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REN Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel

What it is:A facial cleansing gel for complexions prone to oiliness and breakouts, particularly in the T-zone. What it is formulated to do:This luxurious gel works to balance the complexion, remove dirt, and dissolve excess sebum. The bio active extract of mayblossom provides skin with flavinoid nutrients as it works to decongest the skin. What it is formulated WITHOUT:- Parabens- Sulfates- Phthalates What else you need to know:REN is skincare as it should be: each product uses the latest hi-tech bio actives, is free from skin-unfriendly synthetic ingredients, and is gorgeously pleasurable to use.
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Questions & Answers for REN Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel

Question
SMELL
What does this smell like? Is it tolerable?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
pomerama
(Las Vegas, NV)
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hello,

It has a light smell that does not linger. This item also does not use synthetic fragrances.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
melissabt
answer 2
Very light fresh smelling scent.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
shales
(Norwalk, CT)
answer 3
Totally tolerable. It's not a nice smell but it lasts for however long you wash your face. It doesn't smell once you rinse it off.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
dice118
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 4
I just started using it & never thought of the smell until I saw this question so my guess then is that it's very mild/hardly noticeable
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 5
As you're applying it, it smells a bit like lemon Lysol. But the scent fades immediately as you rinse it off, and there's absolutely no scent that remains on your face or hands.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
trinny
(Statesboro, GA)
answer 6
Smell is relative. I have read reviews where people thought something terrible that I thought smelled fine. This smells fine and completely tolerable :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
misssensitivity
answer 7
I actually hated the way this smelled. I'm returning it. First because it's not helping my acne prone skin and two because it smells so bad.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
vonlion
(new orleans, la)
Question
How do you lather it up?
I try an lather it up with water but it doesn't really "lather". Is there a better way to lather up before applying it, or is that just how it is?
asked 5 years ago
susieqooo
(Ventura,ca)
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
that's just how it is. No sulfates means no lather, but it is so effective!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kolohe
(honolulu, hi)
answer 2
I don't think it's suppose to lather
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 3
It's not super foamy but it does the job trust me. I just wet my face and pump it twice and it lathers just fine. I wouldn't mix it with water in your hands, try applying it to a wet face and see if that changes things.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
Ameliindc
(Washington, DC)
answer 4
my perspective is that it's not supposed to foam. generally speaking, the foaminess of a product is from sulfates & they are not good for your skin to REN (as well as other natural brands) doesn't use them. When i use the product, i pump it onto my fingers & rub them together to get a little bit of foam & then apply it to my face.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
blueyez321
(new orleans)
answer 5
Its just how the cleanser is. I have used it without a scrubber, with a silicone scrubber, and with my Clarisonic and it only foams up a little bit. But I find that it works well even though it doesn't foam up very much. I have also used samples of the Rose face wash for normal skin and it was the same way. I just got used to it and don't notice any more.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mereanne1
(Catheys Valley, CA)
answer 6
It's because it is made with all natural ingredients. I have the clarisonic skin care brush and even with that it still does not lather. But that does not mean that it does not clean as well
answered 4 years, 11 months ago
jackadoodledo
(va)
Question
does this dry the skin?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
alyyk123
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I don't feel that it strips the skin at all. I have sensitive skin that is acne-prone but NOT oily, so I have had the same concern. For me, this product is gentle enough to leave my skin feeling 'normal'. That is, I use this product (and have for over 6 months) and my skin doesn't feel stripped or tight or dry. It's really gentle and not too rich and not too harsh.
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
emma1595
(Princeton, NJ)
answer 2
Yes, it does dry up your skin.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
Ems90
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 3
no
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kolohe
(honolulu, hi)
answer 4
It cleanses the skin w/out stripping it so I don't feel it's drying at all
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 5
This does not dry my skin and i use it every night. It cleanses very well but is light and foamy.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
capelettire
(Coral Springs, FL)
answer 6
Yes, it is a bit drying and gives the skin a slightly taut feeling. You must definitely moisturize after this product.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
misssensitivity
Question
i have sensitive but acne skin...would this work?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
alyyk123
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
yes, I have extremely sensitive skin and have been using this product for a couple of years and like it!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kolohe
(honolulu, hi)
answer 2
If you have normal to dry skin I think it may be too drying(I have combination and found it too drying). If you have oilier skin it may be a good option (it is a nice low-sudsing gel that rinses clean with leaving a residue); it did not improve my acne but did not make it worse either.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
skinnie
(Toronto, Canada)
answer 3
I have sensitive skin w/ some breakouts & It doesn't irritate my skin at all
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 4
I'm in the middle. I have sensitive, acne prone, oily skin. This cleanses well without making my skin freak out. But it doesn't do anything extra (other than regular cleansing) to help prevent acne. I haven't noticed any decongesting or pore reduction from this product.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
trinny
(Statesboro, GA)
answer 5
Again, acne is a curious ailment and affects everyone differently. I didn't observe a flareup or worsening of my skin condition.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
misssensitivity
answer 6
I'm the same way and it didn't work for me. It broke me out more.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
vonlion
(new orleans, la)
Question
is it anti-bacterial?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
alyyk123
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
I'm not a fan of "anti-bacterial" products overall. I think it's more important to balance and strengthen the skin and your immune system to help your body fight the bacteria. This is coming from someone who battled late-onset acne for years.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
bellydncr4
(Irvine, CA)
answer 2
Hello,

This item is not an anti-bacterial cleanser.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
melissabt
answer 3
From what I can tell from reading about REN's products, the Clear-Calm line is antibacterial, but I don't know about this one. I really like both this and the Clear-Calm products, however!
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
magee7416
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 4
yes I believe so
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 5
This is a natural product. Certain herbs have antibacterial properties, which are not harsh in any way. I use mainly natural products for myself, and all natural cleaning products for my home - no chemicals. And herbs clean just fine.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
capelettire
(Coral Springs, FL)
answer 6
It does have natural antibacterial properties without the harshness of typical antibacterial agents normally used. I have not experienced any new breakouts on this facewash.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
misssensitivity
Question
is this drying?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
alyyk123
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
6 answers
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answer 1
Yes, a bit. It's definitely not moisturizing.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
dice118
(Berkeley, CA)
answer 2
I don't feel it's drying at all.....I have combo skin & I feel it cleanses w/out over drying/stripping
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
starryknight
(Long Island, NY)
answer 3
I didn't find this drying at all.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
Saturine
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
It has natural ingredients such as willow bark and blue cypress oil, it cleanses well without leaving your face dry or tight. I have combination skin with the occasional break out, this product has helped control the oilyness and the breakouts.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
xxxthreat
(Milwaukee,WI)
answer 5
This isn't drying at all. It is soothing and gentle. It leaves my skin luminous and balanced, especially when used with the mattifying fluid!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
mezmobal
(Mobile, AL)
answer 6
It does not dry my skin out.. I do use the hydra calm and do not suggest the matte moisturizer if you are using this.. It didnt give me enough moisture back
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
abm0715
(Virginia Beach, VA)
Question
Would it clog pores since its ingredients are mostly oil?
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
loveable
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
5 answers
Answers
answer 1
I've noticed that my pores look better after using this for about 2 weeks
answered 5 months, 1 week ago
JustMeTalking
answer 2
no
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kolohe
(honolulu, hi)
answer 3
I have found that the cleanser has actually lessened the appearance of clogged pores for me. It really fights the excess oil that my face likes to produce, and it hasn't made my face any more sensitive than it already is. It is the best cleanser that I have ever used on my super sensitive combination skin. I use it with the matte fluid moisturizer during the day and with the lipid serum and the frankincense night cream at night and have had pretty awesome results in the month that I have been using them together.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mereanne1
(Catheys Valley, CA)
answer 4
It definitely won't clean out your pores completely, but I've had absolutely no problem with it clogging mine.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
purpleivy
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 5
It actually unclogs pores due to the basic nature of the ingredients. The Mayblossom helps to unclog and the Blue Cypress helps to calm and heal. Because the oils aren't resting on the skin and are so delicate anyway you don't have a problem with clogging.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
boyle92
(Owensboro, KY)
Question
how beneficial is salicylin?
I NEEEEEEED Salicylic Acid in my face washes to keep my skin clear. Is Salicylin similar? If so, what percentage would be in this face wash?
Has anybody with acne prone skin used this and seen results? I need strong acids to exfoliate my skin for me. Would this be the product for me or no?
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
seeingred
(South Brunswick, NJ)
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I feel that this is best for acne-prone skin that is primarily just sensitive. For oily skin, I would go with something slightly stronger. I've had oily skin in the past and if I still did, I would not use this product (though I love it for balance on T-zone now!).
answered 1 year, 9 months ago
emma1595
(Princeton, NJ)
answer 2
The salicilin in the cleanser is a naturally occurring kind of salicylic acid is what I was told. It has proved to be gentler on my skin than the non-natural salicylic acid products that I have used in the past, which was just what I needed since my face is super-sensitive to products with salicylic acid in them, and this line was first started for people with sensitive skin. It would be worth getting a sample of the cleasner in one of the Sephora stores that carries it, or if that is impossible, ordering it to try it out. Spehora has a great return policy if the cleanser doesn't work, but I have a feeling that it will. Everyone I have talked to that has used the REN products has been a fan.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mereanne1
(Catheys Valley, CA)
answer 3
The girl at the Sephora store told me that it is a mild form of salicilic acid. I have really enjoyed this because it doesn't strip my skin like the acids but we all have different skin. hope this is helpful
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
kld123
answer 4
This product is great for sensitive yet acne-prone skin. Personally, I have dry patches along with acne and this product has been working wonders to help balance my face.

I think this product would work well on any oily, blemish-prone skin. You may want to try something a little stronger or even adding an exfoliating peel a couple times a week to add on to your cleansing routine. I would ask for a sample first and see how you like it! It's a best-seller at my local Sephora store and the last couple times I went in...this product was sold out.

I hope this helps.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
Toasty
(San Diego, CA)
Question
How long will last
I was inerested in trying Ren, but for $32.00 for a 5.1 oz. I was wondering how long will 1 bottle last? Thank you.
asked 5 years, 6 months ago
bccgal
(Black Canyon City, AZ)
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
In my experience, it has lasted about a month - when used night and day.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ilka
(Palm Beach, FL)
answer 2
I am on my third week using the cleasnser twice a day and I have not even used a quarter of the bottle yet. One pump is plenty of cleanser for each use, even with a Clarisonic, so it seems to be well worth the money for me. I am betting on the whole bottle lasting me at least 2 months...
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
mereanne1
(Catheys Valley, CA)
answer 3
My bottle lasted more than four months and I used it twice a day, every day.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
purpleivy
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 4
A little goes a long way! I have been using the same bottle for a month now and it's not even half empty.

I am a firm believer that skin care is one of the best investments you can make. It's worth spending a bit more for an incredible (not to mention earth friendly) product. I have noticed significant changes in my skin: less excess oil being produced during the day and no more small bumps on my forehead and around my mouth. This cleanser is great for combination and sensitive skin -I'm a bit of both. It's neat too because you massage it onto your face when your face is dry and then you rinse with warm water. If feels really good.

It's worth the money. Go for it, I know you'll love it!
answered 5 years, 5 months ago
SephoraAholic
(Long Island, New York)
Question
Compared to Boscia...?
I was wondering if anyone could tell me how REN's Mayblosson and Blue Cypress Cleanser compares to Boscia's Clear Complexion Cleanser with Botanical Blast? Thank you!
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
amaggio
(Annapolis, Md)
on Clarimatte™ T-Zone Control Cleansing Gel
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
I used MANY of the Boscia products over the past few years. About a year & 1/2 ago, I switched to REN to try something new (since my skin stopped responding to the Boscia products). I found that both product lines are very similar in the way my skin reacts though I admit I like the feel of the moisturizers & cleansers in the REN line better (my skin just feels cleaner & less 'problematic' since I am prone to breakouts. The moisturizers are just the right amount for me). I think you can't go wrong with either but just go with what feels the best. Sephora is great with giving you trials/samples so you can try and compare the two before making a full size purchase. Best of luck.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
kimmij
(Sacramento, CA)
answer 2
I've used both, I like Ren best.
answered 1 year, 7 months ago
ilka
(Palm Beach, FL)
answer 3
while I like boscia, REN's produce is the overall better product
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
kolohe
(honolulu, hi)
answer 4
I haven't tried the Boscia Clear Complexion Blast - I tried the Boscia Purifying Cleansing Gel, so I don't know how different it might be from the Clear Complexion blast. But of the Purifying Cleansing Gel and the REN Mayblossom, I liked the REN better. The Boscia product worked for a while and I liked it, but then I started to get an over-production of oil and my face felt heavy (from the oil) practically every day. It drove me nuts until I finally switched back. Oh, and I have combination skin if that makes a difference.
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
roxiefaye
(NJ)
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