$5.99 at Target
3.5 out of 5 stars
Best for combination or mildly to medium oily skin.
Texture is slightly grainy but not very abrasive.
Smell is “non-scented” with nothing really unpleasant.
I have combination skin but I tend not to use combination skin products. I’ve found that “normal” or “sensitive skin” formulas work really well with my skin. But, I’ve found myself with a little more excess oil on my forehead that I want lately so when I spotted this baking soda cleanser from Biore that said it was for combination skin, I wanted to give it a try.
Let’s jump right in.
Does it control oil?
Yes. Well…sort of. I felt like it really depended on what products I used after using the cleanser. Let me explain.
When I used my favorite matte-finish full-coverage foundation from Milani I had no problems. But, on the other hand, when if I used my favorite Bare Minerals tinted moisturizer after washing my face with this stuff by the end of the day I could literally moisturize the back of my hands with the forehead oil. No really. I’m serious.
BUT here’s the catch. I felt like the cleanser wasn’t necessarily NOT getting rid of the oils on my skin. I felt like it was getting rid of too much if that makes any sense. I don’t know if anyone else out there has experienced this, but I felt like I didn’t have enough oils for the cleanser to take away to leave my skin properly balanced. My theory is that my skin started overcompensating for the amount of oils that were being taken away because I noticed that instead of making the oil situation better, it actually kind of got WORSE over time until I figured out how to correct the situation.
How am I using the product now?
This product didn’t work super well with me “right out the box” so to speak. It took some trial and error, and mixing and matching to find out which products worked best with it.
I had been using the cleanser with a light, oil-free moisturizer meant for combination skin as that’s what I had been using previously and it was working fine. Once I started playing around I found out that when I used a heavier moisturizer in combination with this cleanser it worked out much better to balance out my skin! I know that it’s counter-intuitive but that’s seriously how I’ve been using it. 🤷🏾♀️
Will I repurchase?
No. Probably not. I found a way to make it work for me so I’ll continue to use it until it’s all gone, but in all honesty it’s not my favorite. If your heart is really set on it, I would say try it out, but I like to LOVE my skincare products and this one I can definitely pass on.
If you guys have tried this cleanser, did you get more oily like I did? Or did you have better luck?