Product Type: Tesco body care
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A causer of spots!
Tesco Clear Skin Facial Scrub
Member Name: Anti
Tesco Clear Skin Facial Scrub
Advantages: Cheap, nice and informative packaging, not too harsh on skin
Disadvantages: Unsuitable for oily/combination skin- gave me a spot breakout.
I have combination skin, including an oily t-zone area that is very prone to acne and blemishes. Therefore, I always try to have a facial scrub/exfoliator to use when I shower to keep my face as clear as possible. Of course as a student I can't spend too much on facial care either, so usually I stick with store-brand items. However, in the case of Tesco's Exfoliating Facial Scrub (£2 for a 150ml tub) I shall definitely be upgrading!
The Tesco 'Skin Clear' range has recently undergone an update in packaging and labelling and it is now called 'Pro Formula'. The facial scrub packaging has an orange and turquoise background which is very faint compared to the logo and words put on the front, but it is eye-catching and the colours complement each other. The packaging is also very informative with the usual instructions, warnings and claims that it the product is for all skin types and "scientifically developed for Tesco to remove dirt & impurities".
The facial scrub hasn't been tested on animals, and a quick look at the ingredients shows there isn't anything that strikes me as harmful for your skin.
As with most facial scrubs and washes, you use this by putting a bit of scrub into your hands and then massaging it over your face and neck before rinsing it off with warm water.
The scrub's consistency is a bit runny and like a gel with exfoliating particles found every now and then. Personally I didn't mind this as the scrub is gentle on my skin, which can be quite sensitive. Initially it seems like the scrub does a good job; it's easy to put on and rinse off, and after using it my skin does feel a bit lighter.
However, not only did not it prevent or get rid of acne or blemishes, it actually made it worse! A few weeks into using the scrub I had a large breakout of acne and blackheads over my face. As the facial scrub was the only product I was using on a daily basis (occasionally with the facial wipes by the same brand) I realised that this was the cause of the breakout. This is very disappointing because the product claims it is for all skin types and yet it is too oily for my combination skin.
Since I stopped using the scrub a week ago my face is much clearer- I'm not spot-free but the blackheads have all but gone and the spots remaining are much less visible. For the moment I am sticking to using facial wipes and nothing else. Obviously I am very disappointed in this product for making my skin worse instead of better. At least at £2 it didn't burn my pockets, but I shall definitely look upmarket for a facial scrub which suits my skin better than this did!
Summary: While cheap, this facial scrub is completely useless for me!