Rated 4.66 out of 5 stars
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!?
I used over a full bottle of this product. I have stubborn deep-seated acne, not a whole lot of it, but a pimple here and there usually on my forehead, sides of my face, chin and jaw line, probably from touching my face too much. I'm 40 and have had this issue since I was a teen. I had used Dermalogica products, especially the booster with hydrogen peroxide, but that was discontinued so I went on the hunt for something new. My skin also seems to do very well with exfoliation and peels, but I'm very sensitive to moisturizers as all but Dermalogica's Active Moise make my face feel sticky and sweaty. I tried this product as my main acne control and after the first week I thought my skin was looking better. Then came the little bumps and cystic acne. I tried to convince myself this was just a purge and I was actually excited to maybe get rid of some of the deeper acne that is hard to see but you can feel that will stick around for weeks at a time. After a full bottle, 2 months later, the acne kept getting worse and was painful. I tried using the product less than daily to no avail. My skin started healing when I completely stopped using it and went with Boscia's clearing cleanser and toner (my skin has never looked this good, maskne excluded). This product seems to work for lots of people, so try it if you think you'll like it (no worries with Ulta's exceptional return policy), but if your skin gets worse, I wouldn't let it go past 5 weeks before stopping and returning it.
Katie Mae from Vienna, WV
I love this product. I am not crazy about the price point so I have searched for a dupe, but there is no other that compares. So many good ingredients. I have 3 extras right now just in case because I fear since I love it so much it'll be discontinued! I have sebaceous hyperplasia and I can't afford more expensive treatments at the moment so I manage as best I can. Carbon Theory products help control the oil and at least reduce the appearance of the hyperplasia bumps. Highly recommend for oily skin, even if you don't have acne like myself.
Kay from Westlake Ohio
THIS STUFF IS AMAZING! My forehead is covered in acne scars and pimples and it is very oily, ive been searching for something that does not burn the heck out of my face, i have extremly sensitive skin, and after 1 night of using this my forehead stopped looking so irritated, it did burn first putting it on but that was probably because I have a few recently popped pimples. And it may sound like over exaggerating but I am completly serious, its like the Sanderson sisters (Hocus Pocus) used a spell to make the irritation and oil go away! So to sum it up this is amazing and I do not and will never regret buying this!
ali from Seattle,WA
This has definitely kept my cystic acne at bay. It has not taken them away completely but I have not had a cluster breakout in a while. I do still have oily skin throughout the day but I would rather have that then the pain of cluster cystic acne on my face.
This is a life saver! Will be continuing to use.
Domenique from Denver, CO
This is the ONLY product I've tried that has helped clear my body acne on my back and chest. I've got the most sensitive skin in the world- I'd break out if someone just looks at me the wrong way. While I've mostly healed acne on my face, I've been struggling with body acne for years. Tiny red bumps all over my chest and back. Exfoliating acids, benzoyl peroxide, toners, body washes, soaps, lotions, NOTHING had any affect on my body acne. Until I started using this. I use it once a day when I get out of the shower all over my back and chest and my skin has cleared up about 90% in 2 weeks. The citrus scent is a little strong and it can feel a little sticky for about 30min after application, but it's all worth it.
MJ from Casper, WY
This toner has become my new favorite toner! Helped combat my acne and helped dial back the oil production. And as a bonus I love that this product is formulated without any harmful ingredients! Just went on to purchase my 2nd bottle
Erin from Pennsylvania
I wanted to like this because I like the brand overall but it was super sticky and burned my face. It didn't help my acne or oil. It made both worse.
Myra from Clifton Park NY
I bought this toner by mistake but it's helping
Me with my acne cyst. I used twice a day and my sling has been clear since I tried this out very well
Keke from Chicago
I have sensitive skin so I do not use this everyday. I use it 3 days a week or if I have break outs. You can feel the tingle once I applied on breakout area.
neuroti from VA
I've used this morning and night daily for almost 3 months and have had no reduction in my breakouts. I also used the clay mask 3-4 times a week.
Christina from TX
This has been working well for me. I use it after removing my makeup and washing my face or after a shower. It definitely helps control my breakouts if I stay consistent with it. And it helps the breakouts I have go away much sooner.
linds from va
I've been using this stuff twice a day every day for a week and I still have the same two zits on my forehead.
Azul from El Paso, TX
I grabbed this because the previous toner I had was another acid based one but this caused damaged to my skin and it burns EVERY TIME I put it on. It has also caused me to break out so much more. While it did keep my oil production low, I will never repurchase on the fact that it did break my skin barrier. On a hunt for a new toner.
I wanted to like this. I really like their overnight detox serum. But this is too strong for me. It's sticky and stings my skin as I apply it.
sjd20 from PA
This stuff is the holy grail. As soon as I started to use this I noticed a difference immediately. My blemishes started disappearing and fading right away.
Brianna from New Braunfels
I absolutely love this! I have sensitive skin and it didn't even irritate it. I always put a good moisturizer on after and my face feels so amazing after. Super soft and I noticed it also helped minimize my pores, but I'm sure the moisturizer helped too. It really helped stop my little break outs and even helped got rid of my blackheads. If I went a few days without using it I noticed a big difference with my face. This is now my go to and for the price it's so worth it!
Maryct413 from Chattanooga
I have had a hard time taming my breakouts every since I've gotten off birth control. I've tried prescription gels and literally everything under the sun and the only thing that has helped clear up my face is this stuff! I wish I found it sooner!
Nina from Palm Springs
i LOVE this stuff! You can really feel and see it work. I use it any time i feel a breakout coming on and it stops it right away. You can feel the burn on your pimples! I love it. If you're not a fan of strong stuff or have sensitive skin maybe this isn't for you, but if you love a difference you can instantly feel TRY THIS OUT!
J from Stockton
I've only been using this for a few days, but it gets the job done. Caveat: It makes my skin feel sticky after application. The bottle it comes in makes it easier to apply to a cotton pad without using excess product.
SharonB from USA
Ok .. so this toner/tonic is not built the same as any other that I have tried in the past. The smell of it when I first applied it was terrible (and tbh still is IMO) and it stings the skin (sucks if you also have minor cuts or acne). HOWEVER, this does wonders for my skin! Leaves my skin feeling smooth and tight. Leaves my face feeling a bit hot (from the stinging) so using an ice cold face roller takes it over the top OMG! You can definitely feel the beneficial effects of this product even hours after applying! 5 stars for me but if you have sensitive skin/ dry skin I would not recommend it (try something lighter). If you have oily skin and acne prone skin, PLEASE TRY IT OUT !
PrettyFaye100 from Jacksonville, FL
I don't know how to feel about this product , I wish I read the ingredients instead of just going to reviews for this product but this product is made with slot of fragrance and I don't think it's doing anything for it to have some what tea tree oil in it . Sensitive skin beauties stay away !
Ellie W. from Undisclosed
I've been using this product since December 2020, I love it! I suffer from mild acne and I believe this product has really helped clear up my skin.
Jessica C. from Undisclosed
Perfect toner not over drying it smells nice too!!!! It's amazing how much muck still comes off your face with the toner
Freddie T. from Undisclosed
Fantastic products, they actually do work it's just incredible! Thank you so much carbon theorey!!
Macarena C. from Undisclosed
I love this product!!! After the first few days of using it I could already see results - it makes your face look so radiant. I will incorporate it to my routine forever
Rebecca A. from Undisclosed
My ultimate go to for toner. Used for years. Never fails me.