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!
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.
Learn to use it and it'll work
This is a holy grail product for me. But the people who say it doesn't work, don't know how to use it. First, I have huge pores, blackheads etc and in my mid 40s. You must have cleaned your skin so no blackheads—use a mask, whatever face wash, etc. Once you do, this thing will keep it away and make your skin texture look amazing. Over time I have smoother, healthy skin. Cons: bad directions. I apply with my finger tips on my face and then a roller—which allows me to use much less. Let it soak for 15 min before doing something else. With a roller it's less time. If you apply stuff that contradicts nicianmide or don't let it dry, you'll waste money bc it won't work. This does work. So much slower than a dermatologist trips, but cheaper and it works.
Best Multi-use chemical exfoliant
Here is the tea. This is one of my absolute, can never be without holy grail product. I am on my 6th (7th?) bottle of this stuff. It works. Period. No scent. No color. And for my picky sensitive skin - perfect. It keeps my pores unclogged. Best weapon if you get bumps after face waxing. And for those razor, ingrown hairs? Yes works there too! You may get a tiny burn but it goes away very quickly.
Great but not for sensitive skin!!!
I was soooo excited to try this after reading many reviews saying that this is great for sensitive skin. Ummm not all types of sensitive skin can benefit from it! I will say after using this for a month ( once a week) this product does in fact work. A con; this would sting my eyes(I clearly avoid my eyes) though I won't be using this on my face I will be using this on my arms. This is great for my KP.
Not what I wanted
I was trying to buy something for textured skin and this man tried helping me and recommended me to try this and it burned my skin a bit, I bought this for no reason. This was a waste of money
Ehhh = Unimpressed
I originally bought this to try and get rid of the blackheads on and around my nose. Pre-face - I have combination skin with a slightly oily t-zone. I've been using it since March of this year and haven't noticed any significant difference in less blackheads or anything. I don't think the product is worth your money, furthermore, it does close to nothing for pores, blackheads, etc.