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Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner
Rating
4 fl. oz. for $19
Category:Skin Care > Toners > Toners
Last Updated:03.10.2014
Jar Packaging:No
pH:>4.50
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This anti-acne toner is medicated with 1% salicylic acid, though it cannot function as an exfoliant due to this product's pH being too high (the company told us all of their products are formulated at a pH between 4.5–6.5, but salicylic acid works best in a pH between 3–4).

Even if the salicylic acid could benefit acne-affected skin, this toner is an irritation waiting to happen because it's LOADED with fragrant oils known to be irritating. Since acne is red and swollen, the last thing breakout-prone skin needs are ingredients capable of making those unsightly issues worse—and some of the citrus oils this contains can cause a phototoxic reaction on skin when it's exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

In short, this toner is a bad idea for all skin types and not recommended for anyone struggling with breakouts. See More Info to learn how irritation hurts skin.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant due to the product's pH being too high.
  • Formula is loaded with fragrant and astringent plant-based irritants.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Note: This product is was formerly known as Clean Start All Over Clear.

Claims

This unique mist-all-over purifying toner controls excess oils and helps eliminate breakouts on the face and body. Refreshing extracts help cool and revive skin.

Ingredients

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1.00%. Other ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Oil, Citrus Limon Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum Seed Extract, Citral, Hexylene Glycol, Geraniol, Limonene, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Brand Overview

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

Strengths: Good eye-makeup remover; a unique skin-lightening product; a couple of commendable moisturizers, one with stabilized vitamin C.

Weaknesses: Expensive; almost every category has one or more products that contain irritating ingredients with no established benefit for skin; Clean Start and MediBac lines are particularly disappointing; the SPF products tend to be mediocre to poor.

Dermalogica's name implies a logical relationship to dermatology, which makes it sound as if you are getting serious skin care. The subtitle on their products is even more commanding: "A Skin Care System Researched and Developed by the International Dermal Institute." But what is the International Dermal Institute, you ask? Are there any dermatologists there? Apparently not: The International Dermal Institute is a Dermalogica-owned school for aestheticians who want an education beyond what is required for their cosmetology license, and the classes are taught by aestheticians.

Does the professional atmosphere of the school associated with Dermalogica mean better products? The proof is in the pudding, and this pudding is, for the most part, just Jell-O, not chocolate mousse. A company so concerned with skin-care education should be ashamed of itself for offering so many products that damage skin with known irritants and, more egregiously, offering so many sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients. Dermalogica's education-oriented, serious-minded, and clinical positioning doesn’t mesh with the majority of their products, and is on par with tobacco company executives teaching an aerobics class.

According to company history, the reason Dermalogica products came to be was that founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skin-care lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients that she 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. If anything, quite the opposite is true. Further, if Dermalogica's founders were so concerned about potentially or definitively harmful ingredients, why do their products contain so many of them? Where is the research proving that lavender oil, camphor, balm mint, arnica, ginger oil, and citrus oils are helpful for skin?

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

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