St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Cleanser review

I wanted to like this. Actually no, I wanted to LOVE this cleanser. I was hoping to add another product to the long list of St. Ives creations that I am deeply committed to, but alas, this one was a disappointment…

My intro was so dramatic eh? Haha but really, this was not a good cleanser. I couldn’t even find it on the St. Ives website when I was looking for the official product description, so that right there might be a red flag.

Anyway According to the bottle:

This green tea infused formula gently fights blemishes and allows skin to heal. [It’s]
✿Hypoallergenic
✿Non- Comedogenic
✿Oil-Free
✿Formulated without Parabens
✿Dermatologist Tested

Directions: Wet face. Apply generous amount of product over face and neck with finger tips. Rinse with water. Use twice daily for best results.

St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Cleanser review
Texture/Scent:
The gel comes out of a pump dispenser, and one pump is more than enough for the entire face/neck. The texture feels very light, like a watered down gel and it has a very pleasant green tea + herbs scent.

My review/ experience:
I have very sensitive combination skin and during the winter I get dry patches around my mouth, and eyes so I’m always on the lookout for products that claim to be gentle, like this one does. I use my Cetaphil cleanser religiously and it does a fantastic job, but once in a while I’ll try something new to see how it compares to my beloved Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser. I looove the St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer
and I also really really enjoy the St Ives Apricot Scrub and St Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask so I figured my skin would like their cleansers too. I used it for a whole month and at first it was good, really good. During the first week of using this cleanser my pores looked smaller, my t-zone was less oily and my blackheads appeared to have decreased so I was like HALLELUJAH I HAVE FOUUNND THE ONE. LOL….But after the first week things started to go downhill. I noticed that I would get small bumps on my forehead and my cheeks, but I stubbornly ignored the red flags because my pores/blackheads were less visible. I kept telling myself that my skin was still getting used to the new product. Come the third week, I had full out red pimples on my chin, cheeks and forehead that continued to multiply into the fourth week/last week of the month. At that point I:
A. Was FREAKING OUT
B. Had become obsessed with checking my skin every few hours to see if another pimple was emerging
C. Noticed that I had more blackheads than when I started
Not gonna lie, I was starting to go crazy. I hadn’t broken out this badly since I was in high school which was years ago. So after a month I dropped it like it was hot.

St. Ives Blemish Control Green Tea Cleanser review 2016 Pros:
✿ Good for the first week – Made my pores smaller & got rid of blackheads
✿ Affordable – It’s about $6 CAD at Walmart
✿ Not drying

Cons:
After the initial week of awesomeness everything went downhill
Not the cleanser for anyone with sensitive skin

Final thoughts/Recommend?
I am so sad that this didn’t work out for me. Like I said I LOVE the St. Ives Timeless Skin Collagen Elastin Moisturizer, St Ives Apricot Scrub, and St Ives Mineral Clay Firming Mask. Those are some of my holy grail items. I’m  not sure why my skin reacted so badly to this cleanser. Maybe it would work well on someone who doesn’t have sensitive skin or someone with oily skin. Unfortunately, because I had such a negative experience, I wouldn’t recommend this to anyone with sensitive skin 🙁 If you have had a good experience with this cleanser, let me know in the comments below 🙂

A few of my skin care videos to watch if you are interested 🙂
Skin Care Routine / Skin Prep Before Makeup

How To Get Clear Skin 2 – My Skin Care Routine

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Thanks for reading 🙂
<3 Candice