This water-based anti-acne gel is similar to Dermalogica’s Clean Start Bedtime for Breakouts, but it bests that product because it omits irritating camphor and includes a much greater amount of anti-irritants. That’s helpful for inflamed skin, but this still isn’t much of a spot treatment for breakouts because it doesn’t contain the ingredients necessary to kill acne-causing bacteria or to exfoliate dead skin cells. Oleanolic acid, a component of plants, is present and has a mild antibacterial potential, but the ingredients it was compared with (none are in this product) did much better (Source: Phytomedicine, August 2007, pages 508–516). I certainly wouldn’t choose this over a well-formulated product with benzoyl peroxide.
A concentrated spot treatment that absorbs without a trace, while minimizing breakouts and controlling future breakout activity. Helps to reduce redness, calm inflammation, purify skin, and stop breakout-causing bacteria spot-on with a blast of oxygen-clearing breakouts fast.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Water, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclodextrin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Sulfate, Allyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Benzophenone-4, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Tetrasodium EDTA, Benzyl PCA, Phenoxyethanol
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.