As is par for the course for so many anti-acne products, these pads are a mixed bag of good and bad ingredients. The good part is the blend of 1% salicylic acid with a decent amount of glycolic acid that could be helpful for exfoliation, even though the salicylic acid would be completely effective on its own from a treatment point of view. When it comes to acne, glycolic acid isn’t all that effective because it can’t penetrate through the oil in the pore and it doesn’t remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin as well as salicylic acid.
The bad news is that the pH of these pads doesn’t allow the salicylic acid to function as an exfoliant, plus the formula contains several irritants, including peppermint, cinnamon, and rosemary, and a lot of alcohol. Irritants of any kind, especially alcohol, can stimulate oil production at the base of your pores, hurt the skin’s healing process, and cause collagen to break down. All of this adds up to a headache for your skin, making it more red and inflamed—given that acne is red enough on its own, why add fuel to the fire? The apple cinnamon should be for your oatmeal in the morning, not part of your skin-care routine.
Sweep one of these pads over the face to gently exfoliate the skin and keep pores clean and clear. A formula containing apple and cinnamon extracts, as well as salicylic acid (1%) and glycolic acid, is infused right into each pad!
Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Water, Sd Alcohol 40-B, Glycolic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Peg-8 Dimethicone, Thiodipropionic Acid, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Pyrus Malus (Apple) Fruit Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Cassia Bark Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Tocopherol, Benzophenone-4, Glycerin, Polysorbate 20, Benzophenone-9, Peg-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ppg-26-Buteth-26, Dipropylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Chloride, Retinyl Palmitate, Biosaccharide Gum-1, Ammonium Hydroxide, Disodium Edta
Avon had every reason to be excited about launching its first comprehensive line marketed toward women aged 16 to 24. That's because, according to research conducted by the company, there are over 300 million teens in Avon's top 30 markets worldwide. These teens and young adults spend over $200 billion each year on consumer goods, a powerful incentive for companies to create niche cosmetics, fragrances, and accessory lines from scratch, and then couple them with aggressive, ongoing ad campaigns. Avon's Mark line comes from the company's Avon Future division. Debuting in September 2003, the line is sold through Avon's network of 500,000 representatives as well as a wave of new younger recruits—high school and college students—looking to earn some extra money by selling the products as well as enlisting others to sell the products. (Sales representatives get commissions ranging between 25% and 40% plus additional money for each new salesperson they enlist.)
From a youth-appeal standpoint, Mark combines cutesy-clever names like those seen in the Origins and BeneFit department-store lines, coupling them with modern packaging and prices that fit teens' budgets (Mark is priced competitively with drugstore-brand skin-care and makeup lines). Avon's distribution of some 13 to 16 million "magalogs" (catalogs) to their target market every four to six weeks (Source: The Rose Sheet, May 12, 2003, page 3) has kept this line in the forefront, as have monthly ads in teen-oriented magazines.
Beyond its target markets, fun packaging, and an eager audience with money to burn, does Mark make the grade when it comes to the products themselves? Mark's makeup (and its customization options) has proven to be the major draw and expanding force of this line. Although the skin care offerings are better than they used to be, Mark's act improves considerably because of their makeup, though we wish most of it weren’t so highly fragranced. The operative word for every Mark makeup product and shade is "sheer." From foundations to eyeshadow and lip products, these are soft, low-commitment colors, ideal for experimentation. Since this is a youth-oriented line, there is shine aplenty, and more lip gloss options than anyone could possibly need. Still, if you shop carefully, there's no reason you can't put together a workable makeup wardrobe of Mark products. The prices on many high-quality items make them bona fide steals, though if you're an adult shopping this line do keep in mind that what appeals to young women and teens (namely, lots of glittery shine, gloss, and novel packaging) may not appeal to you or meet your needs.
For more information about Avon Mark, call (866) MEETMARK or visit www.meetmark.com.