Review: Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo

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Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo:

This is an over-the-counter cleansing kit designed for acne-prone skin.  The kit contains the Acne Free Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser plus a battery-operated facial cleansing brush.

To use, apply a small amount of cleanser to the brush head.  Turn the facial brush on and massage it over the face for about one minute.  The brush has two speeds.  Use the slower speed for more sensitive areas, like the cheekbones and around the eyes, and the faster speed for tougher areas like the forehead.

You can use this cleanser and facial brush to treat mild acne breakouts.  Talk to your dermatologist before incorporating in into your prescription acne treatment routine.

Active Ingredient (in the Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser):

Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%

Inactive Ingredients (in the Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser):

Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Phenoxyethanol, Xantham Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Ethylhexglycerin, DMDM Hydantoin, Bisabolol, Methylisothiazolinone, Butylene Glycol, Sea Whip Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Benzalkonium Chloride, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract, Alcohol, Methylparaben, Disodium EDTA , Ethylparaben

Price:

$19.99

Where You Can Buy It:

Try your local drug store or big box store, like Target.

  I've even found it at Ulta Beauty. 

Pros:

  • It's reasonably priced, especially compared to other power facial brushes.
  • The skin feels incredibly clean and soft after use.
  • The brush has two speeds.
  • Batteries and two brush heads are included.

Cons:

  • The battery cover is hard to take off.
  • You can't buy replacement heads for the brush.

    Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo:

    I've been pining for a power facial brush since I saw one at Sephora.  I didn't get that one because I'm not one to buy a gadget that cost nearly as much as my first car. 

    OK, that's a slight exaggeration, but I've found many of the power facial brushes are fairly expensive.  That's why I was excited to try this reasonably priced option from Acne Free. 

    Acne Free Advanced Deep Cleansing Duo is actually a kit, containing both a battery-powered facial brush and a medicated acne treatment cleanser.  Once you've used up the included Oil-Free Purifying Cleanser, you can buy another bottle separately.  (You can also use your cleansing brush with any other cleanser you like.)

    The kit also comes with two brush heads and batteries for the facial brush.  Before you can use the brush, you have to get the batteries into the brush.  Which means removing the battery cover.  Which was difficult.  I had to pull on it so hard I was certain I would break the thing.  But, eventually it popped off (and flew across the room and clattered to the floor).

      I was finally able to get the batteries in and get the brush ready to go.

    To use, just dampen the brush head and put a small amount of cleanser onto it.  A pea-sized amount will do it.  A little bit of this cleanser goes a long way.  Then, touch the brush head to your skin and turn it on.  If you turn it on before putting it to your face, you'll end up with cleanser splattered everywhere.

    The cleanser itself is fairly gentle for a benzoyl peroxide product.  It lightly foams as it cleans, has a nice scent, and isn't too drying. 

    But the best half of this duo is the brush.  It cleans the skin deeply, removing all the dirt, oil, and makeup.  It also leaves the skin feeling incredibly soft and smooth. 

    The brush has two speeds.  The faster works best for the forehead, chin and jawline.  The slower speeds is perfect for more delicate areas around the eyes, nose, and cheekbones.  It's also the best speed if you have sensitive skin.

    Although the brush and cleanser are good at getting the skin super clean, I found that if I used the brush daily, my skin became a little red and irritated.  Using it just a few times a week was a better choice, so listen to your skin and do what works best for you.

    Also, you'll want to be careful if you have inflammatory acne or if your acne is severe.  The brush could be too aggressive for your skin, and could cause irritation. 

    If you're using a prescription acne treatment, you definitely want to ask your dermatologist and get the OK before using this product.  And remember, this product may be an effective treatment for mild breakouts, but it won't clear up an advanced case of acne.    

    While I was generally impressed with this product, I was a bit bummed that I couldn't find replacement heads for the brush.  The two that came in the kit last a long time, and are easy to clean, but it would be nice to have a few extras once these wear out.  

    And I really hope the batteries don't run out soon, because removing the cover is such a bear!

    For a inexpensive power facial brush plus cleanser, this product is a good choice.  It's a quick and convenient way to get a deep down clean.

    Disclosure: Review samples were provided by the manufacturer.

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