Posted 29 September 2011 - 03:03 AM
The user claims it wrecked havoc on her skin - which it well might of - but then other reviewers start to point fingers at the owner of the company for faking reviews. I gotta tell you, after reading this crap they almost had me convinced I just had blew my money on another shitty product. The reviewers "evidence" for the fake claims seemed almost logical in my head.
But then I thought logically as well. Why would a product that is NOT producing results, get millllllions of positive reviews, when bad reviews are EXTREMELY hard to come across? Even if the company IS faking reviews, if the people who bought their products didn't like it, wouldn't they be more likely to write a bad review for it? This would lead to MORE negative reviews, which there simply arent many of. How do I know people really buy this product, you ask? The company is obviously making good money. They can afford to send buyers TONS of free samples in their orders, and they offer a FULL refund if you are not 100% satisfied. How would they be able to do that if they didn't have a good customer database to generate sales?
Now, let me first start off by saying I am in no way affiliated with, or being paid by Carley's to write this regimen log. I have no reason to lie about this - I am just another person suffering from hormonal acne (see my posts about starting Diane 35- my latest endeavor) In researching Carley's there were a ton of reviews on the product, but barely any actual "blog" type posts about it and day by day updates. That's what I hope to provide to you, and I am REALLY praying that I can be another reviewer that has only good things to say about Carley's. If that's the case, hopefully my blog will provide some relief to those who are doubtful about the product, just as I was.
I was SOSOSO stoked to see it had finally arrived! For the record - I purchased the Kick Ass Teen Treatment (recommended by Steve the owner when I e-mailed him personally) and the Midnight Moisturizer. Every product you buy comes with a bar of their supposedly amazing soap, so I got 2 bars. Also got a goodie bag with tons of little samples, from a travel sized bottle of my kick ass treatment, and a super smooth feeling chapstick Who doesn't love free stuff?!?
Anyways - skipping to the point. First, you wash with the natural bar soap. It lathers up quite nicely and I barely had to rub my fingers on the top of the bar to get a good amount. I loooooved the natural feeling of it, and I honestly almost felt like some old spots I had started to rub off and wash away. Such a nice clean feeling after you wash the soap away. Then you apply a little bit of the treatment - rubbing into your face for 30 seconds, no more. I saw some people complaining about the small walnut pieces in it, but seriously?!? The pieces are small as fine sand, or sugar for that matter. St. Ives Apricot Scrub is WAY more abrasive!! I personally loved the feeling of the scrub on my skin, plus it smells like lavender (which is proven to reduce redness, is antibacterial, and also has stress reducing qualities as well!) Last step - you lather up a washcloth with the natural soap, and rinse the treatment off with the washcloth. After I did this, I put tea tree oil on a few spots, applied the lotion and viola! Didn't expect to feel too different after just one use, but I can say that my face has a really nice cool, tingling feeling, and it just feels really clean and not tight (like I experienced with Cetaphil for oily skin) PS I just itched my face too, and after applying the moisturizer my skin is SUPER soft. Yay
Now, I need to get some sleep and see if I wake up with beautiful skin in the morning!
....HA!!! just kidding, I'm not THAT optimistic about this. I realize it will probably take a few weeks to kick in, but I am really praying I don't get an initial breakout, let alone and allergic reaction!! Will keep y'all updated!
Posted 29 September 2011 - 04:41 AM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 04:22 PM
OH one last side effect, I have been experiencing some dry skin as well. It seems its only where my pimples are though, like they are honestly just drying out! Keep in mind I'm on the "extra strength" formula as well, so that could be why i'm so dry...but I'm optimistic about this. I reallyreally hope things clear up within the next week...
Posted 03 October 2011 - 07:50 PM
Good luck with it, I'll keep my eye on this thread, as I still have nearly a full bottle of the stuff in my bathroom.
Posted 04 October 2011 - 12:36 AM
Posted 05 October 2011 - 01:07 AM
Initial breakout has gone to full blown, horrible, possible worst-of-my-life breakout. I have tons of tiny bumps on my forehead (where there wasn't many before), and TONs of bumps and small pimples on the lower sides of my face. It seems every time I look in the mirror another one has popped up.
I e-mailed Steve (the owner) and told him I was breaking out like crazy. He said be patient and stick with it, some people don't see results till week 6 or further. GRRR whyyyy can't I just fast forward time??! I am PRAYING this is the worst, and it will start to clear after this week. If it continues to get worse, I don't know how I'll be able to deal....I will need LOTS of help from you guys cheering me on!
Thanks for the support though you guys. It really does help, and I will continue to keep using, I know I WILL see results, i just don't know WHEN, and that's what I hate
Posted 09 October 2011 - 02:25 AM
Posted 10 October 2011 - 04:00 PM
wash with neutrogena clear pore cleanser/mask 3.5 bp
tone with witch hazel toner
moisturize with neutrogena oil free moisturizer for combo/oily skin
* at night i do the exact same thing the only difference is i alternate a glycolic acid cream ever other night in place of the neutrogena moisturizer. i also alternate the cleanser between a salicylic acid based cleasner eevry 3-4 days or so.
by doing this routine i must say my skin has never been better. i do get a new pimple here and there but nothing like before. they also dont stick around as long as they used to.
Posted 12 October 2011 - 08:16 PM
My journey with Carley's began about 10 years ago, I found it like most do, on Ebay and decided to give it a try. It had a much thinner consistency and fragrance back then. In 3 months, it got me clear about 60%, which was pretty good (better than most products, in fact), but I wanted more, naturally. So I quit using it, and resumed my search for something that would clear me 100%; I didn't find it and went back to Carley's after about a year--- and this time, they had a new formulation---including the hotly-debated shea butter---plus, a new (at the time) soap, and a nighttime moisturizer. I dove into the regimen head-first, and in two or so weeks, I noticed some impressive results, so I thought I would speed things up by using it twice a day. Big mistake! My skin went nuts, with all manner of bumpy zitty things happening.
Turned out that nighttime moisturizer was far too rich for my face, so I quit using it. I also dialed back my Clear and Smooth treatments to every other day. And that, my friend, is when the magic happened. After that initial dermatological freakout, my skin cleared within 4 months of using Carley's every other day. This was in 2003, and I used it regularly for another 2 years before I found I really didn't need it anymore. I made several small changes over the years---no commercial deodorants, soaps, shampoos, shaving creams or toners, a cleaner diet, more exercise, being a more positive-minded person---that I credit, alongside Carley's natural soap, for keeping me clear.
My point in telling you all of this is that Carley's is the kind of product that you have to find your own groove with. It's recommended to use as directed, but my Carley's results came from tweaking the way I use it. I think its good for some beginning Carley's users to try it every other day on the front end; some skins just need more time to absorb all of the nutrients and yours just might be one of them. But you know the deal if it doesn't work for you...you will get all of your money back, including shipping. You've got nothing to lose by sticking it out for another month or two, in my opinion.
Hope this helps.
Posted 13 November 2011 - 09:23 PM
Also, have you ever used Benzoyl Peroxide before? some people are allergic to this stuff.
Anyway, i really hope it works out for you! don't give up just yet! good luck!
Edited by maya101, 13 November 2011 - 09:23 PM.
Posted 27 November 2012 - 07:25 PM
Edited by Lekry, 27 November 2012 - 07:27 PM.