Tested on animals:No
Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser gets its icy feeling from menthol and eucalyptus, two ingredients that sabotage skin, potentially making breakouts worse (see More Info). It also contains a rather drying, skin-aggravating cleansing agent. Ouch!
As for the 2% salicylic acid, it can’t function properly in its anti-acne/exfoliation roles in this cleanser. While salicylic acid is an excellent anti-acne exfoliant when used in a leave-on product, it is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser because it’s rinsed off before it can begin to work. In short, Biore is making acne-fighting claims for this cleanser that aren’t likely to occur.
Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser is just one more example of how anti-acne cleansers tend to over-dry and needlessly aggravate skin, rather than help it.
See our list of Best Cleansers for gentler options that truly can help breakout-prone skin!
- Contains skin-aggravating ingredients that make oiliness and breakouts worse.
- Doesn’t live up to its acne-fighting promises.
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.
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