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I bought this Clean and Clear deep action refreshing gel cleanser from a home store for just £1.99 when I was visiting a friend in Wales and realised that I had forgotton my usual cleanser. This probably wouldn't be my first choice as I do prefer a liquid cleanser but there wasn't much to choose from in the shop, and I had used Clean and Clear products before and found them to be very good. It comes in a 200ml clear plastic bottle and the cleanser itself is a pretty turquoise colour. It has a dark blue pump dispenser which you need to press to release the gel.
The lotion itself has quite a fresh and clean smell and I can still smell this on my face for some time after using the lotion. I use it on my face and neck and I can feel it absorbing into my skin. I will pump the dispenser out onto a cotton wool pad or cotton wool ball about twice and then gently rub it over my face but keeping clear of my eyes as I like to use a separate eye make up remover.
As I am using it I can feel a lovely coolness instantly and my face always feels very fresh and clean afterwards. I am always surprised at the amount of dirt on the cotton pad even if I am not wearing any make up as it is surprising how much dirt which can accumulate on your face during the day. After use I will sometimes apply a toner and then moisturiser or sometimes just a moisturiser to complete my cleansing routine.
I have been very pleased with the results of this cleanser. It is probably not one which I would normally choose but it was really the one suitable one for me at the time when I bought it. I have been using this cleanser now for about three months and I have not used even a quarter of it so it is good value.
I have had acne as a teenager and was horrified when it came back as an adult! I have tried every product and nothing seemed to work. I found Clean and Clear deep action gel in a chemist and thought I would try it as it was 'oil free' and my skin was quite oily at times. The first night I used the product, it felt very refreshing; however after a couple more days of use my skin began to feel very tight, red, itchy and started to peel in places. I stopped using the product straight away, and although I was already noticing a difference in my acne (it had cleared a great deal) the itchiness, redness and flaking continued for about 4-5 days after I discontinued using it. I read some reviews online and saw that a lot of people had the same problem with this product. I think I might try using it again but only every couple of days to reduce the chance of the peeling affect again. I would reccomend you try this if you have acne and nothing else is working for you, but bear in mind what you will have to go through to achieve clearer skin!
Scanning through BitterFusion's review on the product I see the words red,itcy and acne.I start to wonder if this is the same product I have bought over 6 bottles of because I love it so much.She states she has very oily skin prone to acne I have the exact same skin type yet this product is amazing and works wonders for my skin.The ccool refreshing tingle it promises certainly comes with it your skin feels refreshed and comftarbly firm.I first used this product when I won a clean and clear gift basket.I soon purchased another one after about 3 weeks so yes it does run out quite quickly,though it is not expensive to top up on it so I have no problem with how quickly it runs out.I bought a travel sized bottle (so cute) and gave it to my friend to try.My friend has very oily skin and extremely large patches of breakouts around her face.When she tried it her breakouts and acne instantly cleared.She decided to buy one for her sister (oily skinned) when her sister used it though she had a more toned down experience of BitterFusion's it is a great product but I would be wary of it as it rarely does not suit certain skin but otherwise I would reccomend this to a friend no problem!:)
I have a naturally oily face which makes my skin very prone to acne, and so I had been on antibiotics to combat the problem for some months. The tablets artificially made my skin very dry, and while it got rid of the acne, I decided the time had come to try and tackle the problem without medication, as the body becomes immune to antibiotics after a while. So, after I stopped taking the tablets, true to form, my skin returned to its oily state, and although I did not get acne to the same degree I had previously, I was still finding that the odd hideous spot would emerge.
In an effort to tackle this, I thought the solution would be to invest in a good, oil-free cleanser to thoroughly ensure that my pores were clear. That in mind, when I saw this oil-free product in Boots, I decided that the 'cool, refreshing tingle' that it promised would be beneficial to my face.
Thus, having gotten home, at the end of the day, I washed my face and applied the product, following the directions on the back of the bottle to apply to a wet face and to avoid the eye area. The first thing I noticed was the 'tingle' that was described, and I felt my face get somewhat colder. However, the tingle started to get stronger, and I quickly removed the product. At this point, I was not overly concerned, thinking that I was just unused to the product. However, I found it rather strange that the next day my face felt hot, and indeed looked a bit red.
However, giving it the benefit of the doubt, I used the product once again the next night. However, this time, I found that the results were not so subtle. My face was inflamed, and so very red. Especially in the areas surrounding my eye area of skin, I felt like I was burning. It was not too dissimilar to how it feels when you become sunburnt. At this point, I was very worried, and immediately attributed it to the product, as this was the only new thing I had introduced to my cleansing regime.
By the next morning, I found that my skin had suffered immensely. My face was unhappy, feeling tight, dry and itchy. At the time, I supposed that it was some improvement on the red, burning sensation from the night before, however not by much. I noticed that my skin was dry, and sore. It even aggravated my face to put moisturiser on in an attempt to heal my poor skin.
Today, (2 days after I stopped using the product) I have seen the full extent of the damage caused to my skin. It has been incredibly dry, and I must have moisturised in excess of 5 times throughout the day, as it doesn't seem to be able to absorb any moisture. My skin has been dry, flaky and so itchy. I am really very glad that I have not had to work or go out in public today, because literally my face looks like it's been flaking off.
I have been wondering throughout the day whether this product actually contains some agent which can cause a chemical peel effect, as this is what it truly seemed like to me, and to my shock and horror, it appeared that it does! One of the product's ingredients, Salicylic Acid, can also be used as a chemical peel! Had I known this before, I would not have gone near the product, as I do not think this is a suitable ingredient for a cleanser. I am also disgusted that the bottle does not contain a stronger warning, as I feel it is far too strong to be used as a product that, by its own admission, is 'good for daily use'. Today, I did notice that it does state to stop using it if a skin irritation develops. However, this is toward the bottom of the bottle, and does not give enough information with regard to the possible effects that can occur from using the product.
I think I paid about £6 for the 150ml product from Boots. My advice? Do not waste your money. This product is horrific, and I regret even seeing it.
My final word on the matter is to absolutely avoid this product like the plague. I have rated it 1 star due to the fact that I am very obviously displeased with the product. However, if I could rate it -5*, I absolutely would, as this product does not even deserve 1*. Angry and unhappy does not even begin to describe how I feel when I think of my experience with the product...