Normally I use a gentler cleanser than this Erno Lazlo soap. However, my skin acts up on occasion with breakouts. Erno Lazlo's gimmick is "clocking" your skin type. I was "clocked" several years ago so I am sure my skin has changed somewhat, but I still rely on this soap during difficult skin times. The application of this soap is easy, but for the most effectiveness you need to follow the instructions for use. Filling your sink basin with hot water, swish the bar around in the water, apply wet bar to face and rub. Next you dip the soap back into the water and get the water fairly soapy and lathery. Use this water to get your face lathery and splash the soapy basin water over your face 20 times. Empty the basin and rinse your face with hot running water - splash 10 times. Blot with a soft cloth.
The bar lathers easily and as it is a French milled soap, it lasts a very long time. If you use this soap on a daily basis, you would probably only need to buy it twice a year, maybe three times. There is little to no scent. No antibacterial ingredient info is listed, but if you follow the instructions, you are getting rid of a lot of bacteria on your skin's surface. The soap is deep cleansing and is effective in removing makeup. Pore size may also be diminished.
This bar is for oily skin and needs to be followed up with an oil-free moisturizer if you do not follow the rest of the Erno Lazlo regimen. Overall, a good cleanser for oily, acne-prone skin.