03.16.2015
32
Clear Start Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix
0.3 fl. oz. for $19
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Last Updated:03.16.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No

Could it be that Dermalogica is finally coming around on their use of fragrant oils in their skin-care products? That seems to be the case with this anti-acne treatment lotion medicated with 5% benzoyl peroxide—the gold standard topical disinfectant for killing acne-causing bacteria.

Although this product doesn't contain Dermalogica's usual offenders such as lavender or citrus oils, it does contain the extract form of lavender. This poses a slight risk of irritation but is definitely less likely to be problematic compared to the oil form.

We're glad that this formula includes antioxidant green tea plus some very good anti-irritants, including a licorice derivative. This could be considered fragrance-free because "fragrance" isn't listed; however, the lavender contains fragrance ingredients that lend scent to this product.

Overall, this is a good though slightly pricey anti-acne option for all skin types except extra-sensitive.

Pros:
  • Medicated with gold-standard anti-acne ingredient benzoyl peroxide.
  • Lightweight gel-like lotion formula is suitable for all skin types.
  • Contains a very good mix of antioxidants and soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Lavender extract adds fragrance which poses a risk of irritation.

Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Hit the Spot.

Community Reviews
Claims

Dab this powerful concentrated gel directly onto individual breakouts: formula wipes out pimple-causing bacteria deep within the pore to clear your breakout fast.

Ingredients

Active ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 5%. Other ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, PEG-8, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Oleanolic Acid, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Cetyl Alcohol, Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Polysorbate 80, Glyceryl Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Ethylhexylglycerin, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, 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.