The charcoal face wash was the first product I tried from the collection, and it's the single product I'd recommend if you just want to try one before buying the entire collection. What I like best about this face wash is that it's very purpose-driven. It's fragrance-free and doesn't have a bunch of unnecessary ingredients in it.
I used it the same way I would use any other face wash. While I didn't see any results right away, I could definitely feel the results right away. After washing my face, it felt fresh and bare. Since the activated charcoal and salicylic acid do strip away excess oil, your face will feel dry afterward (unless you have really oily skin), so I recommend following up with a moisturizer of your choice.
It's also worth noting that this is the only product with the exception of the wipes that clear in color, not dark grey/black from the charcoal.
Compared to the face wash, which I use every day, I prefer to use the face scrub every few days — usually at night. While the activated charcoal and salicylic acid have the same function, the scrub features jojoba-infused beads to gently exfoliate skin.
What sets this apart from other similar products I've tried is that t's not super abrasive. I've tried other scrubs that can do more harm than good if you're too rough with your hands or you like to use a scrubbing brush, but this isn't rough on the skin.
You will have that same sensation of dry skin after using it, so follow up with a moisturizer.
The body wash is definitely what you want to buy if you deal with breakouts on your chest, back, or anywhere else on your body. Along with the activated charcoal and salicylic acid, it features ingredients like tea tree oil (which is antibacterial), aloe vera, chamomile, grapefruit seed extract, and coconut oil (which is very nourishing). After showering with it, I felt clean and moisturized.
I've never had any acne on my body, so I found this to be the least useful for my personal regimen. However, that didn't stop me from seeing how useful it could be. Considering how well the facial products work, this should work well on people who do have body acne. And for those who don't, you can look at it as a nicely sized 16.9-ounce bottle of body wash that smells good and moisturizes — for just $7.
I'm really happy that Every Man Jack included wipes in the collection because it can sometimes be hard to keep up with a skincare routine that requires a sink, a towel, and a little bit more time. With the wipes, I can give my face a quick, yet effective cleanse when I'm strapped for time or on the go.
Right now, I like to use them when I get home from work and I'm preparing to go to the gym. It wouldn't make sense to do a full face wash and scrub since I'm going to get sweaty while working out, so I use the wipes and I'm on my way.
I tend to have the most breakouts during warmer weather (when I sweat more and my skin is more oily) so I know I'll be using these a lot more during the summer.
Originally, I didn't think I would like the deodorant because I've tried some of the brand's other deodorants in the past and wasn't thrilled. This is mainly because I personally prefer antiperspirants over gel-like deodorants. However, with activated charcoal, the consistency of this is like an antiperspirant, and I've come to like it a lot more than more expensive deodorants I've used. It also has a tea tree fragrance that most people will find appealing and not too overbearing, and it's aluminum-free.
Unlike the other products in the collection that are geared towards clearing skin and treating acne, the deodorant is for staying fresh and sweat-free. Similar to how activated charcoal absorbs oil and dirt in the skincare products, it functions as an odor and moisture absorber in the deodorant — and it really works. I stayed dry and smelling fresh all day long.
The only thing that could be looked as a downside is the color. Since it is a dark grey-ish color from the charcoal, it might temporarily stain your clothes if you cake it on too heavily.
Whether you struggle with harsh acne or you tend to get a pimple from time to time, we can all agree that at the very least, breakouts are unflattering and annoying — and paying a lot to correct them is never fun. Before you spend a fortune on expensive acne treatments, I strongly recommend trying the Every Man Jack Skin Clearing Activated Charcoal collection.