True Botanicals takes adult acne seriously. They’ve improved upon the outdated mode of treating acne and aging concerns separately.
They’ve created their CLEAR line of facial care products to treat and restore acne-prone skin. As their website eloquently states: Unlike most acne remedies that dry out the surface of the skin and accelerate aging, this innovative collection controls bacteria and treats the root cause of acne while simultaneously balancing the ecosystem of the skin. Couldn’t have said it better myself.
Their Hydrating Cleanser, CLEAR and Pure Radiance Oil, CLEAR are a formidable pair in the fight against adult acne. And, thankfully, they’ve simplified the cleanser + exfoliant + serum + moisturizer regimen into two extraordinary products.
I’ve included these products in a joint profile, because I believe they work so well together.
A Better Way to Treat Adult Acne
True Botanicals knows that a disjointed approach to treatment can end up being counterproductive. The “dry-the-pimples-out” technique which may have worked in high school can have disastrous results on adult skin, enhancing fine lines and dulling all signs of a healthy glow.
By developing their own fresh approach to adult acne—one which understands and respects the underlying needs of blemish-prone skin—True Botanicals has created luxuriously powerful products for adult skin.
(True Botanicals updated their skincare line since this profile was published. Their new anti-aging, anti-acne cleanser is called the Hydrating Cleanser, CLEAR. My original breakdown and experience with the older version, the Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser, is outlined here.)
The Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser has a fresh scent and fine grain. It leaves skin bright, not red. If you’ve never experienced exfoliation free of irritation, you’re in for a treat.
Here’s the True Botanicals approach to enlightened exfoliation (wisdom to take with you, no matter which products you use!):
- Don’t irritate the skin.
- Beware of making the skin susceptible to sun damage.
- Never over exfoliate.
Pacific Exfoliating Cleanser ingredients: green & white tea, adzuki bean powder, actifoliate (glycerin, water, mucor miehei extract, glucosamine HCI, urea), glycerin, aloe, xanthan gum, polyaminopropyl biguanide, manuka honey, colloidal oat flour, kelp powder, rosemary oleoresin, chamomile flower powder, potassium sorbate, lavender essential oil, rose geranium essential oil. Contains 92% organic ingredients.
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There’s a variety of beneficial ingredients in this cleanser, including:
- Adzuki bean powder: this ingredient has been used for centuries by Japanese women to polish and brighten skin.
- Actifoliate: a patented fungal extracted made by a company called Active Naturals. It’s derived from the Mucor Miehei mushroom and creates an irritation-free exfoliating experience which increases skin cell turnover by over 25%.
- Manuka honey: calming and cleansing
- Chamomile powder: anti-inflammatory and smoothing
- Kelp powder: detoxifying and nutritious
There’s something else very important to note in this ingredient list: All ingredients have been disclosed. When you find a product that stands by all its ingredients—like this one—that’s a good thing.
Finding the word fragrance on the ingredient lists of other products means the company behind the product has chosen to not disclose all ingredients. Thanks to the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966, fragrance is considered proprietary information and allowed to be hidden from consumers. So while you see that single word on the label, it may contain any number of secret ingredients.
But here’s the good news: more and more companies are choosing to disclose all ingredients in their cosmetics, thus empowering consumers like you to make a choice with your eyes wide open. Transparency matters. And that’s just another reason I love this product.
The Pure Radiance Oil, CLEAR
(Formerly called the Pacific Balancing Face Oil.)
Formulated specifically for adult acne, this potent serum contains plant-based ingredients which eliminate infection, calm inflammation and balance oiliness.
With this treatment oil, a little goes a long way. All it takes is a couple drops warmed between the palms and patted on the face. Being in the muggy Southeast, I’m wary of oils that sit heavy on the skin for daytime use. But this oil absorbs quickly and leaves my skin balanced but not greasy— it imparts a gorgeous velvety texture. For nighttime use, I’ll shake up the bottle and apply a few extra drops as a nourishing overnight treatment.
In the same way that eating quality fats doesn’t make you fat, using a quality facial oil won’t create pimples. Some oils, such as lavender and helichrysm, are naturally antibacterial. Others, like hemp and pumpkin, help guide sebum production back into balance.
Pure Radiance Oil, CLEAR ingredients: jojoba oil, safflower oil, hemp seed oil, pumpkin seed oil, argan oil, grapeseed oil, borage oil, avocado oil, sunflower seed oil, abyssinian oil, sesame seed oil, blackberry seed oil, red raspberry seed oil, cranberry seed oil, squalene (from olive oil), tocopherol, watermelon seed oil, Pacific Marine EFAs, rosemary oleoresin, black cumin CO2 oil, red pine needle oil, sandalwood essential oil, lavender essential oil, helichrysum essential oil, leleshwa (camphor bush) essential oil, cypress essential oil.
Here’s some of my favorite ingredients in this facial oil:
- Jojoba oil: non-greasy and non-irritating
- Pumpkin seed oil: balances sebum production and pH
- Black cumin seed oil: soothing and powerfully antibacterial
- Helichrysum: fights infection and minimizes scarring
- Raspberry seed oil: calming and and full of skin-beneficial nutrients
True Botanicals proves that natural and sophisticated are not opposing principles.
The Clear Collection
Beyond the cleanser and facial oil, True Botanicals has four additional products in the CLEAR anti-acne collection. Check them out here.
Where to Purchase
The True Botanicals Hydrating Cleanser, CLEAR is $48 for a 4oz glass pump bottle. Purchase it here.
The Pure Radiance Oil, CLEAR is $110 for a 1oz glass dropper bottle. Purchase it here. This bottle lasts and lasts… I tested it for 30 days and ended up using a mere quarter of the bottle.
True Botanicals ships for free all orders over $35.
These products are part of my popular guide to natural skin care, Natural Skin Care: 99 Amazing Products to Transform Your Skin.
*This post is not sponsored. All opinions are my own.
**Products get makeovers too. Be sure to check if this product has been recently re-formulated before using it yourself.