It's the only gentle acne or facial scrub I've used so far! Not to mention, it's very moisturizing as well. It feels like a lotion. Most scrub usually have hard beads that do more damage, rather than help your skin. But the beads in this one feel very rubbery, and don't cut my skin like most exfoliants do. Effectiveness So far, I've been u s ing it for a day, and I'm already seeing a n improvement in my skin. When I use most exfoliants, they leave my skin dry and give it a bumpy and uneven texture. This one does make e my skin look a little oily, but it gives off more of a healthy shin. My skin looked softer as well. The spongy beads didn't cut my skin, either. They just gently scrubbed my skin. Ease of Application Very smooth cream. Just squeeze some out of the bottle, and massage it onto your skin. Convenience Not much to say, except that it's perfect after a nice, hot bath. Side Effects None, so far. But I would suggest not to use it every day, it may be gentle, but keep in mind that it is an exfoliants, not a daily cleanser. It can cause damage if it is overused. Immediacy You see immediate rests after the first use.
I hated this product. I love Burt's Bees in general, too, which makes it even worse that I couldn't continue buying this. It just wasn't cleaning my face, though. It would leave a layer of what felt like grease, even after I rinsed my face off multiple times. I've tried many cleansing products and this has been, by far, the worse in terms off reducing the amount of acne. Honestly, I would not recommend this to anyone, and I realize that it works differently with everyones' skin, but it's just not worth the money, in my opinion. Effectiveness It hardly did anything for my acne. If anything, it worsened it a little. It left my skin feeling greasy and acne-prone, which is the feeling that I was trying to get rid of. Side Effects The greasiness isn't something I can get rid of; it really felt like I had just put vaseline onto my face, and I absolutely hate that feeling. I will never buy this again. Immediacy It didn't do anything for me, and I used it consistently for about two weeks, so if it were to start working, I would have assumed I would have started noticing an improvement sooner than that.
I was really hopeful for this product to be great. I had never tried any "natural" acne cleanser before, so I thought this might be a good place to start. It is inexpensive for a natural treatment, and the smell is pleasant. However, like other reviewers, I found the product to be overly greasy and heavy. I thought the point of acne cleansers was to remove oil. I love a good scrubbing cleanser that removes dirt and oil, so that I can replenish moisture with gelatin moisturizers later. This does not remove dead skin cells, nor does it help with acne. The only time I would use this cleanser is during the winter, when my face is overly dry. I will not purchase it again.
Burt's Bees Pore Refining Scrub doesn't really scrub. It has chunks in it but there isn't enough grit or texture to it for you to really get a scrub from it. It does clean your face though, so as a cleanser it does work. I really didn't see it do anything to my pores. They still look the same as before I started using the pore refining scrub. As far as the appearance of this scrub, it is white and creamy like a lotion and it does have chunks of something in it but those chunks don't do anything but get spread around on your face. As far as the smell, the active ingredient in this product is salicylic acid so it smells like aspirin. It was also ineffective on my acne but that may just be me and not because it won't work for someone else's acne. What I have discovered through trying many acne products is that the ones with salicylic acid in them don't work for me. Benzyl peroxide is what my acne responds to. So in order to find out what will work for you, you have to try different products and see what has the most effect on your acne. I really like Burt's Bees so I don't like to say they don't work but in this case, it really didn't work for me.
We bought the Burt's Bees Pore Refining Scrub and the Orange Facial Cleanser because they were both 100% natural. The facial cleanser was not strong enough during breakouts, but the refining scrub was more effective. The pore refining scrub is made from salicylic acid to prevent and treat acne breakouts. The scrub also contains microbeads which leave the skin feeling clean and smooth.
I've tried a multitude of facial cleansers for myself and my kids. Most are either over-drying or leave a residue which results in acne breakouts. I enjoy other Burt's Bees products so I decided to give the Pore Refining Scrub a try. I didn't find it to work any better than other over the counter products, but it wasn't worse either. I like the "All Natural" approach to products and this one smells good. The only down side is that it is more expensive than other cleansers off the shelf. I don't think I would go out of my way to find this product but would certainly buy it again if it was on sale. Burt's Bees is a respectable product. Maybe some of their other cleansers have better results.
Lake Zurich, IL
I love most of Burts Bees products. Their lotions and chapsticks are great. However, recently I tried the acne scrub and was disappointed. It felt oily and the scrub beads were not big enough to feel like they were working their way into your skin. After using this product, my skin actually feels greasy. Not a feeling usually found after using an acne scrub. I found myself not wanting to waste the bottle so I used all of it and was relieved when I could finally throw it away. I would not recommend this product to someone who really struggles with acne. It might be great for someone who already has clear skin and just wanted to use a scrub to help their skin every now and then. And of course anyone who is looking for a natural product. However, if you really need to clear up acne prone skin----avoid this product like the plague. Go for the non-natural stuff that works!!!!!!
Fort Worth, TX
I was not a fan of this product. I have used many, many "natural" skincare products, but I could not get past the smell of this one. It was very unpleasant. in addition, I felt like the product did not completely rinse off, leaving my already-acne-prone skin very greasy and heavy. The exfoliant was fairly rough, too, which was a big negative for my sensitive skin. Even with gentle use, my skin was very irritated each time I used it. Let's face it--people with acne don't need anything harsh. I was really disappointed, as I generally love Burt's bees products. I'm working hard to eliminate products with any "funny business" (parabens, chemicals, artificial colors, etc.) from my skincare routine, but for a scrub, I'll keep looking. I think the product could be improved with a change to the fragrance (even though it's natural, it's really overpowering!) and with a change in the formulation to allow for cleaner rinsing.
**Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions** was a let down after having success with their other Acne products. Packaging states it's a deep cleansing scrub clinically proven to exfoliate dead skin cells....hmmmmmm....I don't see how. The scrubbing action leaves MUCH to be desired. They feel more like moisturizing beads than scrubbing and they just don't cut it as a scrub, no matter how hard you try to get them to "scrub". To top that off, it feels greasy going on, it doesn't lather (or scrub) and leaves your skin feeling greasy afterwards. I already have oily skin, I certainly don't need to add to that condition any more than necessary. It's a creamy lotion look and feel. Seriously folks lotion for oily skin???...not a good thing really, it's not. Unless you have dry skin I would avoid this particular Burt's Bees Acne product. I can't say if it will work on that skin type or not, but I can't imagine why someone with combination or oily skin could use this. I actually couldn't convince myself to go another day beyond the two days which I tried it. Sorry to say this disappointment is being added to my paid too much, doesn't work, don't know what to do with it now product pile. :( Too bad too, because I like all the other Burt's Bees products I've tried thus far.