If you’re a regular reader here at emilyloula you will know that I have oily, acne prone skin that often breaks out resulting in nasty blemishes being left behind. I’m always on the lookout for new products that will help with my daily battle for clear skin so I was delighted when I was able to test out some of Sebamed’s Clear Face range.
Sebamed’s Clear Face range consists of 8 different products, which you can mix and match until you find the perfect combination for your skin. I was sent the Cleansing Bar* (£4.39) , Deep Cleansing Facial Toner* (£5.55) & Care Gel* (£5.55) and I’ve definitely enjoyed trying them all out. I was sent 3 sample sizes of each product to review, so the full size items are naturally much bigger and of greater value than what you see in these photos.
I’ve suffered from acne for about the last 7 years, and since then I’ve tried countless products, hoping that something would help me. During this time, I’ve never actually come across a concept like Sebamed’s which makes it all that bit more exciting for me.
Your skins health is controlled by the protective acid mantle of the skin, which is a natural barrier against harmful environment influences and germs. Healthy skin has a pH value of 5.5 which is slightly acidic and prevents harmful bacteria from multiplying on the skin, thus protecting from infections. It only makes sense that the products you use on your face match this pH value, and that’s exactly where Sebamed come in. Sebamed’s Clear Face products are all scientifically formulated with the natural pH value (5.5) of healthy skin along with active ingredients that combat pimples, blackheads and skin impurities.
Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Bar (£4.39)
I haven’t used a traditional bar of soap to cleanse my face in probably over 10 years, so I was very sceptical when I saw this bar. I was worried that it would be drying, and crumble in my hands, when attempting to apply it but this couldn’t be further from the truth. I shouldn’t have worried about this, as it’s described as a ‘soap free cleansing bar’ so it’s not drying, harsh or stripping at all. The consistency isn’t like anything I’ve come across before, and I was surprised the first time I used it. Upon contact with water the cleansing bar melts slightly, giving off a milky substance which is then used to cleanse your face.
I find that it does give me a really nice, deep cleanse, and I don’t feel the need to use any further products in the cleansing stage of my skincare routine. Immediately after application, my face does feel quite tight but only for about 20 seconds or so, and then it feels smooth to the touch. It contains natural moisturising factors, including lecithin, vitamins and aminio acids that help to rebalance stressed skin as well as squalane which supports the skin’s moisturise balance. I’ve been using this almost everyday both in the morning and at night and I’m really happy with the difference it has made to my skin. I used it alone for the first 3 weeks, then for the last week or so I’ve been using it with my Magnitone (review here). I feel like my Magnitone just makes the cleanser work that little bit harder for my skin and they’re my go to cleansing duo at the moment.
The Sebamed cleansing bar is a simple yet effective way to cleanse your skin and I would honestly recommend this little bar to anyone who wants to combat any forms of pimples, blackheads, acne or skin impurities. I feel like this little bar has helped my skin a lot and has cleared all those under the skin pimples I used to suffer from. I don’t think this would be strong enough to fight off major acne, but for the majority of people I think it would do a great job, and at £4.39 for a bar, it’s definitely worth a try. I’ve converted my sister to this cleansing bar too and I will definitely re-purchase another bar when mine runs out.
Sebamed Clear Face Deep Cleansing Facial Toner (£5.55)
Out of the three skincare items I tried from Sebamed, this toner is the only one I wouldn’t re-purchase. It’s not that I specifically don’t like this toner, I just that I feel like my regular toner works better for my skin. I used Sebamed’s toner for two weeks, before switching back to my personal favourite (PIXI’s Glow Tonic – review here) as I just felt it didn’t do as much for my skin as I was hoping. It is said to contain Panthenol which supports the healing of acne lesions, although I haven’t seen any difference in my acne scarring after using this, although it is possible I haven’t used it long enough to see the full effects.
I did feel that after using this it left my face red and slightly inflamed looking for a couple of minutes, and I don’t have sensitive skin at all. This didn’t necessarily bother me when using this toner, as it didn’t make my skin uncomfortable but I thought it was worth mentioning. I obviously don’t know how this would perform if you did have sensitive skin, but I don’t think I would personally recommend it for that skin type. The website does mention that this toner “removes excessive oil, sebum and dirt particles from the skin and disinfects it with alcohol”. The alcohol within this toner could be the reason I felt my skin was left inflamed so if you’re not a fan of alcohol in your skincare, I would give this one a miss.
This is definitely the best toner I have tried at this price point, so if you don’t suffer from sensitive skin and are looking for a budget toner to help with blemish prone skin, I would definitely recommend picking it up.
Sebamed Clear Face Care Gel (£5.55)
Sebamed’s Clear Face Gel is my favourite item from the three, and one I need to re-purchase straight away. This clear refreshing gel should be applied all over your face after cleansing and toning and allowed to dry before adding any further skincare on top. This gel lightly moisturisers your skin and contains no oils, emulsifiers, perfume or colourants, so this one definitely is suitable for sensitive skin. This gel is really soothing and refreshing and I actually really enjoy using it in my skin care routine. It contains aloe barbadensis to soothe irritated skin and allantoin to smooth rough or scaly skin as well as being PHP 5.5 like the other items to inhibit the growth of acne bacteria.
The majority of the time I can get away with just this care gel and don’t have to add another moisturiser on top, but if my skin feels like it needs a little extra, it makes a perfect base for my other moisturisers and skin care items. I feel like this is the added step in my skincare routine that I’ve been looking for for only £5.55 each, I’ve already picked up another couple of tubes.
Overall, I’ve really enjoyed using these Sebamed products, and the Cleansing Bar & Care Gel have both become a staple in my skincare routine – which is saying something, coming from a skincare junkie like myself. I feel like these products have definitely made a difference in the overall appearance of my skin, keeping my blemishes and oiliness down to a minimum as well as giving it much softer and subtle feel. I would definitely recommend these products, especially to someone who is just starting out in skincare and doesn’t really know where to begin as well as anyone who is suffering from blemishes or minor acne. If you fancy reading more about Sebamed and their products, their website is here and their online store is here. I’ve also found a discount code which gives you 40% off when you spend over £10 online, making these even more of a bargain – SEBA40
What’s your holy grail skin care item? I would love to hear all about them in the comments!
* The products in this post were provided for the purpose of this review although as always, all opinions and thoughts remain my own. For more information, see my Disclaimer *