Rated 4.34 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Finally, a solution that works
I actually had great skin as a teen and young adult, relatively speaking. The acne issues didn't start until my 30s.
I do not have oily skin - in fact, very much the opposite. What I do have are issues with both cystic acne and milia (small bumps that are almost like a blackhead but you can't just dig them out - you have to get them professionally removed or over time exfoliate the skin off that lays on top of them) that frequently would get infected and turn into terrible deep whiteheads that took forever to heal, almost exclusively on my chin and jaw. I can't even tell you how much money I've spent on spot treatments to try to get rid of the acne once it shows up. I always figured that since my skin was so dry to start that no product would EVER work for me to control the acne before it starts, especially without totally destroying my skin, right?
Wrong. A thin layer of this stuff across my chin and jaw (used more like a serum than an after the fact spot treatment) every morning before moisturizer provides just enough gentle daily exfoliation and pore clearing (without irritation!!!) that my acne has been reduced from a spot or two or more at a time ALL the time to maybe one to two spots per month, and even those are much smaller and don't last nearly as long as what I'm used to. I honestly hesitated writing this review for a long time because I was afraid I was going to jinx myself. I will include this product in my routine for as long as philosophy makes it.
Most Helpful Critical Review No effect at all!
i use this as soon as a pimple starts and it has no effect. i have used it a few different times. for the price of it, I was expecting something great. The cheap Clean & clear spot treatment i used to use is much more effective and i'll be going back to that.
Reviewed by 184 customers Doesn't work
So from Clarksville TN
Bought this and used it for over a week and the acne is still there didn't even make it smaller. Then more started popping up to.
This is a game changer
Katie from San Antonio, TX
This stuff is amazing! I have tried SO many different acne treatments and just gave up because I saw no results. I saw results overnight with this product! I use it twice a day and it clears my skin up insanely fast it's scary. I even showed my boyfriend my results which he was surprised too. My breakouts are stubborn but this is able to do the trick against them! 10/10
Sammi from Salt Lake City
Granted we all have different skin types this may or may not work for you. But here's my experience:
A day after I bought this (and hadn't used it yet) ironically my forehead started to break-out really bad. I quickly rinsed off the area and applied this to my forehead. Within an hour my skin had calmed down and within another hour you could barely tell what had been happening to it.
As I don't typically have chronic acne, this works amazing for my sporadic breakouts.
jmace from Dallas
This product did nothing for me and in some instances seemed to create more acne.
Best ever! Works every time!
Anna from Newtown Square
Sometimes I use it 3 times a day on acne. Also, I can put it on top of my make up.
Love This Product!
Nattie from Hoboken, nj
I've been using this product for several months now, and I've seen a significant change in my skin. I am a person who has been battling acne for over 10 years, and I've tried many, many treatment options. This has been my favorite to date, and it really does work. I'm so happy I found it and wish I had tried it sooner!
Would not buy this product again
Joseline from San Marcos, CA
I was recommended to this product by someone who works at the store and I used it just like told to do so and I got a rash and it irritated my skin really bad.
Beabob from Ypsilanti, MI.
My face was breaking out, pustules until I tried Clear Days Ahead fast-acting spot treatment, a miracle worker! Used twice a day, no more pustules. Now I use it once a day before bedtime. I'm 65-years young. My granddaughter loves it as well.
Vienna gal from Vienna VA
This product makes most blemishes disappear overnight if they arent too advanced. It gets rid of more advanced ones faster than any other product I've used.
It seems to reduce the appearance of scars after the blemish is gone.
Can't live without!
Elmo1 from Madison, WI
I have been using thus product for years and panic whenever i get near the bottom of the bottle. It nips blemishes in the bud and heals any skin imperfection or scratch I may get in record time. Never dries out my skin in any season. It is my favorite Philosophy product
Gonzo from Columbus, MS
I've been using this for a few months now, and it works fast. It cleared my stress acne within a weekend. It's light and creamy, and has no smell.
IT REALLY WORKS!
Taylor1024 from Altoona, PA
I am the type of person who has really dry and sensitive skin so when i get a breakout I use this and it makes my face so smooth and soft while also taking care of those nasty pimples. I put it on at night after the wipes and the next morning its shrunken so much! After 2 nights of use its gone. i ABSOLUTELY love this and will be buying it again!
KH8412 from Texas
I have this on hand for occasional spot treatment. I don't really tell much difference from one day to the next when using this product to combat a pimple.
Miclyons from Washington
I used once a day for a few days and then twice. Works fast but does dry out the skin slightly.
Will continue to use when needed
Hit But Sometimes a Miss
DWoozie from Michigan
I have used this on two recent bouts of cystic acne. It seemed to work very well and quite quickly on the first cystic zit that I had. I was really impressed because it seemed to work faster than other spot treatments that I've used. However, a couple weeks later it didn't seem to help another zit at all. I would like to keep using the product to make sure that it is more of a hit than a miss. I do recognize though that cystic acne can be very difficult to manage so I was not expecting miracles but again was pleased how well it worked the first time I used it.
One day here, gone the next!
Jonna from Cold spring, NY
I have extremely sensitive skin and get adult acne. This product is the perfect texture and goes on nicely. When I do have a breakout, and I'm not lying, I put it on the affected area without makeup over it, such as during the night. When I wake up, my breakout is basically gone. By far, this is the best acne product I've ever used, plus it is so reasonably priced!
Nia from Puerto Rico
I've been getting some small pimples around my chin and cheeks, I neved had acne before, so i bought this, i use it at nights but i don't really see a change in my pimples.
Sam from TN
My chin has been flaring up with pimples and getting inflamed. A few minutes after I put a little on, I looked in the mirror and my chin only had a red dot! Great with helping inflammation and clearing skin!
KG from LA
Very good for the price. Doesn't dry out skin
My new Holy Grail!!
Philosophy from PA
I bought this product a week ago after reading the reviews. I had a cluster of 3-4 cystic breakouts on my cheek. They were red, painful, and HUGE. I was using a drying lotion, but didn't see any improvement. The higher concentration of salicylic in this product was my saving grace. Within the first night of using it, the size and color of the breakouts went down. I've been using it ever since on these breakouts and they are just about all gone. Thank you Philosophy!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
Amber82 from Philadelphia,pa
Gentle and effective. Made blemish better after one use
Nichole0628 from Minnesota
I had a problem are on my face, it's so much better now!
Only used it a few days
Julie from Langhorne
I haven't been using it long
Amazing! SO much better than proactiv
LL from Arnold, MD
I went to ulta yesterday to buy proactiv emergency blemish relief (as I just ran out of mine). I usually don't get acne but every once in awhile I get a blemish here or there. The sales associate saw me with proactiv in my hand & asked if I wanted some other skin care options. Of course I said yes & she pulled her associate over. He explained to me that proactiv uses some chemicals that are harsh on the skin & only works on the surface. He explained philosophy works from underneath the skin & uses chemicals that won't damage my skin. I ended up getting the philosophy acne spot treatment & wow! I had been using proactiv emergency relief for about a week to get rid of an annoying blemish on my cheek & in a week it only reduced the size of the blemish by half with proactiv. After dabbing philosophy on my skin twice in one night the whole blemish is 98% gone! So very happy with this product!
I bought this for hormonal breakouts
Shelby from Kansas City, MO
I decided to try out this spot treatment because one of the comments specifically mentioned treating hormonal breakouts. My breakouts have been confined to my chin and directly below the corners of my mouth. Obviously my skin isn't perfect, but this stuff really has made a difference. I apply it twice a day with a q-tip and my breakouts are less painful and less inflamed. It's noticeable when I wake up in the morning. I'm using it preventatively now and it seems to do a good job! My skin isn't flawless, but this product has improved my problem areas and I'd buy it again!