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Ultra Acne Solution System
Rating
$18.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments
Last Updated:03.07.2013
Jar Packaging:No
pH:2.30
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Ultra Acne Solution System comprises four items in a kit designed to address the causes of and help combat facial acne. The Stay Clear Daily Face Wash is a medicated cleanser with 2% salicylic acid, but this anti-acne wonder works best when left on the skin. It is otherwise an average cleanser/scrub hybrid that contains the irritant menthol, so we're not off to a good start. Step 2 involves the StayClear Daily Toner, but with alcohol as the second ingredient it’s also a problem for all skin types. Things begin looking up with the StayClear Daily Lotion, a 0.5% BHA lotion with a pH of 2.3. The pH allows the salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, but is considerably more irritating than a pH of 3–4, which is a safe pH range for skin and salicylic acid. The only product that deserves consideration is the Quick Start Treatment Cream. This is a simply formulated 10% benzoyl peroxide lotion that has a slightly absorbent matte finish. Ten percent benzoyl peroxide is a potent disinfectant for blemishes, and in general it is best to start with lower strengths to see if those work for you without pronounced side effects such as dryness or flaking. All told, with three out of four products in this system faltering, the only conclusion is to ignore this kit and keep in mind that separate benzoyl peroxide products are available from Clearasil, Neutrogena, and other drugstore lines.

Claims

Uniquely designed products work together to give an effective acne care product combination. A four-item collection designed to target the causes of - and eliminate the occurrence of - facial acne.

Ingredients

Step 1: StayClear Daily Face Wash (5 ounces) 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, Behenyl Alcohol, PPG-30, Steareth-2, Fragrance, Menthol, Disodium EDTA, BHT Step 2: StayClear Daily Toner (5 ounces) Water, Alcohol Denat., Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Ceteareth-12, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Chlorhexidine Digluconate, Tartaric Acid, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben Step 3: StayClear Daily Lotion (1.5 ounces) *pH ~ 2.3* Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5 %), Other: Water, Glyceryl Polymethacrylate, Isohexadecane, Cyclomethicone, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, PEG-8, Steareth-2, Lauryl Methacrylate/Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, Polyacrylamide, Steareth-21, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Xanthan Gum, Laureth-7, Fragrance, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben Quick Start Treatment Cream (0.475 ounces) Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Aluminum Hydroxide, Bentonite, Carbomer, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Isopropyl Myristate, Methylparaben, PEG-12, Potassium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Water

Brand Overview

Clearasil At-a-Glance

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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