Natural Acne Solutions Purifying Gel Cleanser

by Burt's Bees  Natural Acne Solutions
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$10 - 5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
5/24/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
No

This is a very good water-soluble cleanser for all skin types. The detergent cleansing agents are quite gentle and so are not especially adept at removing makeup, but those who wear minimal to no makeup won’t find this to be an issue.

The active ingredient is 1% salicylic acid, but its blemish-busting effect is limited when it’s in a product that’s quickly rinsed from skin. The salicylic acid isn’t derived from willow bark as claimed, so this product shouldn’t be construed as a natural alternative to other anti-acne cleansers. Willow bark contains salicin, a chemical that can be converted via enzymes into salicylic acid when ingested, but not when applied topically (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Including salicylic acid and willow bark in this product is a way to make a claim about natural effectiveness while including a synthetic ingredient that has all the research showing it has benefit for skin.

This cleanser is clinically proven to help wash away acne causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help soothe acne prone skin resulting in clear and healthy-looking skin, naturally.

Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Water, Decyl Glucoside, Lauryl Glucoside, Sucrose Laurate, Salix Nigra Bark Extract (Willow), Coco Betaine, Betaine, Beta Vulgaris Root Extract (Beet), Oenothera Biennis Leaf Extract (Evening Primrose), Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Honey, Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate, Coco Glucoside, Fragrance, Glucose, Alcohol Denatured, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Phenoxyethanol

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. Ruth B.
    Reviewed on Wednesday, August 13, 2014
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Value
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    Good, non-irritating
    • Purchased as a lower cost alternative to dermatologist branded products as I read on dermatologist website that if you have to save money, cleanser as it doesn't stay on the face long enough for ingredients to be beneficial. Cleaned without drying. I don't depend on it for anti-acne, only to remove oils/makeup. I was swayed again by a dermatologist branded product promising to decrease the appearance of pores, so I stopped using. Tried samples of Paula's choice, indecisive right now.

  2. Jessica N
    Reviewed on Thursday, April 17, 2014
    • Value
      2 / 4
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      3 / 4
    I Like
    • I do like this product, although I'm not in love with it. For about four months, it was the only thing that made a difference in my acne. It cleared my skin up and kept it clear for about 2-3 months. After that, I've been getting acne again, and it's worse than it has ever been. The source could be a variety of things, so I do not believe this product is to blame. However, it's not keeping my skin clear on its own anymore. The price is steep for the amount, too.

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