03.12.2015
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Extremely Gentle Cleanser for Intolerant Skin
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6.76 fl. oz. for $23
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:03.12.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Despite its positioning for "intolerant skin", one of the ingredients in this cleanser is o-phenyl phenol, a disinfectant and antifungal agent most often used as a preservative. It's known to be irritating for skin and eyes and has no business in a product for “hypersensitive skin” (Source: Contact Dermatitis, April 2006, page 332). Avoid this cleanser and stick with the gentle options from Cetaphil or Aquanil instead. Like this Avene cleanser, both of these can be used without water, and they're suitable for sensitive (OK, "intolerant") skin. !

Claims

No rinse formulation contains a minimum of ingredients to ensure maximum tolerance. Plant-derived soap-free cleansing agent removes make-up from face and eyes.

Ingredients

Avene Thermal Spring Water (Avene Aqua), Cetearyl Alcohol, Serine, Cetrimonium Bromide, Coco-Glucoside, Dipotassium Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Disodium Phosphate, O-Phenylphenol, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Water (Aqua).

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

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