StayClear Skin Perfecting 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 cleanser-scrub hybrid contains 2% salicylic acid as the active ingredient. However, unless you’re willing to leave this on your skin for several minutes (which is not recommended) the exfoliating benefit of the salicylic acid will be rinsed down the drain. The amount of the synthetic scrub ingredient polyethylene is low, so this functions best as a cleanser with a mild scrub effect. Note that you should not use this over acne lesions; you can’t scrub acne away and using topical scrubs can irritate the lesions and prolong healing time. In the long run, there are far better products for acne-prone skin than this one.

This creamy wash has unique ingredients to cleanse and gently exfoliate with tiny microbeads. Moisturizing ingredients ensure your skin remains soft and smooth.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Glycerin, Stearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Betaine, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Oxidized Polyethylene, Cetyl Alcohol, Alcohol, Steareth-21, Sodium Chloride, Sodium Hydroxide, Behenyl Alcohol, Fragrance, PPG-30, Steareth-2, Dipropylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, BHT

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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