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Burt's BeesPeach & Willowbark Deep Pore Scrub
4 fl. oz. for $8
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Burt's Bees Peach & Willow Bark Deep Pore Scrub is supposed to smooth skin for a refreshing clean, but the reality is using this won't do your skin any favors!

The main issue is the ingredient used to give this creamy product its scrubbing action. Burt's Bees says it's the "finely ground" peach stone, but while the peach stone part is accurate the finely ground is not. The peach stone particles in here aren't finely ground, they're large, uneven, and scratchy. This creates a harsh scrub experience that can damage skin's barrier and trigger irritation, even if you try to be gentle when scrubbing your skin (see More Info for details).

Another issue is that this contains fragrance, and even though you rinse this scrub so the fragrance doesn't stay in contact with skin very long, the fragrance can still cause irritation especially when the skin is being abraded at the same time by the scrub particles (see More Info for the scoop on that as well).

Though this scrub has some beneficial ingredients such as non-fragrant plant oils, they're simply not enough to offset these serious potential problems for your skin. Skip this, and choose one of the gentler options you'll find on our list of Best Scrubs.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Large scrub particles can damage skin.
  • Contains fragrance, which can irritate skin.
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Irritating Ingredients: We cannot stress this enough: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, and/or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these irritating ingredients is a major way we unwittingly do our skin a disservice!

Irritating ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems, such as redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increased oil production, and clogged pores, and they contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin, without any volatile ingredients, such as those present in fragrance ingredients, whether natural or synthetic.

A surprising fact: Research has demonstrated that you do not need to see or feel the effects of irritants on your skin for your skin to be suffering, and visible damage may not become apparent for a long time. Don't get lulled into thinking that if you don't see or feel signs of irritation, everything is OK.

Generally, it's best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that are known to irritate skin. There are many completely non-irritating products that contain effective ingredients, so there's no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:

Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28–36

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379–385

Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257–262

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Why Fragrance Is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin's barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin's surface, and generally preventing skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can't always see or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients on skin, the damage will still be taking place, even if it's not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don't need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information:

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202

International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement, pages 1–43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446–475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789–798

Last Updated:05.12.2017
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Formulated with Willow Bark Extract, this facial scrub deep cleans pores and gently exfoliates to remove dead skin cells while the finely ground Peach Stone polishes your skin for a smooth complexion. Our natural scrub removes dirt and excess oil, leaving you with a refreshingly clean feeling and naturally healthy-looking skin.
Ingredients
Aqua (Water, Eau), Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Crambe Abyssinica Seed Oil, Glycerin, Prunus Persica (Peach) Seed Powder, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Parfum (Fragrance), Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Coco-Glucoside, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Glucose, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hydrastis Canadensis (Goldenseal) Extract, Hedychium Coronarium Root Extract, Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack) Extract, Tocopherol, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Chloride, Glucose Oxidase, Lactoperoxidase, Potassium Iodide, Potassium Thiocyanate, Limonene.
Brand Overview

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Many products have potent fragranced formulas; several formulas packaged in jars, which compromises their ingredients.

With humble beginnings in the town of Bangor, Maine, Burt's Bees is a brand focused on natural-themed, earth-friendly skincare. Unfortunately, in many cases, this also translates to less than beneficial formulas as not all of the natural ingredients used are helpful for skin.

Many of the plant extracts and oils used in these products, including orange oil, cinnamon oil, clove oil, lemon oil, eucalyptus oil, pine tar, alcohol, lime oil, and balsam peru, are problematic for skin and present a significant risk of irritation or a sensitizing reaction. Both the intriguing philosophy and inexpensive products are attractive, but it takes more than that to establish reliable products that are good for skin. It’s also important to consider the potential benefit (or potential harm) of the ingredients used.

There are some formulas to consider among the brand’s offerings, but some to be wary of—see our individual reviews on Burt’s Bees products for more details.

For more information about Burt's Bees, call 1-800-849-7112 or visit www.burtsbees.com.

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