For the past 16 years or so, my skin has caused me a lot of problems.
I have had acne since I was about 11. When I was about 3 years old, I was sat on the bus with my Mum when we lived in London and a teenager with bad skin got on the bus. Apparently I proceeded to shout "look Mum! That ones got spots!" for the duration of the journey. Oops! I think I was dealt a big dose of karma.
Anyway, my skin has got progressively worse again and I sent out a plea on twitter to see if anyone could recommend anything for adult acne. It seems that brands focus a lot on teen products, which are really quite harsh (and in my experience, can make the problem worse!)
I had some great feedback and tips on what to try. The lovely Laura contacted me to see if I'd like to try out Burt's Bees Anti-Blemish Solutions range, which I jumped at the chance!
I loved the Burt's Bees bag that they came in. I'll be using this as my washbag for travelling!
Burts' Bees' Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Cleanser is scientifically proven to help wash away blemish causing bacteria, excess oil and impurities without over-drying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Evening Primrose and Beet Root Extracts help care for troubled skin resulting in clear and healthy-looking skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.
Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Pore Refining Scrub is scientifically proven to exfoliate dead skin cells while refining the appearance of pores without over-drying or irritating skin. Salicylic Acid, derived naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates deep into pores to help reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Formulated with Jojoba Beads and a natural Fruit Acid Complex, to provide gentle exfoliation resulting in refined, clear and smooth skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.
Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Solutions Clarifying Toner removes lingering traces of cleanser and residual dirt, oil and make-up. Salicylic Acid, sourced naturally from Willow Bark Extract, penetrates pores to help reduce acne, and Witch Hazel and Lemongrass Extracts to clarify and calm troubled skin, naturally.
Burt's Bees' Anti-Blemish Daily Moisturising Lotion is scientifically proven to protect against blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Lemongrass, Witch Hazel, Golden Seal and Hops to help reduce redness, resulting in smooth and healthy-looking skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.
This natural spot treatment is scientifically proven to help reduce and improve the appearance of blemishes without irritating skin. Formulated with Tea Tree, Calendula, Yarrow and Parsley Extracts to help care for troubled skin and reduce redness and Borage Extract to promote healthy skin resulting in clean and smooth skin, naturally. Dermatologist tested. Noncomedogenic.
I have been using the products for around 6 weeks now as I wanted to give a fair review and a chance for the products to work.
The first thing that I was impressed by was that all of the products are between 99.4% and 100% natural.
I switched my shampoos last year to a Lush one and my hair is in much better condition, is thicker and grows faster. I think this has a lot to do with what I'm putting on it not being full of chemicals.
I hoped that the same would benefit my skin!
The first time I used all the products together I found that my skin actually felt "clean". It wasn't dried out and tight and it looked brighter.
I had read elsewhere that people had experience more spots in the first week of using the products and I will agree that this was the case for me also, but I stuck with it and they cleared up pretty quickly!
I liked getting into a proper routine with my skin. I have to admit that I am very lazy when it comes to skincare (which is possibly why my skin isn't that great too!) I use a face wash in the shower but when it comes to bedtime, I usually just use a face wipe.
The cleanser felt quite delicate and non-harsh on my skin. I quite like the smell of it.
I use the scrub once or twice a week and it's quite creamy on your skin and doesn't feel too abrasive, which is always nice! My skin felt quite nourished after using the scrub because of the creaminess.
I have never really used toners before, so using the toner was quite a surprise (a nice one!) because of the way it made my skin feel after cleansing. I like how it almost clarifies your skin and makes it feel "normal" after washing. I usually have scorching hot showers so it's a nice treat to put on afterwards.
The moisturiser was lovely and light and easily absorbed. I use about a pump and a half of the moisturiser. It didn't feel sticky or greasy on my skin and my skin doesn't get too oily after using it.
Finally, the spot treatment is brilliant. I use cotton ear buds to apply it to my skin. It has quite a strong smell to it, but it isn't unpleasant (I quite like it!). You only need a tiny amount to apply to blemishes and it works it's magic. It helped my spots, without drying them out or making them redder.
I would whole heartily recommend the Burt's Bees products for anyone suffering from adult acne. The products didn't dry out my skin and didn't feel harsh, unlike some products on the market.
I found that you didn't need to use a huge amount of the product, so they would last a long time. I've hardly made a dent in mine and I have used them everyday for the past 6 weeks.
I found the products to help improve my skin and get into a proper skincare routine.
More information is available from the Burt's Bees Website.
Thank you to Laura for sending me the products!