Ultra Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream combines 10% benzoyl peroxide with enough glycolic acid to exfoliate skin, which this product’s pH of 3.6 allows. However, according to a cosmetics chemist I interviewed, benzoyl peroxide’s stability can be negatively affected at this pH level, causing it to break down into benzoic acid (which has no effect on acne). This product’s combination of actives sounds intriguing, but their effectiveness may be inhibited by the unknowns about what happens when they are combined. Further, glycolic acid isn’t preferred to salicylic acid for acne.
Fights pimples faster. With a breakthrough acne-fighting formulation, Clearasil Ultra's next generation treatment cream fights your acne faster and is clinically proven to give you clearer skin in just 3 days. Guaranteed.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Water, Glycolic Acid, Glycerin, Cetyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Peg-40 Stearate, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Dimethicone, Peg-100 Stearate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Arginine, Isopropylparaben, Isobutylparaben, N-Butylparaben
Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide; a good BHA option for those who prefer pads; a decent selection of water-soluble cleansers and topical scrubs.
Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; only one sunscreen and it's part of a lackluster three-step kit; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).
Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting, a very good BHA option, and a few other gems.
By the way, although Clearasil has products directed toward adult (instead of teenage) acne, the basic cause and treatment of acne is the same regardless of age. The protocol for handling breakouts does not require a separate category of products; the treatment basics remain the same.
For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.
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This product is WAY too irritating. I started using Clearasil as a teenager and would often wake up with my eyes swollen, even though I took great effort to avoid the eye area. It is also very drying; I had deep wrinkles by the time I was 20, which have since been reversed after switching to tea tree oil for acne. Yes, Clearasil dries out zits quickly, but at what long-term cost to the skin? 10% BP is far too strong for most, yet it is often the only strength available in the drug stores.
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