Tested on animals:Yes
Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser Oil-Free is said to contain special particles that keep absorbing oil even after you’ve rinsed, but the fragranced formula contains some rather heavy ingredients that actually make it tricky to rinse completely. Perhaps their special oil-absorbing ingredient is the rice seed protein, but this has no special ability to cling to skin and keep absorbing excess oil long after you’ve cleansed your face. But that’s not the biggest issue…
As with many Clean & Clear cleaners, this contains menthol for its cooling, tingling sensation. Unfortunately, that sensation isn’t a benefit—it’s your skin telling you it’s being aggravated. The irony is that this effect can stimulate more oil production at the base of the pores, so, in essence, this cleanser that claims to absorb excess oil may end up making oily skin worse (see More Info to learn why)!
As for the salicylic acid that this cleanser contains, that’s a great anti-acne ingredient for exfoliation when used in a leave-on product, but it is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work. In other words, if you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits think again.
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- Tricky to rinse completely.
- Menthol-infused formula can aggravate skin.
- Contains potentially sensitizing fragrance.
- Doesn’t live up to claims.
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
Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, page 764
Dermatology, January 2003, issue 1, pages 17-23
European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422-427