No, it's not my apricot scrub. Not the Neutrogena either. And no, sorry Mr. Dawkins, but your book did not miraculously cure my acne either.
It's Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser ($7.64 at ULTA Beauty), a gentle cream cleanser and makeup cleanser that also triples as a moisturizer. I've used it for a month now and it's done wonders for my complexion--evening out, smoothing, and soothing my oily, irritated skin while keeping acne at bay. In fact, I haven't had a single cystic bump in three weeks. Seriously, here's the proof:
|My makeup-free complexion just after using Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser right before bed.|
Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser in Action
So here are the deets: Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is a creamy, white cleanser that helps remove makeup and other impurities (like if your face was full of soot, it removes that) just with one smooth, massaging motion on the face. I like to warm it up in my hands before spreading it over my face, working it in in circular motions.
Now if you don't like thick creams, bad news: It's thick like butter! On the upside, that means you don't need a lot to cleanse your face; on the other hand, it has that thick, greasy feeling on the skin, which really doesn't go away even after you wash it off with water.
Oily Pizza Face No More
About a week into using Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser, I began noticing distinct changes--namely, the feel and look of my skin.
As a hormonal acne sufferer, acne loves my chin. My chin is a total acne magnet, and its own version of hell erupts on my face during "TOM." But a week into using this product exclusively to cleanse before bed, a wonderful thing happened--I didn't have a single pimple on my chin! In fact, I didn't have any pimples on my face, a rarity for me.
I thought perhaps this was just good luck, so I used it for another week, but my skin still looked great, pimple-free, and I noticed my skin tone evening out. The acne scars on my chin became less noticeable.
Better yet, it was pretty good at removing my makeup. Unlike my trusty Rimmel makeup remover, which had a hard time removing makeup from my waterline, this cleanser removed every speck of it. Clean up was easy too--simply wipe it away with water and pat dry with a towel.
So, it's a pretty good cleanser. And it just may be the cheapest acne cure on the market (at least for me).
How has your experience been with it?