03.10.2014
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Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque
2.5 fl. oz. for $24
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Last Updated:03.10.2014
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Tested on animals:No

Although this gel-based mask begins well with its mix of glycerin and a licorice-derived anti-irritant, it takes a turn for the potentially skin-irritating-worse with the inclusion of several plant extracts known to be problematic. Among them are high amounts of neem (Melia azadirachta), basil, lavender, and thyme. Some of these plants have antibacterial action that can be helpful against breakout-causing bacteria, but there's not much research to support this.

This mask's array of potentially problematic ingredients is not what reddened skin needs to calm down and become more even-toned. The cooling sensation comes from camphor, which is essentially the King of Irritants (Sources: British Journal of Dermatology, November 2000, pages 923–929; and Clinical Toxicology, December 1981, pages 1485–1498).

Note that although this mask is medicated with anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid, the formula's pH is outside the range it needs to function as an exfoliant.

Simply put, this mask may have all the best intentions, but it's bound to cause more problems than it solves, and is not recommended.

Pros:
  • Contains a good amount of a licorice-derived anti-irritant.
  • Lightweight, comforting gel texture feels nice.
Cons:
  • Contains potent skin irritant camphor.
  • Several of the plant extracts this contains are fragrant and pose a risk of irritation.
  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant due to the mask's pH being too high.
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Claims

Turn down the redness, rid your skin of breakouts! This potent masque helps clear breakouts while a cooling sensation refreshes and soothes.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%). Inactive: Water, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-32, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Flower/Leaf Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Lawsonia Inermis (Henna) Flower/Leaf/Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Ocimum Basilcicum (Basil) Leaf Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Pearl Powder, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Copper Gluconate, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Amino-Esters-1, Polysorbate 20, Camphor, Polyacrylate-13, Xanthan Gum, Polyisobutene, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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.