This mask doesn’t have what it takes to erase blackheads. It’s faults are many: A formula loaded with thickening agents that contribute to blackhead formation, an amount of salicylic acid that’s too low to be of much help, and the irritating menthol derivative menthyl lactate. Trying to reduce blackheads with this mask is akin to extinguishing a fire with gasoline, only this time it’s your skin that’s getting (at least figuratively speaking) burned.
CLEAN & CLEAR BLACKHEAD ERASER Cleansing Mask is a treatment to reduce blackheads and helps prevent new ones from forming. Specially formulated to treat blackhead prone skin, the mask is infused with acne fighting medication and ingredients that draw out dirt, oil and impurities that can clog pores and lead to blackheads.
Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Benzalkonium Chloride, Blue 1, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Dimethicone Propyl PG-Betaine, Fragrance, Glycerin, Hydrated Silica, Isoceteth-20, Menthyl Lactate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Xanthan Gum
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.