A 5'3 Perspective

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser Product Review


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.

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser – pardon my awful photography.

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.

DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser turns into a light white foam when pumped.

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?

Author: ellepottsie

I'm a five foot three recent commerce graduate and marketing enthusiast. Recently I've noticed that life is a little different when you're closer to the ground, but maybe that is just my perspective!

6 thoughts on “DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser Product Review

  1. I found I experienced something similar to you when I was using Clinique, but figured I was going to continue because it was Clinique. I stopped after my last bottle ran out and was just using a Garnier facial scrub for a bit, but I’ve actually tried Simple’s moisturizing facial wash (http://www.simple.co.uk/products/Kind-To-Skin-Moisturising-Facial-Wash-150ml-10.aspx) and have been really impressed – especially for a drug store product!

    I’m also quite similar to you in how your skin has evolved (from some lovely high school break outs to how it acts now), so maybe simpler really is better! It’s basically fragrance and colour-free, and leaves my skin feeling clean and refreshed, but not tight or flaky.

    Good luck with your next endeavour!

  2. Hi Lauren,
    Have you tried Avon’s “mark” line – either “that’s deep” or “calming effect”?
    My cleanser is Anew Ultimate but you’re along way off needing those ingredients!

  3. I found this article REALLY helpful. I bought this cleanser (unfortunately for $40) and have a little less left than the photo you posted. I have been using it every day since the end of June. Today is Sept 6th. For the entire time I used once a day. For the last 2 weeks I have used morning and night. When I started, it was because of the occasional break out here and there, and the blackheads and huge pores. My face is worse now than it has ever been. Blackheads, big red pimples that hurt even without touching, little red ones, the ones that look like you should pop them or they are going to explode. Not trying to be gross. Anyways, I try not to ever touch my face, I have changed my diet to exclude dairy because someone told me that does it, I clean my cell phone and office phone with clorox wipes now and dont touch them until they are completely dry. I dont know what else to do. This is the longest I have stayed with one product because everyone has even called DDF “miracle juice” I cry myself to sleep because my face hurts and I dont have money to keep “trying” different cleansers. Any advise?

    • Hi Amy!

      So glad you stopped by!

      First of all – I can totally relate. I am not sure how old you are, but during high school and much of university I struggled with acne (not all over my face, just lots of back to back pimples). I felt like I could never get my face to clear up – no matter what I used.

      I am now 25 and I still experience breakouts. I drink loads of water, I am active, I avoid dairy and gluten – but do these things really work… I am not so sure.I have noticed the largest improvements in my skin when I use a very gentle cleanser and follow with a spot treatment.

      I also highly recommend regular facials (I know they are expensive) as they seem to help regulate my skin.

      Just remember – the more you stress about your skin the worse it gets. You always think your pimples are more noticeable that they are (I am guilty of this too). Keep up a healthy lifestyle and a positive attitude and your skin will eventually follow suit. Everyone gets acne at some point, just hold your head high and be confident. Spots or not I am sure you are absolutely gorgeous, both inside and out!

      Hope this helps a bit!
      xo Lauren

      • Thanks for the reply. I’m 27 and yes that does make me feel better. I have actually broken down and ordered proactive just to see if it works. Just in the week since I’ve stopped using the ddf i have already seen some results. I guys that was just not for me!

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