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I joined Allure Beauty Enthusiasts after receiving an invitation via email. Although I do not subscribe to Allure Magazine, I have subscribed to the Allure Sample Society box. Generally, I trust Allure and respect most of its reviews. As a Beauty Enthusiast, I get first access to deals, promotions, the chance to test new products for free, and more.
I received a survey to participate in a trial. Apparently, my results coincided with the test subjects they were in search of. My skin is combination dry with slightly oily skin in what I call my upside down T zone. My forehead does not get oily, but my chin does. The survey was short, so I do not worry about taking a lot of long surveys only to find out I do not qualify. There is no charge for this program, so I decide how much time I want to spend on programs, which is very little.
The product to be tested was Garner Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. Of course, it was sent free of charge as all testing products are. It is designed for oily skin, so I wondered how it would feel on my dry patches of skin. Instructions wanted us to use this daily for a week and report back on our findings. When it comes to scrubs, I generally do not use them more than once or twice a week. A daily scrub would certainly be something my skin was not used to.
Of course, I wanted to comply with the request, so I used it every day for a week as it asked. I even braved using it on my dry patches of skin to see what the results would be. My skin was extremely broken out when I started using this from all the stress I was enduring at the time. While I do not have any before pictures, you can see in the after picture that some evidence of the breakout remained.
This picture was taken after using the product every day for a little over two weeks. Despite my very bad habit of picking acne, the product had mostly cleared my skin. It did not irritate my dry patches of skin, and I found it gentle enough for every day use, although now that the trial is over I use it less often. The picture is makeup free with no filters, so other than the shabby reverse camera, it is a pretty accurate depiction of what my skin looked like.
The verdict is I like the scrub and will continue using it. I will increase usage around breakouts, because the salicylic acid in the product helps my skin.