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Helps to control spots and acne, but you DO have to continue using it seems
Dermalogica Anti Bac Skin Wash
Member Name: Siuz
Dermalogica Anti Bac Skin Wash
Date: 12/08/08, updated on 12/08/08 (769 review reads)
Advantages: Control spots and acne, pleasant packaging
Disadvantages: Price, drying on hands, not for all skin types, not available easily
Like many women, my skin can drive me around the bend. Especially at this time of year, as I work in a warm office with no air con, my face can start to resemble an oil slick around lunch time. Coupled with that, I still get the odd break out - yes! At the grand old age of 31! So, while I'm not exactly 'past it' (hopefully), it's really not that great that I'm breaking out still.
My history of Dermalogica use started just over a year ago... As I noted in another review (Dermalogica Multi Active Toner - refreshing and soothing - highly recommended!), I started using the Multi Active Toner as part of my skincare regime in the run up of my wedding. At this stage, I was buying high street branded skincare products but never felt any loyalty to any of them.
After reading some good reviews about this on a forum (a wedding one, I think), I first purchased this product as part of the Dermalogica acne prone skin kit. I ordered this from Jersey Beauty, which is cheaper than buying from a Dermalogica salon.
The acne prone skin kit contained:
Anti-Bac Skin Wash (1.7oz)
Multi-Active Toner (1.7oz)
Oil Control Lotion (.75oz)
Medicated Clearing Gel (.30oz)
Gentle Cream Exfoliant (sample)
Anti-Bac Cooling Masque (sample)
In terms of the skin wash, it comes in a white and grey bottle. The one in the kit came in a small bottle with a 'press top' lid while the large full size one that I'm using now is a pump action type. As far as looks of the packaging goes, I'm happy enough to have this (and any other Dermalogica products) in my bathroom, as they're not cheap looking or garish in appearance.
To use, I squeeze or pump a little into wet hands, rub my hands together fairly vigorously to get the clear liquid to foam and then use on my face. It's pretty effective in removing make up and other dirt from my face. I don't need to use a separate eye make up remover when I use this product.
Using skincare/cosmetics, especially pricier ones (like this, IMO, I'm no Creme de la Mer gal), is a multi sensory experience. Sounds like marketing speak, I know, but, to me, how it *feels* is very important. The functional benefit of this product is that it cleans my face. And it does, so that's good. Beyond that, I like the smell of this - I can't quite put my finger on what it is - it almost smells a bit medicinal but 'pure'. In fact, one of the main reasons that I like this product is that it does seem pure but also hard working on my skin. It makes me feel that the product contains lots of good, high quality ingredients.
After I rinse the skin wash off my face, I usually then repeat.
In terms of the active ingredients, the skin wash contains Antibacterial Trislosan to remove surface bacteria, salicylic acid for exfoliation and something they call 'exclusive skin response complex', which has herbal extracts of balm mint, coneflower and camphor.
One negative is that it does leave my hands dry. I think you can only use this product if you have oily or acne prone skin. If your skin is normal, I would imagine it could be very drying.
Before my wedding, I started to use the products in combination to try and sort out the breakout I was experiencing at the time. Happily for me, it worked! I was blemish free on the BIG day.
Since then, though, my skin does seem to have taken a downturn : (
However, I don't feel that I can actually blame the Dermalogica Anti-Bac Skin Wash as I had stopped using it. I had mistakenly thought that my skin was fine and switched to other cheaper products. And, then also went through a spell of using baby wipes when I went away as there wasn't anything else at hand. Oh nooo. Mistake!
Anyway, I have started to use this product diligently again. Hopefully soon, my skin will be back under control. It does seem to be getting better....
I'll update the review/rating in a month or so to provide an update on my progress (or not!).
However, based on my experience to date, I would still recommend.
Edit - price is about £29 for the 500ml size (BIG) and the acne prone skin kit is about £18. If you've never tried these products, start off with the skin kit, which lasts for a while by itself
Summary: High quality face wash for acne prone and oily skin