Thursday, December 27, 2012

Review: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion

I was experiencing some blemishes on my upper arms, and my dermatologist recommend a salicylic acid lotion from CeraVe. I wanted a cruelty-free and paraben-free alternative, and I found one at my local drugstore: Burt's Bees Natural Acne Solutions Daily Moisturizing Lotion.

  • Helps clear up skin irritations
  • Natural Products Association certified
  • Mild scent
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Retail availability
  • Moderately priced
This lotion seemed to soothe my irritated skin and helped reduce my blemishes. I was glad to find a readily-available alternative to the CeraVe, which contained parabens. However, when I ran this Burt's Bees lotion through the EWG Skin Deep database, I was surprised to see it came out at a moderate 6, just slighlty above the CeraVe renewing lotion, which came in at a 5. However, the Burt's Bees rating is weighed down by the use of fragrance, and, given the NPA certification, I suspect the hazard rating is a little high. The Burt's lotion is definitely more expensive, coming in around $18 for 2 oz as opposed to $16 for 8 oz, but the Burt's lotion is more concentrated, so it may last longer. Burt's doesn't certify any product as vegan, so I would love to see a vegan version of this lotion in the future. In the meantime, this does seem like a slightly gentler version of conventional drugstore salicylic acid lotions.

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Note: For a vegan alternative, consider Desert Essence Thoroughly Clean Oil Control Lotion.

Product Ratings (out of 5)


Disclosure notice: This product was sent to me free of charge by the manufacturer for review. No additional compensation was accepted and the opinions are my own. Please verify any claims with the manufacturer, especially if you have any allergies or concerns.

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