This water-soluble gel cleanser for normal to oily skin contains 2% salicylic acid. That may appeal to those struggling with acne, but salicylic acid’s benefit is all but lost when it’s in a cleanser that’s quickly rinsed from skin (and you would never want to leave cleansing ingredients on your skin for very long). The salicylic acid simply doesn’t have enough time to penetrate the pore lining and go to work, not to mention that the pH of this cleanser is too high for it to have benefit anyway. That leaves you with a good cleanser for normal to oily skin, but not one that, when used at night, provides clearer skin the next morning. For that, you need leave-on anti-acne products whose active ingredients include benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Note that this cleanser also contains potentially irritating plant extracts, including Helichrysum italicum, which is not advised for use by anyone allergic to ragweed (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Dermatologist tested and clinically tested to help visibly reduce redness and pimple size by morning to give visibly clearer skin. The creamy textured wash washes away dirt, oil and bacteria and is formulated to work continuously through the night to fight acne when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration and renewal.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Laureth-4, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-43, Fragrance, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus Monspeliensis Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Formic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Red 33, Blue 1
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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