05.24.2013
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Herbal Blemish Stick
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0.3 fl. oz. for $8
Last Updated:05.24.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Herbal Blemish Stick proves without a doubt that Burt should stick to beekeeping instead of doctoring. With alcohol as the main ingredient and irritating fragrant oils of juniper, lemon, and eucalyptus, this only serves to make blemished skin look worse and to impede skin’s healing process.

Claims

This blemish stick contains ten effective herbal ingredients including willow bark – a natural hydroxy acid; natural antiseptic and astringent qualities from tea tree and juniper; and calendula, which has an anti-inflammatory effect.

Ingredients

SD Alcohol, Calendula Flower Oil, Borage Seed Oil, Yarrow Oil, Parsley Seed Extract, Willow Bark Extract, Lemon Oil, Fennel Oil, Water, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Juniperus Communis Fruit Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil

Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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06.02.2015
Burns and irritates my skin

This does nothing but inflame my blemishes and irritate my skin. It burns and makes the whole situation much worse :(

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Michelle S
08.18.2014
It completely cleared my skin!

I don't know why this was rated so badly! This is the only blemish that completely cleared my skin. If I get a zit, it only takes about 3 applications of it to make it completely disappear. I would say this review is a bit off :)

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Laura S
06.17.2014
I have to disagree with Paula on this one

While I can see how this product could be irritating if used all over, I have found that as a spot treatment for blemishes that randomly appear, this stuff works like magic. Usually any blemish I use it on is gone within 24-48 hours, with no drying or irritation. I happened to have some with me while visiting my brother, and he had the same results. My dermatologist said I'd get better results with PC's BHA 9%, but honestly, my results with this product will have me buying it again.

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