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No good for the price
from Flushing, NY
About Me Beauty Expert
Comments about Skin Balancing Advanced Kit - Advanced Kit:
I was really excited to start using this kit because I have been battling skin issues for the past few months. I have small bumps on on my chin, cheeks, and near my jawline with the occasional zit. Unfortunately this hasn't helped at all and my skin looks worse off than before. I was hoping this would work for me because I love the fact that it us good ingredients but its a no go for me. I would say I have combo skin with a lot of enlarged pores on my nose. I feel like for that at least, it does an okay job but the treatment that came with it, I can't use because it makes me break out wih zits. The BHA hasn't helped with cleaning the bumps out on the rest of my face which surprises me. I use he clay mask once a week and it seems okay to me- nothing super special.
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Customer for Life
from Tulsa, ok
About Me Beauty Conscious
Just wanted to tell the people searching for a reason why to buy this product. Yes the price is a little much, but it is worth it. My skintype is combination, and my skin is prone to blackheads and cystic acne, where my pores get infected/ becomes swollen and it hurts and takes a week to clear by itself usually around my chin and nose area. It also means i cannot extract it because of the swelling. I have never had such amazing products. This has reduced the overall eruptions of the cystic acne, and even when it does happen this cuts the time for it to clear. My blackheads become easier to extract and my pores have become much smaller. When i stop using the product or forget to, my skin wont break out like some skincare products do. It does a great job of evening out the oilyness of my skin tone and the toners and cleaners wont dry out my skin. It has lasted me a year and because of that they have given me a discount to repurchase what i bought a year ago, which is really nice and it makes me want to keep buying the products. I love the retinol that comes with it, it makes my skin look really nice. I'm a college student and i go through alot of stressful and sleepless nights, this set makes me glow and wakeup with smooth butterlicious skin, and im thankful i found it because i'd be a hot mess. So hopefully this encourages you to buy this set. One thing i do have to say is the first time you use it, you may see some pimples pop up but it is because it is pulling up the stuff that would have erupted at a later time, im not a professional but it has what i have noticed, there are no burning sensations or anything that will set you off, again if you are still hesitant try the samples and make that decision for yourself, hope this helps. :D
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Fargo ND
About Me Minimalist
It has been just about a week Ive been using this now but I saw and felt a change day one! I like this kit a lot but I have it a 4 star because oh my skin is so dry right now! I have not have any new breakout and for the 1st time in my life I have no blackheads on my nose or chin! I can see a change in my pores on my cheeks as well. I had to add a drop of facial oil just before bed to my face because its been so dry which is so weird for me. I like to be hydrated at night so a different pm lotion would probably be better my skin just drinks the included one up. I do love the feel to the one included tho! Other then being almost too dry now verse my combo skin I love it. My skin for reference is dry on cheeks and oily on chin and nose and more or less normal on my forhead leaning to oily in summer and dry in winter (normal since I live in ND) I will probably try a resist kit next time and see how I like it then probably mix and match !
No good for combo skin
from New York, NY
I am 25 with combo skin. My skin can be on the dry side but I also get acne once in a while. I heard amazing thinfs about Paula's Choice so I splurged on this set. It did clean my pores but overall it was very bad for my skin. After using this whole set for a couple of days, I noticed breakouts that I never got before. I have one pimple of my chin that actually hurts and is not going away. But strangely my skin is also more dry than ever. The night time moisturizer is basically a gel (but not a moisturizing, luxurious-feeling gel like the Clinique DDMG) and the morning moisturizer is basically just a liquidy sunblock with a rougher texture that doesn't moisturize my skin and doesn't look good under makeup. I guess the salicylic acid was the only effectice product because it cleanes my pores. But not that effective because I got a couple of pimples including one really big one. I really regret buying this - I would have purchases the samples, but how was I supposed to know that the line designed for combo skin is actually not that effective for combo skin?
Skin Balancing Advanced Kit
from Seattle, WA
I have been an Obagi fan/user for the past 8+ years. I started to feel like it wasn't giving me the results I wanted and I wondered if there was any better products out there. I saw a review on the advanced serum on Instagram and the results looked very promising. I have been using the system for about a month now. I use it, along with the Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7% 2x a day. The first week I broke out in these weird white bumps around my mouth, nose and eyelids, but I kept using the system and no longer have that issue. Since using the system my brown spots have faded (slowly, but I can tell a difference), my makeup goes on smoothly, pores have significantly shrunk (nose and check area), skin is baby soft and tightened, and my wrinkles have diminished.Now that my skin is used to the system I have started to incorporate my Obagi tretinoin .05% and blender at night. (Only when I think my skin can handle it. If it starts peeling too much, I let my skin rest for a few days.) On the nights that I use the Obagi, follow the following protocol: cleanser, toner, Resist Triple-Action Dark Spot Eraser 7%, Obagi trentinoin .05%, Obagi Blender and the systems moisturizer. I feel like my skin heels faster from the tretinoin with this system then with the rest of the Obagi system. So far I've had great results using both. Note: I always wear a hat when I am outside and lather on the systems sunscreen.
Causes bumps for me
By The Wayward Gypsy
from Philadelphia, PA
I have used this kit for an extended period now, stopping in between used to verify its the system causing these weird hard bumps on my chin. And sadly it is. I get painful little hard lumps, and I'm not sure exactly what product it's from in the system, I am leaning towards the retinoids but I don't know. If I take a week off and use a mild cleanser it heals. So unfortunately it defiantly is this kit, which stinks given how expensive it was. Otherwise my skin around my eyes looks amazing but I do still end up super greasy during the day. Wanted to love it but it's a no for me.
(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
not effective for blemish and enlarged pores
By Lynn tell riddles
from Manhattan, KS
I used cleanser, toner and moisturizer daily as recommended.The cleanser is basically OK. The skin is not so dry after using it. But I prefer the resistant series to this one.The serum is not as described in the usage as 'drops'. The product I received is more like gel, and difficult to be extended and applied on face. So it is not absorbed well. Before this package, I used the resistant serum, personally I think that one at least can be easily applied on face, not like this one...The moisturizer does not work well in Kansas at this time. I use it at the morning, and my skin become so dry even with flakes just afternoon. I just used the mask for three times, because it is rather irritating, and when I used it, my skin felt tightly held by it, but not moisturized.Before using this pack, I also used the clear series because of my acne. However, this pack does not work effectively on acne nor blemish.Anyway, I am disappointed at this pack.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Can't live without these products
from Ellicott City, Md
After trying several of Paula's Choice products. Sometimes entire lines and sometimes a mix and match, I've settled for this line because it's the best for my combination skin. My only complain, if you want to call it that way is that I wish she would offer more sizes for all the products. I would like to see the choices for big sizes like the cleanser but also travel size to take along.
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
the skin I had years ago, only better!
By trish h
from alberta Canada
I am not a fan of kits and regular routines involving multiple steps, but this year it looked like my skin needed some help. I noticed loss of elasticity, uneven tone, redness, tightness, and breakouts. Using this kit as per the instructions did not add much time to my routine since the products absorb quickly. I added some BHA 9 for the trouble spots and after two weeks I feel like going out without makeup just because I look so good! Excellent value with well-sized products.
These products have changed my skin and my life!.
By Zule the Doll
from Phoenix, AZ
Where do I start. I was initially really excited to try out this skin care brand. I am so thankful I did. These products have made such a difference in my skin. They are so high quality at such a good price. I only have the cleanser and the toner from this line so far. The cleanser is very creamy and deep cleansing. I can use it around my eyes with no issues. The toner is very lightweight and dries fairly quickly. Both of these products help reduce the appearance of pores, leave the skin very soft, and are very gentle. If you have enlarged pores and sensitive skin, this kit was made for you! :)