Tested on animals:Yes
Housed in a medicinal-looking component complete with a syringe-like cap is a roll-on blemish treatment that could've been amazing but instead is disappointing. The formula has a 1% concentration of anti-acne superstar salicylic acid and the pH of 3.5 ensures it will function as an exfoliant, which is the goal—but that's where the positives stop and the problems begin.
The problem? Alcohol is this treatment's main ingredient, but alcohol isn't a treat for anyone's skin! There are other ways to formulate with salicylic acid without resorting to skin-damaging alcohol, but Lauder opted down a path that's likely to cause free-radical damage, dryness, and irritation, as we explain in the More Info section. Also in More Info, you'll find out how irritation makes oily, breakout-prone skin worse, not better.
This anti-acne product also has a sticky finish owing to the amount of hairspray-like film-forming agent it contains. While the fragranced formula contains a few water-binding and soothing agents, they're up against too much alcohol to be able to help skin. See our list of Best Anti-Acne Products for superior alternatives.
- Contains 1% salicylic acid formulated within an effective pH range.
- Definitely won't make skin feel greasy.
- Lists alcohol as the main ingredient, and alcohol is a proven skin irritant.
- Has a sticky, hairspray-like finish that doesn't feel good on skin.
- Likely to stimulate oil production which can lead to more breakouts.
Alcohol in Skin Care: Alcohol in skin-care products causes dryness and free-radical damage, and impairs the skin's ability to heal. The irritation it causes damages healthy collagen production and can stimulate oil production at the base of the pore, making oily skin worse (Sources: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410–1,419; Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, January 2011, pages 83–90; "Skin Care—From the Inside Out and Outside In," Tufts Daily, April 1, 2002; eMedicine Journal, May 8, 2002, volume 3, number 5, www.emedicine.com; Cutis, February 2001, pages 25–27; Contact Dermatitis, January 1996, pages 12–16; and http://pubs.niaaa.nih.gov/publications/arh27-4/277-284.htm).
Irritation and Oily Skin: Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).