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Aged 31 and a half, i get so fed up of still having skin that suffers from breakouts. Usually i tend to stick to the same types of products, but this summer i had a particularly nasty outbreak. We went on holiday in June, and i applied sun cream before going on a 10 mile bike ride and 6 mile walk. I washed the cream off when we got home, but my pores had already screamed angrily in protest.
The following week i was feeling rather grotty while walking round the supermarket so i was looking for something that would help ease the horrendous breakout on my cheeks. I'm talking large red boil type spots, not small pimples with heads.
I spotted the daily facial wash from clean and clear. I have used some of the Johnsons products before and not found them brilliant, but i thought i would give it a go.
First impressions on the shelf.
The bottle is a green transparent plastic with a green pump dispenser. You can see the product inside, which has a good distribution of green granules - not all sunk near the bottom - spread all the way through. For 200 ml of the product it seemed good value at a few pounds, and was on offer. I liked on the label the claim of shine control, as although my skin type is quite dry, it is also prone to oiliness (particularly my forehead) if i wash it too much with cleansers.
Getting home from the shop, i was really keen to try the product as soon as we got home. My skin was sore and i thought it would really help. The pump is the sort that is pushed in the bottle and you have to twist it to release the pump before the first use. I don't normally have a problem releasing the pump on this type of package, but in this case, i was twisting it every which way to try to open it with no result. I honestly thought it must be faulty, but eventually it did release.
Using the product.
Advice on using the wash is to apply to wet skin, gently massage into the face, avoiding the eye area. The small green granules are supposed to be bursting beads that burst on contact with your skin. IT is described as gentle enough to use every day, and contains a mix of lemongrass and fruit extracts.
From first use i found that i like the wash. It has a scent that is quite citrussy, most reminding me of limes. I find i need a small amount (a little bigger than a 50p) to produce a good foam that cleans my whole face. The beads are indeed gentle, mostly bursting in my hand i find. This bottle has been used almost every day since i bought it at the beginning of July and i still have a quarter of a bottle left. I missed a few days when we were staying away from home as the pump dispenser on the bottle means it is not really suitable for packing without leaking everywhere.
So, what happened to my skin?
The shine control part of the claim is definitely accurate. Using the product once a day leaves my skin feeling clean and without any shine. In the summer i had no dryness after use, but in the past couple of weeks since the weather has got colder i have found myself needing to apply moisturiser to my nose and chin to combat the flaky patches and dryness that appeared. The weather is the only factor to change there.
The clean and clear claims are disappointing as always. My skin has not cleared up at all since using the product. I have had to supplement my wash with other treatments and i still cannot clear the blemishes on my cheeks. I feel 4 months of continuous use is more than a fair trial, so i cannot see me replacing this wash when it runs out. I think part of the ineffectiveness is the lack of exfoliation. I thought the beads might do that, but they do not. It is not claimed to, but it is what they do in other products.
So how will i rate it?
I am going to give it 3 stars as i do find it a really nice wash. Smell, and clean feel are great. It is just not tough enough for my problem skin. It might be more acceptable if you just get the odd spot, but it is not effective enough for me.
Thanks for reading and rating my review.
Upon looking for some face wash, I often switch brands, looking for something that will do a better job than the last one. Being a guy, that sounds slightly weird, I know, but I think it's important to look good, in order to make yourself feel good.
So, scanning the shelves at Boots for my new experiment, I come across Clean & Clear: Shine Control Daily Facial Wash. Now, I hadn't seen or heard of this before and the transparent green pump 200ml bottle instantly caught my attention. Well, this, along with the little green dots (or beads as I later discovered) within the liquid gel inside. These Bursting Beads according to the packaging effectively cleanse for shine free skin all day. It is a gentle foaming cleanser that has been uniquely formulated with lemongrass and fruit extracts. Whether or not these beads are actually an active part of the liquid or just a visual advertising ploy I'm not sure...
I tend to get shiny oily skin by the middle of the day and so always go for products which are oil-free which this is. A small squeeze of the pump is a sufficient amount for face and neck coverage and it certainly has stopped my skin's need to become it's own reflective attraction for the light. Although it does not clear up all of the excess oil, it's certainly not noticeable. Don't get me wrong, I was hardly excreting excess sebum oil all hours of the day, only when work gets a bit busy in the afternoons! In terms of drying up the skin, I've not experienced this myself, but all it would take to remedy this would be some oil-free moisturiser which I also have to hand.
The application of the product is like most, if not all face washes in that you apply it to wet skin. I rub some into my hands first, at which point half the beads disappear into foam, so at least my hands are nicely exfoliated... As per usual, if you get it in your eyes, it advises you to flush them out with water. As much as this is an experiment, I'm not putting it in my eyes to see if it hurts, as I'm sure it does!
Overall, this product on the whole does a good job in creating shine free skin as it claims. Whether or not it was designed for my tough male skin I'm not sure, but for around £3.99 a pop I can't argue with the results!