Rated 4.11 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Life Changing
This product is AMAZING. I never leave reviews (I know I should), but if this will help one other person with their terrible skin, it's worth my time. I am 40 years old, and still struggle with severe cystic acne (almost all of the time), oily/combo skin, blackheads, etc. But now, for the first time, I dont want to cry in the morning when i look in the mirror. I am still in shock. I have tried almost every product and prescription that exists. I told my dermatologist about this product, and she warned me the BHA would be drying. But I assured her it is not drying for me at all! It has helped me with everything! She admitted my skin has never looked better, and that I may have actually taught her something! I have been using this product for a month. And I don't have a zit on my face. I can't tell you the last time this has happened! My pores look smaller, my blackheads much less, and my face no longer looks like an oil slick! I apply this in the evening, with a cotton ball (like a toner), after my glycolic wash, and before my prescription acne gel. And I am honestly a happier person. Not exaggerating. Now maybe I can finally focus on my aging skin issues, instead of what I thought would only be teenage/young adult skin issues!
Most Helpful Critical Review It's gentle but don't expect it to be the end-all be-all
Used for almost 3 months 1-2x daily on its own, applied straight to face with clean fingers, and I haven't found it to be the most effective product as a stand-alone. It's great at being a very gentle product and helps clear pores a little bit, but I think my skin type/personal brand of acne benefits from adding something stronger to my routine. I did purge with this for a few weeks, but that's over. It doesn't completely prevent new acne from forming, which I felt like is one of the main duties of a BHA... to help keep pores clearer in general so you break out less. I would not repurchase again. It does last quite a while. I still have 70% of the bottle to use up. I can see this working well for people with the occasional pimple, but if you have hormonal acne it may not be strong enough. The great part about is I can use it once or twice daily and have zero drying effects or detectable irritation to the skin.
Reviewed by 138 customers Give it a shot
Jen from Michigan
At first I was like wow my face is getting worse this sucks. But it was actually clearing out my pores and by the end of the first month I was hooked. I use water in the morning to rinse my face then I put this on before doing make up. At night time after shower I put it on again. My face no longer has little white bumps no more black heads on my nose. It works amazing just wish it was cheaper I found it on sale once but now I'm hooked and cannot not get it. Ps I'm 29 with oily semi acne prone skin
Love and will repurchase
Jewelry from Northshore
This is product is great. My closed white comodones are basically gone/ kept at bay. I used to get them so much but now it's very rare and the ones left have been very deep and I don't squeeze my face. It helped stop a random reoccurring cystic pimple for over a year. I use it everyday after washing my face with Cosmetea Tea Jelly Foam Cleanser (Yellow for Brightening) and using Quinn's Alcohol Free Witch Hazel Rose Petal (Rose). Simple routine and my face never has zits or blackheads anymore.
Just got and the pump is stuck in the cap.....
Olivia from Ames Iowa
No clue how I am suppose to use when the pump it stuck in the CAPPPPPPPPP. so mad
Anne from Chicago
I have a lot of blackheads on my nose and have tried everything to get rid of them. I used this for 2 weeks and can tell an immediate difference!!
BEST EVER! Helped my cystic acne/sensitive/oily skin.
Kimmie from New Jersey
Words can't describe how amazing this product is. I've been struggling with cystic acne and clogged pores due to a switch in my birth control. My acne was so bad I barely left my house. Thanks to the derm my skin slowly started healing but I saw the biggest change when I incorporated this product into my routine. I know this is marketed as a blackhead liquid but I truly saw change in every aspect of my skin (including reduced blackheads). The bumps I had all over my chin and forehead reduced substantially after using this product regularly for about 4 weeks. You can seriously feel the softness of your skin after each use and it even kept me feeling moisturized and supple. I get compliments on my skin even when I have no makeup on now!! I never thought I would ever be at this point but I'm so glad I tried it. I've included my before/after pictures below for reference.
I recommend using it 1x a day 3x a week to begin and then slowly working up to every day. I use all natural/oil-free products and have a very simple routine. I wash my face morning and night with cetaphil (or a salicylic Dr. Brandt cleanser right before/during my cycle for stubborn hormonal acne) and always follow up with moisturizer. This product is gentle enough that I can combine it with other products such as The Ordinary's niacinamide and/or alpha arbutin. (don't mix this with other strong BHA/AHAS, though.) HOLY GRAIL PRODUCT!
Bad from Oregon
Causes more breakouts and does NOTHING for blackheads. A complete waste of money.
The only product to clear blackheads on my nose!
Allie from New York
I don't usually leave product reviews, but I need people to know how well this works. I struggled with blackheads all over my nose for YEARS. I tried topical prescriptions from my derm, pore strips, masks, physical exfoliation, etc., and nothing worked. Enter this product. I've been using it for about a little less than a year now, and it cleans out my nose like nothing ever has before. Please, I beg you, if you are someone who struggles with blackheads on your nose you need to try this! HOWEVER, there is a crucial step to getting this product to work at its max potential! You need to use a toner beforehand. Your skin sits at a pH around 5.5. A BHA exfoliant needs the skin at a MUCH lower pH to work efficiently. Pick up COSRX's AHA/BHA Clarifying Treatment Toner, spritz onto a tissue, dab onto your nose, let dry for a hot second, then go in with this BHA liquid. That's how you will get optimal, lasting results. Good luck, beauties!
Rey from F
I returned this , even though I was pleasantly surprised by my results in the first few uses. Oddly enough I've never had black heads in my life and this was the only major change in my skin care routine... now I've got black heads on my chin? Kind of a redundant product.
(Mostly Dry/combo skin)
Cap not working; Wastage
Cheap packaging causing product wastage from NYC
Cap stopped working two weeks into using. Rubber ring within cap appears to have become loose. Can't get out appropriate amount of product to use. Lots of wastage from liquid accumulating in cap due to faulty construction. I would NOT have purchased if I'd known.
La from SC
Tried this on the heels of trying The Inkey List's Beta Hydroxy Acid serum and this didn't measure up.
this is life changing for me
amazed from GA
i bought this bc of a recommendation from influencer James Welsh and let me tell you...amazing. i have always had horrible skin...big pores, combo skin, acne both black heads and cystic. the texture of my skin has always been rough and bumpy also. i could tell a difference the first time i used this. my skin was super soft, and my bumps faded in a matter of days. i use this twice a day and apply it with my fingers. i know this goes against directions, but this works for me. BUY THIS. its a great product.
I will buy this again & again
Queen from Texas
I use this after cleaning my face & neck .
Noticeably improved skin in 1 use
rey from f
i have dry acne prone skin. i'm going to write another review after a month. but i used this for the first time in my night time routine last night and over night my bumpy texture and dark spots (post acne) were reduced. even the redness around my cheeks was improved. my skin looks brighter and smoother.
bridget from US
bought this originally to use for my face to clear up the blackheads and tiny bumps i had on my jawline/cheekbones but ended up trying it on my chest and shoulders which have had VERY stubborn breakouts for nearly two years. the breakouts on my shoulders/back were deep and nearly cystic and after getting some *light and protected* sun exposure and then using this product, my back is SO SMOOTH. my chest has honestly not felt this smooth and exfoliated in a LONG time. my face seems to be somewhat improving but not as drastically, hence 4 stars and not 5. definitely worth the price!
Broke me out
Bacchante from Alaska
Pretty simply did not work for me because it broke me out. I can use red box stridex as a weekly wash-off BHA with no issue so...yeah. I didn't feel like it performed well as a wash off (using product for Fiddy's pore method) and it broke me out left on the face as intended. Did not see BHA effects.
KT from NYC
Disappointed in this product after reading the reviews. I have stubborn blackheads at the sides of my nose. Noticed no change. Luckily, I tried Murad AHA/BHA cleanser and Bobbi Brown no 75 remedy and those 2 products together made a great improvement.
Working Fast but So Gentle
Amanda from NH
I've only used this twice so far and am already seeing a huge difference in the stubborn blackheads that have always resided on my nose. I've tried a lot of products for them without ever seeing much of a difference but this is already a gamechanger.
I'm experiencing a small bit of purging elsewhere but nothing unbearable. The product feels extremely gentle on my skin (my skin tends on sensitive) but effective. I use it after my toner and before my serums in my nightly routine. I'm thinking of using it around 3-4 times a week and not making it an everyday product. So far so good though!
It worked the first time.
Miss detail from Mayfield Hts, OH 44124
I felt a bump on my nose and it went away after the first application. I like extra cleansing in the chin area because of wearing a mask.
Shel from IN
I use the BHA product every other night (swapping the CosRX AHA when not using this). This was my first chemical exfoliant and was recommended by staff at Ulta for an option that was clean, cruelty free, and not too harsh. I used the BHA for two months prior to adding in the AHA and noticed reduction in the pore size on my nose (my problem spot) within several days. I had minor purging for the first week or so but that was it. This is a must have in my skincare routine. One bottle lasts for MONTHS and makes the price point even better given the long lasting supply.
best chemical exfoliator
Max from WA
Best exfoliator ever. I use this as a toner and its not drying or irritating but works fast.
Can't live without it
Gigi from Midwest
I have dry, sensitive skin that's prone to cystic acne. I had tried using salicylic acid before but it was always so drying! Not this one! I started out using this every couple days and now if I have a breakout starting, I'll use it every night until my skin calms down. It doesn't dry me out at all, even using it that much! This product has helped reduce my cystic acne SO MUCH. I still get them, but they are much smaller and go away so much faster. If I get a really bad cyst, I'll soak a cotton pad with this and leave it on the spot for about 20 minutes and this isn't some cure but it definitely helps it go down faster. It has also helped even out the redness in my skin so I actually don't wear foundation at all anymore! Overall I love this product and the amount you get is insane. I've had this for a few months and for how often I use it (I also use it under my armpits to balance the ph, it's still going strong. I will definitely be repurchasing once I run out.
Does exactly what it says.
Bella Bunny from BFE, Ohio
I really like this stuff. I've had oily blackheads all my life. Followed the instructions on the bottle. Used it once a week. Then next week did it 2 times. The week after 4 days. And I only use 4 days a week all the time. But It seems to help. lightweight. not greasy but kinda sticky.
Results after just one use
Meg from Arizona
I use this by cleansing my face, then putting a few pumps onto a cotton round and swiping it over my face, and then waiting a few minutes to dry before following with the CosRX Snail Mucin Power Essence and a CeraVe moisturizer. I only use it twice per week, because it could be drying if used too often.
Not worth it at all
Krissy from San Antonio
Use this product for several weeks did not see any change at all I would definitely not recommend this product. DO NOT BUY IT!
Made me breakout and made my poors huge
Emma from MN
I'd use this once a day at night. It made me really oily breakout terribly!