Pros: Skin feels clean and refreshed.
Cons: Skin feels clean and refreshed about five minutes.
The Search For a Solution
Since my original bouts of acne in my early teens, I have tried many different cleansers, masks, astringents, vitamins, and have even consulted a dermatologist. Only a few, including the dermatologist, had a positive effect, but only for a short time. The others had little effect on my teenage curse.
As always, attempting to help me out, my wife recently purchased Biore's Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser. A friend had recommended the product, saying it had helped alleviate her problem with oily skin when other products had not provided relief. Because I have tried so many products and remedies, I no longer have high expectations that any new product will be the one to do what all the others could not. Nonetheless, I am still willing to give a new product an acne-fighting chance.
A Bit About The Problem
I cannot say that acne is a universal teen experience. However, in my small, teenage world of decades ago, there were very few who did not suffer through a few occasions when acne was, as we thought at the time, going to ruin any chance we would ever have at true happiness in this life. Looking back,it occurs to me the "very few" who did not suffer "bumpy" days were the same peers who had perfect teeth, hair, and tans.
For many, the agony of acne fades along with the teenage years. For others, it lingers a few years beyond. As the years pass, there are some who continue to suffer the occasional bouts of acne, precipitated by stress, hormones, or whatever evil thing is in charge of inflicting the dreaded skin eruption...and then, there is me.
In my case,it seems there are periods when my acne is now worse. The culprits are my industrial-grade sebaceous glands which produce oil at an alarming (to me) rate. Amid the heat and humidity of South Louisiana, my forehead, nose, and cheeks are covered with an oily sheen a short time after cleansing. At times, given the amount and rate of oil production on my forehead alone, I feel as though I could put Quaker State out of business, become a sponsor on the NASCAR Circuit, or at least become a product-tester in the R & D department of one of the many purveyors of skin care products. (Hey, I am attempting to make the best of it!)
The Biore cleanser's bottle announces that the "new" ice cleaner is a "salicylic acid acne treatment" which "cools and clears." Along with this active ingredient, a number of inactive ingredients are clearly displayed. The 6.7 ounce bottle also gives its marketing prescription; "Give blemishes the cold shoulder. Refreshing acne cleanser seeps deep into pores to clear up and help prevent blemishes.
All the normal warnings of such products; external use only, keep out of eyes, do not use in conjunction with other acne cleansing or treatment agents, and keep out of the reach of children, are on the bottle. Rather than using a cloth, the direction's on the ice cleanser are to apply the cleanser onto wet hands and "work into a lather." The lather is then "massaged" onto the face and, subsequently,rinsed clean.
Like most of the acne products I have tried, the scent of the Biore cleanser is not pleasant. Granted, it is not as severe as the astringents, it still has the medicinal quality that accompanies, well, medicine. The cleanser is easily dispensed through the bottle's pump-top. However, I had little success in creating any amount of lather. Once applied, the cleanser is easily rinsed from the skin and leaves no film or residue of any sort.
Like most of the facial crime-fighting cleansers I have used, Biore's new, ice cleanser left my face clean, dry, and with that familiar brisk feeling that is a common result of using these types of cleansers and astringents. There was also the familiar, temporary sensation that I had performed chemical skin-tightening on my face.
Unfortunately, Biore's blemish fighting ice cleanser was also familiar in the most critical category. It had very little lasting effect on my personal oil-field. The problem areas were soon oily once again. As is to be expected when skin remains oily, there was no observable reduction in outbreaks while using the total contents of the bottle. For my problem skin, the "ice cleanser's cold shoulder" was not enough. Biore's cleanser did little to stand out from the pack of similar products I have used through the years. There were no new breakthroughs when using the "blemish fighting ice cleanser." Because its performance on the testing-ground of my face was average, I rated the product with only an average three stars.
Because of the many "familiar" impressions I experienced while using this product, I recommend a less expensive alternative for those who have found one that has provided some measure of relief. For acne fighting veteran's like myself, perhaps it would be best to wait for the next "new" thing to come along.