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All throughout our awkward teen years, we comforted ourselves with the thought that pretty soon, we’d outgrow the hormonal frenzy that was causing pimples to appear at a very (unwelcome) rapid rate. Then, along came adult acne. Dreams. Squashed. Before you rush back to the harsh methods of your youth, try this gel from the skincare pros behind OC8®. Designed for adult acne, the sophisticated formula uses 7% benzoyl peroxide to vanquish blemishes and quell redness without overdrying. Bonus: With 8 hours of shine control, you’ll score a matte look that continues to elude the tween set.
I have combination skin and have suffered from acne breakouts in the last few months. I tried this product and used it as a spot treatment once a day. My skin got horribly dried out. It worked well on the acne so I tried to use it every few days to see if it would work for me, but it was a no-go.
I also realized after I did laundry that it bleached my towels, sheets, and PJs--essentially any fabric it came into contact with.
I bought this primarily for acne on my shoulders and back, but also to use on my face. It works great for body acne. It worked for my face, but was not convenient for day time use because it has a somewhat gritty texture. I did cause a burning sensation the first several times I used it, but I got used to it.
What I discovered, though, is that when I washed my clothes they came out completely ruined. Every spot where I was using the gel, my clothing was dyed a bright color. I had to throw away several shirts. It did not appear until I washed my clothes, so I am still waiting to see if anything else is ruined. Now this gel is going straight in the trash so it doesn't happen. Too bad because it did work well on acne.
I love what this does for my acne. I never used to break out so when I noticed they were becoming a recurring thing, I immediately started searching for an end-all treatment - and this is it. I usually use this every night to keep any blackheads in check, but when I notice a break out forming, I use this as a spot treatment and there's almost always a noticeable difference the day afterwards. It says that you can use it during the day, but it tends to leave a chalky residue once it's dried after you've applied it - so i don't know how it would work under makeup. I also don't really mix it with my moisturizer or any other serums I use since I'm not 100% sure how my skin would react. Also, maybe because my skin is a bit sensitive, but if I apply heavy amounts of it (like two or three layers) for more than one or two nights, it does cause my skin to peel. I'll usually just exfoliate and that takes care of it, but that might be troublesome/worrisome for other people. Other than that, it really does it's job and I see results right away.4
Works pretty quickly at clearing my skin, but I found I can't use it consistently because it is drying to my sensitive skin. If I use it once every other day as a spot treatment, it delivers good results.4
I really like this product. I got the mattifying gel in one of my boxes and loved it. I found this product when I was looking up the price on the gel. I am dealing with skin issues so I thought I would give it a try. Works great and I love how it makes my skin feel4
I bought this for my boyfriend to use on stubborn pores and it works wonderful! They instantly diminish and the pores or pimples shrink right up before they develop any further. I highly recommend this product!5
I am noticing a gradual difference and it is fabulous under makeup because it keeps my skin matte all day.5
I am 56 years old and have been fighting blemishes for the last year. My nose and cheeks were badly broken out. The doctor prescribed antibiotics and when that was not effective, prescribed an ointment that also did not seem to have much effect. I lived with my blemishes for almost a year. I wore heavy make up and was constantly self conscious. The blemishes were unsightly and uncomfortable. I was browsing through various products here at Birchbox and ran across the skin treatment products. After reading about each of them I chose to try OC8. This product, OC8 Adult Acne Treatment Gel, was easy to use, gave my face a nice clean matte appearance, and best of all cleared up my skin. In less than a week there was remarkable clearing of my skin and by one and a half weeks my complexion was completely clear. I started out using the product on cleansed skin, three times a day, then after the first few days went to twice a day and now have been using it just in the morning. My makeup applies well over it. There was a slight amount of dry skin that I was able to rinse off using a washcloth during the first week or so. I am now in week 3 of using this product and love how my skin looks. The texture of my skin has never been better. It is smooth, looks healthy, and the residual redness from the blemishes that I was worried about is already gone. I will be purchasing this product from now on and intend to continue to use it in order to assure my skins stays this great.5
This can be used day or night on a spot or to your whole face. It dried up my zit over night.5
I have had this product for two days and in that time I have used it twice a day (morning and night) and the results are amazing! I have large pores and acne on my chest and back and this is really making a difference. If you do use it twice a day it is drying but that is a fair trade for having these ugly bumps disappear!5