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I always seem to be on the lookout for facial skincare and cleansing products, especially when they claim to help blackheads because they are one issue I've never found a good 'cure' for. Unfortunately, this is one of those disappointments, but it's still good as a facial wash to get your skin feeling deeply cleansed and refreshed.
Garnier is a very popular brand with a range of products in various categories, including that of facial skin care. I trust that they're products will be of good quality and at least a little effective, even though I am very skeptical when it comes to claims of eliminating blackheads.
The Pure Anti-Blackheads Deep Pore Wash comes in a shiny blue squeezy tube with the Garnier Skin Naturals branding easily recognisable on the front. This is listed on Ciao as a Deep Pore Wash, but mine actually says 'Anti-blackhead' before that, which is partly the reason why I bought it. It's designed to unclog pores, minimise shine and reduce imperfections. The packaging claims that it has been 'specially developed to help fight imperfections and excess sebum', which is most suitable for those with oily/combination skin that often results in blemishes / blackheads.
It does this through a combination of ingredients, including salicylic acid and purifying zinc, but the main thing that attempts to set this apart from most facial washes (as opposed to scrubs, for instance) is that this contains 'exfoliating micro-particles' to cleans and unclog pores, whilst the zinc and salicylic acid works on reducing excess sebum and thus the appearance of blemishes and blackheads. It has apparently, according to the front of the tube, been tested on 'imperfection-prone skin', though I can't see any results from this test...!
To use, do so as you would most wash-off cleansers by applying to moist skin and gentling massing in with your fingertips before rinsing off thoroughly. Obviously, they suggest using this in conjunction with their other products for best results. This comes out as a white lotion with blue specs, and has a sweet scent to it that's not too chemically.
Unfortunately, this isn't recommended for dry or sensitive skin. I sometimes have somewhat sensitive skin and find that this doesn't irritate my skin as I don't use it on a daily basis, and I make sure not to scrub it in too harshly. It does tend to dry out my skin a little afterwards, so I always pop a bit of moisturiser on after cleansing, as I do with most cleansers. I personally would probably choose a different cleanser in future because of the irritation this may cause, so if you do have quite sensitive skin, either be very careful with this or opt for something a little kinder to skin.
Aside from the suitability to my skin, it does leave my face feeling like it's been thoroughly cleansed, which I like. I feel like I've noticed a difference in how clean it feels and after more prolonged use of the wash (for instance, every other day for a couple of weeks) I think my the appearance of my skin perked up a little. Having said that, I wouldn't really say that using this alone as a singular part of a skincare routine would have much of an impact on spots and blemishes. As for blackheads, there was no difference, which I can't say I'm too surprised by. The scrubbing micro-beads help to get rid of dry skin and leave it looking that bit more radiant and provides a deeper clean, but it didn't make any noticeable difference to small blackheads on my nose/t-zone.
For peace of mind, it's good to know that wherever possible naturally derived ingredients have been sourced and the product has been dermatologically tested.
Overall, this is okay as a facial wash that combines an element of exfoliation at the same time, but it failed me on the reduction of blackheads (hence the 3 star rating). If you want a wash to deeply cleanse that should leave your skin feeling cleaner, more refreshed and less shiny, this is a reasonable option, but don't count on it making a difference to blackheads. As for me, at around the £5 I probably won't be buying this again as there are other products in a similar price range that are kinder to skin and improve its appearance more effectively.
150ml, retails for around £4-5.
[Also reviewed by me, gothic_moon, on Ciao]