03.31.2015
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Natural Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner
5 fl. oz. for $10
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Community Rating (2)
Expert Reviews
Last Updated:03.31.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This anti-acne toner contains many natural ingredients, some good ones and some bad ones. Chief among the bad ingredients is alcohol. Alcohol shows up in many anti-acne products, and it’s never welcome because it causes a host of problems that keeps reddened, inflamed, breakout-prone skin from healing. In fact, the irritation alcohol causes can stimulate more oil production at the base of pore, making oily skin and blemishes worse.

Although this toner is medicated with anti-acne superstar salicylic acid, the pH of the product is too high for it to function as an exfoliant. Even if the pH were within the proper range, the amount of alcohol remains a problem, as does the needlessly high amount of fragrance. Please see More Info for further details on why irritation from fragrance is a problem.

Pros:
  • Contains anti-irritant willow bark.
Cons:
  • Alcohol is one of the main ingredients, and it is known to cause irritation that makes redness and breakouts worse.
  • High amount of fragrance puts skin at further risk of irritation while providing no skin-care benefits.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Community Reviews
Claims

This natural toner removes lingering traces of cleanser and residual dirt, oil and make-up. Salicylic Acid, sourced naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne, and Witch Hazel and Lemongrass Extracts to clarify and soothe troubled skin, naturally.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (1.0%) Other: Water, Alcohol Denat., Glycerin, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Fragrance, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Glucose, Sodium Chloride, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

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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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.