The Method: Polish Blemish Control

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$75 - 4.2 fl. oz.
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Skin Care > Scrubs > Scrubs
Last Updated:
2/18/2014
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No
Tested On Animals:
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The Method: Polish Blemish Control is virtually identical to The Method: Polish, with only a few differences that we'll discuss in a moment. Therefore, The Method: Polish Blemish Control contains the same aggressive combination of magnesium oxide, sodium bicarbonate and fragrance extracts, and is not recommended.

While magnesium oxide crystals are the same used for dermatologist-administered microdermabrasion treatments, you won't get the same results with a scrub (the actual microdermabrasion machine does a lot of the work). The plant enzymes don't add benefit to this product given it's a rinse off formula (and, if you were curious, plant enzymes cannot exfoliate skin), nor does the warming sensation (a result of the magnesium oxide mixing with water) this scrub exerts on skin.

As mentioned, this contains sodium bicarbonate, and its high (alkaline) pH is problematic in terms of irritation. The lavender and peppermint oils are also sources of irritation and the last thing skin needs when using a scrub like this is further irritation! See below for details on peppermint and its wide use in anti-acne products.

Like the other products in Lancer's collection for blemish-prone skin, this scrub includes peppermint oil. Peppermint provides a cooling sensation that some with oily skin may appreciate, but irritation from such fragrant ingredients can increase oiliness and delay healing due to their ability to stimulate oil production at the base of the pores. That's not the ideal outcome for a product marketed towards those prone to breakouts! See More Info for additional details on irritation and skin.

If you are interested in a product to help treat breakouts, there is no better place to start than with a well-formulated BHA (salicylic acid) exfoliant. BHA will also soothe reddened, irritated skin and help to fade red marks and sun damage, too. See our top picks in the Best BHA Exfoliants section.

Pros:
  • Will temporarily smooth flaky, dry patches.
Cons:
  • Contains a mix of irritating ingredients, the alkaline sodium bicarbonate, lavender oil, and peppermint oil.
  • The combination of irritants + potent scrub agent magnesium oxide is a recipe for irritation, and it's easy to overdo it with scrubs like this.
  • Expensive; there are gentler & more effective options available for less.
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Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation and as a result impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes the vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For these reasons, it is best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

This gentle skin resurfacing treatment for blemish-prone or oily skin contains a blend of delicate exfoliating beads, plant enzymes, and a warming element to remove dull, dead surface cells, increase oxygen levels throughout skin, and prepare it for additional treatments. Natural cell turnover is boosted and underlying cells are signaled to help produce fresher, younger-looking skin.

Butylene Glycol, Sodium Bicarbonate, Magnesium Oxide, PEG-8, Glycerin, Oleth-20, Trihydroxystearin Silica, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lactobacillus/Pumpkin Ferment Extract, Syringa Vulgaris (Lilac) Leaf Cell Culture Extract, Lactobacillus/Punica Granatum Fruit Ferment Extract, Leuconostoc/Radish Root Ferment Filtrate, Hydrolyzed Algae Extract, Lavandula Angustfolia (Lavender) Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Salicylic Acid, Water (Aqua), Maltodexrtin, Sorbic Acid, Linalool.

Dr. Harold Lancer is a Beverly Hills dermatologist with celebrity clientele, two credentials that pique the interest of many women interested in skin care. His specialty is cosmetic rejuvenation and, like many dermatologists before him, Lancer has his own line of products: Lancer Dermatology Skincare.

Lancer's skin-care line is built around four steps: polish, cleanse, nourish, and protect. According to Lancer, these steps work for every skin type or aging concern. The polish (i.e. scrub) step involves applying a fairly abrasive, alkaline scrub before cleansing. Lancer's idea is that the polish loosens soil and cellular debris, which the cleanser you apply next will easily wash away.

After you cleanse, you're supposed to nourish skin with an anti-aging moisturizer. During the day, you're advised to protect your skin with sunscreen and, occasionally, if needed, you can apply a treatment product (such as a vitamin C cream).

Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's ultimately nothing new to the skin-care industry: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubs aren’t the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.

The polish (scrub) before the cleansing step is a new twist, but it's actually a problem if you're wearing makeup. Scrubbing skin before you remove your makeup will grind the makeup deeper into your pores, making it harder for the cleanser to remove. If anything, you should cleanse first, polish second.

Although Lancer's method is being hailed as unique or somehow different, it's about as interesting as white bread. If anything, it's a mix of dated and modern concepts built on information that researchers have known about for years: Exfoliation is necessary for younger-looking skin (but scrubbing isn't the best way to get this benefit), sun protection is vital, and a moisturizer loaded with skin-repairing ingredients helps replace what young skin produces naturally before it becomes damaged.

Unfortunately, Lancer’s scrubs are all alkaline (high pH) and contain overly abrasive scrub ingredients and fragrance extracts that skin doesn’t need. The nighttime moisturizers are all packaged in jars (exposing their beneficial ingredients to air), and the one sunscreen in the line is alcohol based (which isn’t a good thing for skin, as we’ll discuss in the product review).

There are some highlights in the line, such as good options for a 10% vitamin C treatment and AHA exfoliant, but ultimately you don’t need to spend this much to have healthy, younger-looking skin. In fact, because many of Lancer's products contain one or more problematic ingredients, you may end up thinking, “why bother?”

For more information about Lancer Dermatology Skincare, call (310) 278-8444 or visit http://www.lancerskincare.com/.

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