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Nature’s Gate Organics Acne Treatment System with Oligopeptide-10,

Advanced Care. 3 Simple steps to clear skin. 1) Corrective Cleanser; 2) Calming Toner; 3) Controlling Lotion. Dermatologist-tested; Paraben-free. Salicylic Acid acne treatment cleanser, 4 fl oz (118 ml); Calming toner with Oligopeptide-10, 4 fl oz (118 ml); Salicylic acid acne treatment lotion, 2 fl oz (59 ml). Made with certified organic botanicals. Natural Results Acne Treatment System: Make acne a thing of your past with this revolutionary, dermatologist-tested treatment system that you use at home. Oligopeptide-10, when combined with Salicylic Acid, helps neutralize pro-inflammatory bacteria while encapsulated Tea Tree Oil and nurturing organic botanicals work together to gently clear the way for a beautiful, blemish-free complexion. Three Simple Steps Achieve Natural Results: Corrective Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid and encapsulated Tea Tree Oil to exfoliate and unblock pores for clear results now and later. Calming Toner with Oligopeptide-10, encapsulated Tea Tree Oil and botanical extracts helps free pores of impurities, regulates oil and soothes irritated skin. Controlling Lotion pairs Oligopeptide-10 with Salicylic Acid to disable acne-causing bacteria and help prevent further breakouts. Cruelty-Free. Acne is an equal-opportunity offender. It strikes teens and adults alike, regardless of diet and lifestyle. Usually we don’t even see it coming. Several weeks before it emerges, bacteria, dead skin cells and oil bond beneath the skin to form a blemish. Natural Results Acne Treatment System helps put a stop to the acne cycle by striking back – first at the core of a pimple and then across the surface. Finally, it helps prevent the development of new breakouts so skin stays clear, naturally. Our Easy-to-Use 3-Step System: Contains everything you need to stop the acne cycle and get consistently clear skin; Contains effective acne medicine without a prescription; Provides continuous acne control with daily use.

Key features

  • Acne treatment system containing one 4-ounce bottle of salicylic acid acne treatment cleanser, one 4-ounce bottle of calming toner, and one 2-ounce bottle of salicylic acid acne treatment lotion (10 total ounces)
  • Dermatologist-tested, natural treatment system lets you take care of your acne at home
  • Certified organic botanicals, including tea tree oil, sage leaf extract, fruit extracts, and comfrey soothe skin; salicylic acid treats acne and helps prevent new breakouts
  • Helps put a stop to the acne cycle by striking back– first at the core of a pimple and then across the surface
  • Made in the U.S.A. without animal testing or animal byproducts

Honest reviews


Nature’s Gate Acne Treatment System

I’m middle-aged and have never had serious acne, but I’ve had mild acne since I was a teenager. I have been using salicylic acid (BHA) products and benzoyl peroxide with good results.I’m rating this system as OK, pinging it one star because of the fragrance and one because of the toner. All of the products contain plant and essential oils that can be fragrant, and fragrance is added to each. The toner leaves my eyes watering for a while.The cleanser works very well, and will even remove makeup, but you’ll have to use eye makeup remover. Be careful not to get this in your eyes. I did, accidentally, and it really burned. But I like the cleanser. It works.The toner is downright harsh. I don’t know why it makes my eyes water, but it does. A menthol or camphor smell seems to waft from it, but they aren’t listed in the ingredients. It also leaves my skin feeling stripped.The lotion is anything but greasy. My skin feels smooth and soft, and clean. It would be terrific if the lotion was two products – one as is, and the other with sunscreen. You absolutely must use a sunscreen during the day.The system is keeping my blackheads and pimples under control, and even though I have complaints about it, I do think it’s worth trying because it’s the best system I’ve used. My personal regime has been cobbled together from different brands. Every other acne system (products sold together) I’ve tried has been horrible. This is definitely a step up. And the packaging is very good, airtight and opaque.I hope they make another version, with the 1% BHA, and a bit gentler.

Mariana Littlerock, WA

Natural is always the best, results are positive

Natural ingredients is always best for the skin. Chemicals may have side effects which we may not be aware of or which appear later on. As the cleansing process involves 3 different products, it will take a bit of time from your hectic schedule. Some may find it a chore. But for the sake of better looks, it’s worth it. Like any facial treatment, the results vary with individual. However, the natural ingredients should be quite safe to try it out. Despite made in USA and natural ingredients, the price is reasonable.Update——After 3 weeks of usage (I use it only at night as I found no obvious benefit applying it again just a few hours the following morning), I notice my skin becomes smoother and less new acne appear. Results are positive! It cannot stop acne altogether but is able to prevent them from growing to a stage where they can burst easily and cost scarring. As for blackheads, they will not be removed. Overall, I find it beneficial to continue using as long as acne is still around.

Angelica Bowersville, OH

Seems to work good so far

This is good it’s all natural. It’s nice to have all natural ingrediants for better, clearer skin. The system is easy to use and it doesn’t sting like some products that have too much drying alcohol it it. The skin is not tight or dry. The really rough part of the month hasn’t hit yet, so it hasn’t been put to the real test yet-anxious to see how it fares on that stretch of the road. But so far I’d recommed it.

Denice Ruidoso, NM

Not drying but didn’t clear up acne

I bought this after reading the review by the woman in her 30’s saying it didn’t dry out her skin ect. For me, this product was useless in clearing up acne. I broke out the entire time I used it. The cleanser & astringent aren’t enough. I used them up over a month ago & have maybe a 1/4 of the cream left. The only good thing it seemed to do was help to exfoliate my skin keeping away the dry winter flakes that are included with my acne. Crazy, but that’s me. Salicylic Acid isn’t rated as being too safe if you are pregnate or want to have kids… hardly Organic!! I didn’t know this until after I was using it. I will finish it up so it doesn’t go to waste but will not purchase in the future.

Laurie West Cornwall, CT

dry skin

Ok I suffer from adult acne. Tried this for three days it cleared up my acne after two days, but bare in mind it was just a few bumps, afterwards I realized how dry my skin is to where as it is ashy. this worked just as well as the over the counter stuff. it does not smell bad that was a plus. overall if you have serious acne I do not know how well it will work, but a few bumps it worked,

Trisha Poy Sippi, WI

A decent product…but keeping up with 3 steps is a lot.

I don’t really have any complaints about this product. It seemed to do a decent job as a facial cleanser. It did make my face feel clean, and it didn’t break out my skin, which tends to be a problem for me and acne products. I was hoping it would take care of a few trouble spots for me, and overall it seems like it does a decent job.Pros:One of the biggests pros is that I can say is that it didn’t dry out my skin like some acne treatments seem to. Step 1 is basically a face wash and step 2 is a toner you apply with a cotton ball. The lotion is step 3 and can be used more frequently if you have more oily skin and on specific trouble spots, but I used it once a day, and I didn’t have any problem with dry skin. The main ingredient is salicylic acid, which doesn’t bleach your towels or clothes, so I think that is a big plus for this product. I also like that this product uses organic ingredients. In a world with so many chemicals, more natural products are a plus. Although salicylic acid can be a little harsh on the system, over all I think it is a good balance of stronger products and natural remedies.Cons:My main complaint with this system is that contains 3 products that are intended to be used twice a day for full effect. I prefer a face wash and go routine to a complicated system, but if you don’t mind the system, it would be a good fit for you.Overall my opinion is positive. If you are looking for a more organic alternative to a acne system, then you might want to give this a try.

Alyce Lansing, IL

I had something done that was worth every cent!

Anyone fighting acne like I have for the past 2 years, theres a procedure called Levulan. It’s worth it. It’s like a peel, but not as harsh or drastic. My skin has cleared 98% after 1 treatment. I only purchase organic/animal cruelty free products and while natures gate is a great product, I didn’t really care for all the steps to cleaning my skin.

Betsy Newcomb, NM

Hard to Believe It’s Organic

Before I explain my one-star rating, allow me to share some background:1) I have extremely fair skin; I use SPF45 (waterproof & sweatproof) year-round, and I still get sunburned now and then, even with all my precautions. (The pic in my Amazon profile is the closest I will ever get to a tan.)2) For the most part, I have always had good skin, until I had my first child — I’ve had more outbreaks in the past three years, than all my teen years combined. My acne is definitely at the mercy of my post-pregnancy hormones.3) My main problem is blackheads (which I usually just use Biore strips for), and I’ve never had to deal with some of the more extreme problems you see in dermatologist commercials.4) I am only allergic to latex (i.e. balloons, gloves, etc.); I have no other allergies. I am not allergic to any of the ingredients listed on the product; I have used similar products in the past with no problems.I used this product for the first time last night. I read the directions-for-use very carefully, and followed them precisely. I was not using anything else; I didn’t scrub my face. Again, I followed the instructions to the tiniest detail.First I washed with the cleanser; I didn’t feel anything, and I didn’t see any changes to my skin (I didn’t expect any immediate results). I used the toner next; it smelled great, but I noticed a tingling sensation in my skin…still no cause for alarm.However, after I used the lotion (and I used a tiny amount for a “thin” layer just as the directions instructed), my face felt like it was on fire! I tried to rinse the stuff off with plain water, and I was left looking like a chemical-burn victim…it’s drastic.I have absolutely no idea why that happened, but I will not be using this product ever again. Maybe it would work for some people, but at this point, I would not recommend it for anyone else with fair skin. I gave it one-star because this morning my face still looks like it’s been burned. I feel much safer using natural products likeBurt’s Bees Natural Remedy Kit.

Gladys Dolores, CO

So far, so good!

I’ve been struggling with recurring acne for about 3 or 4 years now. I’m in my 20’s, but I have worse acne now than I EVER had in high school. It’s localized on my chin, but it’s enough to cause me some distress. I’ve tried several products to control it–some work, and some don’t.Basically, there are two major treatments for acne: ones that have salycic acid, and ones that contain benzoil peroxide. I find that benzoil peroxide (which is the ingredient in ProActiv) products usually work better for me. Nature’s Gate, however, is a salycic acid acne treatment.The kit comes with three different components: a corrective cleanser, a toner, and a controlling lotion. The product itself doesn’t smell too nice. It smells very earthy–like lemon, mint and mud. (If you want a salycic acid product that works well AND smells good, I recommend Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash, a lovely-smelling facial scrub) When you use the toner, you’ll probably want to use a cotton ball, as the consistency is very thin. The first time I used the controlling lotion, I was worried. Every time I have an acne breakout, my skin feels warm & oily. Well, the controlling cleanser MADE my skin feel warm and oily. I thought the heat it generated would be the cause of a breakout, but that wasn’t the case. Be prepared for a bit of a burn (and maybe some dry skin) the first time you use it.I’ve been using this for over a week now, and I haven’t had any new blemishes. I’ve even used different brands of makeup (which has a tendency to break me out), but this has kept my acne in check. The product suggests that you’ll be completely acne-free in 6 weeks, and so far… I have no reason to doubt their claim! I recommend it, even if it isn’t the nicest-smelling product on the market.

Mallory Moscow, ID

Excellent deep cleanser

Many times facial deep cleansers have the same ingredients as acne treatments, and this is the case with this. While not suffering from acne, this treatment excels as a deep cleanser for the face. It seems to make the skin smoother and softer.As far as acne goes – I don’t think there will ever be a single solution for everyone. The likely cause of acne is infection of the sebaceous glands and effects, most often, adolescents as their hormones may be imbalanced more frequently. Any type of medication may help deep cleanse the pores (and kill bacteria), but as long as the glands are conductive for the growth of bacteria (imbalance), the acne will return.At any rate, this truly is a “full treatment,” as the box has a cleanser, a toner, and a lotion. This is not just an organic version of some Oxy or Stridex pad.I did have to take one star away because, while none of the description or text on the box says so, there was a sticker put on the box that says something along the lines of “Clinically proven to have less acne is 6 weeks.” Six weeks? That seems like a tremendous amount of time to not include in any sales literature.As for the product itself – would definitely recommend.

Christian Delmar, DE

This didn’t work for me.

I always expect great (or at least somewhat noticeable) results with skin care regimens…so that’s what I was expecting with Nature’s Gate. Unfortunately, I didn’t get the results I was hoping for.Honestly, I didn’t see much change at all (except for a dried out face). Granted, I didn’t use the product for the entire month–but I figure if I didn’t see any noticeable results after two weeks, I probably wasn’t going to see any after a month.

Tammy Panaca, NV

Now I am a believer!!!!!!!!!!

This is a three step cleaning system made of natural ingredients that are healthy for the skin. Tea tree oil never smells that great to me, but I found the products to be inoffensive.I love that the bottles are clearly numbered in the order that you use them. The wash (bottle one) is mild, but left my skin very clean. The toner (bottle two) felt a little sticky. Like there was some residue but after using it several times I find it works wonderfully. The third bottle has concentrated liquid to put on troubled spots. A little goes a long way.All in all, I am very pleased and like the idea of doing less chemical damage to my skin and still addressing the things I wanted to. As always, I also moisturize.********* UPDATE **********It has been a couple of months. I went to get a facial this past week and the woman who has been seeing me for years asked me what I had changed in my skin care. I recommend this and will continue to buy this product. What a difference.

Nadia Carthage, MO

a disaster for my middle-age super oily skin

Well, I used the product with high hopes, following the steps as directed, and the first couple of times, my face felt pretty good. Steps one and two made my face feel ultra-clean–dry really–and the moisturizer made it feel good. Soon, however, my skin started to burn, itch and hurt and it had the texture of sandpaper. Ouch! Too bad it didn’t work for me. I’ll hand it down to my son, maybe he can get some use out of it. But I am skeptical, because I don’t think he would have the patience and diligence to follow the steps and do the whole program, as it is meant to be used. If you are reading these reviews and considering buying this product, I am sure that you are motivated to give it a fair try. That’s the only way you can know.

Agnes Melmore, OH

It worked on my sensitive skin

I have very sensitive skin, and when I use a product my skin doesn’t like, it gets a pimply-like rash. Until I tried Nature’s Gate Organics, even the acne treatments for sensitive skin caused allergic reactions. Nature’s Gate is the one product that actually makes my skin look better after using it. It doesn’t dry out my skin, doesn’t make it itchy or red, and it doesn’t give me a rash. I found a winner with this one!

Christina Pekin, IL

Pregnant? Be careful .. be aware …

The product itself is really good. It works well on the skin, doesn’t smell, and is boosted by its Oligopeptide booster to Salicylic acid. But if you are pregnant you should consider that S.Acid is an Aspirin derivative that you use topically. Aspirin is typically not OK to use if you are pregnant. There have been no studies to show if this is an issue topically. Most likely it isn’t.”Salicylic acid is used to treat acne, warts and other dermatological problems. There are no studies specifically looking at topical salicylic acid in pregnancy. Oral salicylic acid (aspirin) has not been associated with an increase in malformations if used during the first trimester, but use in late in pregnancy has been associated with bleeding, especially intracranial bleeding (Rumack et al., 1981). The risks of aspirin late in pregnancy are probably not relevant for a topical exposure to salicylic acid, even late in the pregnancy, because of its low systemic levels. Topical salicylic acid is common in many over-the-counter dermatological agents, and the lack of adverse reports suggests a low teratogenic potential.”This came from fetal-exposure’dot’org / acne’dot’htmlI personally don’t think it will be an issue – but you have to balance out your own desire to handle acne (the mental stress) with the physical stress that you may be placing on a child.Again – product is great, does what it needs to and does it with proven medicine. But be informed about S.Acid and pregnancy.

Candace Crystal, ND

A pleasant treatment… updated with results

Update: I’ve been using this for several weeks, and I’m a little disappointed. The results were about average–there was no improvement, but no breakouts or rash, either.I did run into a problem when I had to travel, though. Two of the three products in this box come in 4 ounce containers. With the security regulations currently in place, I couldn’t bring them on the plane. So much for my resolution to use this regularly!

• I haven’t been a teenager for some time, but all I need is one really stressful event to trigger the dreaded mid-nose zit that’s waiting for the best opportunity to embarrass me. On the bright side, people think I’m younger than I am. On the other hand, IT LOOKS HORRIBLE!I use a cleanser with salicylic acid at night, but use regular soap in the morning. I could see as I read the directions for this system that I’ll be doubling my use of salicylic acid, since you’re supposed to use this product in the morning and at night. That might make the difference. Perhaps the “oligopeptide-10” (whatever that might be) will help, or the tea tree oil.The box promises clear skin in six weeks. I’ll check back in then, but right now I’ll post my initial impressions.The packaging is nice and tasteful. As an adult I’d be happy to receive this as a gift, if it was given privately. A teenager would probably be mortified to find this (or any other acne treatment) under the Christmas tree.Because I’m sensitive to perfumes, I was a little concerned about the fragrances in these products. As soon as I opened them I knew it wouldn’t be a problem. Each of the three treatments has a different scent, but it’s pleasant, very faint, not at all fruity or sweet or gender-specific, and triggered no reaction.The cleanser and the lotion both feel smooth and rich, and all three products feel and smell like they’re made with high quality ingredients. Only a small amount of each was required. They did not seem harsh and left my skin feeling clean.Even if they don’t completely control the stress breakouts I deal with occasionally, I’ll probably keep using this product, just for the smell and the luxurious feel. I’ll update my review in a few weeks with results.

Margaret Los Lunas, NM

After four days, a rash developed…

My thirteen-year-old daughter tried this product for her run-of-the-mill acne. After four days, she developed a rash and had to stop using it. I don’t know what triggered her sensitivity.

Ashleigh Estell Manor, NJ

Clearer skin without over-drying

I thought that when I got older I wouldn’t have to worry about pimples, but at 32 I still have to deal with a few pimples all of the time, and I break out more extensively once a month. I have combination skin, and most products that fight pimples dry out my skin, especially on my cheeks.I’ve never tried any prescription cleansers or the popular mail order skin care brands like Proactive.I have used many cleansers from the drugstore/health food store, and I have used Clinique’s 3 step skin care. It seems like a new product will work well for a short time, and then stop being as effective, so I switch products.I was interested in this product because it is vegan and has organic ingredients. I was also curious because this uses a different combination of acne fighters than any of the other products that I’ve seen.Oligopeptide-10 is an organic, anti-microbial peptide created from plant derived amino acids. It is supposed to work well in combination with Salicylic acid, allowing you to get a better result from a lower concentration of salicylic acid.This package contains a three step skin care system; a cleanser, a toner, and a moisturizer (it is called a “controlling lotion” and has salicylic acid in it). You are supposed to use all three products twice a day. The products smell natural, without a harsh chemical smell.I’ve been using the product for more than six weeks and I love how soft my skin feels. It doesn’t make my skin dry, like all of the other products I’ve tried.It’s not perfect, though. During the worst of my monthly breakouts, I am switching between this and a Benzoyl Peroxide based cleanser. Salicylic acid doesn’t seem to work for me when my hormones get wacky.

Jana Rutland, IA

Not for me… but it might work for you….

I wanted to like this acne treatment system, as it had a lot of features going for it:- I like the 3 step system.— Step 1 is washing with the cleanser (used like soap) to remove oil and dirt— Step 2 is called the “Calming Toner” is wiped on with cotton or a cosmetic pad and provides further cleaning of pores while at the same time soothing the skin— Step 3 is a cream that is absorbed into the skin to kill acne causing bacteria, but also provide moisture.- The ingredients seem high quality.- The components each behave well when applied: The Cleanser washes off easily, the Toner absorbs/evaporates quickly, and the cream absorbs readily.- I like the scents: Pleasantly floral, but not too feminine.The instructions include the warning that you may need to “ease into” using the cream as it may cause dry skin. I did find that I experienceds some irritation when using the cream, but it was only brief and did not ultimately seem to dry out my skin.So why only 3 stars? Well for all its benefits, it did not seem to adequately control break-outs for me. I do not have a serious acne problem, but rather suffer from occasional blemishes . After using this system for a week I did not see any diminishment in the frequency or severity of these break-outs. I may actually have noticed an increase in frequency, which I think may be attributable to the cream (step 3) which although moisturizing may also be clogging my pores. I will continue to try the system with only steps 1 and 2.In conclusion I think this is a high quality system, but it did not work for me. Everyone’s skin and reactions are different though, so if you are willing to give it a try it may be worth it.

Virginia New Berlin, WI

noticible difference

The first thing you notice is the pleasant scent of this daily acne treatment. The scent makes it more palatable as a daily system but effectiveness is what an acne product must produce and this product demonstrated its effectiveness in just a few days. The difference in my son’s complexion was readily apparent. His skin also felt smooth, not rough and dry. I would definitely recommend this product.

Mallory Hamlin, PA

Works well and smells good too!

We use a lot of Nature’s Gate products and have for years so when I saw they had an acne treatment system I was really looking forward to trying it.Two of my sons have had some acne problems for the past few years and I still get the occasional pimple myself so we were all looking forward to trying this out.The kit comes with three products, a corrective cleanser, a calming toner and a controlling lotion.The cleanser contains both Salicylic Acid (a commonly used acne treatment) and Tea Tree Oil. Both are good for clearing your acne, and they contain certified organic botanicals.The calming toner, as well as some of the other products, have a new product called Oligopeptide-10. Nature’s Gate is the first company to include it. It’s a fusion of 15 naturally occurring amino acids combine with Salicylic Acid. It’s works synergistically to eliminate bacteria and fight your acne.The kit comes with a 4oz bottle of the corrective cleanser, a 4 oz bottle of the calming toner and a 2oz bottle of the controlling lotion.One thing I really liked was how nice it smelled. Each products had a different but pleasant smell.It works, we’re seeing an improvement in our skin already. I’d recommend this, it’s natural and the price is right too.

Bessie Hilltop, WV

Good value

This system is comparable to other 3-part products on the market, but at a much lower price point. I just began using and will update with results in a week or two. Thanks.

Leila New Plymouth, OH

So far, so good.

I’ve been using this product for a couple weeks and I’m seeing improvements. I personally like how there is both salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide used in this brand. It did make my face red where I applied the product, but it goes away. I’m not a big fan on the scent, but it’s not unbearable. Recommended for anyone with light to mild acne.

Rosalind Lawndale, IL

Better than Proactive!!

First, I’d like to say that everyone’s skin is different and so sometimes the only way to know how products like this will work on YOUR particular skin is to try it.I’m Asian and 30 years old. I’ve struggled with acne here and there and have been on the Proactive system for over a year with mixed results. My skin is better on Proactive, but not the best…I was not really happy with it and still broke out. Proactive was also extremely expensive – $50.00 for the 3-piece system (they charge like 14.99 for shipping).I tried out this Nature’s Gate system with a lot of skepticism and I was definitely surprised. From the 1st time I used it, I felt that it was doing something. It tightened my skin and I could almost feel my pores shrinking. I’m Asian and my skin is naturally oily, so maybe that’s why I haven’t experienced the drying like other reviewers have. Also, I use a very small amount. Just a dime size amount is enough to do the job. If my face is extremely dirty or has a lot of makeup, I’ll use another soap to remove all that excess first, then use this afterwards, so it’s working on a “clean slate”. Normally though I just go straight for this morning and night.I’ve been using it for 2 weeks now and am extremely pleased with it. My acne has just about disappeared and my pores have definitely shrunk, I’m looking forward to seeing how my skin will be in a couple months of this treatment. There is a pleasant smell to it, to me, it smells a little medicine-y, but not bad at all. I can’t believe how much better this worked for me and yet is still so much cheaper than the proactive. I’ve cancelled proactive and am going to sign up for the automatic delivery here on Amazon. That brings the price down to about $20.00.Definitely worth it!

Saundra Pipersville, PA

***So Far, So GOOD***Powerful Weapon in the Fight Against ACNE!

I have just completed the third week of using the NATURE’S GATE ORGANICS ACNE TREATMENT SYSTEM and going into the fourth. So far I’ve been very impressed with the results. And I figure that being at the half way point of the regiment, the box claims “clearer skin in 6-weeks,” that if results aren’t at least noticeable–another 3 weeks won’t help.The three-step system is likeProactiv Solution 3 Step System Kit, 2 Month Supplywhere you use a cleanser, toner and a correcting lotion everyday to clear up acne. But instead of Benzoyl Peroxide as the active ingredient, NATURE’S GATE… uses 1% Salicylic Acid.I suffer from mild to moderate adult acne, with the occasional eruption of boils that I have to use a prescription topical solution to clear up, and I’ve found that the NATURE’S GATE… has help arrest the development of pimples and clear them up within 2-days. Also, my skin condition is pretty constant and does NOT get better or worse with changes in the weather (besides I’m in Los Angeles, CA and we pretty much have constant weather patterns anyway).A pimple would begin to form, tenderness and redness along with the bump, on my face and the system would keep it from becoming a full blown zit. It would only stay red with slight swelling and then it would clear up. I also noticed that I was getting a boil, which is an extreme case of a pimple for those who don’t know, and NATURE’S GATE… kept that from forming as well.The reason I give only 4-Stars is because I’m running out of the toner and the cleanser, so I don’t know if there’s enough to make it to the end of 6-weeks. Also, I’ve noticed that my skin has a dewy/clammy feel to it after a couple of hours from using the toner and I’m not sure if I like that and there’s no sun-screen in it so you must use a separate product if you plan on going out. But using the cleanser and toner twice a day and using the lotion only at night before bed, I’ve experienced no drying or irritation and that’s a plus.Another good thing is that even though each product has tea tree oil in it, it doesn’t have that strong herbal odor associated with the oil nor does it have a strong perfume scent of any kind.=============================CLEANSER–Light, clean scent (reminded me of candles) and clear. Light lather and rinses away easily.TONER/ASTRINGENT–Clear with a very light citrus scent. I experienced no burning and the toner does not contain alcohol, which can dry and irritate the skin and turn it red (for those like me who are sensitive to alcohol).LOTION–Light and creamy white, smells like the toner, goes on smooth and easy and absorbs quickly.============================I’ll update at the end of six-weeks.UPDATE 01/02/09:I am two days short of 6 weeks and I’ve just run out of the cleanser. The product has kept my face pretty clear but there were a couple of resistant pimples that took longer than the 2-3 days to heal. All in all a very satisfactory experience.

Elnora Selawik, AK

It works, but with some drying . . .

I’m prone to dry skin, so one of the major qualities I look for in acne medication is a preparation which doesn’t dry my skin out any more than it does by itself.A week after using this product, I noticed a big difference in the clarity of my skin. Nature’s Gate actually works a lot better than many better-known and more expensive acne treatment systems. Unfortunately, it does tend to dry out my skin to an uncomfortable extent, so it’s caused me to use it with some very careful application of moisturizer. This can make the balance between dry skin and blemishes tough to manage perfectly, but I’ve managed to do so.I can recommend this product with the caveats that it doesn’t take very much to take care of minor skin problems – don’t overuse it, or you’ll just dry out your skin and cause secondary problems. I’m also not clear on the “organic” aspect of this product . . . that seems to be pushing things a bit far with little explanation.

Amber Flemingsburg, KY

Gentle on the skin and effective.

As someone in their 40’s who has suffered with acne for a good portion of their life, one learns to manage their expectations when it comes to acne products. Nature’s Gate acne product is not a cure all, but it does provide an effective regimen, which is similar to ProActiv, at a fraction of the cost. While I don’t believe any regimen out there is totally “chemical free”, this one at least contains several natural ingredients, which aren’t as harsh on your face as some of the other products I’ve tried. I love the fact that it does not leave my face either dry or greasy feeling. With average use, I believe the “kit” is meant to last for 3 months.I used the product for 4 weeks, and the following are my conclusions.1. The Corrective Cleanser has a very light feel, similar to shampoo. Initially I questioned whether it was really working, but it does. After rinsing it off, my face actually felt clean. The cleanser itself has a mild, non-lingering scent. As part of my shower routine in the morning and the evening, I also use a mild exfoliating scrub by Crabtree & Evelyn called Naturals – Solutions for Men (Daily Face Scrub). The combination works very well for me.2. The Calming Toner removes excess oils that could block the pores. It works fairly well, has a decent scent, and did not dry out my skin, which many alcohol based toners tend to do. I just wish they gave you a larger bottle. The problem with many of these regimens is that they tend to have a “one size fits all” approach. I really respect acne regimens like AcneFree, which give you so much more for your money.3. I really like the Corrective Lotion. My first test for it was, “does it leave my face either dry or greasy?” To be fair, I must tell you, I have oily skin. After a long stressful day, my face does not feel or look greasy. The second test was, “does the acne treating component work for me?” Well, so far so good. The lotion contains salicylic acid, which is a key ingredient in many skin-care products for the treatment of acne, psoriasis, calluses, corns, keratosis pilaris, and warts. It works by causing the cells of the epidermis to shed more readily, preventing pores from clogging up, and allowing room for new cell growth. I think it also assists in evening out your skin tone.The long and short is that the product works pretty well for me so far. Understand, though, that everyone’s skin is different, and to effectively treat acne, you must find a combination that works for you. That includes the right shampoo, conditioner, gel, face regimen, etc. I wish I would have had that advice as a teenager. I like the fact that this product is not harsh to my face and contains several natural ingredients. For $25, it’s worth a try.

Augusta Brunswick, GA

Not much different than the other acne treatment systems out there

Nature’s Gate Organics has a good product. This 3-part system is designed to fight acne like most acne systems do. 1) there is a face wash (1% salicylic acid which is less than other brands), 2) there is a skin toner (Oligopeptide-10), and 3) there is a lotion (1% salicylic acid).The differences between this and say Proactive, Oil of Olay, Clean and Clear, etc, is that this system is 1) Organic and 2) has tea essence. What does that mean? To me not a whole lot other than it has natural additives and it smells nice.Bottom line is: does it work to clear acne? Well, yes and no. If you are looking for an instant solution, this is not it. The box says it takes at least 6 weeks of treatment to see improvement. Does it work on surprise breakouts? Well, lucky me, I had rash of acne on my right temple when I got the box. I’ve been using it for 3 weeks, and I do see improvement, but the acne is still there. I guess I’ll have to see at 6 weeks. So, no this product does not work as a quick fix.Additional goodness of this product is that it’s less harsh than other systems I’ve used. Know that the only active ingredient in this whole kit that fights acne is the salicylic acid. This is the kicker for most treatment systems–some have more, some have less, but they all have it. Why? Because it kills bacteria and it helps to slough off dead skin, the two things that cause acne. Back to the point, this is a less harsh system than others I’ve listed. Due to that, I’m able to wash my face twice daily (as suggested by the instructions) and my skin is never dried out. If I did this with my Oil of Olay scrub or my Oxyclean facewash, my face would be flaking all over.So does this system work to clear acne? Yes. Is it organic? Yes. Does it smell nice? Only if you like tea. Does it work fast? Only if 6 weeks is fast. Does your skin get irritated? Not if you use it according to directions. If all of these answers are what you are looking for in a acne treatment system, then this is one of many for you. I give it three stars because it works, but does not stand out above any of the others–ie it is average.

Bessie Wheaton, IL

No change

I’m prone to breakouts in the summer months so I gave this a try. My skin had the same reaction initially to it as when I used Retin-A in the past. It got a bit dry and itchy. But unlike with Retin-A, I didn’t notice any clearing of the area from breakouts in the following days so I stopped using it. Can’t say it was effective enough to want to try again at this point.

Inez Harrison, GA

Basically the same as Oxy Ten

It’s a good kit, but it seems that you can get just as much from Oxy Ten at the local grocery store for a fraction of the price. The only advantage may be, as others have mentioned, that it doesn’t bleach your towels.

Arline Eagle Rock, MO