This cleansing scrub is an all-around mess of a formula that’s all but guaranteed to make acne and redness from breakouts worse. It’s medicated with 5% benzoyl peroxide, the gold standard ingredient for killing acne-causing bacteria; however, in a cleanser that’s rinsed from the skin, its impact will be minor at best.
The formula contains a drying detergent cleansing agent (sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate) along with fragrance, and the potent irritant menthol. Please see More Info to learn why irritation is a problem for all skin types.
The scrub ingredient is polyethylene, which is great; however, acne cannot be scrubbed away, and the fact that this contains mineral oil along with petrolatum (that’s Vaseline) makes it difficult to rinse, plus it can leave your skin feeling greasy.
It’s really hard to believe that after several permutations of their anti-acne products, Clean & Clear comes up with this absurd combination of ingredients for acne.
- The active ingredient (benzoyl peroxide) is rinsed from skin before it can offer much benefit.
- Contains the drying cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, and drying skin hurts healing.
- Fragrance and menthol irritates skin, which makes redness worse.
- Difficult to rinse because it contains mineral and petrolatum (Vaseline) oils.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, which impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes vital substances your skin needs to stay young. Irritating ingredients stimulate excess oil production at the base of the pores, making oily skin and the accompanying breakouts worse.
For these reasons, it is best to minimize or eliminate as much as possible your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant anti-acne formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.
Note that the list of inactive ingredients for this product is ordered alphabetically rather than in descending order of content. This is permissible via U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) standards because this product is regulated as an over-the-counter drug.