Ultra Overnight Serum (Discontinued)

by Clearasil  Ultra
Price:
$9.99 - 0.5 fl. oz.
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Category:
Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments > BHA
Last Updated:
11/29/2012
Jar Packaging:
No
pH:
4.00
Tested On Animals:
Yes

Ultra Overnight Serum is a lighter version of Clearasil’s Ultra Overnight Face Lotion. Other than being preferred for normal to oily skin, the same review applies: This is an effective BHA lotion for those struggling with acne. With 2% salicylic acid and a pH of 4, you can expect this serum to reduce acne and blackheads. This would be rated a Best Product if it contained some beneficial extras (think soothing agents to reduce redness) and did not contain potentially irritating fragrant plants. Note that Helichrysum italicum is not advised for use by anyone allergic to ragweed (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Still, this deserves a Good rating for its effectiveness and because there’s a marked shortage of reliable BHA products at the drugstore.

The oil free maximum strength serum works continuously through the night when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of pimples overnight.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2 %), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate (Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer), Dimethicone, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 60, Sorbitan Isostearate, Fragrance, Lavanda Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus Monospeliensis Extract, Methylparaben, Peg 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben

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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