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Benzoyl Peroxide 5%
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4 fl. oz. for $30
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products > Benzoyl Peroxide
Last Updated:03.25.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview
Benzoyl Peroxide 5% is a topical disinfectant listing 5% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. The fragrance-free formula has a lightweight texture that's barely felt, making it great for oily skin. This fragrance-free formula is suitable for all skin types struggling with blemishes; it's only misstep is the high price. Still, you're getting a larger amount of product than what's typical for this category of products.

This anti-acne product would earn our top rating if it contained anti-irritants to help minimize redness from acne.
Claims
Benzoyl Peroxide 5% strength is the medication of choice for treating acne. Benzoyl peroxide is one of the most effective antibacterial agents that significantly reduces the presence of P. acnes bacteria.
Ingredients
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Water, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Carbomer, Triethanolamine, Disodium EDTA, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben
Brand Overview

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging; Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marini’s former lash-enhancing products.

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.

It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.

For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.

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02.13.2014
Life saver

This is the only thing that has ever helped with my acne rosacea bumps. It is not drying, which is a real find for someone like me with EVERY skin problem--rosacea, large pores, greasy T-zone, along with very dry scaly areas.

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