Rated 4.79 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Highly impressed...just after one use!
I very rarely write reviews unless I think something might be useful towards a product that might not state it in the description that would be useful to other consumers, or if it's to praise the customer service I received. I was so impressed by this product I HAD to write a review (after I text my mom, best friend, boyfriend and boss about it LOL). I grew up having clear skin, maybe would get a zit here or there due to hormonal changes, but never was a person who has had "acne"....until I was on a birth control that completely altered my hormones and I broke out the worst I ever have in my life and nothing has helped clear it up and my skin on my face and back Is now covered in acne scars from dealing with this for about two/three years. I have tried every acne regimen under the sun. I have seen 3 different dermatologists and actually about to be on "acutane" since no topical solution, antibiotics or oral hormonal treatment worked. During the pandemic we are under right now, I figured after seeing the reviews "why not try something new, if it doesn't work it makes it worse, who am I going to see?" So I got this mask, the cleansing bar, and toner. Being the time of the month my face is at it worst (never fails) I had three large painful cystic zits under my skin I have been battling with for weeks that would not shrink and have failed getting any relief from the pain. I finally received my anticipated order from ulta today and tried the new line right away. I used the cleansing bar, then the mask as the directions state. I sat down and folded some laundry while I waited the allotted time. When I went to rinse the mask off, ALL OF THE CYSTIC ZITS I HAVE BEEN BATTLING WITH FOR WEEKS CAME TO THE SURFACE! The first use! I also noticed some clogged and large pores I pretty much gave up on trying to minimize were NO LONGER VISIBLE. I followed with the toner and my face never felt so clean. This is the first thing to work with my acne I've tried, including treatments from multiple dermatologists, that's made any difference...and it was the first use! I am so excited to see what prolonged use of this line will do. After years of searching, trying, sampling, and losing all belief I'll ever have clear skin again (along with losing pretty much any ounce of confidence I had left)....finally I have hope.
Most Helpful Critical Review Will Probably Not Repurchase
This cleansing bar foams quite a bit which can feel satisfying but in my case led to dryness. After washing my face with this bar my combination skin feels very tight. Initially, it seemed to reduce some of the redness in my face overnight. It seemed at first like maybe my skin was clearing up. After a couple of weeks of use, I started experiencing dryness and skin flaking. I eventually chose to discontinue use of this product after experiencing this dryness and researching the ingredients in the product. The first two ingredients did not seem like the best ingredients for skin. This product may not have a horrible formulation, but with so many amazing products out there, I would rather use something that has really great ingredients for my skin, not questionable ingredients.
Reviewed by 4320 customers amazing
girl from Texas
i am 28 and never in my life have dealt with acne, idk if it is the stress of the pandemic or the mask, ive developed itchy red acne on one of my cheeks, one goes another grows -this has made the pimples number one stay small instead of huge and itchy and over night after using the itch and irritation is gone if i develop any through out the day- i am planning on buying more of their products
Anna from Temecula,CA
After a search and uses of a couple of acne face washes I decided to give this a try, I've never broke out before my face was always clear but after the use of face mask really messed up my skin and I was breaking out bad I was getting painful cystic acne and this product really helped my skin clear up, don't forget to use a good moisturizer to keep your skin hydrated.
Best face wash I've ever used
The MD from New York, NY
I've been waiting my whole acne-prone life to find a perfect cleanser. This bar is it!! After using this, my skin feels thoroughly cleansed and not too dry. Seriously the perfect balance! Would recommend to anyone with oily, acne-prone skin.
works like a charm!!!
estera from mo
I would rate this a 100000 out of just 5 stars!! this is affordable and it works so good! when I first bought it I was scared what would happen at first (since affordable things don't always turn out as expected) after I started using this my breakouts don't occur anymore and if I feel a sore acne about to pop out this bar literally dries that acne and its not there anymore. I'm telling u this is worth buying!!
Gentle & Consistently Effective Acne Treatment
Kee from Washington DC
This has been the best, most consistently effective acne product that I've ever used. *just a note of reference, i have an oily skin type and mostly hormonal/stress breakouts*... I randomly picked it up in the store after the worst week of a 6 month-long period of constant active breakouts. After one use, I finally had fully dried up acne and no new active breakouts!!! I was shocked at how fast it worked. I ended up going back to buy the purifying tonic and overnight detox serum and they definitely improved the results. On top of that, the products are gentle enough for my somewhat sensitive skin and haven't given out after a few weeks/months like some products acne products I've used. I noticed some comments saying it was drying. I wouldn't say that it is but I generally moisture within a few minutes of cleansing. I would highly recommend this!
Kitty from Pittsburgh PA
Makes my face feel SUPER clean! Haven't had any breakouts since I started using it!
Joczy from Crestline, Ohio
I have never had acne prone skin, but ever since we've started wearing masks, I've been getting breakouts around my chin/mouth. I have tried SEVERAL products to try and clear it up, and many of them work. However, a lot of those same products are very drying; this product can be used as often as I want and my skin will still stay moisturized and it stops my breakouts in their tracks. It's also very easy to use, and doesn't take much time to use.
So so bad! I am so sad!!!!
Kristyn from Decatur
I used this product once (yes, only 1 time) along with the tonic, and it made my face STING! I don't know when the painful rashes And stinging will go away. I'm scared and don't want to go to the doctor to fix my face after this. I am so embarrassed by how my face looks right now. And it HURTS!!! Please warn customers this is terrible for sensitive skin!!!! I am very concerned about my skin right now.
Kayla from Clifton, NJ
I have tried so many things over the years, and I was really frustrated with my adult acne. I never had it really bad, but I've always had one or two breakouts and in between breakouts, I'd have scarring/discoloration. I prefer cleaner, more natural products, but I tried curology most recently, and while it helped temporarily, I didn't like the idea of using a prescription. I decided to give Carbon Theory a try and bought the whole line. My skin has never been better! I use the bar, tonic, and moisturizer daily, and I use the exfoliating scrub 2-3 times a week followed by the mud mask. This line is truly incredible, and I can't recommend it enough.
Got rid of my hormonal acne
Lanes from Charlotte, NC
I had lots of hormonal acne out of no where for a good 6 months and I'm still in the process of getting totally clear skin however for my oily, dry in some areas skin type, this product works good!
Be forewarned, maybe not for sensitive skin as charcoal and tea tree oil will burn if you rub too hard and may irritate anyway. However it will work!
So far, so bad :(
TPuk from Auburn, AL
I was super excited about this and have been breaking out SUPER badly since wearing a mask. I was using the toner and swear it helped my skin but then started using this and the exfoliator scrub for the past week and have been breaking out SO badly all over my face (including my nose and forehead where I never breakout). I don't know if this is just the "purge" face so i'm going to keep using it for another week to see and I will update then.
Works well from New Hampshire
I've been buying products over the course of a yearish for trying to keep my fairly new adult acne in check
Started using this and it seems to be really helping!!!
Serenity Sunshine from Dallas Tx
Haven't noticed a drastic improvement yet but it gets the job done.It may have lightened some hyperpigmentation on my lower back and hasn't broke me out.Only thing is it is drying so make sure to moisturize and don't use on sensitive skin.Smells like tea tree oil and is exfoliating.
I have been impressed with how quickly this helped!
Shawna from Golden, Colorado
I purchased this for my son's acne and within a couple of days you could see a difference
Love the product, my skin has cleared up so much!
Maya the Diva from New York
My skin has really cleared up! I have a zit and/or breakouts occasionally and feel like my skin is always a little bit bumpy even if it's not so obvious but my skin is so smooth and soft and I rarely have bumps now. It's also pretty gentle. When I saw it had tea tree oil i got nervous but it's wonderful.
No more break outs
ChrissyPA from Miami
I suffer from rosacea and was trying to find a natural way to control the breakouts without medication by a dermatologist. I did my research and decided to try this soap out. In just a couple weeks what a dramatic difference. I have been using this for 4 months and NO more breakouts! Highly recommended
Skin feels clean after use
Madison from Yuma, AZ
This product was recommended to me by as friend and I had to get it. My skin feels so squeaky clean after each use and I love that you get little charcoal pieces to exfoliate gently.
Kayla from New Jersey
I've been using this for almost three weeks now and my skin has never looked better!!! I've been using it morning and night with the tonic by this brand, and the it cosmetics confidence moisturizer and bye bye breakouts! I've been recommending to literally everyone!
Hannah from Oahu, Hawaii
I was browsing through the site on good cleansers and found that this had such good reviews. I've been using it for a couple months now and I can honestly say it's one of the best cleansers I've ever tried. It doesn't feel stripping to the skin and it calmed down my skin a lot.
Closer to a 5 star
Regina from Alaska
I was living in the UK when this first came on the market and it was constantly sold out so I was surprised to see it here and I was able to finally purchase a bar. I saw the thousands of reviews loving this and I have to say I was skeptical at first. As an adult with acne/flare ups I've tried a lot of "miracle" products. I don't think this is a miracle product but I really like it and it works well. I don't have severe marks but always get a few pimples that are worse when it is that time. Twice now since I started CT it has been much better. Didn't completely clear up everything I still have little bumps but nothing like before. I have combination skin, and I haven't noticed it drying my skin out or causing more oil. If I had to list cons it would be I hate bars of soap but it's not a problem that would keep me from purchasing again. I also don't like the smell but again it's not bad just not a smell I like. Overall it has worked better than products 3 times the cost, still not a miracle cure but I've already ordered another bar.
Leslie from Grand Rapids.
I'm 30 years old with sensitive skin and prone to small amounts hormonal on my jaw line. Since wearing a mask 24/7, my time-of-the-month breakout seem worse. I tried this 4-5 times a week for two weeks and didn't see an improvement but maybe I didn't commit enough time to it. I used my tried and true moisturizer afterwards because my skin felt super dry and almost stripped of moisture.
RR from Michigan
I deal with chronic acne that gets really bad and I am even on a strong topical and I still have so many pimples. I saw this got good reviews and just within two days all of my acne has almost disappeared and the soap bar doesn't burn or leave my skin super dry afterwards like most products do. I'm going to try out more of these products because they seem to work!
G_bby from Nashville
Best bar I ever crossed paths with! I have breakouts on my lower back and bottom jawline/neck!! This has been a miracle sent from heaven! Clearing up my skin and boosting up my self esteem!
Rose from Canoga Park
Highly recommend! I been using it for about a month now and it cleared my redness. I still get breakouts but because of always using a mask. This definitely helps to reduce and help with breakouts.
Nikki from Binghamton, NY
I decided to finally do a new skincare routine while in quarantine! So in late May, I got my own bar after reading all the reviews here. I used the charcoal bar twice a day EVERY day since then and my face did get better for a few days (maybe week?) but soon got worse. The lather makes my skin feel super tight like a cheap body soap does. Almost like squeaky-clean-tight. I brushed it off and continued using it. My skin purged (which I was expecting), got better, and then went back to how it was before I used the product. And now with face masks, it has been worse. The soap bar has done NOTHING to prevent or help with breakouts from my mask. Along with the cleanser, I paired it with the citric acid from Carbon Theory and I honestly love that way more. Won't be repurchasing and will probably be changing to a new cleanser, but will continue using the citric acid toner.