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My skin was lovely in my teenage years, and I often think it is worse now I am an adult. It is certainly very prone to breakouts. I treat it very nicely most of the time, but just occasionally it is necessary to wear sun screen, or I might choose to wear a bit of make up every now and again, and boy does it let me know how much it hates to be clogged up by such awful products.
This year my skin has to have been the best its ever been thanks to me regularly using a Mama Mio clean slate cleanser which has agreed with my skin no end. However, in April we were guests at my Brother in laws wedding, and I wore foundation for the first time in about six months, and my skin had decided to throw a big protest with a large group of angry red spots on my chin area. The Mama mio was just not doing anything for this, so I used some amazon vouchers to get myself some Dermologica medibac products. Knowing that the weather was improving and that I needed to wear sunscreen was the prompt to making this purchase.
I bought this as part of a six piece medibac kit promising to treat adult acne. The set came with a little leaflet explaining that the cause of most adult acne is stress, and promising that the items within this kit would treat this acne in different ways. This wash focuses on killing the bacteria on the surface of the skin which cause the spots in the first place, allowing your skin to heal.
I'm the sort of person who likes to try out one new product at a time to get the feel for how effective a new product is at treating a complaint. That way I get to see if there is any effect at all, and if I will repurchase an item.
This wash came in a small flip top bottle. It reminded me of a shampoo bottle. The colours to this product are pretty unisex - dermologica are not daft, they want as many people as possible to use the product, so they don't want to put anyone off using it.
The product is like a gel in consistency. It is easy to squeeze a suitable amount out of the bottle. It is advised to work a pea size amount of the clear gel into a foam on your hands before working into the skin around your face and neck. This gel is colour and pretty much scent free.
It amazed me how well a small amount of this does foam up. A pea sized amount is certainly enough when used in this way to cover my entire face and neck area.
This wash is easy to smooth across my skin, and really easy to wash off again. I don't know what kind of result I was expecting as I have used enough of these face washes to know there are no miracles that sort your skin out entirely. However, within a few hours of using this the first time, there was a noticeable improvement to my complexion. Red spots were less angry. My skin felt less sore and looked less red. Spots that were threatening to erupt decided to hide again. I couldn't believe that the effects were noticeable so quickly.
One of the main ingredients within this wash is salicylic acid. This is an ingredient I am familiar with as it is in aspirin, and is a great anti-inflamatory. I expected that this wash would leave my skin terribly dehydrated. If I use it morning and night, then I do start to get some dry patches around my cheeks that need a good dose of moisturiser, but this was not anywhere near as dry as I feared, and seems to be more pronounced if I follow up this wash with other products within the range. If I only use this wash once a day, alternating with a less drying product then my skin is relatively okay.
I have been mightily impressed by how quick this wash starts to work. I am less impressed by the price. On amazon a 250ml bottle is £27.50 and a 500ml bottle is £42. This is far beyond what I want to spend on a face wash. However, a little does go a pretty long way, and once the inflammation dies down on my facial skin, then it is possible to switch to using this less frequently to conserve it as long as possble. I can't help but be amazed by the apparent miracle as spots that have been there 6 weeks without developing beyond a red angry mess have subsided and disappeared.
I get the feeling I will never have completely blemish free skin, but this wash has definitely helped my skin calm down. I think the most impressive thing has been applying sun screen to blemished skin usually means that the infection spreads and I have months of trying to solve it. Here, adding sunscreen didn't adversely affect my skin - it looked better than it had the day before. Rather than picking and poking at red blotches, I trust in this wash that if I use it, they will shrink before I get chance to eye myself up in the mirrror again.
I'm not a believer of miracles, but this wash has transformed my skin in a matter of days when I have been battling with other brands for months. It might be too harsh for daily use, but I like having another tool in my armoury that helps me feel like I am winning the battle. Between this and the mama mio range, I feel my skin looks decades younger.
Although I chose to buy this one initially within a kit to get better value, I would purchase the full size version now I know how effective it is at clearing up my skin.
This brand has really convinced me so far it knows what skin needs to be healthy, so I am happy to spend my money on it.
I received a free sample of this cleanser whilst visiting my local beauty salon.
The cleanser is a clear liquid that is quite thin in consistency, this made it a little hard to work with as it kept running in between my fingers. It doesn't have much of a smell to it, although I do remember having a cold when I was using it! The cleanser foams up well in the hands and it becomes a lovely rich foam with a creamy lather. The creamy lather feels lovely when rubbed into the skin and a little goes a long way with this cleanser as it is so rich. The cleanser covers the face well and it rinses off easily without leaving any residue on the skin after use. It doesn't leave the skin feeling tight after rinsing either. It left my skin feeling soft, smooth and cleansed and it also helps to reduce excess oil and sebum, which can lead to clogged pores if left untreated. The cleanser comes in bottles, as pictured above, although I received a good few sachets to use which lasted me around ten days or so.
The cleanser is nice but I rate it as average as it didn't really do much for my spots and blemishes. It helped to reduce the oil on my skin but my spots were still the same and my blemishes didn't seem to reduce in size and/ or appearance. The cleanser did help to wash my face thoroughly though and it left my dull skin looking brighter and radiant. I looked like I was glowing and the effect was long lasting.
Doesn't do much for my spotty skin.
This is 1 of the products that I have got a full sized bottle of. I did try this as a little sample, but I thought that this would be good for my sin type, and after using this for a few times then I found this to work well.
This is a Face wash which is meant to work for 24 hours to help clear your spots, get rid of bacteria, soothe your skin and deal with any Oily and greasy patched. Sounds good doesn't it? I have Oily skin which always seems to have the odd spots on it. I admit my skin seems to have got that little bit better over the last few years but it is still very much a problem for me.
This product contains Natural ingredients so is meant to be good for sensitive skin as well. This has Licorice, Lemon, Tea Tree and Milk Thistle in it so a few of the usual things that help with problem skin. This also contains Salicylic Acid which is an ingredient used a lot in Acne treatments. This is a Gel and is a medium thickness.
Just put a little blob of this onto your wet hands and rub this onto your damp face.I find that the Gel rubs over your face easy enough and the scent of this is just a gentle medicated scent which is a crisp clean scent. This rinses off easy enough and although originally I felt that my Cheeks felt a little tight after a couple of goes of this then I felt that my face was ok. I have dry cheeks so I just don't use as much on my cheeks as I don't tend to get that many problems on my Cheeks.
This comes in a 250ml bottle and the cost is around £27-£32 depending on where you buy this. So certainly not the cheapest face wash, but it is a main designer brand afterall. I find that this works well on my face. I cannot comment if this works up to 24 hours as it claims, as I use this in the morning and then I use a seperate product at night time but I find that through the day my face stays smooth and the Greasy patch that seems to appear on my forehead doesn't seem to creep back. I find that any larger spots seem to be a little smaller and they don't look so angry.
This is a really good product as it works well and I will keep buying this (as long as I can afford it)
This Medibac Clearing skin wash comes from the highly respected name of Dermalogica. A name I have learned to trust dew to my good friend that works in the industry and is a qualified dermatologist. What she doesn't know about skin and how to treat it isn't worth knowing. I constantly get wonderful sample products, not sample size, full size. And more times than not a good discount on her recommended products.
This was free and seeing the price it sells for I'm glad it was.
This comes in the flat bottomed, flat topped style bottle that Dermalogica like to use on their cleansers. The rest of the tub is the usual white body with dark grey print and lid.
This product was specifically designed for people suffering with oily skin. Most people with this problem then have the frustrating and embarrassing problem of spots and blemishes as the excess oil clogs the pores. Frustratingly though a lot of people with oily skin, also have very dry patches in certain areas of their face. This can be a result of harsh products that they have used in the hope of clearing their oil problem, or simply like most people they have combination skin. This facial wash works to reduce and balance out, the overactive sebaceous glands that result in the overproduction of oil. A delicate balance is necessary in treating such problems, as striping the skin of all it's oils is not recommended the skin needs a certain amount of these oils to lubricate it like a natural moisturiser.
That's what this is, a natural product with only all natural ingredients. Such as Tee Tree oil, citrus fruits, licorice, milk thistle and salicylic acid to name just a few. These and the remaining ingredients detoxify, purify, cleanse and tone your skin while balancing the natural levels, and leaving you with pure, clean, beautiful skin.
This product as powerful as it is, should be used in the same way as you would your normal cleanser. Dampen your skin with warm water. Apply a small blob of the fresh scented gel from the pump top tub out on to your fingertips and apply to your face. Massage into the skin, but as always avoid the delicate eye area as this is very easily irritated no matter how gentle the product or it's ingredients. As I always recommend leave for the same amount of time that it took you to apply, just to give it a chance to work fully and penetrate all those pores that you want unclogged. That's around four minuets in total. Then as with any face wash, rinse off with plenty of clean, fresh, warm water and pat dry.
It's important to make sure you remove all of the product as leaving any residue can result in over drying of the skin, as this is only meant to be used as directed then washed off. Remember this is for overly oily skin and should not be used if you don't have this problem. If as I mentioned earlier, you have combination skin DON'T apply this to the dry parts of your skin as its designed to remove oil and if there is no oil to start off with the skin can become painful.
This does work for what it's developed to do. But it isn't for everyone, this isn't one of the Dermalogica products that is just beneficial, it's functional and so you must have the problem that needs correcting.
This can be purchased online at :
For £39.00 + shipping.
Those who have read many of my reviews will probably have gathered by now that I suffer with largely oily skin which is prone to spots. This means I am always trying to find the best possible solution for my skin, whatever the price.
I bought the Dermalogica Medibac Clearing Skin Wash because I'd had favourable results with another in the collection, the Medibac Overnight Clearing Gel, which I will also be reviewing.
What does it do?
The product is a facial wash which contains natural ingredients that work continuously for 24 hours to fight against spot causing bacteria and excess oil being produced. It has been specifically designed for skin like mine which is oily and spot prone. As is usually the case with this brand, the ingredients are pure and contain no artificial colours or fragrances, which makes it great for sensitive skin like mine.
How does it work?
The product contains Licorice which heals inflammation and calms the appearance of angry red spots. Milk Thistle is included to soften the skin, giving it a good layer of moisturisation which lasts throughout the day. It gives the skin a healthy radiant glow and it speeds up the healing process so it can banish spots quickly.
Lemon is present in order to tone the skin, tightening the pores and therefore reducing the excess oil that is produced. It also brightens the skin and leaves it looking more youthful. Plant extracts also help to soothe and calm the skin, while leaving the surface free from spot causing bacteria.
The product contains Salicylic Acid which is an ingredient commonly found in acne treatments. The substance is gentle, despite what its name suggests and it is extracted from the Willow tree. It acts as a chemical exfoliant and removes the dead skin cells from the surface of face, preventing them from clogging the pores and forming blemishes. In doing so, it prevents the pores from becoming enlarged further and allows the skin to breathe.
Tea Tree Oil is another substance which is frequently found in acne treatments and it is included here to heal blemishes and to soothe any irritations. Chamomile is present in order to heal and protect the skin and as it is an antioxidant, it will keep the skin looking younger too. It cleans out the pores and reduces puffiness so it makes you look instantly more awake.
How do you use the product?
The product is to be used in the same way as a normal face wash. A small amount of the gel is to be removed from the bottle and it is to be applied to a damp face. The product needs to be massaged into the skin, ensuring that your eyes and mouth are closed and then rinsed away thoroughly. You need to ensure that you remove every last bit or it will irritate your skin.
Packaging and Price
The product comes in a white bottle with a grey lid. It isn't cheap and a 250ml bottle will cost you around £30. A larger 473ml pump bottle is available but that will obviously cost more. The product can be bought from your local Dermalogica store or from many online websites.
Firstly, I would say that if your skin is not very oily, then step away from this product. It is an incredibly drying product that will not work well on normal or dry skin, but then they do state this in the subject description.
My problem with my product is because I have combination skin. It is incredibly oily all over, apart from my forehead. This product cleanses your skin really well and it feels very refreshing. It removes every last trace of grime and oil from my skin and does keep it shine free for a long time. The wash itself does calm and soothe spots I may already have and it prevents new ones from appearing.
The problem is with my forehead, which developed dry and flaky skin because I think this product is too drying on that area of my face. I know it sounds a bit time consuming but I just rub this onto the lower half of my face, and follow it will a full wash with another cleanser. When you have skin like mine, you'll do anything!
When using this product you only need a tiny, tiny amount if it is to work well on your skin but that's good as it means the bottle lasts longer. You also need to ensure that you wash off every last bit of the product because if you miss some, it becomes very dry and itchy. My skin is a little red after use but this fades with time. I tend to use this as a night time skin wash anyway.
The product has a fresh aroma that is natural and pleasant on the face. The gel doesn't sting or irritate my skin but it is quite strong so it sting if I forget to wash a bit off and if you have really sensitive skin, I'd buy a sample to try first.
All in all, this product suits the needs of a very specific skin type and if you don't have that skin type, you'll be disappointed with the results. If you have very oily skin all the over the face and your skin isn't too sensitive, you'll love this product. If you fit under any other category, get a sample or just stay away from it. I'm happy with the results its given me the oily parts of my skin but its just too fiddly for me to keep avoiding the dry skin so I won't be repurchasing.
In general I have mainly used Clinique for Men for my skincare products with enough success to be happy with their products and my skin. I do however like to give new things a try and although Dermalogica do a range of products and a kit especially designed for men, I opted to give the Dermalogica MediBac clearing skin wash a try as it is in no way aimed specifically at women. I think the reason why most skincare brands have a range 'specially formulated' for men is that men don't want to be seen buying/using the same products as women, the branding is generally a lot more masculine and I think that these ranges are all about how they are sold and not how they are formulated. Due to this I see no reason why men should feel pressured into exclusively sticking to the ranges for men, and the womens and unisex ranges are normally a lot more diverse.
The Dermalogica MediBac clearing skin wash is a naturally foaming skin cleanser that is gentle on the skin whilst being capable of clearing away excess oil from the skin without damaging it. The wording on the product may give you the impression that this clearing skin wash is light and delicate, but it does a superb job and although I admit it is delicate it efficiently relieves your skin of its oilyness and leaves you feeling refreshed.
One of the key ingredients in the MediBac clearing skin wash is salicylic acid which clears dead skin cells from the area it is applied to and unblocks clogged up skin follicles. As with most of the acne skin treatments and face washes, Dermatologica also claim that this product prevents future breakouts. personally I agree with this, as my skin stays clear for a good length of time and due to this I would certainly say it helps keep pores clear to prevent breakouts.
The skin wash lathers up nicely into a rich foam and is applied just like any other face wash. Some people use a soft glove to apply face washes, but I find using my hands with a sink full of warm water does just the trick. I sometimes have sneezing fits when using soapy products, but this one is soft and gentle and although it feels mild it does a cracking job! The product comes in a tall cylindrical bottle with a silver cap and a white body
Dermatologica MediBac clearing skin wash is fragrance free and also colour free. This can be handy on a night as some people prefer not to have a strong fragrance on them when going to bed. containing all the branding and key information on it.
This skin wash is a great product for exfoliating skin and due to the success i have had with this product for clearing acne outbreaks and preventing further occurences by means of clearing oil from my skin, I am confident in recommending it to anyone looking for a new treatment for their condition. Men needn't worry about using this product as it isn't particularly aimed at women, at around £19 online for a 250ml bottle it is expensive compared to your everyday supermarket face washes but is well worth a try. Clear your skin with Dermalogica MediBac clearing skin wash.
*Review also appears on Ciao under the username danielclark691.
My mum noticed I had been getting quite a few spots recently (because I was unemployed and couldn't bring myself to buy more Lush Love Lettuce) and suggested that I try the Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash, taking a little from a relative's 500ml pump bottle. The relative had been recommended Dermalogica products by a hospital specialist, so I had quite high hopes for the product. I decided that I wasn't going to try any other Dermalogica products until I had seen benefits from this one, although they do advocate getting all your products from their range (naturally!).
It comes in two sizes, 250 and 500 ml. I think that the pump bottle is a great idea because it keeps the product from accumulating any bacteria. The packaging is plain but classy looking, it's well designed. Simple rather than pretty, but it does look more high end than a Sainsbury's basics product would look! I find that I have to press the pump really quickly, otherwise I will get too much product out of it. I only need a tiny amount, smaller than a 5p piece, because it lathers really well. The product is clear, and quite runny. A little will go a long way, which is just as well considering the price (over £30 at least) for this skin wash! To use I just lather it all over my face and neck, avoiding my eyes, nostrils and mouth. I think it smells slightly herby and slightly medicinal. It's nice, but I wouldn't want to use it as a perfume. It feels cool and refreshing even when used with hot water. Once I have spread it over my skin, I try to leave it on for a few minutes, whilst I wash my hair, and then rinse
I found it more pleasant to use than products like Clearasil, and I think it works fairly well at preventing the condition of my skin from getting any worse, I didn't get more than two or three new big red spots whilst using this, except when I had to use sun screen for a few days - my skin hates sun screen. However, I wouldn't say that the Clearing Skin Wash made my skin any better, or stopped blackheads. To really work on improving the texture of my skin and getting rid of spots that are already present, I need something that exfoliates, and this just gently cleanses. I expect that it works most effectively as part of a more complicated skin regime - however I don't want to spend money on umpteen other products from Dermalogica or other brands.
One good thing about Dermalogica is that in the salons and other stores where you can buy the products, they usually have sample packets of different products that you can try. You used to be able to do a skin mapping quiz and get free samples from the website, but unfortunately that feature is no longer available. The website is still quite useful and very informative about different skin conditions and the products they recommend for them. I would suggest that if you are interested in giving this product a go, you see if you can try a sample before investing in a bottle.
Dermalogica products are not available in the big chains like Superdrug and Boots, they have to be bought online, or from a salon, skin treatment centre, or a spa. This is another disadvantage, but there is a store locator on the company website, http://www.dermalogica.com/uk/.
I started using Dermalogica products to try to help clear my skin up before my wedding. I have got combination skin that can tend to look quite oily throughout the day. I used this as the facial wash and found it useful. I used it along with the daily microfoliant.
I did think that my skin was improving although I wasn't sure whether this was due to the dermalogica products or the monthly facials I was having. I found that it felt cleaner and also seemed clearer although i wouldn't say that it got rid of the blemishes completely. I think if you have very problematic skin then you need to use this wash along with other means to try to combat any acne.
The product smells nice although it does not smell too strong or perfumed. When I put it on I could feel a nice tingling clean feeling which made me think that something was working! It is a clear liquid that has a slightly blue colour to it. The larger size comes as a pump which i think is a nice handy thing to have at the side of the bath or sink without having to fiddle around with opening caps.
The wash also lathers quite well which is nice, and washes off easily.
It is more expensive than a lot of other facial washes but it does go quite a long way and I think it is worth the price.
I am a fan of Dermalogica and became a convert in the run up to my wedding a couple of years ago. I have combination skin that is also quite senitive so I was a little unsure about trying this product until my beautician advised that I try it because my skin was playing all sorts of nasty games as we approached the big day!
I actually only used this once a day in the evenings continued to use my usual cleanser in the morning. I found that this would wash a lot more of a day away in the evenings and I loved the smell together with the fact that I could actually feel it working. I was careful to ensure that I continued to moisturise my skin well as I didn't want to overcompensate for my skin misbehaving.
Overall very pleased with the results and after a small bottle I was able to stop using this product, I think it helped my skin in the right direction.
If you have read any of my skincare and make-up product reviews in the past, you'll know that I very rarely buy the more expensive products as I don't have that kind of money at my disposable. Dermalogica is a typically pricey brand that I wouldn't dream of buying for myself given the price, but I was lucky enough to receive some Dermalogica samples from a relative in the US as a gift a while ago.
The facial wash is a clear liquid that you simply wash off after a few minutes. As per the name, this facial wash is supposed to help your skin stay clear and blemish-free through the active ingredients that it contains. I have oily skin that is very prone to breakouts and this was like something of a godsend ... if it actually worked, that is!
My sample lasted for around three weeks of using it every three days. I didn't like to use it any more frequently than this in case the ingredients were too searching for my sometimes delicate/sensitive skin. After this, I did see an improvement in my skin but I don't really know how much this product contributed to that as I was following Neutrogena's recommendations and using it in conjunction with the Sebum Clearing Masque, which I really liked using.
I was rather taken aback by the price of the Sebum Clearing Masque (around £28) but this was even more extortionate at around £30 from Amazon. If I'm going to pay that much for a single product (bearing in mind that using it in combination with the Sebum Clearing Masque would cost around £58), I'd want it to do an amazing job of actually clearing my skin and this didn't prevent blackheads and blemishes from forming or clear existing ones, so in that sense it was no different to any other facial wash that I've used.