Helped clear my cystic acne (oily/combo skin)
OK - this will be a somewhat lengthy review, and for the past months I've been quietly surfing around Acne.org and never really reviewed or commented on anything until now. So I've decided to post my thoughts and feelings about PONDS cold cream cleanser. If you've got the time to spare & are struggling with acne, read on. :)
I have really weird skin where my T-zone is super oily (like you could make some serious stir fry with the oil it produces in a day) but my cheeks will be super dry and even flaky (gets worse during winter/windy season & horrible for makeup). From years of experimentation since high school, nothing was curing my adult cystic acne and the accompanying frustration of the acne taking ages and weeks to go away was wearing me down. I came across Ponds Cold Cream Cleanser reviews on Acne.org and thought, this was too good to be true, thus avoiding it for a long time. Then when nothing was working and I got fed up, I decided to take a chance with Ponds, and bought a 6.1 oz container for $4.99 at Target.
Upon using it for the first time, it felt somewhat counterintuitive to put something that feels so greasy on oily skin, but then as a week went by, one of the stubborn buggers on my chin that REFUSED to go down no matter how much I left it alone orapplied topical acne treatments on it -- it had been there for weeks, had scarred and flaked repeatedly, making it hard to apply any makeup on my face without it looking like a mini fluffy pastry cake had sprouted on my chin, and then had gotten repeatedly reinfected (with more pus - it was so annoying, I'm like, why...face... WHY?!).
So I used Ponds on it as a spot treatment before bed, and after a couple days I noticed it was gone - flat!! Left a little scar, but that's to be expected, and I was like, hallelujah, praise the powers that be, thank you little jar of PONDS, for clearing that sucker at last! - I bet most of you know that feeling of relief when a cystic acne finally clears ... but then your face is like, F' you trolololol -- and another acne rises to take its place... or you find out it was just a zombie acne that never really died in the first place... yeah. ugh. it's an uphill battle. thanks for the bad genes, dad, really appreciate it... :(
Anyway, I followed one of the recommended routines put forth by another reviewer on here about using it to remove makeup at nighttime (leave on dry skin - not wet skin! - for about 15 mins - meanwhile you can set a timer, brush your teeth, check your phone, listen to some music, etc.) and in the morning use it as a cleanser (leave on about 3 mins), and using a warm, wet washcloth to gently wipe off each time.
Since I've had acne for so long, I'm very sensitive and attuned to the condition of my skin at any one moment, and in the past when it was really bad, even when some of my acne cleared, I could always feel the new acne as it was about to emerge from "under" the skin (I'm sure many of you know that awful feeling), which feels very gross and it was always like there's little evil pockets of infections inside my face waiting to bust out if I made a wrong move. I was always scared of using a washcloth on my face ever, because I felt the wiping motion would just spread the infection, and whenever I touched my face even carefully, it just felt like a ticking time bomb with all those tiny itchy painful lumps under my skin.
But after using Ponds for a few weeks now, I noticed that whenever I wiped the cleanser off, my skin doesn't feel like it's about to explode (on the contrary, it feels smooth and flatter, I don't get that infected sensation like my whole face is swollen, and I don't feel so much anymore the worry of rubbing or touching my skin the wrong way and causing a whitehead or pus to form). Now I wouldn't that say Ponds is an end-all, be-all acne cure or holy grail treatment, but it sure did help to clear some stubborn pimples that nothing else I used before would remove. And for that, I'm grateful.
My modified daily acne routine now is:
Morning - Apply thin layer of PONDS, leave on 3 mins and wipe off with warm washcloth, rinse with more warm water/pat dry if necessary, then use Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid serum 8%, For Beloved One whitening cream (Taiwanese made product for the redness around my nose), Ambi fade cream (for spots/scars - normal/oily skin), then Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch sunblock, and then makeup as necessary before going about my day.
Night - Apply slightly more PONDS (if cleaning off makeup), leave on 15 mins and wipe off with warm washcloth, rinse with warm water/pat dry, use Dr. Wu Mandelic Acid 8%, For Beloved One whitening cream, Ambi fade cream, and then dab small amount of PONDS on any active pimples as spot treatment, and go to bed/let my stuff work its magic. So far this combination seems to be working for me. :)
I would recommend Ponds mainly because it can be used as a really good foundation/eye makeup remover, moisturizer (I feel no need to put anything on my face after cleansing b/c Ponds is so moisturizing for oily/combo skin types), a nighttime spot treatment for emerging/cystic pimples, and for those super dry skin types, I hear it can be used as moisturizing face-mask at night (of course, it may get on your bed and pillow sheets, so you may want to put a clean towel or cloth under your head while you sleep).
To conclude - Ponds helped get rid of some acne and pimples that just would not go away with anything else I was using. I haven't been getting any new breakouts, and I don't even need to buy moisturizer now, so that's money saved - and the price point is very reasonable, so happy about that. :) It won't prevent new acne from coming in, for example due to your monthly visit from the period fairy (when skin goes crazy no matter how much you try to calm it the heck down) but it helps with existing pimples that never seem to go away. Whenever it's not that 'time of the month,' I notice some small pimples will still emerge around my mouth and chin area, but nothing so scary as the monster cysts that used to plague my face before using PONDS.
For those of you who are doubtful, it doesn't hurt to try it once, and I hope sharing my experience with PONDS and bad acne will help many other exasperated acne sufferers here with managing their unfortunate 'crop' of pimples. (Seriously, sometimes it feels like I'm just 'farming' away at my face, managing the various 'infestations', waiting for whiteheads to grow 'ripe' so they can be 'harvested'...I wonder if anyone knows what I mean...)
Personally I'm satisfied with the results I see with PONDS, since it has exceeded my expectations of it on my skin, and I will continue using it as part of my skincare routine for many years to come. And thanks for reading my acne rant. :D