Garnier Pure Active Intensive Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Gel Wash promises to visibly reduce the appearance of blackheads. The cleanser is enriched with charcoal, known for its adsorbing properties (attracts dirt and impurities, causing them to stick to the charcoal), blueberry extract and salicylic acid, which help to visibly reduce blackheads and help protect against their reappearance.
The dark grey coloured gel wash is packaged in a pump bottle, and one pump of cleanser is sufficient to wash my face and neck. When a little water is added and my palms are rubbed together, the dark grey gel converts into a fairly thick white foam (they call it a mousse, but it’s nowhere near as thick as a mousse), which is then massaged onto the skin before being rinsed off.
I have very oily skin, so my T-zone (nose, chin and forehead) have quite a number of blackheads, and after using this gel wash for two weeks, my blackheads are less noticeable but they’re still there, they’re just not as dark or as prominent. My skin does feel clean after using this gel wash, but I really don’t like the mentholated forumla. I’m not a fan of menthol or eucalyptus in my face or body products. If I had known that this product contained menthol, I would never have put my hand up to be a part of a trial team for this product.
The amount of menthol in this gel wash is quite strong; its strong enough for me to want to get the cleanser off my face as soon as I start massaging the foam onto my skin, as it makes my skin tingle and burn. It’s really not a pleasant feeling at all. Personally, I feel that menthol or eucalyptus should be reserved for hair products and should not be added to face or body products at all.
I’d only consider using this product again if the formula is changed and the menthol is omitted, or they bring out a menthol-free version of this gel wash.
If you want to try Garnier’s Pure Active Intensive Anti-Blackhead Charcoal Gel Wash for yourself, it’s available from supermarkets and selected department stores and pharmacies.