This is no overnight, miracle product but if you’re patient and use it for at least three weeks, two-four times a week, this face scrub does seem to “help reduce blemishes and prevent future breakouts”, as per Burt’s Bees’ claim for this product.
While initially I wasn’t overly impressed with this scrub, which uses willow bark-derived salicylic acid to battle pimples , now, over three weeks into use, I do have the “refined, clear and smooth skin” that this product promised me.
And best of all I did it without irritating or over-drying my skin. Too often any anti-blemish products rob the skin of too much oil, leaving it dry and unhappy. But this one, which also uses “a natural fruit acid complex,” truly did provide “gentle exfoliating results.”
Of course that did mean that this scrub didn’t feel too scrub-like. While there is a manual scrub component, it’s in the form of soft and squishy jojoba beads that feel more like they’re massaging your skin than scrubbing it. While personally I could go with a bit more grit, I know that there are a lot of people out there who will love way this creamy scrub feels on their skin.
One thing that people might not love is the smell. It’s a bit odd, sort ___ Thankfully it’s not overly strong and doesn’t linger.
Burt’s Bees says that this product has been clinically proven to exfoliate dead skin cells and while it doesn’t provide any citations for that claim, I’m incline to agree with it (salicylic acid is certainly a proven blemish buster). My results, while they took a little while, are proof that this product works.
As with all Burt’s Bees products, this one is 100% as well as dermatologist tested and non-comedogenic.
Will I buy this product again: Yes! It works and it’s quite reasonably priced, only around $15.
Should you buy this product: If you’re the type of person who dispatches one pimple only to see another one pop up a day later, this product is for you. While I doubt it’s strong enough to help out someone with an actual acne problem, it certainly works nicely on skin that regularly gets a small number of blemishes.