A few weeks ago, an online store by the name of Buy Beauty.com sent me a sample package of some of their products. The basket was chock-full of stuff, some of which tackled beauty issues I don’t have. So the lip plumper and eye cream, I passed along to some of my equally analytical beauty junkie friends for review. I already had my hands full with a beauty issue that’s been plaguing me all year.

When I went home last December, I got my face waxed on a whim. Let me state now – I do not have a hairy face. No more than normal. I had been breaking out a little, and it was suggested to me that my hair products and costume jewelry were part of the problem, and the face wax would clear up my skin. And it did for about three weeks, then acne came back and enjoyed a reign of terror for the past nine months or so. Especially around that magical time of the month, my face would revert to a terrible teenage state. I was switching from face wash to acne scrub to glycolic treatments, even. But since I started using the Persona Anti-Acne Facial Cleanser and other products that I was sent by Buy Beauty, my skin has done a 180.

The Persona Organic Acne Care Package actually worked. My skin has noticeably improved. I know, I’m shocked too!

The products are natural, organic, and not tested on animals. Ingredients include hydrogen peroxide, aloe, chamomile, burdock, sea kelp, and black walnut.

The face wash is a clear gel that comes in this cool futuristic metal can. It leaves my face feeling very clean, but not depleted of moisture. I’ve been using it every day and it has great oil control properties and is very refreshing.

I’ve also been making sure to follow up with the Oil Free Anti-Acne Lotion, which kind of freaks me out a little.

This stuff numbs my face. It’s not by any means a lasting numbing effect, but the first time I used it I was like, whaa? But I soon grew accustomed to the lack of sensation, and before long the feeling had faded.

I will attribute the numbing effect partially to the aloe vera concentration – the moisturizer dries with a similar “tightening” effect you feel after rubbing aloe on your face.

The moisturizer really absorbs into my skin, and I’ve been using it every day under my makeup and at night over a cheapy glycolic cream I bought at Ulta (that stuff is NOT for people with sensitive skin, BTW, and I only use the cream for three day spurts, then I let my face chill for the next five days or so).

Don’t get me wrong – I still do have breakouts. But instead of getting like, three zits at the same time, I only get one. And it’s more or less gone within a day or two. Thanks to the glycolic, my skin feels very smooth and my hyperpigmentation is fading ever-so-slowly. The numbing effect still feels strange, but the Persona moisturizer has done a great job.

I was also sent the Persona Acne Fighter Facial Mask, which I have used only once so far. It was way more liquid than I have come to expect clay-based masks to be, but it went on smooth and washed off quicker than any other mask I have used. Seriously, I splashed water on my face and looked in the mirror and the mask was gone! Like it had just fallen off into the sink or something. The mask left my face feeling clean, cool, and dry.

At $39.95 per product, I would just stick to the face wash and lotion for bellas on a budget. But I definitely recommend this product to anyone who’s been having acne issues and can’t find the right stuff yet.

A regular skin-care regimen using Persona worked for me when nothing else really made a lasting difference.

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