Clean & Clear • Deep Cleaning Astringent (orange) • Toners
|Would buy this product again.||68%|
Age: 19-24 Skin: Oily, Tan Hair: Black, Straight, Fine Eyes: Black
LOVES IT LOVES IT LOVES IT!! I'm on my second bottle now and I've been using it for about 2 1/2 years. I was using Dickinson's Witch Hazel first but it was pricey so i switched to this. And it's great! I have acne prone skin and this really takes care of me. My morning routine would not be complete without this. Seriously, I would feel gross without this.
EDIT: I am now on my 3rd bottle! i am serious when i say i could not live without this!!
Age: Unknown Skin: Oily, Medium Hair: Other Eyes: Brown
This product smells, stings, and leaves skin very dry. On existing acne marks it really burns. Would not recommend.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Green
This toner definately keeps my skin from cystic acne outbreaks, but it does really burn!!! I'll tolerate the burn as long as it keeps my skin clear!!! *BEWARE THE INITIAL BREAKOUT THOUGH!* Salicylic acid brings gunk to the surface, and I broke out for the first 3 weeks, but after that, smooth smooth sailing!!!
Update: Oct 19, 2009:
I gave up on this toner... I moved on to a WAY better product (Paula's Choice 2% BHA liquid) and I am in love with it. Although this toner showed me that salicylic acid works well with my skin, it totally dried my skin out, so I opted for a way more hydrating product.
Age: 18 & Under Skin: Very Oily, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Black
I would never use this stuff for my face as I feel it's far too drying. I wouldn't put 50% alcohol on my face EVER. However, I do find that this does wonders for my bacne and chesne. I'll apply 2-3 times a day and all the annoying zits just seem to shrivel up and disappear. I have noticed that the chest skin has become drier as well as clearer so I recently replaced this with pads that also had 2% salicylic acid. The skin was less dry but the zits were making a comeback so I'm currently using this and some nivea cream. I guess the alcohol really does well on tougher body skin when it came to pimples.
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair Hair: Brunette Eyes: Blue
It is good and preventing blemishes. It does burn a bit though. Would not suggest for anyone with sensative skin
Age: 19-24 Skin: Dry, Fair-Medium Hair: Brunette Eyes: Brown
This is quite a harsh product so I wouldn't recommend it for people with sensitive skin. I use this as my weapon against pimples and zits and it works really well. It kinda dries out your skin though however I find that by the next 2 days, my pimple or soon to be pimple is gone =)
Age: 19-24 Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium Hair: Black Eyes: Brown
EDIT: I should have added that this had clove and eucalyptus oil in it, which might irritate the skin of other users', but I didn't mind it, at least in every season but winter. Now they've changed the formula. It's still a medicated toner, but for my thick, oily skin, it's not as effective in fighting oil on my T-zone. It actually might be better suited to most customers' skin.
I re-purchase generic versions of this because it's cheap, but I'm guessing there are much better drugstore astringents with salicylic acid out there.
I'm on a low dose of Accutane and have skin with a mind of it's own...formerly oily and cystic, and currently, more predictable. Now it's combination and drier in winter, which I take into mind when using the product.
That said, this is a no-fuss astringent with a minty scent (not overpowering) and leaves a cool menthol/peppermint tingle on your skin after use (depends on whether you'd find that irritating). Neither the scent or the "tingle" last too long. It's helping removing extra make-up, sweat and dirt that soap leaves and actually does seem to help control oil for a while. (To be fair...the Accutane probably deserves most of the credit for it...this is just the icing on the cake.)
I've tried other drugstore toners with added ingredients and scents; even if they had the same active ingredient and (somewhat) the same formula, they had a sickening after-scent, left my skin with a sticky film, or had the opposite effect and dried/stung too much.
This is no frills, simple, and pretty effective. As an added bonus, it's rated relatively well at Skin Deep http://www.cosmeticdatabase.com/product.php?prod_id=2718
Age: 25-29 Skin: Other, Fair-Medium, Warm Hair: Brown, Wavy, Medium Eyes: Brown
This is the review for the Deep Cleansing Astringent with Salicylic Acid 2%. I don't recommend you use this all over your face because it can be drying and you will feel like you are breathing in alcohol straight from the bottle - WHEW! But it works REALLY well. Can' t say for sure if it is the high alcohol content or the SA or the combination of both, but use it as a spot treatment with a cotton swab and it really helps to flatten anything out. That being said, here is the catch: You can combat the pimple/acne but depending on where you use it on your face (ie some areas are more vulnerable to dryness than other areas) once the battle is over, you may spend the next few days battling flaky skin. I once used this to spot treat a zit around my nose and the zit flattened out the next day but I spent the next 4 days trying to get rid of the flakiness. It was makeup hell. However, I have used this to spot treat acne on my forehead and temples and I never experienced flaking there, so use with common sense and caution- stay away from nose, lip and eye area and other areas of your face which you know to be vulnerable. I have, on occassion, used this all over my face without a problem - like on those seriously hot and humid, *disgustingly* gross days where your skin is just screaming out for cleanliness. No flakes, not even around my nose?This is really a product where you will see deliverable outcome but your experience will depend on how you use it. If you have bacne, this is fantastic- it will kill what you have and keep new ones at bay and you won't suffer from dryness because your back skin is tougher. But it won't cure it. You will have to compound it with another product for that (like BP or liquid SA). If you use this for your back, I recommend you wear gloves or wash your hands right away because I noticed my fingers where I held the cotton pad started flaking! I keep this as a must have even though I use it mostly for spot treatment. It is a definite must have for the summer, particularly for use on my back after a heavy hot workout or on my forehead on really hot days, partic. since I have bangs now. I always use a light, oil free moisturizer on top to prevent dryness and flaking (face, not back).
Age: 25-29 Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
This is an Acne Treatment Astringent with Salicylic Acid 2% (BHA).
I usually have combo sensitive skin, but lately it has been much oilier and I have clogged pores on my forehead. I needed a cheap but effective BHA product to help with that. This toner definitely has helped with both the oiliness and the clogged pores, and in under a week.
It is pretty simple in its ingredients, and it is the correct pH to exfoliate effectively. Although it does have 41% alcohol. It also has surprisingly not irritated me, but I don't think I'm actually sensitive to alcohols, and I believe its because of the way I use it, which will be addressed further.
It is a pink watery liquid in a flip-top cap bottle. The instructions state "moisten a cotton ball and cover the entire affected area with a thin layer" I know that it looks like a toner, and the name is "Deep Cleaning Astringent" but there are definitely some things that should be noted.
1. It is not a facial cleanser. It states on the bottle that you should clean your face before using this. I know it says "Deep Cleaning" but that does not apply to your entire face.
2. It is not a toner. As stated on the bottle, you only apply to the affected areas, and you only apply a thin layer.
Don't be all saturating your face with this stuff and then complaining about how it dries you out. Especially if you normally have dry, non-acne, alcohol-sensitive skin. You need a different product.
I only use this on my oily/clogged parts of my face once a day and it works great in that manner. I would never use it on my drier, unaffected areas. No need!
It is a very cute pink colour and it smells like a overly-boozy cosmopolitan. If you are sensitive to fragrance or to alcohol-smell, you will not like this. I do not mind it and the scent dissapates quickly. I don't mind that its in the plastic bottle, but I do mind the annoying flip cap. Mine won't open/shut very well, and it doesn't distribute the product out of the bottle very well either.
Overall, its a good, cheap, and effective drugstore option for someone with oilier, clogged or acne skin. It has worked for me in a pinch.
Ingredients from Bottle:
Active Ingredient - Salicylic Acid 2%
Other - Alcohol (41%), benzophenone-4, denatonium benzoate, dimethicone propyl PG-betaine, fragrance, isoceteth-20, water, red 4.
8oz/240mL at $3.99
Age: 19-24 Skin: Normal, Fair, Cool Hair: Blond, Straight, Fine Eyes: Green
I had used the Sensitive Skin formula (the blue one) of this product growing up. I had hardly any acne, but used it to get rid of what little bit I did have. Back then, it did the job. However, my skin started changing in my early 20s (I'm 23 now), and more acne has showed up, especially in the last year or so. I upgraded to this product, the orange bottle, in hopes that a stronger formula was all I needed. I even paired it with Clean & Clear's Dual Action Moisturizer, but in the end, it hardly made a difference. It also contains harsh ingredients that are ultimately unnecessary (like most astringents), including fragrance and neon coloring. It's also very drying, so you will need a moisturizer afterward. After playing around with other acne-fighting products and toners, I finally found my HG product that knocks them all out- acne.org's benzoyl peroxide gel. That's it! No special cleansers, toners, moisturizers needed. That gel has returned my skin to all of it's high school/acne-free glory. This astringent and all other products I've tried have been tossed, never to come back. :]