The acne-fighting cleansing bar that sold out in Australia in three days


You’ll be dying to get your hands on it

BEAUTYcrew Junior Digital Content Editor / April 29 2020

It’s no secret, self-isolation is doing some crazy things to our skin. While most of us thought this time of rest, reduced exposure to sun and lack of makeup would be the perfect equation for our skin to thrive, we’ve been presented with the complete opposite outcome. Sensitive, irritated and acne-ridden skin. 

Thankfully, all hope is not lost. As if sent from an angel above, this internet-breaking, sell-out ‘miracle’ cleansing bar has arrived in Australia just in time to save us. Introducing the Breakout Control Cleansing Bar, the brainchild of UK beauty brand Carbon Theory. The 100% vegan and cruelty-free bar contains premium natural ingredients dermatologically proven to prevent breakouts and keep your skin looking balanced, clear and hydrated.

The Activated Charcoal assists in gently drawing out bacteria, toxins and excess oil that lay deep within the skin, while the organic Tea Tree Oil works as a natural antiseptic, reducing inflammation while keeping the skin clear and healthy. Working in combination with Shea Butter to keep the skin nourished and hydrated, the bar’s acne-fighters zap pimples without being as harsh as other acne treatments – which means the bar isn’t just great for pimple-prone skin, it’s perfect for even the most sensitive skin types. 

In the UK, Carbon Theory is selling around 8,000 cleansing bars a week, and it seems the demand here in Australia for the miracle product is just as impossible to keep up with! After launching just over a week ago at Priceline stores across the nation, the product sold out in just three days, proving that we’re not in this self-isolation skin battle alone!

Although we might not be able to get our hands on Carbon Theory’s best-seller right this minute, we’ve rounded up some of our other favourite cleansing bars to help us tackle self-isolation skin in the meantime.

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar

A mild, medicated soap perfect for sensitive skin, Clinique’s Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Bar helps clear and prevent acne on face and body, by targeting breakouts with encapsulated, acne-fighting salicylic acid.

Hunter Lab Charcoal Cleansing Stick

This natural cleansing balm by Hunter Lab works to provide a deep cleanse, removing build up and promoting the renewal and development of healthy new skin. The Charcoal stick incorporates Green Tea to help protect skin from cell damage, and Argan, Sesame, Almond and Coconut oils to clean, soften and nourish skin.

Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar

Cult skin care brand Drunk Elephant have created a gentle, yet highly effective fragrance-free cleansing bar that is the perfect solution for those seeking a simple, fuss-free regime that's kind to the skin. The Pekee Bar is infused with antioxidant-rich blueberry extract to neutralise free radicals and soothe inflammation and virgin marula oil to nourish and hydrate and honey to heal wounds and imperfections.

Want to know more about why your skin is currently freaking out during self-isolation? We chatted to an expert to narrow down exactly what's going on

Main image credit: @emrata

Elyssa Kostopoulos is InStyle Australia, marie claire and BEAUTYcrew's Junior Digital Content Editor.