06.24.2014
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Clearskin Pore Penetrating Invigorating Scrub
Rating
2.5 fl. oz. for $6.49
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs
Last Updated:06.24.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

There is every reason to believe this problematic scrub will not only make your acne worse, but also confuse your skin due to its blend of oil with alcohol and other drying, irritating ingredients. It is not recommended. Please see More Info below for details on why irritation is bad for your skin and for additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • Formula is a skin-confusing blend of water and oil with alcohol, along with other irritating ingredients.
  • Does not rinse easily.
  • Eucalyptus, witch hazel, and menthol cause irritation that makes acne and oily skin worse.
  • Cannot firm pores as claimed.

When acne and/or oily skin are your concerns, it’s critical to avoid products with irritating ingredients. Irritants such as eucalyptus, menthol, and witch hazel hurt skin’s healing process (so red marks from blemishes last longer) and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse.

More Info:

Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyurethane beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyurethane beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Claims
Ingredients

Water, Polyethylene, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Stearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, SD Alcohol 40-B, PEG-40 Stearate, C12-15 Pareth-12, Cetyl Alcohol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Menthol, Benzethonium Chloride, Propylene Glycol, Sorbic Acid, BHT, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Yellow 6, Yellow 10, Blue 1

Brand Overview

Avon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Broad-spectrum sun protection from most of the SPF products; a selection of good cleansers, moisturizers, and serums; a phenomenal concealer and a handful of other excellent makeup products at bargain prices; the company provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site and offers some of the most helpful Customer Service associates in the industry.

Weaknesses: The Clearskin products are mostly irritating and poor choices for anyone battling blemishes; the Anew Clinical lineup isn’t as impressive as its made out to be; an overreliance on jar packaging diminishes the antioxidants found in many Avon moisturizers; endless, unnecessarily repetitive moisturizers with exaggerated, outlandish claims; some of the foundations look unnatural.

The last few years have been an interesting time for the world's largest direct seller. Avon is sold in 120 countries and has an enormous range of products that goes beyond skin care and makeup, all sold by five million Avon representatives racking up annual sales of over $8 billion (Source: www.avoncompany.com). Yet due to several quarters of lackluster or poor financial performance, the company announced a multiyear restructuring plan in 2006. The anticipated cost of these changes is upwards of $500 million, which includes downsizing underperforming areas and focusing on remarketing their star products. In recent years, those key products have had "cosmeceutical" appeal, with claims that have gone beyond reality (but overexaggerated claims sell big in the cosmetics industry).

The Anew Clinical line ushered in several products claiming to work like (or, in some instances, better than) cosmetic corrective procedures. Whether you are considering laser treatments, Botox, Thermage, collagen injections, or even liposuction, the ads for Anew Clinical were designed to make you rethink that decision.

It is definitely impressive that Avon invested $100 million on a state-of-the-art research and product development facility in New York, but despite some innovative products that compete with the best of the best (typically for much less money), no cosmetics company has (or will) produce skin-care products that rival or beat the results obtainable from medical procedures. It's admittedly easier to slather on a cream or stroke a pad over your face than to make an office call and shoulder the expense for a cosmetic corrective procedure, but in this case convenience and savings don't equal—or even come close to—comparable results. And lest we forget, despite the onslaught of so-called cosmeceutical products claiming to mimic the results such procedures provide, the number of these procedures being performed increases each year. If any of these works-like-(insert cosmetic corrective procedure here) products did work, the number of procedures would be declining, not rising.

The National Advertising Division (NAD) took issue with several claims Avon made in ads for their Anew Clinical products (Source: www.nadreview.org/default.asp?SessionID=1149178&DocType=1&CaseType=1). In some cases, Avon reworded their claims in ad reprints, while in others they "respectfully disagreed" with the NAD conclusions but agreed to take their comments into consideration for future ads. We'll see how this turns out, but, based on their current ads, the message remains that Anew Clinical products are at the forefront of making cosmetic corrective procedure results as easy as calling your Avon representative and reciting your credit card number.

As a major international cosmetics company, Avon has several initiatives in place that prove its commitment to women and the environment. Whether donating to women's health concerns (most notably breast cancer), surpassing environmental regulations, or financially supporting alternative methods to animal testing, Avon's principles are responsible and admirable. If you pay attention to the best of what they have to offer, you will not only be supporting Avon's mission to improve the lives of women but also gaining some wonderful products, making it a win-win situation.

For more information about Avon, call (800) 500-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Avon Makeup

Avon may be viewed as a skin-care innovator, but when it comes to makeup they're more follow-the-leaders than trail blazers. Admittedly, their foundations, powders, blush, and lipsticks have smoother, more state-of-the-art textures than ever, but with few exceptions none of them are setting a precedent that other, more innovative companies are likely to follow.

You will find some outstanding Avon makeup products to consider, but perhaps due to the sheer size of the collection there are far too many mediocre products, especially among the eyeshadows, pencils, and mascaras. Given that Avon isn't as easy to obtain as comparable products at your local drug or department store, many of the makeup items end up being a tough sell. After all, who wants to go out of their way for average products? Turning to what Avon does really well, you'll find their loose and pressed powders have amazingly silky textures and natural finishes. Their blushes are wonderful, and a few of the lipsticks and foundations are definitely worth talking about with enthusiasm. Another positive point is that Avon regularly discounts their makeup, often upwards of 50% during any given campaign (Avon's campaigns run for two weeks and the specials change each time). If you shop at the right time, the best of Avon color can be yours for less than you'd pay for most low-cost drugstore makeup.

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07.22.2015
avon scrub,mask,blackhead clearing astringent and the gel cleanser

Excellent product had pimples all over my face but a friend who just had the same problem and had used the whole kit and had superb results suggested i use this avon kit and with no doubt ,i saw results in two days

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10.05.2013
recommend if you want dry, cracked skin

I bought this because a co-worker was selling Avon, and I was curious about their skincare. I used this scrub in the shower the day I got it, and it burned my skin like crazy. I thought this was maybe due to something else, so I tried using it again the next day and it burned, made my skin red, and after wiping my face it cracked around the nose, lips and cheeks. My face hurt and looked awful and flaky. I used Paula's serum for a few days and thankfully my skin became glowy and beautiful again

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