After hearing so many wonderful things about Carley’s Clear & Smooth Acne Treatment, especially from some friends who have PCOS (Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome), I placed an order pronto. There are two strengths; the original Clear and Smooth Acne Treatment and the Clear and Smooth Industrial Strength Formula for Teen Acne. Not sure which to go with (even though I am not a teenager, my acne can be BAD), I ordered one of each. I could not resist and I also ordered a Day Time Moisturizer for Acne Prone Skin and an Exotic Butter Moisturizer for at night.
My order arrived and I was super excited. I ran to the bathroom to shower right away! The way you use this product is very unique. You are supposed to wash your face with Carley’s Clear & Smooth Acne wash, wait 60 seconds, rinse it off, and then lather your skin with their bar of natural soap, and rinse again. The idea here is that the benzoyl peroxide gets washed off so that your skin won’t get as dried out as with other products (which is crucial, because if you skin gets too dry, then it will just produce more oil to compensate, and your face will break out even worse!)… another plus of this method is that your towels, washcloths, and clothing do not get bleached from benzoyl peroxide. However, I found that the best method for me was this:
How to Use Carley’s Clear & Smooth:
1. Wash your face with Carley’s bar of natural soap to remove makeup and your top layer of dirt and grime (Carley’s gives you one free huge bar of natural soap for each product you purchase).
2. Rinse your face completely.
3. Wash your face with Carley’s Clear & Smooth Acne Treatment.
4. Scrub in a circular motion so that the walnut shell powder really exfoliates and the other ingredients soak into your skin.
5. I let Carley’s Clear & Smooth Acne Treatment sit on my skin for a few minutes and then rinse well (I usually shave my legs during this time!)
6. Wash your face again with Carley’s bar of natural soap to remove the benzoyl peroxide.
The results were fabulous! My skin was super soft and my acne seemed to be healing even after just a few days. As with any acne product, you do have to use it for a few weeks before you can really decide if it is working for you or not. I found that Carley’s Day Time Moisturizer was fantastic for keeping my skin moisturized without breaking me out. Their moisturizer is made up of all kinds of wonderful natural ingredients like jojoba oil, babassu, sunflower oil, and evening primrose oil. Carley’s night time Exotic Butter Moisturizer I did not love as much, which really shocked me because of all the great things I heard about it. I think that unfortunately it made my skin break out, even though its made of all natural ingredients like jojoba oil, mango butter, kukui nut oil, macadamia nut oil, shea butter, hemp seed oil and apricot kernel oil. However, I did find that Carley’s night time moisturizer was a great deep moisturizing treatment for my hair. I distributed a few TB of Carley’s night time moisturizer in my hair, popped on a shower cap, and let it soak in for several hours (while I watched Julie and Julia, fabulous movie!), then I showered and had the most soft hair! I prefer Carley’s day time moisturizer bottle, because it has a pump and so you get less dirt, dust and contamination into the moisturizer when you use it, than with the tub that Carley’s night time moisturizer comes in… and something seemingly so small, can make all the difference for sensitive, acne prone skin. Of everything I tried from Carley’s product line, I think the only product I will be repurchasing is the Carley’s Clear & Smooth Acne Treatment, which has really cleared up my skin!