Acne Cleanser

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$22.50 - 8 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments
Last Updated:
2/13/2013
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This cleanser is truly a mixed bag. The water-soluble formula is helpful for oily, acne-prone skin and it rinses without a trace of residue. The main cleansing agent is quite gentle, but it's accompanied by a stronger cleansing agent that can be too drying.

The formula is medicated with anti-acne superstar salicylic acid, but in a cleanser this ingredient's benefit is rinsed down the drain before it can improve breakouts. Although Anthony Logistics includes some proven soothing agents, they don't have much chance of helping skin either, given the amount of fragrance (Fragrance, whether natural or synthetic, is almost always a problem for skin.) and the fact that they're also rinsed down the drain This is a cleanser to consider carefully—and please note that you don't need to spend nearly this much to get an effective face wash.

Pros:
  • Water-soluble formula rinses completely.
  • Cleanses and removes excess oil thoroughly without stripping skin
Cons:
  • Active ingredient salicylic acid is of little use to skin in a rinse-off product.
  • Contains more fragrance than soothing, anti-redness ingredients.
Salicylic acid helps treat acne and helps prevent future breakouts. Vitamin B5 helps repair skin, allantoin, chamomile and camellia soothe.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%; Other Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropylamine Oxide, Linoleamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Sodium Citrate, Polyquaternium-22, Fragrance, Panthenol, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tetrasodium EDTA, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Oleifera (Green Tea) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Allantoin, Methylchloroisothiazolinone And Methylisothiazolinone, Yellow 5, Red 40.

There really is an Anthony behind the Anthony Logistics brand—Anthony Sosnick, who began this men's line in 2000. In some ways, the brand opened up a whole new world of skin care for guys, because it went beyond the soap/shave/aftershave routine that for years was the only widespread option for men's grooming.

Now sold at major retailers, such as Sephora, Ulta, and numerous men's salons throughout the United States, Anthony Logistics offers men's skin care from head to toe. As impressive as that is, there's a catch: Most of the products contain one or more irritating ingredients that won't lead a man to his best-looking, healthiest skin. In that sense, Anthony Logistics differs little from almost every other men's product line, and that's a shame because clearly this brand has some good potential (and good intentions).

According to the company, their products are formulated with ingredients specific to a man's skin, but that claim is completely bogus. The fact is there are no special ingredients men need that women don't and vice versa. Yes, there are some differences between men's and women's skin but those differences don't have anything to do with how you take care of your skin. Sun damage, wrinkles, acne, rosacea, dry skin, oily skin, large pores, and on and on should be treated the same way, regardless of your gender. Men's products don't need to be stronger, because all stronger typically means is more irritating, and no one's skin needs that!

As mentioned above, most of the Anthony Logistics products contain ingredients that are extremely problematic for anyone's skin. Ingredients like alcohol, peppermint, eucalyptus, and many of the other irritants strewn throughout this line are seriously bad for skin. (Guys, skin care isn't about portraying a tough "no pain, no gain" mentality.) The limited number of well-formulated products makes this a less than logical line for any man.

For more information about Anthony Logistics, call (866) 268-4669 or visit anthony.com.

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