Gentle Formula Acne Pore Cleanser Foam (Discontinued)

by AcneFree  
$7.99 - 3 fl. oz.
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This foaming, mousse-like cleanser claims to kill 99% of acne-causing bacteria, yet it's medicated with salicylic acid. Although salicylic acid has mild antibacterial action (one more reason it's preferred to AHAs for acne), it's not on par with killing almost 100% of acne-causing bacteria, not to mention this cleanser's contact with skin will be too brief for it to do much more than begin the process of killing acne-causing bacteria.

This cleanser's formula isn't all that gentle; it contains the drying cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate as well as potential irritant ginger root extract plus a sensitizing preservative (methylisothiazolinone). If that's what AcneFree means by "gentle", than they need to rethink how they're defining the word! Ultimately, this cleanser is tricky to recommend but you need to know the foam offers no special benefit and it can be annoying due to the fact that it easily slips off wet hands.

Note: The inactive ingredients for this product are listed in alphabetical rather than descending order. This is permissible because the product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug. Although many companies selling OTC skin-care products have begun listing their ingredients in this manner, it doesn't make it any easier for the consumer to determine how much of a given ingredient they're applying to their skin.

Formulated with a unique oil-free foam that absorbs fast and penetrates deep to kill 99% of acne bacteria without irritating sensitive skin.

Active Ingredient: 1.5% Salicylic Acid, Inactive Ingredients: Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Bisabolol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glycerin, Methylisothiazolinone, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Tetrasodium Glutamate Diacetate, Water/Aqua/Eau, Zinc PCA, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

AcneFree is a small group of skin-care products sold in sets. As you may have guessed from the brand name, this is a line that's all about treating acne. You'll find this brand in most major drugstores, but it's not the acne treatment system to beat!

Owned by University Medical Pharmaceuticals, you'd think these products would be a slam-dunk for acne, but they're not. Although the kits contain some good products, all of them feature at least one product that's not effective for its intended purpose or contains irritating ingredients that will make your acne worse.

Just because the company claims these kits (systems) are the #1 best-selling in America doesn't mean they work; rather, it means that a lot of consumers with acne are buying the wrong products. We understand the frustration of struggling with breakouts. You want something that works to get rid of them, and the faster the better. It would be great if AcneFree could make good on all of its promises, but it simply doesn't, at least not 100%.

For more information about AcneFree, call 1.800.321.4576 or visit

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