StayClear Oil-Free Gel Wash (Discontinued)

by Clearasil  StayClear
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$4.49 - 6.78 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:
8/25/2011
Jar Packaging:
No
Tested On Animals:
Yes

This is a good water-soluble cleanser for normal to oily skin, whether blemishes are a concern or not. The active ingredient of 2% salicylic acid won’t be active on skin because it is rinsed off before it has a chance to work, so don’t count on it for exfoliation. Salicylic acid shouldn’t be used to cleanse around the eyes.

This oil-free gel wash gently removes dirt, oil and bacteria to keep skin clear and prevent future breakouts. The gel washes off easily for a refreshing clean.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sorbitol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Citric Acid, Tetrasodium Edta, Dipropylene Glycol, Buteth-3, Sodium Benzotriazolyl Butylphenol Sulfonate, Disodium Phosphate, Polyquaternium-43, Magnesium Nitrate, Tributyl Citrate, Blue 1, Violet 2, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone

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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