Alba Botanica Acnedote Deep Cleaning Astringent

3.6

32 reviews

62% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $$

Package Quality: 3.1

Price: $$

Not tested on animals

INGREDIENTS

ngredients: Active: 2% Salicylic acid Other: Aqua (water), aloe barbadensis leaf juice (1), sd alcohol 40-b, glycerin, sorbitol, sodium pca, spiraea ulmaria extract, lens esculenta (lentil) fruit extract, arnica montana flower extract (1), camellia sinensis leaf extract (1), chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract (1), calendula officinalis flower extract (1), lavandula angustifolia (lavender) extract (1), glycyrrhiza glabra (licorice) rhizome/root, salix alba (willow) bark extract, citral, limonene, linalool, fragrance (parfum) (2). (1) Certified organic ingredient (2) Naturally derived botanical fragrance


Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

I'd like to start out with no two bodies are the same-thus no two skin types are the same. I have incredibly difficult skin! Everything friends/family had recommended led me to more break outs. I started using this product a week ago...not really expecting results. I have horrible hormonal acne as well as disgusting black heads all over my face. LET ME TELL YOU GIRLS! This product has made a wonderful improvement. Yes, it is strong. It is NOT a toner. It is an astringent. People with overly-dry or sensitive skin should limit use or choose a different product all together. My skin type is a wonderful blend (sarcasm) of combination/acne-prone/sensitive so I only use once a day and follow it up with Alba's Hawaiian oil free moisturizer. The difference in my pores, zits, pimples has already been noticed by co-workers and parents of my students!! I will likely use this product for another couple of weeks to clean up my pores more and switch to a gentler formula daily, using this astringent more for break outs.
I wish there was a control flow top but the price is right if any product is wasted.
My advice is know your skin and know how to use the products before buying :)



on 3/20/2015 9:18:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Grey

I ordered this off of iHerb. It was on sale so I thought to myself why not try something new.
I had never heard of this brand before but I have to say it's working better than I had expected.
I think this product was developed for people with serious acne problems and it works wonder but if you have a zit here and there, once in a while this should not be used all over the face.
This product dries like there's no tomorrow so after using it all over my face twice I decided to just take a cotton swab and dip it in the product and gently rub it on the problem areas only! I try not to touch the health skin at all.
I got a nasty looking pimple on my cheek (that time of the month) and after using this last night I can barely see it anymore. Same goes for my hormonal chin.
It's a good product, very good price buuuut use it with caution.

6/1/2015 UPDATE:
My skin has got used to it and now I can use it all over my face.
On my 3rd bottle.
I absolutely love this. It stings a bit but it is so worth it.
My rosacea and chin pimple pron skin has been looking sooo much better since I've started using this.
I don't use any other toners anymore.

PRO:
dries pimples almost over night
cleans out black heads
tightens pores
evens skin tone
long lasting effect
even helps with psoriasis!!!
super cheap


CONS:
stings a bit
contains a bit of alcohol

I love this. I even got my friend hooked on it. She uses it for her chest and back acne and it has done wonders for her too.


on 1/31/2015 7:18:00 PM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Straight, Other

Eyes: Brown

My skin is on thin, sensitive side and this toner burns a lot. I'm not sure if it's the alcohol content, or the essential oils or both. Pros are it's fairly inexpensive and very watery in texture so it dries quickly without leaving any sticky or greasy residue. But it really, really stings. Maybe if you're younger with thicker, more resilient skin it might not hurt as much. I do think the salicylic acid is helping with hormonal acne, so I'll be looking for another toner that has 2% salicylic acid.


on 1/24/2015 1:39:00 AM

Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Brown

This toner is not good for anyone. It has too much alcohol and fragrance that it irritated my skin. It definitely stung badly so if you have any cuts on your skin be careful. I put a spray on the bottle so that I wouldn't have to take the cap off every time to put on the cotton square. Every time i spray the astringent the essential oil fragrances stings my nose.


on 11/13/2014 8:54:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Black

I highly recommend this toner. It is expensive but works very well. This has helped cleared my acne within a month. Cheap only $7 in my country.

I have cystic acne and this works best with my retinoic acid gel .5% and benzoyl peroxide. This actually works better than my previous favorite andalou naturals oily skin toner.

Cons: Better packaging is needed to control the astrigent flow.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

HOLYGRAIL product. I have combo skin & have been very acne prone skin lately. I have been suffering cystic pimples on my forehead and cheeks. I tried using natural products from LUSH to super high end & expensive acne product like Murad (I spent over 100$ on products). I bought this astringent for 10$ at Winners here in Toronto. As skeptical as I was since i've never heard anything about it, I gave it a try. I was desperate to get rid of my small as well as HUGE cystic pimples. Keep in mind I did use this along with the AcneDote Acne lotion..either way. Within a week..I have never seen such fast and REAL results from an acne product every in my life. I just put some product on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face after my normal wash routine morning/night. Sitting here 3 weeks later, i feel so confident about my skin now. My pores look smaller, my skin glows & is basically pimple free. So happy with these results…I am praying this product works forever. I also feel better knowing the ingredients aren't as harmful as other drugstore products. An amazing product especially for students on a budget. I wasted so much money at Sephora purchasing Murad products that gave me no results. However BE AWARE, the acne dote line is NOT mattifying whatsoever…my skin does get VERY oily with this product. But i can deal with blotting some oil off my face if it means having clear skin. I recommend this to everyone! Super impressed.


Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Oily, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brunette, Relaxed, Fine

Eyes: Blue

LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I feel the same way about this product as I do with their Deep Pore Face Wash. It's helped with my acne & scars. It's makes my skin feel clean & fresh. It smells like mint & it has lasted me a LONG time.


Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

I was looking to buy a cheaper brand of skincare and I suffer from acne, so I bought this, the deep pore face wash, and the moisturizer. I had the facewash about a month before I got this and I wasn't having any problems so I decided to buy the rest of the set. This astringent had a really tingly feeling, kind of burned but nothing too painful. My skin felt really oily whenever I used it and I noticed I was getting more small bumps but I decided to give it more time to let my skin get used to it. I used it for about 3 months and my skin just got worse and worse. I finally stopped using it about a week ago because I had started to get a bunch of painful cystic acne all over my face, which has never happened to me before. Since I started using my old skincare products again, my skin has cleared up right away so I know it must have been this. I had used the moisturizer previously and while it wasn't very moisturizing, it never made me break out like this. So while it might work for some people, it definitely didn't for me and has left me with a lot of dark marks on my face that are going to take a while to heal. However, the face wash is great and I'll still be using it.


on 6/23/2014 6:09:00 AM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Oily, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Curly, Medium

Eyes: Brown

I first heard about this through Annie Jaffrey, who has amazing skin, (http://www.anniejaffrey.com/2013/03/favorite-skin-care-products.html) then I saw this line at our Healthy Options. Since it's affordable, I decided to try it out.

My oily skin works well with Salicylic acid, and since this has 2% of SA as an active ingredient, it really is effective with the micro-exfoliation. It stings a bit, but I like it that way, makes me feel that it's doing its thing. I use this with a cotton ball, and the skin on my fingers tend to peel when I use it frequently. I don't use it every day though because I feel it's too strong, and the peeling on my face is more obvious...but mixing it with witch hazel sounds like a good idea, I might try that soon.

Packaging sucks since there's no stopper or "funnel" on the device. Overall, I really really like this and will continue on purchasing this. I'm already at my third bottle as of this date.


on 6/3/2014 11:04:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Im 25 and Ive had a bad breakout for the past 5 months until I started using this product along with burt bees's exfoliator at nights and alba botanica's cleanser every morning. I kinda like the feeling you get when you put it on your face.. the only think that I didnt like is that it dried my cheeks really bad BUT I started to use mosturizing in that area and it works well.. however it doesnt do much for oily T zone.. still, I like it.




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