11.20.2013
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Clean & Clear
Deep Action Cream Cleanser, Sensitive Skin
Rating
6.5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:11.20.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Yes
Overview

This lotion-like cleanser has a lot going for it, including several gentle ingredients and an attractive price. Unfortunately, it’s a poor choice for sensitive skin (in fact, for all skin types) because it contains menthol. The tingle from menthol may feel refreshing, but it’s your skin telling you it is being irritated, and that’s always a problem (see More Info for details). This cleanser also contains fragrance, which is a no-no for sensitive skin, although all skin types will do better using fragrance-free products. Cleansers shouldn’t make your skin feel dry or tight, and the formulary missteps in this case make it a real problem for sensitive skin.

Pros:
  • Lotion-like cleanser contains some gentle ingredients.
  • Won’t leave skin feeling dry or tight.
Cons:
  • Contains the potent skin irritant menthol.
  • Contains fragrance, which is a no-no for sensitive skin.

More Info:

Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (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

Deep Action Cream Cleanser for Sensitive Skin is specially formulated for sensitive skin to clean deep down-to-the-pores without over drying. This unique formula is proven to thoroughly clean your skin, removing dirt, oil and makeup while keeping the moisture that is essential for soft, smooth and hydrated skin. After washing it will leave your skin scrubbed and refreshed with the unmistakable tingle of really clean skin.

Ingredients

Water, Cetearyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Glycerin, Steareth-21, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Salicylic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Menthol

Brand Overview

Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

The name of this Johnson & Johnson–owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.

Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.

For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.

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