Saturday, November 21, 2009

My Guide and Review of Facial Cleansers

Happy weekend everyone!

I have been using a new product skin cleanser recently and wanted to share a comprehensive review on some of the facial cleansers I have used in the past.

Over the last 10 years? I have tried alot of brands so hopefully this will be helpful to some people who are curious of an item I may have tried.
I am basically a skin care product junkie but this will only be on the cleansers I have tried.

Every one's skin is different and reacts differently to products but these have been my personal experiences and thoughts.

My skin type is normal but acne prone, it is not sensitive to many products.
Due to this most of the items I have tried are for acne fighting products.
No dryness or oiliness I blot maybe once a week with Boscia linens.

The Drugstore Brands:

Clean and Clear:
Continuous Control Acne Wash
I recommend this for moderate/mild acne. Nice foam and this item does seem to help. Not good for very acne prone skin. Non drying. I used this for like 2 years.
Acne Control - Acne Wash

Blackhead Eraser Scrub
I saw no difference with my blackheads at all...not a bad exfoliator, leaves the skin soft afterwards.
CLEAN & CLEAR® BLACKHEAD ERASER™ Scrub

Morning Burst Facial Scrub
Same after effects with the black head scrub, better and softer beads, better smell. Just a cleaning product, does not help with acne but you do feel very refreshed! I think all the scents from the morning bursts are pretty good.
Facial Scrub - Morning Burst® Facial Scrub



Neutrogena

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash
OMG this stuff is so scary! I used this once. I am only reviewing this because once was enough for me. After washing my face and towel patting my face dry my skin was peeling all over my face! 0.0 this went to the trash...

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Clear Pore Cleanser Mask
I really like this! it can be slightly drying your first time but I was ok. I think this is the best drugstore acne wash there is with the highest amount of benzoyl peroxide I saw available (2.5%). I do not recommend this for sensitive skin. Double used as mask once a week can be *tingling* which kinda irritates me so I do it every other week. I would recommend this to people who are thinking of seeing a dermatologist because the other drug store items just are not strong enough. I have gone through several tubes. Only down side is the package compared to other items in the brand is kinda small.

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Deep Clean
Cream cleanser, felt like it left some kinda residue on my face afterwards...I did not like this
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Clearasil
Daily Pore Cleansing Pads
One swipe and my face was RED, stung, and dry. I gave these to my brother who felt the same.
I do not recommend...

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Aveeno
Positively Radiant
Nice gentle cleaners from this line, recommended for pretty clear skin. Doesn't feel like a " DEEP" clean though but definitely will get the job done

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Cetaphil
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
I had used this last month. I tried it because I heard it was the # 1 recommended item from Dermatologists.
Tried this for 2 weeks. First week I was fine. Second week omg.... I was a monster. I had to make a dermatologist appointment ASAP.
My derm told me this is for sensitive skin only even though it states all skin types.
"If you have acne prone skin this will clog your pores and give you more acne." 0.0 I believe him!!
After seeing what Cetaphil did he prescribed me pills, topical creams, a new face wash.

I do not recommend this for acne prone skin. Only sensitive skin, but this is my personal experience...

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ASIAN DRUGSTORE:
Naive/Kracie
This all smell beautiful~! I have tried a few from this line. I like the grape fruit one in the morning. After using this your skin feels so refreshed and bright! Light micro beads. This is like the Asian version of Clean and Clear morning burst. I really love these in the AM.
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Shiseido Perfect Whip
Very nice scent ( like wine?), and really really foams!! It is kinda fun to use and it was ok lol. I prefer the Naive Kracie more because it just felt alot cleaner after I dried my face. Supposed to be used as a make up remover. I just used it as a regular wash.

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DEPARTMENT STORE/HIGHER END BRANDS

Clinique
Liquid Facial Soap in Mild
This is not bad...it's ok. I don't feel like a get a deep clean and has a gel texture. Feels kinda slimy? I would use this after a make up remover. I don't think this can remove make up well alone.
It did the job, I still received spots but nothing to pout over.


Liquid Facial Soap

Shu Uemura
Foaming Cleansing Water
Very light, nice scent. I use this after the gym to wash off and spritz with some toner so I can clean my skin for the commute home and then do a proper cleansing. Very light. I would use just for these kind of small purposes.


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Cleansing Oil in Fresh
Probably the best make up remover I have ever tried. Some people use this alone and do not wash their face again post this product. I tried that for 2 weeks and broke out so I would recommend a double cleanse.

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Biotherm
Biosource Foaming Invigorating Cleansing Water
This stuff was pretty good to me! I used like 4 of these but after a while it stopped working for some reason. I have tried the foam and the cream type. Leaves the skin feeling clean and refreshed!

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Laneiege
Fresh Cleaning Foam
I used the old packaging, this stuff is pretty good and verges on the boarder of very good. Kept me relatively clear for two years so a big woot!


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Multi Cleanser-Professional Make up Remover
I really like this and use this still when I travel as a make up remover. Has micro beads for a a daily exfoliating effect and smells great! I have kept repurchasing this item many times.

H20
Face Oasis Cleansing Water
I am quite a big fan of this I always feel very clean after using this item. I would definitely follow up with something for myself but I can definitely see that this can be easily used alone at night as a good cleanser.

Face Oasis™ Cleansing Water

Natural
Lush Angels on Bare Skin
You can read my last post on Lush. I really like this! Keeps my skin super soft. Not the best smell.

Angels on Bare Skin Cleanser by LUSH

Rx Brands
Brevoxyl 8%
Used this for a year. This really really cleared everything up. Loved that!! It basically destroyed any chance a pimple attempted on my face. Can be very drying! Needs to be followed up with a pretty nice application of moisturizer.
I stopped using it because I noticed my face was"hard" it was clear but it wasnt soft...it felt rough. I did not like this effect and went off this.
I heard this was discontinued but I can't confirm.

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Triaz 6%
I think the picture below is the old packaging because my box is blue and definitely 6%.I was prescribed this after my trial with Cetaphil. They are cleansing cloths that just need a little water to foam. I usually cut one in half because one cloth if huge and can double the amount in a box.

These are definitely less drying that breoxvyl, not harsh, and I like them. I have not had any more break outs. My face is still scarred from my previous trial brand but I think for now this is definitely working for me.

I need moisturizer after this but just a small pea sized amount which I would apply normally is fine.

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My Favorites and still currently use: Laneige Multi Cleanser, H20 Oasis, Triaz 6%, Clear Pore, Angels on Bare Skin

WHEW that was pretty long...the above is all the brands I can remember trying. Haha I am sure there are more but I hope the above was useful to someone.


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12 comments:

  1. Hi sweetie! Wow, this has got to be the most comprehensive guide/review of cleansers I've read on any blog to date! Thank you, thank you for taking the time to share this info with your readers.

    Thank you also for joining my giveaway and posting it here. :D I hope you get that MJ bag!!

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  2. wow thanks for the reviews !u shud try skinfood facial cleanser,feels very clean and non drying !:)

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  3. very nice reviews! I would really like to try the Clean and Clear Morning Burst. The name sounds so refreshing. =)Unfortunately, i don't think it's available in Singapore...boo

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  4. Oh wow that's a lot of products you reviewed! Thanks for taking your time to tell us what you like and dislike... hehe~ :)

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  5. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that had problems with Cetaphil.

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  6. Wow this is a really great post. The last few weeks have been very stressful so I'm breakout central. Your reviews and experiences with all these products, many of which I had been considering purchasing, are extremely helpful. Thank you for sharing. :)

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  7. Thanks for such a comprehensive review! I'll probably do one myself now! Thanks! Just stumbled across your blog and am loving it so far. :)

    http://clearlybeautiful.blogspot.com/

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  8. Ooo love the reviews! I've tried a lot of the drugstore ones when I was in high school and felt they made my skin too tight feeling - though I have the same skin as you too - normal and acne prone but not too sensitive to many products. Currently, I like Lancome Clarifiance and Philosophy Purity heehee. I use to use Biotherm too! But didn't feel like it did much heehee

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  9. Thanks for posting this! This is absolutely fantastic. I found it extremely helpful.

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  10. Thanks for posting this! This is absolutely fantastic. I found it extremely helpful.

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  11. I'm glad I wasn't the only one that had problems with Cetaphil.

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