As someone who’s been battling periodic breakouts for most of my adult life, you best believe I’ve tried everything, and I still have some naïve hopes in me that someday I will find that holy grail product that prevent breakouts for good.
In my spare time, I enjoy perusing the Sephora website and checking out all their new features, and one new one was a sort of “skincare customizer” where you pick out what you’re struggling with and they recommend products that should help you with whatever issues you’re experiencing. I’m already using anti-acne cleansers and spot treatments and while they do work, I guess I wanted something to truly clear my skin of all those nasty pimples. And that’s when they recommended this face oil from Sunday Riley.
I read up on the reviews and was instantly won over with the “OMG I freaking love this product its a holy grail I’ve been battling cystic acne for years and this totally helped” so I thought why not. The full size product costs $40 but luckily, the face oil was offered as one of the Beauty Insider point perks and so I confidently used my 100 points to get a little vial of this goodness.
First off, the smell of this oil is ridiculous! When you first apply it, I feel like there’s a strong whiff of either basil or oregano…either way the very first few seconds you smell like pizza. Once that first fragrance dissipates, you get this planty smell which to anyone who grew up in the USA, will 100% remind you of kindergarten. It smells like either some crayons we had or something but it is totally the smell of kindergarten according to everyone I let smell this and what’s worse is that the smell literally doesn’t go away.
Despite this, I still believed this would end my breakout woes, its a medicated dry oil to clear congested pores and breakouts so I’ve used this for about 5 days. On day 4 I noticed new breakouts forming, like the deep, painful type of zit that won’t just go away with a quick pop.
Its at that moment that I felt this product is totally a hoax and won’t actually help with your congested skin. Not to mention, it feels very heavy which if you already have oily skin, you might want something to feel light and refreshing, and the amount of salicylic acid in this is a joke, 1.5% is nothing and I don’t think it could actually help clear anything.
So, I’m really happy I got to try this as a sample, the vial would probably actually last around 2 weeks with consistent use and now I know not to go and spend money on this expensive face oil which doesn’t actually work.
Let me know what products you use to keep breakouts at bay!