03.03.2014
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Clearing Mattifier
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1.3 fl. oz. for $45
Last Updated:03.03.2014
Jar Packaging:No
pH:>4.70
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

Clearing Mattifier does contain 2% salicylic acid, yet the pH of 4.7 doesn’t allow it to function as an exfoliant. The silicones in this product leave a soft matte finish, but the amount of cinnamon bark extract is cause for concern, making this unhelpful BHA product a poor option—not to mention an expensive one, considering that several less expensive products can provide a matte finish just like this one does and they also exfoliate to improve clogged pores, blackheads, and breakouts.

Claims

A medicated, topical treatment that clears breakouts, reduces congestion and controls shine. Also exfoliates impaction plugs, prevents future breakouts, and maintains and all-day matte finish on skin.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2.0%) Other: Cyclopentasiloxane, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, C30-45 Alkyl Cetearyl Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Ethoxydiglycol, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Niacinamide, Yeast Extract, Zinc Gluconate, Caffeine, Biotin, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Stearyl Glycyrrhetinate, Sarcosine, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Panthenol, Lauryl PEG-9 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, PTFE, Capryloyl Glycine, Butylene Glycol, Propylene Glycol, Water

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 now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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09.14.2014
Total Disappointment

I once had oily skin and breakouts in my early 20's. I was recommended to use Clearing Mattifier to address my skin concern by the beautician. This product is suppose to help overcome my skin problems but it turns out to be my skin worse nightmare as it not only irritates my skin but my poor skin breakouts even worse then i can imagine. Absolutely not worth the price tag!

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