StayClear Adult Care Acne Treatment Cream (Discontinued)

by Clearasil  StayClear
$4.99 - 1 fl. oz.
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Adult Care Acne Treatment Cream contains 2% resorcinol along with 8% sulfur, both topical disinfectants that can be effective against acne-causing bacteria. The tradeoffs are that resorcinol can be exceedingly irritating and drying to skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, April 2007, pages 196–200), and sulfur, while less irritating, can cause superficial dryness. Still, this may be a worthwhile option for someone with acne whose blemishes have not responded to benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid or to prescription options.

Effective medication for less oily, adult skin that conceals pimples while it dries them up and helps them heal.

Active: Resorcinol (2%), Sulfur (8%), Denatured Ethanol (10%), Other: Water, Bentonite, Glyceryl Stearate Se, Propylene Glycol, Isopropyl Myristate, Sodium Bisulfite, Dimethicone, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Fragrance, Iron Oxide

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.

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