that DDMG was to blame.
this is a no go unless of course you want to ruin your skin... this didnt make me break out like others but it did break down the quality of my skin. skin texture became steadily worse, didn't moisturize enough so my skin got drier and drier in some places and oilier in others to compensate for the dryness. acne scars were building up because this did nothing to help it. it was a disaster. it sounds like rubbish when you're desperate to battle acne and oiliness but the natural way (olive oil, jojoba oil etc) is honestly the best way to go rather than putting clinique's chemicals on your face. like they say, oil dissolves oil. they are so nutrient rich your acne scars will start fading, and your skin will be so moisturized it will stop producing so much damn oil all the time, believe me, i've been through all that.
I used this stuff about a year ago as part of Clinique's 3-step system for skin type IV (very oily, acne-prone). The soap and toner dried out my skin terribly, and this wasn't much relief. I stopped using the other two steps, and used this in conjunction with some facial cleansing wipes my friend recommended -- and I broke out worse than I ever had before. At the time, I blamed the face wipes (I bought them from a grocery store while living in Paris; the ingredients were in French, and I never noted whether or not they were supposed to be hypoallergenic and/or non-comedogenic).
But I bought a 1.7 fl. oz./50 ml tube of DDMG a couple of weeks ago while looking for a good moisturizer, and had the same reaction, this time even worse than before. I'm constantly dealing with minor breakouts, because that's just the way my skin is. But this is huge, red, painful, cystic welts all over my face, and that never ever happens. I've stopped using it, and they're very very slowly starting to shrink. I think I only applied the gel for two or three days, and it's taken two weeks after I stopped using it for me to see a slight change in the horrible acne that it caused.
So, even though I have friends with normal skin who love this stuff, I would not recommend this to anyone with sensitive or acne-prone skin. It will clog your pores like you never thought possible; you'll wake up wondering why you have so many new whiteheads, but you'd never suspect such an innocent-looking moisturizing gel. On the plus side, it didn't leave my skin feeling greasy. But it did leave it feeling like a gravel driveway.
(**I'm no chemist, but I think the dimethicone in this product may be the pore-clogging culprit. Dimethicone is often used in anti-aging products because it serves as a kind of barrier against dirt and toxins that could pollute your skin from the outside. That's all fine and good -- but at the same time, the layer that it forms traps in everything that's already on your skin, like oil and sebum. Even if you wash your face right before you put this on, if you have oily or acne-prone skin your face will still produce sebum underneath, which clogs pores and leads to bad-to-the-bone breakouts. So even though I'm not totally sure, I'm going to stay away from dimethicone; maybe you should try it too.**)
made me break out like WHOAH!!!!
This stuff is supposed to be the best of the best...not for me. I did love the lightweight feeling and it did make my skin feel nice and hydrated, even made my makeup go on smooth. But it made me break out - HORRIBLY.
This is a perfect amount of moisturization for my combination skin, especially now that it's getting warmer! I tend to shy away from products which contain mineral oil, such as the Dramitically Different Moisturizing Lotion because it clogs my pores, but this gel is fabulous. It sinks in completely and leaves my skin soft and ready for makeup. I don't mind that this doesn't contain an SPF because I use Clinique's Tinted Moisturizer daily which has SPF 15. Super stuff, comes in a small tube for $12 and change so you don't have to invest a lot of money right off the bat.
Gosh! I really wanted this to work for me. I have oily and acne-prone skin so I thought this would help me with my oily skin. NOPE! I am still blotting my face after about 2 hours. It soaks into the skin and seems matte at first but it fails to provide oil-control as the day goes on. I tried the 3 Step skincare and it was awful! I had #3 and it literally dried up my whole face. My makeup was cracky since this DDMG did NO justice for moisture. Everything about the skincare line #3 was so drying. I am oily so I don't know what's wrong perhaps its because i have dry spots since i use acne medication at night?.
Edit: Since I don't use the clinique 3 step anymore. Using this DDMG alone is much better. There isn't a lot of oil control, but I still the gel texture moisturizer.
I been using Clinique 3-Step skin care for about a month and I really like the way my skin looks. I do like the way it feels and that it has no smell to it. I think that it is worth it. I have combination skin so I get the dry/combination one. I really like the way it makes your skin have a nice glow to it. This Moisturizing Gel works great, but I would say to get the 3-step skin care.