I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Blackheads cannot be scrubbed away. Although this product does contain salicylic acid, when it’s in a cleanser or a scrub its contact with skin is too brief for it to provide much, if any, benefit. Besides, this scrub, like so many other Clean & Clear products, ends up causing more trouble than it could possibly prevent because it contains the irritating menthol derivative menthyl lactate; plus the wax-like thickening agents it contains stand a good chance of making blackheads worse. If you want a scrub, a plain washcloth with a gentle cleanser works far better!
See fewer blackheads in just two days! This specially formulated cleanser contains Multi-Action beads to gently exfoliate your skin´s surface. The maximum strength acne fighting medicine in Blackhead Clearing Scrub helps clear blackheads and helps prevent new ones from forming.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Polyethylene, Microcrystalline Wax, Steareth-21, Polysorbate 60, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Menthyl Lactate, Ferric Ferrocyanide, Jojoba Esters
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.