Natural Acne Solutions Maximum Strength Spot Treatment Cream

by Burt's Bees  Natural Acne Solutions
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$13 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments
Last Updated:
10/16/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is an intriguing anti-acne product to consider! The lightweight cream contains a good blend of anti-inflammatory plant extracts and its only potentially problematic ingredient is a tiny amount of witch hazel extract. The helpful, redness-reducing ingredients are in abundance, though it’s a shame this contains fragrance and a couple of fragrance ingredients known to be irritating.

Although this is now medicated with 2% salicylic acid, the pH of this product prevents this anti-acne ingredient from exfoliationg. At the very least its anti-inflammatory action should help fade red marks and provide a slight antibacterial punch.

Go from blemish to beautiful with this maximum strength spot treatment cream. Dermatologist-tested and clinically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating your skin.

Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cera Alba (Beeswax), Calophylluminophyllum Seed Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Equisetum Hiemale Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Leaf Extract, Humulus Lupulus (Hops) Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Stearic Acid, Sorbic Acid, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Lecithin, Glucose, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Chloride, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Phenoxyethenol, Citral, Geraniol, Limonene, Linalool

Almost all the skin-care lines in the world prefer to identify themselves as originating from companies established to create elegant, scientific formulations conceived with an in-depth understanding of the skin’s functions and needs. We say almost, because Burt's Bees makes no such claim. Quite the contrary; this line is about as unglamorous and as unscientific as it gets (the picture of Burt on the label made me think we were buying fishing gear, and press materials for the brand mention he used to live in a turkey coop). Talk about being an iconoclast!

This is how the company's founder Roxanne Quimby describes its history on its Web site: "I guess you could say it all started because there weren't many jobs up there north of Bangor. Though we found, grew, or traded for most of what we needed, I figure a person's got to have at least 3000 dollars a year in actual greenbacks to survive in this old world, especially if you've got kids. I'd been let go from my last three part-time waitressing jobs and had been buying low and selling high at yard sales and flea markets, which brought in about $150 a week during good weather. How we got started making lip balm and ended up in North Carolina is another story, and a long one at that, so I’ll save it for some other time." This is a skin-care line?

Aside from its humble, amorphous beginning, Burt's Bees is about natural, earth-friendly skin-care products, as well as overly fragranced products. Its philosophy in this respect is sincere: "To us, the word 'natural' means only one thing. It means, 'harvested from nature.' And we adhere to that definition like the strictest of school teachers."

For those seeking a line of skin-care products with truly natural ingredients, this is one of the few that steadfastly adheres to its commitment: there is no hypocrisy here. If the ingredient lists are accurate, and there is no reason to assume otherwise, then you will not find preservatives or synthetically derived ingredients of any kind. Just from the all-natural point of view, there will definitely be people who will be excited about these products, but I'm not one of them. 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.

We know that most people are attracted by fragrance, and in this regard these products excel. They are also notable for the lack of preservatives, which can be beneficial for those who can’t tolerate preservatives. (That lack may be an issue for product stability, although we did not have these products tested for contamination.) But for any other skin-care need, we suggest you use your wisdom and recognize that while Mother Nature is assuredly wise about the Earth, She does not have everything the skin needs. In fact, Mother Nature offers up many problematic things for skin, including the sun and poison ivy.

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

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  1. Cathy
    Reviewed on Wednesday, October 16, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    gentle, non-irritating
    • I like this because it is mild and doesn't make my skin red & flakey, reduces/eliminates acne and the scent isn't as strong & lingering as some Clearasil/other anti-acne items on the market. I use it mainly on breakout-prone areas because the tube is sooo tiny, and use PC's 2% BHA exfoliant solution all over my face. However - my box said "new" & that it has 2% salicylic acid (pH?) and so do the online pharmacies/stores so it is now medicated (or at least that's what the Drug Facts label says)

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