I know it has been quite some time since I have written a product review. To be honest I made two purchases over a month ago that I was dying to share with you – DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser and Bumble and Bumble Thickening Serum. I’ll focus on the facial cleanser first but expect another review soon on the serum.
When I purchased the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser, I was at my wits end. My skin has been time traveling back to my teenage days – I was having a really tough time controlling my breakouts. I had been using Clinque Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam pretty religiously over the past year and I think my skin was getting used to the formula. Now, I should mention that when I refer to my skin as being broken out… it really isn’t that bad, a few spots here and there [thank goodness], however, I was not so fortunate in my high school years so the thought of any imperfections stresses me out.
After explaining this to the “beauty expert” at Sephora, they recommended a few different options to try [including the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser], however, I had already sampled the majority of them and was looking for something new. If you know me, you know that I do my research before making any beauty product purchases, so I already knew that the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser was what I wanted. The salesperson raved about the product, to the point where she told me “DDF says that if this face wash does not clear up your skin, there is no point in using face wash at all”. That is a pretty confident statement. Between her comment and the hundreds of positive reviews I was sold.
I had planned to use the cleanser for two weeks before making any conclusions, but at the end of week two my skin was worse than ever. I wanted to believe the reviews I had read and tried to convince myself that I was getting rid of the impurities in my skin and it was normal for things to get worse before they got better… So I waited another two weeks – no change… and two more – no change. I didn’t have much choice but to stop using it. After a few days my blemishes began to fade (during this time I was wearing minimal make up and using a gentle hand soap to wash my face – yes I know, hand soap). Once my skin had calmed down a bit I went back for more. This time I started using DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser just once a day and hand soap in the morning. It has been two weeks since I have been following this routine and my skin is virtually blemish free. I do not have any flaking or dryness [like I used to have with my Clinque Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam] and the skin on my face does not feel tight after washing. Perhaps using the cleanser twice a day was too harsh for my sensitive skin… or maybe the cleanser really was drawing out the impurities, I will never know. What I do know is that this cleanser is not the be all end all of face wash for me.
In terms of product properties, the DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser has a light inoffensive scent and foams up nicely. I am not sure why the solution is blue but when you pump it into your hand it turns white. Putting something blue on my skin isn’t really up my alley. Using just one pump of the foam does go a long way and thus this bottle will definitely last me a while.
Will I buy it again… probably not – I am still hoping to find cleanser that suits me just right. I must have strange skin, this is the second highly rated product I have purchased that I have not been overly pleased with [remember my Hope in a Jar review].
Now a question for you, what is your go to facial cleanser and how often do you switch things up?