Rated 4.76 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review I can finally wave bye-bye to cystic birth control acne!!!!!
My partner and I both started using this. He's had the same spots above one eyebrow for the past couple of months that haven't gone away despite his skincare regimen, and I have hormonal birth control cystic acne below my ear along the jawline that hasn't gone away in the past year now.
1ST USE: It did sting a bit. It mostly stung on pimples but a slight tingling sensation happened in areas with larger pores as well. Nothing uncomfortable, it didn't feel like a bad reaction at all. That sensation quickly went away after we applied our serum.
2ND USE: Hardly any stinging at all and it was only in pinpoint areas this time. Went away even faster.
WE BOTH SAW MAJOR RESULTS AFTER 3 USES: Bumps were receding, redness was fading, and skin was overall clearing up. Even areas I wasn't originally using this for were looking better!
AFTER 1 WEEK: Not only do we not have pimples, but our pores seem way smaller as well! Both of us have the best-looking skin we've ever had!!
AFTER A STRESSFUL BREAKOUT: Tuesday this week (after picking) my skin looked like it was breaking out. Thursday, just 2 DAYS later, the texture is back to being smooth and just has a couple of scabs that are healing over.
*** Instead of stubborn cystic acne along the jaw, I had a far more normalized breakout with 2 or 3 minor pimples. I used a cheap pore-clearing wash off mask that in the past, has done nothing for my
(cystic) jawline breakouts and some acne patches on the few spots before bed to speed up the recovery. On cystic acne, they did nothing, but on pimples, they work like a charm!
***Normally it would take a full week of A+ skincare habits to calm down the inflammation and redness, this time it only took a couple of days to clear it up completely!!
It seems my hormonal cystic birth control acne, which I've actively been fighting against for the past year with no progress, is suddenly, after less than 2 weeks of using this toner, a thing of the past!?
Most Helpful Critical Review Painful
I do a K beauty routine every night and morning. I decided to start using this product before an essence and an ampoule. I noticed that the product would burn any little open areas on my face but figured that was fine, I would just avoid those areas.
I started noticing that my essence and ampoule were burning my skin and I couldn't figure out why. After removing the toner from my routine, those two products stopped burning my skin completely and I have decreased breakouts. I just don't think this was the right product for me.
Reviewed by 449 customers On to my second bottle!
Liz from California
I got this after multiple failures of trying to find a product that could help my hormonal birth control acne that always appears on my chin and this is honestly a game changer!! It's also lasted me months!
Kayla from New Jersey
I have combination acne prone skin and this paired with the carbon theory carbon face wash bar has my skin looks flawless. I haven't had to put foundation on in three weeks since I've started using them!
Grace E from MI
Wow!!! I've struggled with cystic acne since I went through puberty. I've tried medication, Proactiv, witch hazel, natural remedies, etc. Nothing has worked as fast or as effectively as this stuff has!! I've been using this for 2 days and my cystic acne has almost completely vanished!! I had the painful zits that are impossible to get rid of on my cheeks and chin and blackheads on my nose. After just two days of using this (once in the morning and once before bed), ALL of it is almost completely gone!!! I have combination skin that reacts to products really easily. I was a little nervous that this would be too harsh, but it's just perfect. I noticed that it tingled and stings a little on the acne initially, but after one use, I didn't feel that at all. It wasn't anything unbearable. I completely recommend!!
Burns burns burns
Maris from Washington
After seeing all the great reviews I wanted to give this a shot, but I haven't had the same luck.
My skin is usually pretty unproblematic, but this has caused my skin to burn for hours after use and SEVERE redness. I cut out other products to see if that helped, but this product is definitely the cause.
Dyta from Illinois
Be careful this toner burns your skin like crazy. I burned skin on my neck and cheeks 3 times because I wanted to check if this product actually did it.
Not sure yet?
Steph from Philadelphia
I used this for over a week and it seems to my my oily/cystic acne prone skin worse? I thought maybe it was purging but then i took a few days off and my cystic chin acne seemed to improve. Not sure if i should continue to try or disregard.
Best thing I've ever tried, and I've spent a small fortune
Bri from Ny
If you have oily skin or acne, try it
Hails from Florida
I have oily/acne prone skin, this didn't really cause any new breakouts but it left my skin even more oily than usual. It makes my skin look visibly wet, so I only use it at night.
Not Magic but Helpful
FindWhatWorks from CO
My skin is sensitive and oily/dry combination. This product doesn't make breakouts disappear, but it does valuable work in decreasing size and number or breakouts. For my skin it works best to cleanse, apply this product, and finally add a oil-free/gel lotion. After application skin may feel sticky or tacky. Isn't overly bothersome.
made my skin worse
celine from san francisco
i really wish this worked better on my skin— it just made me break out more. when i'd put it on, it'd sting a little so i thought maybe it was working, but it just made my skin worse & my pimples got really big & deep & painful. it's not like i have hella sensitive skin either. as soon as i finished this & switched back to my thayer's cucumber toner, my pimples got significantly smaller & calmer. i loved carbon theory's packaging a lot, but as far as the actual product, i wouldn't order it again.
Great "clean" product for my skin!
MGS from Ontario, Canada
I use this tonic after I cleanse. It has an astringent-like feel. Has been great for my hormonal breakouts (mostly around chin and upper lip). I have been using this product for 3 weeks at night.
Best Product Ever!!!
Erica from Dallas, TX
Omg! I've always struggled woth finding a product that actually works and was so scared to use this because I saw "acid" but I am beyond glad that I bought it! I don't really have bad break outs or oily skin, it's fairly manageable. I use squirt this stuff on a cotton pad and wipe all over my face and neck and it has tightened my skin, it's baby butt smooth, and the color of my face has completely toned! I literally do not have to wear makeup because it's controlled the little dark or red spots, no pimples.......it's AMAZING!
Use in the morning and before you go to bed you'll be happy you did!!!
LeeLee from North New Jersey
I am not one to normally leave reviews.
But I've been dealing with acne since my preteens. I am 26 now and this works incredibly on my skin. I personally felt like I saw a difference right away! Anyone dealing with stubborn acne this is the trick! I am going to buy the rest of the product line to see how that works with my skincare routine! IT IS DEFF A MUST BUY! Will be repurchasing!!
Sensitive skin-be careful
Jess from Northridge, CA
I'm korean so I have pretty sensitive skin and usually opt for korean skincare products. If you have sensitive, acne prone skin then this is tricky to use. I figured out that if I want to use this on my breakouts without destroying my skin, I dilute the solution with water. I do a 1:1 dilution so the tea tree oil & citric acid aren't too abrasive. It's good as a spot treatment and by this I mean using the diluted solution on a cotton ball and pad and lightly sweeping it on the affected area. Make sure you to use healing ingredients like aloe, snail mucin etc. Be generous with a light moisturizer mixed with some facial oil (I use rose hip at night...heavy creams wouldn't help). I suggest using this at night 1-2 times a week.
Alex from Indiana
I was really nervous to buy this product because my skin is so sensitive, but I have been using it for about a week, twice a day and have already been seeing improvements! Once put on my face, it stings a little bit, but returns back to normal in a couple minutes! Will definitely be repurchasing
Meg from Philly
This definitely does its job of drawing out the dirt but I hate the dewy/sticky feeling it leaves on my skin so I always wash it off afterwards. The scent is what I expected because it's tea tree oil so you either hate it or love it, I just tolerate it but it is a very very strong scent. Not a repurchase or recommendation for me. I've used others that I like better, like Pacifica's.
I'm confused by how many great reviews this has...
Allison from IN
I understand every product is not going to be for everyone, but based on the amount of stellar reviews I expected so much more. I had to stop using this because it made my already super oily skin 10x oiler. It was never drying, but it was like it left this gross film on my face. If I wasn't wearing makeup I was having to use oil sheets less than an hour apart to try to soak it up. It was so bad. Once I stopped using it my level of oiliness returned to normal immediately.
Best product I have purchased from Ulta!
41 w/ adult acne from USA
I am 41 and I have been having problems with adult acne and cystic acne on my chin. Since I began using this toner (after using Vichy makeup remover wipes on days I wear makeup) my acne has disappeared! Also, the acne discolored spots are fading! I felt compelled to write a review bc it felt like I had tried everything and was quite frustrated that nothing seemed to work. If you are suffering from acne use this product! I think I was maybe using too many cleansing products on my face. It took about two weeks for things to totally clear up.
LR from CA
I came across this toner while I was searching for one for my husband. His skin is acne prone & sensitive, & he has some scarring. I was looking for something that would work for his sensitive skin, but also got the job done. I ordered this bc of the amount of 5-star reviews, & he's super happy with it! His skin has been so much more controlled, even with the extreme summer heat & sweating. I will continue to repurchase this for him as long as he keeps seeing the same results.
Good for controlling breakouts but is it suppose to smell?
ACP from Los Angeles
Yes it does sting a bit but it is manageable. I haven't noticed any major changes but that's good given my skin is very reactive. But is it suppose to smell bad though???
Danielle from Michigan
Love this for oily acne prone skin helps minimize pores
Tina from NY
So I've been using this and the cleansing bar for about a week. My skin is definitely purging right now, but my tone looks pretty good. I just ordered the mask, scrub and moisturizer to try the regimen as a whole.
The tonic did sting a bit the first few times I used it.
Acne prone skin this is your dream
Bri from Ny
I break out whenever I'm stressed (I'm in nursing school) and this product is the only thing I've ever seen actually make a difference in my skin 🙏🏻
Jackie from Atlanta
Y'all I have hormonal breakouts- whiteheads mostly (sometimes cystic) and this has made a huge difference compared to other toners. I have sensitive skin and use both AM/PM and it has not bothered or irritated my skin.
Smilemelissa from Elizabethton, TN
I am not sure about this and will try to update when I use it more. I use it daily. I have not seen a difference I my skin. Maybe I need to use it longer. When I use my lotion afterwards (Tula) my face feels sticky. It's ok because I don't wear makeup but I haven't noticed a difference in my skin. I have scarred skin and rosacea. I am looking for a "miracle" toner and products and this doesn't seem like the one yet. It doesn't brighten my skin either.