Tinted Acne Treatment Cream provides 10% benzoyl peroxide in an absorbent base with a sheer peach tint and matte finish. This provides minor camouflage, but the peach tinge can draw more attention to the blemish than you want. Still, this is a potent disinfectant that puts the kibosh on acne-causing bacteria.
Conceals pimples while it dries them up and helps them heal.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Bentonite, Aluminum Hydroxide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-12, Isopropyl Myristate, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Simethicone, Propylparaben, Methylparaben, Carbomer, Potassium Hydroxide
Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide; a good BHA option for those who prefer pads; a decent selection of water-soluble cleansers and topical scrubs.
Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; only one sunscreen and it's part of a lackluster three-step kit; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).
Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting, a very good BHA option, and a few other gems.
By the way, although Clearasil has products directed toward adult (instead of teenage) acne, the basic cause and treatment of acne is the same regardless of age. The protocol for handling breakouts does not require a separate category of products; the treatment basics remain the same.
For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.
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A response to the previous comment:
Isopropyl Myristate is used in cosmetics as a thickening agent and emollient. Historically, animal testing has shown it causes clogged pores (Source: Archives of Dermatology, June 1986, pages 660–665). Results derived from animal testing were eventually considered unreliable, however, and there is no subsequent research showing this ingredient is any more of a problem for skin than other emollient, waxy, thickening ingredients used in cosmetics.
I am really shocked by the rating this product received from Paula, given the weight she usually places on ingredients. This supposed "anti-acne" treatment contains Isopropyl Myristate, which received the highest possible comedogenic rating (5 of 5). Therefore, this product should not be recommended for anyone whose skin is susceptible to cosmetic acne, i.e. pretty much everyone who has acne-prone skin. This made me break out worse than any other product ever has. Big fail on your rating, Paula.
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