Good & Clean Gentle Acne Wash is anything but gentle on skin! Although this contains gentle cleansing agents, they're joined by numerous fragrant plant extracts and oils, including citrus oils, that are a problem for all skin types—and absolutely not what you should use anywhere near the eyes.
The anti-acne angle is due to this cleanser being medicated with 1% salicylic acid, which Alba Botanica claims reaches,” deep into pores to oust the bacteria and grime that can cause dullness, blackheads and blemishes.” Although salicylic acid is an all-star ingredient for battling acne when used in a well formulated leave-on product, it 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 pore-unclogging benefits think again.
Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the salicylic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation.
In short, this highly fragranced, skin-aggravating cleanser is not recommended. See our list of Best Cleansers for superior picks.
Why Beauty Products Can’t Detoxify Your Skin: Despite the claims of many cosmetics company’s make, you cannot “detox” your skin. In fact, brands making this claim never specify exactly which substances or toxins their products are supposed to eliminate, which makes sense, because your skin does not store toxins.
Toxins are classified as being produced by the body or introduced into the body, usually through eating or inhaling. They can be produced by plants, animals, insects, reptiles (think snake venom or bee stings), etc. They also can be inorganic, such as heavy metals like lead, arsenic, and others.
When it comes to your skin, toxins cannot leave your body vis-a-vis your skin or sebaceous gland. It is physiologically impossible. Other parts of your body, mainly your kidneys and liver, handle the process of “detoxifying” just fine as long as you have a healthy diet.
It should be pointed out that there are a handful of studies showing sweat can be a carrier of “detoxifying” certain trace heavy metals out of the body. However, the methodology of those studies is considered questionable. Nonetheless, if you choose to sauna, steam, or exercise to increase sweating that is a lifestyle option to discuss with your physician but that has absolutely nothing to do with skincare.
Skincare products are not going to detox your body or skin. As we always urge, stick to what the research says really works, and ignore the fantasy claims because they aren’t helping your skin or your budget.
References for this information:
Journal of Human Nutrition and Dietetics, December 2015, pages 675-686
Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2012, pages 1-10
How Harsh Ingredients Make Oily Skin and Breakouts Worse: 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.
References for this information:
Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, pages 25-30
Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, pages 527-532
Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, pages 433-438
Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, April 2011, pages 41-53
Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, pages 41–49.
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, page 764
Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17-23
European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422-427