03.17.2015
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Ultra Rapid Action Vanishing Treatment Cream
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1 fl. oz. for $10.99
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Benzoyl Peroxide
Last Updated:03.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This is a very good topical disinfectant for those struggling with stubborn acne. It is available in colorless (“Invisible”) and tinted versions, and both have the same formula, including 10% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. The amount of benzoyl peroxide is potent, and you should consider it only if your acne hasn’t responded to lower concentrations of this over-the-counter drug. Benzoyl peroxide is the gold standard as a starting point in treating acne. This product also contain gluconolactone, an AHA-type exfoliant. That is helpful for skin, but salicylic acid is a far better exfoliant for oily or acne-prone skin because it also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.

Claims

Dermatologist tested and visibly reduces pimple size and redness in as little 4 hours. It is scientifically formulated with maximum strength acne medication and works to penetrate pores. So you get visibly clearer skin fast.

Ingredients

*Available in both vanishing and tinted. Same IL for both. Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Water, Gluconolactone, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerin, PEG-40 Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Dimethicone, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Xanthan Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Ammonium Hydroxide, Isopropylparaben, Arginine, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Titanium Dioxide.

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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03.04.2015
different ingredients in Canada?

Is this a different product in Canada? On the Clearasil canada website (and in the store) I noticed the product with this name has salicylic acid. Perhaps the product offering is different here?

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03.13.2015
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi again!  I've contacted Clearasil Canada for clarification and once we get it, we will get the review updated on this one also :)

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