Tested on animals:No
Acnedote Deep Pore Wash contains a slew of problematic ingredients that do more harm than good. Between an abundance of fragrant citrus oils and other skin-aggravating ingredients, such as witch hazel, this cleanser spells trouble for any skin type, especially sensitive or acne-prone skin (see More Info to learn why)!
As for the 2% salicylic acid that this cleanser contains, that’s an excellent ingredient when used in a well formulated leave-on product to gently exfoliate skin. However, salicylic acid is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it’s rinsed off before it can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits think again.
Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so that the salicylic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation.
While the formula may do a good job of removing makeup and leaving skin feeling “squeaky clean”, you’re better off bypassing Acnedote Deep Pore Wash for cleansers that work effectively while being gentle on skin.
- Effectively removes makeup.
- Packed with citrus oils that can sensitize and weaken skin.
- Fragranced formula is particularly problematic for acne-prone/sensitive skin.
- Salicylic acid can't "zit-zap" as claimed in this formula.
Whether you can see it on the surface of skin or not, using harsh, skin-aggravating ingredients, is a serious problem for all skin types but uniquely so for those with oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin.
Research has clearly established that when skin is aggravated the oil gland is stimulated by nerve endings to make more oil creating a perfect environment for blemishes, breakouts, and clogged pores to get worse.
Using any product that’s gentle and completely non-irritating is without question the only approach to taking the best care of your skin; doing otherwise hurts your skin.
It’s also vitally important to use appropriate products that research has shown are beneficial for oily skin and blemishes. The two gold standard ingredients are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.
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Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, issue 1, pages 25-30
Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, issue 5, pages 527-532
Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, issue 5, pages 433-438
Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, April 2011, pages 41-53
Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, issue 1, pages 41–49.
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, issue 10, pages 821-832
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, issue 6, page 764
Dermatology, January 2003, issue 1, pages 17-23
European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422-427