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Acnedote Deep Pore Wash
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6 fl. oz. for $10.45
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths)
Last Updated:07.08.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Acnedote Deep Pore Wash contains 2% salicylic acid, which is a phenomenal ingredient to reduce blemishes and blackheads, but it’s only effective in a leave-on product—not in a cleanser where it doesn’t have enough time to work before being rinsed down the drain. The bigger problem here, however, is the abundance of citrus oils and other irritants in the formula. That spells trouble for any skin type, especially sensitive or acne-prone skin where redness and inflammation are persistent issues!

In addition to the citrus oils, Acnedote Deep Pore Wash also contains witch hazel, fragrance, and a slew of other problematic ingredients that contribute to inflammation that weakens skin (see More Info for the full scoop). While the formula may do a good job of removing makeup and leaving skin feeling “squeaky clean”, the irritation it incites can actually make oily skin and breakouts worse (see More Info).

Forget about Acnedote Deep Pore Wash, and check out cleansers that work effectively while being gentle on skin on our Best Cleansers list instead.

Pros:
  • Effectively removes makeup.
Cons:
  • Packed with citrus oils that can irritate and weaken skin.
  • Fragranced formula is particularly problematic for acne-prone or sensitive skin.
  • The salicylic acid is rinsed off before it can go to work in pores.
More Info:

Inclusion of Known Irritants: Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Fragrance-free is the best way for all skin types to go for all skin types (Food and Chemical Toxicology, 2008 & American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003)

The sneaky part about irritation is that research has demonstrated that you don't always need to see it or feel it for your skin to suffer damage, and that damage may remain hidden for a long time (Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008).

Irritation's Connection to Oily Skin & Breakouts: Inflammation in skin is usually related to external factors such as irritation that damages the skin's barrier in numerous ways, whether you can see the reaction or not. When irritation on the surface of skin happens it activates specific chemicals called neuropeptides in the brain (Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2007). Those substances are specifically the kind that regulates the hormonal system of the body.

When this happens, it leads to the formation of inflammatory chemicals directly in the oil gland. These inflammatory chemicals trigger an increase in oil production, which can increase the size of the pore, and the likelihood of acne—the more inflammation that occurs, the worse the risk (European Journal of Dermatology, 2002 & Dermatology, 2003).

Bottom line: Inflammation and its resulting irritation, whether internal or external (for this discussion externally it would be due to the use of irritating ingredients, hot water, overusing scrubs, etc.), is practically a guarantee you will see excess production of oil, larger pores and more acne breakouts (Experimental Dermatology, 2009 & Dermato-Endocrinology, 2011).

That's reason enough to avoid products with irritating ingredients, which often come in the form of fragrance including the misnamed "essential" oils.

Claims

Clean them up with this powerful, botanically effective acne wash with max strength 2% salicylic acid. Formulated with zip-zapping Salicylic Acid (naturally derived from Willow Bark Extract), this lathering oil-free cleanser digs deep into pores to unclog the gunk, helping banish existing zits and prevent new ones. Skin will be squeaky clean and ready to go. 70% of testers saw clearer skin in just 7 days. Dermatologist tested. Non-comedogenic.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid – 2.0 %. Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Coco-Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

Brand Overview

Alba Botanica At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good cleansers; some good moisturizers; nice lip balms without sunscreen; most of the facial and body sunscreens provide sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection; mineral sunscreens options are available; self-tanner that includes antioxidants for added benefit.

Weaknesses: The natural ingredients in some of the products are natural irritants; jar packaging won't keep air-sensitive ingredients stable; most of the lip balms with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; subpar toners and exfoliants.

Alba Botanica is part of the Avalon Natural Products group, which is owned by natural product marketer Hain-Celestial. In addition to owning the Jason Natural and Zia Natural brands, Hain-Celestial also owns Avalon Organics, of which Alba Botanica is a part. Although Alba Botanica is not any thinking person's definition of an all-natural line—they use plenty of synthetic ingredients, including sunscreen actives and preservatives—they shine in comparison to the mostly disappointing products offered under the Avalon Organics name, but that's not saying a lot. 

As far as the "natural" visage Alba Botanica portrays—while they do use plenty of natural ingredients, for the most part it's the non-natural ingredients that contribute to each product's texture and function; but then highlighting those ingredients isn't going to attract attention from consumers seeking natural products, is it? Because there are no established standards for use of the word "natural," any cosmetics company can take advantage of the term, as Alba Botanica does. 

Despite not being an all-natural line (which isn't a bad thing), much of what they offer, while not state-of-the-art spectacular, is still worth considering. The prices are competitive with those of drugstore and health food store brands, and they offer some very good options in the categories of cleanser, scrub, sunscreens for face and body, lip balms without sunscreen, and a self-tanner.

It is also worth mentioning that Avalon Products (remember, Alba Botanica is part of this master brand) is commendable in that it uses environmentally conscious business practices, including solar-powered offices and warehouse and relying on organic farming for several of their ingredients. Their environmentalism may or may not correspond to good skin care, but it is admirable. As we have said many times before, just because an ingredient is organic doesn't make it safe or effective for skin (and there's no proof that an organic ingredient is preferred to a synthetic ingredient when it comes to skin care), but the practice of organic farming is a positive step toward creating products that reduce negative environmental impact.

Turning to what Alba Botanica needs help with, you'll see they fall short of being a comprehensive line. There are no reliable exfoliants such as AHAs or BHA products, and those struggling with blemishes or any type of skin discoloration are out of luck. Also, not every sunscreen (especially those for lips) makes the grade in terms of providing sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, and some of the toners have truly boring, antiquated formulas. Other less impressive products include the enzyme scrubs, masks, and a few of the jar-packaged moisturizers. 

Overall, these products aren't the most advanced around, but comparatively speaking they best many other products from brands with a natural angle (Lauder-owned Origins comes to mind).

For more information about Alba Botanica, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.albabotanica.com.

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06.24.2015
Changed Ingredients.....

Hi there, I just bought this face wash today based on good rating from PC but when I got home and checked the ingredients, I realized that it has been changed. I went to the website and re-checked it and found out that the formula has been changed.On the bottle it says oil free but it contains lot of fruit oils like Peppermint Oil, Orange Peel Oil,Bergamot Fruit Oil etc. Please check the new ingredients and update your review accordingly.

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06.25.2015
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Thanks for the heads up :)  We've added a note to the review to reflect our knowledge of the reformulation and that we will work on getting it updated soon.

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