Overnight Clearing Gel has a pH of 4, which is borderline for allowing its 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate skin. While some exfoliation will occur, which is good, this product contains several irritating plant extracts and oils, including sage, rosemary, and citronella. Camphor is also in the mix. That’s really disappointing, because without the copious amounts of irritants this would have been an above-average BHA option for all skin types, though it's pricey for the tiny amount you get compared to other BHA exfoliants that contain 2% salicylic acid.
An overnight treatment designed to help clear skin congestion and help prevent future breakouts. Salicylic Acid sloughs off pore-clogging skin cells to inhibit development of further breakouts, while naturally-antiseptic Tea Tree Oil assists in skin-healing.
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2.0%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, PEG-32, Butylene Glycol, PVM/MA Decadiene Crosspolymer, Polysorbate 20 , Glycerin, PEG-60 Almond Glycerides, Mahonia Aquifolium Root Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Crithmum Maritimum Extract, Yeast Extract, Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Sodium Hyaluronate, Biotin, Panthenol, Caffeine, Niacinamide, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camphor, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Sebacic Acid, 1,10-Decanediol, Nordihydroquaiaretic Acid, Oleanolic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer , PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Zinc Gluconate, Zinc Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Chlorphenesin, Caprylyl Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Cymbopogon Martini Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Citrus Grandis, (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Foeniculum Vulgare (Fennel) Oil, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Oil, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Oil, Artemisia Vulgaris Oil, Litsea Cubeba Fruit Oil, Piper Nigrum (Pepper) Seed Oil, Myristica Fragrans (Nutmeg) Kernel Oil, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Oil, Cymbopogon Nardus (Citronella) Oil, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Oil.
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.