I was given Osmosis Clarify ($46) to try after requesting something that would help my acne even though I have sensitive skin. I hadn’t heard of the product before, so I Googled it to see what others had to say, and the reviews mentioned that it was similar to Retin-A yet “natural.”

According to Osmosis, Clarify also assists with shrinking pores, scarring, hydration, inflammation; protects against UV rays; and restores dermal thickness. The product sounded great, and I was excited to get started.

The ingredients include: Niacinamide, which helps with sun damage, healing acne and is especially helpful for those with sensitive skin. The AHA Mandelic Acid helps with age spots, and Chlorella Vulgaris is an algae extract that conditions and protects the skin. There are a few ingredients that are considered low (Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Cyclodextrin) to moderate (Benzyl Alcohol) hazards by the Cosmetic Database.

Whenever I begin using a new product, I only apply it to a small test area, in case my sensitive skin doesn’t accept the product. My skin seemed to tolerate Clarify, so I began to use it in larger acne-plagued areas – specifically, my nose and around the sides as well as my chin. I avoided the rest of my face.

Clarify is an amber-colored serum with a somewhat medicinal smell. It absorbed into my skin rather quickly, though I’ve read reviews from others who claimed the serum sat on top of their skin and contributed to clogged pores. I used this product for over six weeks with the hopes of determining whether or not it was actually assisting. I didn’t see any definitive evidence that it helped my acne, nor did I see any changes to pore size, scarring or skin thickness. I did notice some dryness after regular use, and my usage areas of my skin definitely seemed more sensitive to my weekly peels with Juice Beauty Green Apple Peel Sensitive ($39).

I cannot recommend this product, as I didn’t see any definitive positive effects. Once I stopped using the product, the extra sensitivity and dryness ceased.

Ingredients: Aqua (Harmonized Water), Lecithin (Phosphatidylcholine), Niacinamide, Glycerin, Mandelic Acid (L), Chlorella Vulgaris Officinalis Extract, Retinal (.05% Retinaldehyde), Lactic Acid (L), Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus (Cloud Berry) Seed Oil, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Olea Europaea (Olive) Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower Oil, Beta-Glucan (D), Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Hyssopus Officinalis Extract, Lonicera Japonica (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Lonicera Caprifolium (Honeysuckle) Flower Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Benzyl Alcohol, Cyclodextrin