The pen concept of this product is clever because lots of consumers with acne want to zero in on their blemishes and zap them away. Treating acne in this manner can be effective, but treating the entire face is better than spot treating because then you are working on preventing blemishes from occurring in the first place, plus the same ingredients that zap zits help reduce them as well. What is pathetic about this terribly formulated product is that the second ingredient is alcohol. And it also contains menthol. Alcohol causes free-radical damage and irritation and menthol adds to the irritation. Those two ingredients not only hurt the skin’s ability to heal but also stimulate oil production in the pore. This product is an ultra problem for anyone’s skin.
Ultra Pimple Blocker Pen gets to work immediately to help stop a pimple in its tracks. Fast absorbing, clear formula clears existing pimples, visibly reducing redness and swelling. Discreet, easily portable pen has a precision applicator for convenient usage.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Alcohol Denatured, Propylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Isoceteth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Allantoin, Menthol, Disodium EDTA
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.