We all want skincare products that work just as they claim to. Sometimes they do, sometimes they don’t. My latest product trial was The Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash.
Ponds is part of the brands to boycott for the BDS movement. I never really liked this product anyway, save your money and just don’t bother.
About Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash
Formulated by The Pond’s Institute, it claims to be “clinically proven to help reduce pimples by using unique Lock + Clear Technology” and fights pimples as fast as 3 days.
It’s said to fight 10 oil and pimples problems:
– reduces: pimples, redness, blemishes, blackheads, whiteheads, dullness,
– calms skin,
– controls oily skin effectively,
– smoothens roughness and
– help tighten pores.
These claims sounded effective to me hence the reason for my purchase.
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The main ingredients that called my attention were Myristic acid, Stearic and Lauric acid. Myristic acid is a fatty acid which is a great surfactant. Stearic acid also serves as a surfactant.
I discovered these three ingredients were rated from medium to high on the comedogenic scale. This made me skeptical of the inclusion in a product for reducing pimples. I read about Lauric acid having antibacterial properties to combact acne but the fact that it’s highly comedogenic pretty much complicates things.
Real Talk: The Internet can be misleading. There were so many articles that labelled these ingredients as No-No in skincare and others that didn’t. In my opinion, the best thing is to trust your guts on controversial ingredients and see if they work for you. Like I said in my last skincare review, Skincare is not and will never be one-size-fits-all.
It’ s also said to contain “Active Thymo-T Essence“, a combination of Thymol and Terpineol ingredients and used to effectively fight acne.
Other ingredients I recognised were propylene glycol, Niacinamide, Decyl glucoside, limonene and salicylic acid. It also contained parfum and this was listed before salicylic acid. That made me uncomfortable, active ingredients are always listed first. Parfum should be in low/no quantity and listed last.
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It lathers very easily and completely removes makeup! It also has a peculiar smell and I like to think that comes from the Thymo-T essence.
I used the product for about 7 weeks and during those periods, my face didn’t become pimple-free and I still had a lot of blackheads and whiteheads.
At some point, I was convinced the product was making things worse. Acne seemed to pop out literally every day. It could be my skin having some kind of hormonal imbalance or it may have been induced by an ingredient I was reacting to.
Regardless of the cause, the face wash didn’t help combat my acne or reduce it.
However, I did notice my skin was less oily over time. My face also felt smoother and my pores were a bit less visible. I was also using a serum that helps with smoothening and less visible pores so I can’t guarantee they were effects of the face wash.
I’ve seen a lot of articles and YouTube reviews on the product and most claimed it worked for them, some as fast as the marketed 3 days, others took a week or more. However, I also found some reviews that it also didn’t work for.
Was it worth the money? Probably not. It didn’t work on my skin for over half of its claims.
I cannot remember how much it costs, I’ll update this post when I do.
Will I be repurchasing? No. I had too many reservations about the ingredients but its claims got me itching to try it. Now that I have and it didn’t work for me, I won’t be repurchasing.
I hope this review provided some useful insights for you. Let me know if you’ve tried this product before and what your experience was like.
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