02.27.2013
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Clog Dissolving Cleansing Milk
Rating
6.7 fl. oz. for $28
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Face/Body Cleansers
Last Updated:02.27.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This milky lotion cleanser is the opposite of what someone with oily/combination skin should be looking for. The overly emollient formula cannot sufficiently cleanse oily skin, will not dissolve clogs, is tricky to rinse, and likely will make clogged pores worse. It also contains fragrant ingredients that are a problem for all skin types (see More Info). Steer clear of this chaotic cleanser!

One more comment: Clogged pores (such as blackheads and white bumps) require more than a cleanser, and, in fact, a cleanser has little impact on helping to dissolve the buildup of sebum (oil) and cellular debris that clogs the pore lining. To get a handle on clogged pores, use a water-soluble cleanser with a soft washcloth and follow with a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) exfoliant. Its active ingredient (salicylic acid) can penetrate the pore to free the clogged contents.

Pros:

  • None.

Cons:

  • Overly emollient cleanser is problematic for oily skin.
  • Will not dissolve clogs.
  • Contains a lot of fragrance, which can be irritating for all skin types.

More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin’s ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin. (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22.)

Claims

Whether your face suffers from the typical t-zone traffic jam or is oily all over, this marvel of a milky wash will keep it 'in the clear'.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20 Benzoate, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, PEG-40 Stearate, Sodium Dihydroxycetyl Phosphate, Cholesterol, Isostearic Acid, Triethanolamine, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Fragrance, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Behenyl Alcohol, Propylparaben, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Citrus Aurantium Amara (Bitter Orange) Peel Extract, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Stearyl Alcohol, Xanthan Gum, Protease, Subtilisin, Sodium Hyaluronate, Ascorbic Acid, Hydrolyzes Milk Protein, Tocopheryl Acetate, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Extract

Brand Overview

Bliss At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good selection of cleansers; fantastic gel blush.

Weaknesses: A preponderance of products whose claims raise hopes but that don't work even remotely as described; several sunscreens without sufficient UVA protection; no effective anti-blemish or skin-lightening products.

The way Bliss came to be one of the more successful and well-known spa locations around makes an intriguing story. Marcia Kilgore, a native of Canada, was a student at New York's Columbia University—but when her tuition plans fell through she had no choice but to fall back on her one marketable skill, personal training. Yet even though her venture was blossoming, she was routinely troubled by her complexion and ended up enrolling in a skin-care course where the seeds of a future empire were planted. Kilgore developed a knack and passion for facials, and soon she was on her way to becoming a beauty guru among Manhattan's celebrities and social elite. As Kilgore expanded from a one-room spa to a small business, word spread of her talents, and in July 1996 Bliss was established with the goal of offering "super-effective treatments in an uncontrived 'no-attitude' atmosphere."

What immediately set Bliss apart from the then relatively quiet spa business was Kilgore's sense of irreverence and openness, and her commitment to skill and jazzed-up product formulations that are seemingly right on the pulse of what consumers are looking for, namely natural botanicals, exotic scents, and anything and everything that can duplicate (as closely as possible) the spa experience at home. When products used during services started disappearing from the spa, it was a none-too-subtle clue that customers liked what they experienced—though spa techniques can go a long way toward making inadequate products seem exceptional. Kilgore noticed, and began to consider retailing them to her clients.

In 1999, Kilgore entered a partnership with luxury goods conglomerate and Sephora owner Louis Vuitton-Moet-Hennessey (LVMH), and sold them a 70% stake in the company. Her business skyrocketed as new spa locations opened, and dozens of new products have been created. The Bliss products are available in some department stores, Sephora, and through the Bliss catalog and Web site. Interestingly, Sephora still promotes the line even though LVMH sold it to Starwood Hotels and Resorts in 2004. Several Starwood-owned properties now sport or will soon be opening Bliss spas. Kilgore is moving away from the empire she created (though she still consults for them) and in 2007 launched a new line, Soap & Glory.

Uniquely effective or revolutionary formulas are not what sets Bliss products apart. Rather, the descriptions and claims for almost every Bliss-labeled product make "too good to be true" sound utterly ordinary by comparison. No wonder these products generate so much interest. Rather than contain everything but the kitchen sink, they claim to fix or improve everything but the kitchen sink! Kilgore admitted in the March 2007 issue of Vogue, "Legally you can't claim a product does anything; otherwise it would be a drug." That's not entirely true. For example, it is perfectly legal to claim a cleanser cleans skin and a moisturizer improves dryness and leave skin feeling soft. Those are real actions, but not ones with a druglike effect. Perhaps she made that remark after having removed herself from the Bliss spotlight, but it's telling that the woman who created so many cleverly named and fancifully articulated products goes against her own statement by attaching all manner of druglike claims to almost all of the products Bliss sells. Despite the spin and recycling of inaccurate information, there are some worthy products to take home after your visit to a Bliss spa. As a Bliss client, placing your faith in the entire product line and its false promises is the mistake to avoid—your money is better spent enjoying a massage or hydrotherapy treatment.

For more information about Bliss, call (888) 243-8825 or visit www.blissworld.com

Bliss Makeup

Without a doubt, the Bliss line is primarily about skin care. Their once comprehensive-but-still-boutique-like makeup collection has dwindled to a handful of products. Apparently, their own brand of cleverly named, cutely described cosmetics wasn’t selling as well as items from other lines sold on the company's Web site. Although there isn't much available, all but one of Blisslabs' makeup products is recommended, though in most cases you can find less-expensive versions at the drugstore.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment that Paula Begoun, founder of Beautypedia and Paula's Choice Skincare made over 30 years ago-to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!


The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

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12.23.2014
Didn't have any of the problems mentioned

I love this product. I've repurchased it. I have combination sensitive skin and I breakout with perfumes even. I've had no problems with this. I enjoy that it's mild and I do agree it does nothing to clear the pores. It just strips the excess oils, not strip them

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12.25.2012
Very good mild cleanser

This is a very good mild cleansing lotion. Did not break out my skin or cause rashes, welts, etc. The fragrance is a bit much but it is completely non-irritating.

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