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Even at the grand old age of 40 I still get spots. The last ones I had were quite large, I'd had enough of them so I decided to get to grips with a grown up beauty regime- which I had been fighting for years. Looking at all the stuff on offer I settled on T-Zone pore cleanser, I figured nice clean pores equals no more spots. I also suffer with (what I think on close inspection) large pores on my cheeks and chin, so this cleanser should kill two birds with one stone.
I think I bought this in Home Bargains but can't remember the exact price but I know I wouldn't have paid more than a few of quid for it. It retails on the T-Zone website for £2.99 with free delivery and an average of £4 on Amazon.
The bottle is see through with a flip top pour control hole, it contains 200ml. The simple clear label tells us that it's 'T-Zone Skin Perfect Pore tightening cleanser'. The cleanser itself is blue, watery and smells like- I don't know what of really but a mix of Tea Tree oil and shampoo. This stuff is supposed to cleanse away any oil and dirt on your face and tighten pores. The ingredients include Manuka Honey and Tea Tree which get rid of bacteria that cause spots. Vitamin C to help heal spots, Salicylic Acid to clean pores and stop them getting blocked and Menthol is said to be soothing.
I've been using this twice a day for a month and have a quarter of the bottle left, so that's not bad. I give a good squirt onto a cotton wool ball and rub it all over my face, the pad is always dirty even when I'm straight out of a hot shower. I have normal skin (I think) so can't comment on shine reduction. The cleanser feels cool and refreshing and doesn't linger on my face- it's easy to wipe off. I definitely feel and look 'cleaner' and since using this I have had an improvement in my spot collection. My pores are the same though and with that being the use for it, then no it doesn't work. There's no change in them and for that reason I would only give it one star, but it's saving grace is that it seems to clean my skin well and has reduced my spots so I'm giving it 3 stars.
I have combination skin. I tend to get greasy skin on my forehead, around my nose and on my chin (so basically on the T Zone) and dry skin on my cheeks. I have open and blocked pores in various places but particularly (and not surprisingly) in the areas that tend to get greasy. This really bothers me. I'm pretty sure that it's not noticeable to other people but when I use a magnified mirror I can see exactly how blocked and how large my pores are. I hate it and I've been trying various products to reduce the number of blocked pores and to tighten them. A more minor annoyance for me is that my forehead tends to get pretty shiny, particularly with the foundation that I've just started using.
==T-Zone Pore Tightening Cleanser==
I bought the T-Zone pore tightening cleanser along with the face wash that goes with it. I have already written a review on that product and don't really want to go into the same details again but basically my skin became a lot worse when using the face wash. After I stopped using that face wash I decided to continue with this cleanser. The cleanser is supposed to be used after washing your face and I didn't think it was fair to judge this product if I wasn't using a decent face wash.
T-Zone claim that this product will lift away dirt, purify, tighten pores and reduce shine. This sounded fantastic, absolutely perfect for my skin. Although the primary reason for buying it was to sort out my pores I was also hoping that it would reduce the shine on my forehead.
Whenever I used this product it would really feel like it was working. My skin would tingle and I felt like my pores were tightening. I thought that this was promising. Surely if you can feel it doing something to your skin that's a good thing. The down side to this was that I had to wait for some time afterwards to apply my toner and moisturiser. Applying toner after using this product was a bit uncomfortable, applying moisturiser was painful. There were several times when I had to wash my face as soon as I put the moisturiser on because it just hurt so much. I started leaving ten or fifteen minutes between the cleanser and the toner and then leaving the moisturiser until the very last moment before I went to bed but even then I found that often it would make my skin sore. Eventually I started only moisturising in the mornings to prevent this pain. Although this wasn't great I was perfectly happy to make this concession if meant reduced sized pores.
Unfortunately after nearly three months of using the cleanser (including a month with a good face wash and not the T-Zone face wash) there was no visible difference. My pores are still blocked and they haven't been tightened. This makes me wonder what exactly the cleanser was doing to my skin when it was tingling because it certainly wasn't tigtening any pores.
This product also claims to reduce shine and this didn't happen for me. By midmorning my forehead was still shiny. All this product really seemed to do was make the dry skin on my cheeks worse, although this is possibly because I couldn't moisturise at night and not because the cleanser was any more drying than other tea tree products.
==Value for Money==
This product costs £3.99 and I used it for three months with some left over but as this product didn't benefit my skin at all I don't think it offers any value for money.
This is a product that's best avoided. It doesn't do what it claims, it drys skin and it left my skin too sensitive to moisturise resulting in dry skin.
This product is... naff.
Dont go getting excited about this cleanser as although it did leave the face feeling wonderfully clean and fresh. I didn't notice any difference in pore size, they still looked slightly large, but maybe its just because I'm far too observant. The product however did most certainly not deliver on a few key things:
The product failed when it came to controlling shine, something which it promises to do, and for me and most probably others, was one of the reasons I chose to purchase the product. In fact in my own opinion it seemed to worsen shine, and I ended up having to apply a generous amount of powder to hide those shiny areas.
The product also absolutely 100% stank, i know cleansers don't always smell that great, but christ this stuff was bad, almost overpowering!
I gave the product a generous week long experiment, to determine whether it got better as we went along, but unfortunately, it didn't. My skin became extremely dry around the nose, forehead and chin areas, which of course then broke out into small, nasty looking spots, just the sort of skin i was hoping this product would induce, NOT. this then forced me to go out buy an intensive moisturiser! not something I'd needed, or wanted to have to do!
One thing i will mention in the products defence was price, i bought it from a shop called 'Savers' which is owned by Superdrug (even though their prices are completely different when it comes to products like this?) and it cost me a measly 97p (granted, this was on offer, but still!). So I'm not too disappointed with failure that this product became.
P.s, i still haven't found a decent cleanser so if you guys have any tips, that would be awesome!