03.10.2014
3
Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
6 fl. oz. for $19
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Last Updated:03.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

This water-soluble foaming cleanser contains some good ingredients for cleansing oily skin, but the fragrant oils make it too potentially irritating while the active ingredient (salicylic acid) will be rinsed from skin before it has a chance to work.

Some of the plant and fatty acids this contains are great for breakout-prone skin, but as with the salicylic acid, their benefit is negligible when included in a cleanser.

One more comment: Nothing about this cleanser makes it "deep cleansing". Such a concept is pure marketing spin, nothing more. Plus, it takes more than a cleanser to get clear skin; surely Dermalogica must believe this or why are they selling so many other products to fight breakouts?

Pros:
  • Contains gentle yet effective cleansing agents.
  • Rinses cleanly.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid cannot offer much help for breakouts due to its brief contact with skin.
  • Contains fragrant plant oils that pose a risk of irritation and really shouldn't be used around the eyes.
  • Doesn't provide a deep clean, because such a concept isn't possible with cleanser alone.

Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Wash Off.

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Claims

This breakout fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck ... wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.

Ingredients

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid .50%. Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate-20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porpyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.