Rated 4.29 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Great Pore Mask
My skin type has historically been on the dry side, but as I have become older, it has gotten more combo, with oiliness in my t-zone, and enlarged pores and blackheads around my nose. I have extremely sensitive skin, so at my dermatologist's recommendation, I have been testing this product out as a mask just on the oily parts of my skin (t-zone) rather than an all over daily cleanser.
The texture had a fine grit, and I applied a thin layer to my t-zone, which hardened over the five minutes it sat before I washed it off. After removal, the corners of my nose felt slightly irritated (like a very mild stinging), which was resolved after applying my normal moisturizer, but they stayed red for a few hours despite the moisturizer. I had applied the mask before bed and the redness was gone by the next day. The instructions say you can apply it as a mask 1-2 times a week, but due to the redness, I found that I liked it best once a week.
As for the results- I was very impressed! Immediately I noticed that my blackheads were gone and my pores looked significantly smaller. I also noticed far less oiliness on my t-zone and my skin felt overall healthier and more balanced. These results seemed to last for nearly the entire week after using the mask as well. The first time I used the mask I had one minor breakout come to the surface, but I did not have that happen any subsequent times I used the mask. I also found that in the days after using the mask that my foundation went on smoother in the morning because it wasn't sinking into my pores as much. I ended up really liking using the mask on Sunday nights since it felt like a nice way to pamper myself before my work week. Plus, I enjoyed having the smoother skin on Mondays, since it meant I could sleep in a little bit later since I was spending less time on my makeup in the morning. Overall, I really enjoyed this mask and I would definitely recommend it!
I received this product for free in exchange for my 100% honest review.
Most Helpful Critical Review Great cleanser for specific routines
This is a good cleanser but there are a couple caveats I've found that make it not right for me. I could see this being an amazing cleanser for the right person. This cleanser left my face feeling extremely soft and not overly dry. Normally, I use the PTR anti-aging, but with 2% BHA, it's too harsh to use twice a day so I use Tatcha at night. This Clinique cleanser is not drying, with only 1% BHA, so I was able to use it twice a day. Since I was already using a BHA product, I did not see a change in my pores but I could tell this was maintaining my pores well. This would have been a great way to replace my two cleansers with one if it worked for my routine. However, I did not like the addition of physical exfoliants in this product. This tiny granuals feel like sand and the combination of physical with chemical exfoliants can create a reaction for sensitive skin types. This combination is probably great for stubborn skin that need the physical exfoliants to allow the chemical exfoliants to penetrate the skins barrier (aka your skin never absorbs product). Additionally, this product did not react well with my moisturizer, PTR hyaluronic cloud cream. While my face felt extremely soft after cleansing, it made my face feel very tacky once I added moisturizer. My moisturizer has not reacted this way to any of the cleansers I use (Fresh soy, Fresh exfoliator, Tatch, PTR anti-aging, and Philosophy Purity). I don't know what ingredient it reacts to, but I would definitely try a sample before committing to make sure it plays well with your other products. Overall, you'll love this product if you don't have sensitive skin and if it reacts well to the rest of your routine. I received this product complimentary for testing purposes.
Reviewed by 562 customers I would buy product again
Sharon from Belleville I'll.
It works really well
rylee from indianapolis
I hate to be the negative nancy of all these reviews, but this product did little to nothing for my blackheads. i purchased it after reading a bunch of reviews that said it cleared their black heads up! but my nose which seems like every pore is a black head was unchanged. however, it is a nice face wash and i still used the entire bottle, just nothing for my black heads
Doesn't compare to discontinued exfoliating scrub
Runswithdog from Upstate NY
Miss the exfoliating scrub original formula with salicylic acid and menthol. This product is greasy in comparison and the scrubbing beads are far inferior in their ability to provide any level of exfoliation.
Jodie from Texas
I had nose surgery a year ago, my black heads got so bad because I couldn't wash my face for weeks during the healing process due to the cast that was glued to my skin. I've had trouble getting rid of them since. Unfortunately I also have very sensitive skin. I tried this not expecting anything. For the first week I did it twice a day and I thought I was going crazy but I thought I noticed a difference. So I kept using it and ive been using it for a few weeks now and my nose is pretty much almost cleared. This is definitely worth the money. It doesn't take long to see results. I also used it once as a face mask and didn't notice any bad results so that's good too. Will repurchase when I run out
DO NOT BUY!!!
L from N
I only got bad results after using this scrub. More acne
Noticable difference first try
Kat from Seattle, WA
I've been using this as a mask twice a week and it definitely has made a difference in my skin. I noticed blackheads cleared right after use and its great. The only con is that it leaves my skin pretty dry, so definitely follow up with a moisturizer.
Results after 1 use
Babyborealis from San Diego
Pores are smaller and skin is softer also notice less black heads after just using once. It's worth every penny.
got the worst acne ever
Annie P from seminole tx
after is used this I got the worst acne I have ever ever had. like there was not a spot on my forehead that did not have a pimple on it.
The Best Blackhead Solution Ever!
Bella from paducah, Kentucky
I searched and searched for something to eliminate my blackheads and finally found this. It is absolutely amazing! My skin looks and feels so much better!
Good as a scrub
knarapasquale from Claymont
Used to use it as a scrub. It flattens my skin, makes it smoother and gives freshness to my face.
I wouldn't buy again but face felt clean and soft.
Gres from Philadelphia
I used this as a face wash daily. It left my skin feeling clean and smooth. It helped removed all my makeup (I double cleanse) I just didn't see a difference with my blackheads which is why I bought it.
Mouse from Oregon
I use this as a five minute face mask. With consistent use I have seen some results.
Doesn't dry out skin
AlexKDM from Chicago
I'm a big fan of this mask. My skin is prone to breakouts and also dries out easily. This mask does gentle exfoliation, which is exactly what I'm after. The tube lasts a while too.
Smaller Pores on Nose!
CelineCeline from Los Angeles, CA
I use once a week as a mask and twice a week only on my nose as this is my problem area. I've been using this for almost a month now, and I can confidently say my nose pores are noticeably smaller and cleaner.
clean, but no results
Katie from Fresno
I started getting breakouts and blackheads along my jawline as I neared 40, and was desperate for results. Used this product as directed but there has been no change to my skin condition. It left my skin feeling clean, but none of the results that the product promises.
Blackheads Be Gone
Alexandra from Chicago
I got this to use as part of my daily routine because I have porous cheeks and blackheads call my nose/chin homebase. When I used this as my twice-a-day cleanser, I experienced more breakouts over the long term. I've since gone back to my normal combination-oily Clinique products and use this as a mask a few times a week and it works beautifully.
I have yet to notice shrinking pores in 6 months, but my blackheads have had to find a new home. A few are still there, and probably will be forever, but this product has definitely helped manage it.
Nnni from Georgia
I really like this scrub because it really fights dark spots and leaves the skin feeling clean. You need to use it intensively to get the result 🙏🏼
Rachel from Hinesville GA
I really wanted to love it but I don't feel like it did anything for my face. It's thin as well which I wasn't expecting.
Qgirl from Chicago
Easy to use, just wash with it and see results within a week of nightly use.
Make my skin smooth
EV from Boston
I love this face wash. It makes my skin smooth and reduce my breakouts. It's better than the other ones I tried. I like that you can use it as a face mask, too.
I normally don't do reviews...
Abby from Oklahoma
I normally don't do reviews............ but I HAD to after using this product. I have oily skin. I have my whole life and have dealt with blackheads and LARGE pores especially on my nose, cheeks and chin. Since wearing a mask is becoming a norm so is my acne. I haven't had acne since before high school except for the occasional pimple around my time of month. So, I finally went to Ulta and bought Clinique face wash for oily skin, the acne clarifying lotion, and this blackhead and pore scrub. I've been using it all for a week now and it's done miracles on my skin! I'm literally so amazed. This scrub makes my skin feel SO smooth; smoother than any exfoliator does. And the best part....... my pores have almost completely shrunk away! I can't believe I haven't used this before now. Thank you, Clinique! 100% worth the money.
Not doing much for my skin?
Kaleigh from Spokane, WA
I've been using this scrub for a couple weeks now as a cleanser, twice daily and while it does a great job cleaning and smoothing my skin, I haven't noticed any difference in blackhead/pore reduction? I use Clinique's pore refining charcoal mask a couple times a week and love the results I get from it but was hoping to find a product that I could use daily to keep my blackheads at bay. Unfortunately this doesn't appear to be the right product for me but still recommend it because it clearly works wonders for a lot of people!
pear from il
Broke me out, had to go back to my regular skin care.
My new daily face wash
Kate from Atlanta, ga
This product is the best!!! I've been looking for an affordable, and effective face scrub/wash. I have sensitive skin and the scrub is gentle. I always had big pores near the sides of my nose and so many stubborn blackheads on my nose!! I've used everything for blackheads including the strips, that have not shown any results. I decided to buy this product since the reviews were good, I use this as a daily face wash once a day. On the third day i saw less blackheads on my nose! It has now been 2 weeks using this and my nose looks clear with less blackheads and my pores are much smaller. It also helps with my chin breakouts from wearing a mask all day. I highly recommend this product it really is effective on the face.
I love this product!
Erica from Los Angeles
I love everything about this product, really helped clear my pores. It's a great product and a little goes a long way!