Product Review: Alba Botanica Pore Purifying Pineapple Enzyme Hawaiian Facial Cleanser

Whew, what a long product name.


My quest for vegan skincare that actually works continues.  While I haven’t blogged about it, one of my goals for this year is to find skincare and makeup that are completely cruelty-free and vegan.  I’m about halfway there with my makeup – except for my foundation (I currently use Clinique because it’s hypo-allergenic and I thought cruelty-free). But skincare is an entirely different beast.

It seems impossible for me to find something that:

1) Doesn’t irritate my sensitive skin

2) Removes oil

3) Cleans pores

4) Improves the overall quality of my skin.

I’ve had oily skin my entire life.  As a teenager, I had horribly cystic acne that was mostly cured by Accutane.  However, I still struggle with clogged pores, blackheads, and the occasional blemish.  I have tried probably every drugstore product over the years.  What I’ve found works best are the Cetaphil or Cera Ve products because they don’t irritate my skin, especially if I’m using a prescription retinoid.  However, now that I’m no longer using a strong acne product, this cleanser just isn’t cutting the mustard.

Which brings me to Alba. 

I’ve tried their Acne dote line of products, but sadly, was not impressed.  I found that they were irritating more than they were productive to my skin.

I have a friend who knows a lot about skincare, and who recommended that I use something with fruit-based enzymes.  I couldn’t find the product she recommended – EO products – so instead I opted for Alba, which seemed like it had all the great ingredients she mentioned.  This product received glowing reviews from users on Amazon (I tend to like Amazon reviewers because I feel like it’s a broader sample of users than, say, those on a product’s own website where results may be favorably skewed…) Take a look at the product description:

Pore-refining pineapple and skin-brightening papaya enzymes wash away impurities, make-up and dullness

  • Aloe, hibiscus and passion flower provide much needed R&R to soothe and balance
  • Say hello to a renewed and radiant complexion with this fresh-faced, hypo-allergenic cleanser
  • 100% vegetarian and no animal testing
  • All natural with no parabens, sulfates, phthalates, or artificial colors

Sounds good, right? Wrong. While I liked the scent and consistency of this wash, I’m not noticing any improvement in my oily skin, blackheads, or rough patches.  In fact, my skin is much more irritated then it was when I started.  Additionally, I’ve developed MORE small bumps around my forehead.  And it doesn’t remove my eye makeup.  What the heck? It’s supposed to be pore-purifying!

If anyone has good recommendations for a skincare line for me, I’d appreciate it!

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4 replies

  1. Thanks so much! I’ve been blogging for a little over a year.

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