We all struggle with our skin at some point, and I've had my fair share of moments. So far, I've done 2 posts about problem skin and it's something I'm going to continue with, as it's something I'm passionate about and I'm still on the hunt for the PERFECT skincare routine that completely clears up my skin.

Over the years, I've tried a few of the L'Oreal Men Expert face washes and products, but none of them never really stood out to me as being 'the one'.

This is until they announced their 'pure charcoal' range. Charcoal has been known to bind to dirt and help pull it out of your pores, making them less visible, and has become mega popular in the skincare world.

And I decided to delve into the new range, and put the 'purifying daily face wash' to the test. My skin has never properly cleared up, so I'm up for trying any new product that could work magic.

Honestly, I've never tried any skincare product that contains charcoal, so I was quite intrigued to see the benefits of using it. 

I personally wash my face once a day, in the shower, so I needed a face wash that wasn't too harsh on my skin, would give it a proper deep clean, and help with my breakouts. After seeing what this face wash offered, I definitely wanted to give it a try.

I've been using this product for 2 weeks now, and it's been quite the anti-climax. I've not really noticed a drastic difference in the way my skin looks. My skin is very temperamental and constantly produces oil and new spots everyday, so a product would have to be literal gold dust to clear it up. 

The product is a black, thicker than normal face wash consistency, and you only need a small amount as a little does go a long way with this, as it lathers up LOADS with the smallest amount. They recommend using a walnut-sized amount over the face, massaging all over but concentrating on the forehead, nose and chin, as they are the places where oil and spots are most likely to appear. 

The positives about this product are that it genuinely leaves your skin feeling soft and cleansed, matifies the skin, and removes any excess oil that would build up. 

However, it does come with some not so pleasant negatives. When you've finished and you've dried your face, it leaves your skin feeling very tight, to the point where you feel like you can't really move your face that much. A moisturiser would definitely have to be used after using this product, as you're skin will be in need of some sort of moisture due to the product removing all that oil. If you're scared about a moisturiser blocking your pores and causing more spots, try the L'Oreal men 'pure power' anti-spot moisturiser which doesn't block pores or create any more oil, from personal experience.

I wouldn't 100% say that the charcoal face wash is worth it, just for the fact that it hasn't really made much difference to my skin in general other than making it feel clean and soft. As we all know, everyone's skin is different, and a product that works for somebody else might not work for me and vise versa. 

The search for my perfect skincare products/routine continues...

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