If you’re looking for a way to get rid of moderate to severe acne, this article is for you. I decided to write my very own Humane Acne Wash review, because I do very much believe in this product, BUT…
I feel that you need to know the risks of using benzoyl peroxide products (such as this one) first!
After reading this review, I hope that you know enough to be able to make your own informed decision of whether to proceed using this kind of product.
What is Humane Acne Wash?
Humane Acne Wash is a skincare product used to tackle even the most difficult of acne outbreaks. The active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide of the highest strength (10%) currently allowed for over-the-counter (OTC) products.
The acne wash contains only clean ingredients and it’s cruelty-free. This means that you’ll not be able to find any SLS, parabens, fragrance or products from animals inside the container.
Apart from clearing up acne quite efficiently, the acne wash also kills bacteria and keeps your pores clean. It’s quick-absorbent and non-foaming, which makes it less of a hassle washing your face.
Humane Acne Wash works on all parts of your body, but should be kept away from eyes and mouth.
What is Benzoyl Peroxide?
I’ll tell you what it isn’t – it’s NOT to be toyed around with. The properties that make benzoyl peroxide so effective could also render it extremely dangerous to your skin.
Benzoyl peroxide is used as a skincare product mainly for two reasons:
- It dries out the pimple from the outside.
- It cleans your pores, dramatically reduces the chances of the zit returning.
And if used right, benzoyl peroxide can be a very, very effective anti-acne product.
However, it’s also quite a potent bleaching agent and can be found in products such as teeth whiteners, hair bleach and ink removers. Because of this, I recommend that you use either wear-and-tear or white textiles when dealing with benzoyl peroxide.
Humane Acne Wash Review – Effective, When Used Right
I’ll be frank. If you’ve got sensitive skin – find another product. Unfortunately, this one is most likely too strong and unforgiving for your skin type.
In fact, even for normal skin, the Humane Acne Wash causes a fair amount of redness and irritation in its initial stages. However, this is normal and is to be expected from more potent benzoyl peroxide products.
If your acne is stubborn (keeps coming back) or severe, or if you’ve already tested all the anti-acne products out there, I can definitely recommend the Humane Acne Wash. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind before you try it.
- This product works. As it is with most products, the results vary from person to person, but it’s definitely one of the better working products available.
- You need patience. The process can take up to a few months to really show results, so you need to be patient and not expect results overnight – it’s not that kind of a product.
- Expect redness and irritation. The initial stages of the treatment will most likely irritate your skin and turn it red. I understand that it can feel a bit scary, but it’s a normal part of the process. Stick with the program and weather the storm.
- Expect outbreaks. Benzoyl Peroxide products have a tendency to worsen your acne before it gets better. Most likely, you’ll experience bad acne outbreaks during your treatment.
How Does it Work?
Benzoyl peroxide-based acne wash products are designed to dry your acne. They dissolve the dead skin cells and clean out bacteria from your pores.
Before using, you should do a patch test somewhere on your skin that normally isn’t showing during the day. This is mostly to make sure you’re not allergic or have sensitive skin.
Just keep in mind that some redness and irritation is normal. If you feel a burning or pain, you should consider moving on to trying alternative products instead.
How To Use?
Wash your skin before applying the acne wash. This helps get rid of oils, dirt and excess bacteria around the acne.
Then apply some of the acne wash on your skin and massage it into your damp skin. Leave it on for a maximum of 2-3 minutes – no longer!
Wash thoroughly with warm water and use either a white towel or a towel you don’t care about whether it gets stained.
Go through this process on the mornings right after waking up and on the evenings, right before you go to bed.
I’ve already gone through some of these points, but I feel it’s important they get repeated. You need to take the following into consideration, before deciding whether this product is for you:
- Sensitive skin. If you know that you’ve got sensitive skin, there are plenty of other alternatives to Humane’s acne wash. This particular one has a 10% benzoyl peroxide concentration, which is the strongest allowed for OTC products. I’d suggest starting out with a weaker one and work your way up.
- Allergy. Always do a patch test before trying a new product. You’d not want to cover your entire skin only to realize you’re allergic to the treatment.
- Redness and irritation. The initial stages of the treatment will most likely involve you getting red and irritated skin. This is normal.
- Outbreaks. You can experience acne outbreaks during the treatment process. This, too, is normal. Several users have stopped their treatment because of this, thinking the product doesn’t work and that it only makes things worse. And yes, it does, but then it makes things a lot better.
- Only short sessions. Keeping the acne wash on your skin for too long can cause severe burns, dehydration and irritation. Follow the instructions closely and re-read if you’re unsure. A maximum of 2-3 minutes per session is recommended.
- Hydrate. Always apply moisturizer to treated areas after using drying agents. Be kind to your skin.
- Stains. Benzoyl peroxide is also used as the active ingredient in bleaching products. Make sure you surround yourself with white fabrics, or use linens, towels and bed sheets you’re not too bothered about whether they get stained.
- Effective. The thing Humane Acne Wash’s got working for it is, without a doubt, that it’s extremely effective. Results vary between users, but all in all, it’s a very solid anti-acne product.
- Kills bacteria. Apart from clearing your acne, the product also neutralizes the bacteria in your pores. This drastically reduces the risk of pimples showing up in the same spot again.
- Works on almost all skin types. With the exception of sensitive skin, benzoyl peroxide-based products, like this one, work on most skin types. Even those you’d consider excessively oily.
- Cruelty-free and clean ingredients. Your conscience can be clean while using the Humane Acne Wash. It’s free from animal products, parabens, SLS and fragrance.
- Bad for sensitive skin. If your skin is very sensitive, I recommend that you stay away from 10% benzoyl peroxide products. At least initially. Work your way up from lower concentrations if you really want to try this product.
- Bleaches fabrics. Since the acne wash contains benzoyl peroxide, you’d better use textiles that you’re not too bothered about. It will most likely stain your shirts, towels and linens.
- Can cause irritation and outbreaks. In the initial stage of treatment, you’ll most likely experience irritation and even acne outbreaks. Please, keep in mind that this is a normal part of the process, and it’s a sign that the product is actually doing what it’s supposed to. Be patient.
Benzoyl peroxide-based products have their benefits, but the the results can also be devastating if the product isn’t used correctly.
Please make sure that you follow the instructions on the packaging before you start using the product..
Also, if you happen to notice any symptoms of allergy – stop treatment immediately!
The Humane Acne Wash is very effective against acne, and continuous treatment increases the chances of keeping it away for good. Additionally, it keeps your pores clean and bacteria-free.
I definitely recommend this product, but you need to be aware of the risks. Read the instructions, know the side effects and use common sense if something doesn’t feel right. By doing this, I’m confident that this acne wash can work very well for you!
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