Is Sebamed Clear Face skincare the answer for acne?
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I’d never heard of Sebamed when I was approached by them to see if I would try out some of their products. Their Clear Face collection is a range of products developed for acne prone skin, it reminds me of the sort of thing I would have used back when I was a teenager when there seemed to be loads of this sort of thing around (anyone remember Biactol!?).
I was sent a Sebamed Clear Face 3-step skincare regime to try, consisting of Cleansing Bar, Deep Cleansing Facial Toner and Care Gel and I was asked to use them for a month to see what effect they had on my skin. I have combination skin with an oily chin and nose, and I am very prone to spots particularly on my chin, along my jawline and just under my cheekbones.
The Clear Face range has been developed to restore skin’s pH level to 5.5 – that of a healthy skin.
Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar – I just LOVE a cleansing bar, and in my opinion there just aren’t enough around! I find them particularly easy to use in a morning when you’re in a rush, they’re just like a bar of soap except they’re much gentler and contain different ingredients. This white soap-free Sebamed Cleansing Bar is only diddy but I really like it, it feels gentle on the skin and quickly cleans away any grime in a morning. I do prefer to use a cream cleanser at night, and this product isn’t too hot at removing make-up, so going forward I’d probably only use this in a morning.
It does take a while to get enough lather from the bar, you need to rub it vigorously between your hands for a few seconds, but overall this Sebamed Cleansing Bar is a winner with me and it’s going to last me for ages… I’ve been using it for a month now and there’s still loads left! The ingredients include Vitamin E and it contains no preservatives which is great.
Sebamed Clear Face Deep Cleansing Facial Toner – I usually only use a toner at night after using a cream cleanser, but for the purposes of this review I have been using it twice a day. This Clear Face toner is a bright blue liquid that you wipe over your skin using a cotton wool pad to help remove the last traces of cleanser and grime from your skin before moisturising. I find this product a little harsh and it has strong smell too, the ingredients include alcohol which is something I like to try and avoid using on my skin, and I prefer using a much gentler toner that contains natural ingredients.
On the plus side you only need a few drops of this toner each time you use it and I ALWAYS seem to end up with lots of grime on the cotton wool pad after using it so it’s obviously doing its job and Sebamed Deep Cleansing Facial Toner always removes the last traces of dirt from my skin. The ingredients include witch hazel and cucumber extract which are both great natural products, I’d just like to see the alcohol removed from this toner to make it less harsh and more natural.
Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel – the final step in the Sebamed Clear Face 3-step skincare programme is this clear gel that you use as a moisturiser. It doesn’t look or feel like a moisturiser at all when you apply it, in fact I think it looks more like a spot treatment gel as most of those are clear! It feels quite cool and refreshing on the skin when you apply it but my skin feels quite tight, squeaky and dry afterwards as it doesn’t contain any oils to help moisturise the skin. As with the toner I prefer to use moisturising products that feel gentler on my skin. I also find that when I use this product at night my face tends to stick to my pillow a bit, even long after the product has dried.
However Sebamed Care Gel contains no colourings or fragrances which is great, so many moisturisers have unnecessary perfumes or colours that can irritate the skin.
After using this Sebamed Clear Face 3-step regime twice a day for a month I have seen some small changes. I’ve still had a few spots on my chin and jawline whilst using the regime, but they seem to be drying up and disappearing more quickly than they did before. My skin definitely feels slightly less oily in the mornings too which is good.
Overall I have mixed feelings about the Sebamed Clear Face products, I really love the Cleansing Bar and I’ll definitely be using that in the morning going forwards…. However I’m not as keen on the Facial Toner or the Cleansing Gel as I think they feel a little bit harsh on the skin. In my opinion I think that the full Sebamed Clear Face programme would be best used as a skin treatment for a few days after a bad breakout, rather than used everyday.
The full Clear Face range is great value with each product costing around a fiver. It’s well worth a try for teenagers with oily skin, but for serious acne I would recommend visiting the doctor first as it needs treating from the inside rather than just with a skincare regime.
There are other products in the Clear Face range including a Gentle Scrub and a Mattifying Cream which sounds like the sort of thing that would be good used in a morning before make-up.
Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar is priced at £4.69 for 100g, available from Feel Unique.
Sebamed Clear Face Deep Cleansing Facial Toner is priced at £5.69 for 150ml, available from Feel Unique.
Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel is priced at £5.69 for 50ml, available from Feel Unique.
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