One of the few brands that came to my mind when I decided to look for products that would heal my skin is Kiehl’s. I’ve discovered this brand in the Philippines a few years back but I wasn’t able to try them out since I don’t have the luxury to do so.

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Their stores, in PH & USA, give off this pharmacy vibes— from its interior design, products, and down to their employees that wear white lab gowns which makes them more or less pharmacists, at least for me.

Anyway, during my first few weeks here in the USA, when I was still jobless and only had $100 bucks in my pocket, I decided to spend everything that I have on Kiehl’s.

Upon entering the store, a sales staff, Patty, attended to me. She started off with checking my skin complexion, and whether my skin is hydrated enough or not. Then presented me all sorts of product that she thinks would help my dry and acne-prone skin.

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One of the few things I chose is the Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment because I’ve been dying to use a decent cleanser ever since arriving here. This one is safe to use for 12 months.

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Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment

150 ml for $22 (P1,000~) 

Inspired by the iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion formulated in 1964, this oil-fighting cleanser is formulated to help clear blemishes, pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads, and prevent new ones from forming. It contains salicylic acid to penetrate deep into pores.

Salicylic acid could be really drying if used too much, so while using this product, they advised not to use another topical acne medication since it can lead to skin irritation.

Packaging

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Just like your run-of-the-mill facial wash, this one also comes in a tube. What I find weird though is that cleansers are usually runny or watery—putting it on a tube dispenser would either make it drip or leak a lot once stored after use unless the lid is sealed tight. I guess they put that itty-bitty hole over there to make up for that bad decision, yeah?

Consistency

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It has a milky and runny texture that is really gentle on your skin once applied. It also smells kind of minty and it gives off a cooling effect every use which I really like. This is like my first dose of caffeine in the morning that refreshes me.

Moment of truth

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I’m gonna leave this here to stand as our starting ground. This photo was taken around mid-August and was taken only for the purpose of complaining to my boyfriend how bad my face has become.

I’ve been using this for at least 6 months now and honestly, I am not impressed. It’s promised to help clear blemishes and black/whiteheads but nuh-uh.

For the sake of this review, I documented myself each week while using this product and also to try and investigate thoroughly if there really isn’t any changes upon using this or I just missed something.

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As you might notice, my eyebrows became more decent and defined each week. Kidding. But seriously though, nothing really changed except for my eyebrows—my blemishes are still there, my acne marks are still there.

Overall thoughts

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★★☆☆☆

Well, with all those promises, it’s too bad it didn’t work well for my skin. The refreshing feeling it gives whenever I use it is not so bad, so even though it’s not living with the acne treatment thing, I still use it.

I’ve never been a fan of cleansers since I am more of a deep cleaning facial foam kinda girl, so when I find a good facial wash for my skin, I’ll probably just dump this one. Teehee.

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Check out Kiehl’s huge range of skincare line here for USA & PH.

Any particular product you want me to try and share my thoughts? Message me or leave a comment below.

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