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Clearproof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin
Rating
3 fl. oz. for $18
Category:Skin Care > Moisturizers (Daytime and Nighttime) > Moisturizer without Sunscreen
Last Updated:03.13.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This lightweight moisturizer is recommended for acne-prone skin, yet it contains some thickening agents that aren't the best when breakouts are a concern, though some people with blemish-prone skin may be able to tolerate them just fine. Most disappointing is the claim that this moisturizer controls excess oil, because it cannot do that. Its finish is minimally matte, and the ingredients it contains cannot work well to hold back or absorb excess shine.

Best for normal to combination skin, this wins points for including the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide as well as some good vitamin and plant-based antioxidants and soothing agents. The fragrance-free formula could've been better with an assortment of ingredients that reduce redness, but this is one of the better lightweight formulas Mary Kay offers.

Pros:
  • Lightweight texture hydrates without feeling greasy.
  • Contains some good antioxidants and the cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide.
  • Inexpensive.
Cons:
  • Doesn't do a good job controlling shine/excess oil.
  • Contains some thickening agents that may make breakouts worse.
Claims

The Clear Proof Oil-Free Moisturizer for Acne-Prone Skin is the fourth step in the Clear Proof Acne System. It replenishes moisture to provide balanced hydration and helps control excess oil, leaving skin with a beautiful matte finish.

Ingredients

Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Ethylhexanoate, Butylene Glycol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glyceryl Stearate, Dimethicone, Isostearyl Alcohol, Stearic Acid, Betaine, Niacinamide, PEG-100 Stearate, Cetyl Alcohol, Cucurbita Pepo (Pumpkin) Fruit Extract, Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lactobacillus/Ganoderma Lucidum (Reishi) Extract/Lentinus Edodes (Truncated), PEG-4 Laurate, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Phenoxyethanol, Diazolidinyl Urea, Sodium Benzoate.

Brand Overview

Mary Kay At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance-free; packaging that keeps light- and air-sensitive ingredients stable during use; a handful of well-formulated moisturizers; very good eye-makeup remover; effective wrinkle filler; excellent cream blush and several other impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: The overall collection is a mixed bag of exciting and disappointing products; several outdated moisturizers and cleansers; no AHA or acceptable BHA products; the CC Cream doesn't provide good enough UVA protection; some lackluster makeup products.

The last few years haven't been glamorous for one of the world's largest direct sellers of cosmetics. Mary Kay lost a lawsuit filed by TriStrata, the company whose founders hold over 100 patents on the use of AHAs in skin-care products. It was revealed that Mary Kay's former AHA products infringed on three of these patents, and, after some back-and-forths in court, Mary Kay ended up paying royalties of over $40 million (interest included) to TriStrata. Perhaps because they're still licking their wounds after this defeat, the company has not launched any new AHA products, and no longer sells the ones that were in question during the legal battle (Source: www.bizjournals.com/dallas/stories/2006/04/03/daily26.html).

However, the company's spin on the issue of AHAs is that they no longer use them because skin-care technology has advanced. That's an interesting twist, but the fact of the matter is that AHA products, when well-formulated, are still considered advanced and capable of doing far more for skin than the alternatives Mary Kay has devised (including an at-home microdermabrasion scrub and products with vitamin C derivatives).

Although they're not a company for you if you are looking for exfoliants (though you should be looking for a good exfoliant), Mary Kay has recently developed a surprising number of excellent products. With over 1.6 million Mary Kay consultants selling products in 30 countries, this family-owned company (founder Mary Kay Ash passed away in 2001) has slowly been proving that they intend to remain competitive with the best of the best. A refreshing change of pace is the omission of fragrance from almost all of the products. Now that is what we call progress!

Despite its size and capital (wholesale figures were $3 billion in 2012), Mary Kay still has a lot to learn. For instance, although their guiding philosophy of empowering women is admirable, the assortment of products still leaves much to be desired. Yes, things are looking up, but there are several weak spots that keep Mary Kay from being in the same league as Avon, Estee Lauder, Procter & Gamble (Olay), and Johnson & Johnson (Neutrogena, Aveeno, RoC). These include outdated cleansers, toners, and moisturizers, along with letdowns in products designed for oily, blemish-prone skin. The TimeWise product range has expanded considerably, and offers a few state-of-the-art products worthy of its name (although, as with all skin-care products, they're not going to turn back the hands of time and erase all signs of aging).

If improvements like those in Mary Kay's latest products were translated to the entire line, it would be standing much taller, at least as far as what current, substantiated skin-care research indicates is optimum for creating and maintaining healthy skin. As is, this is a line to approach with a keen understanding of what to focus on and what to avoid. One last bit of good news: Mary Kay offers well-packaged samples of selected products, either directly or from your consultant.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all Mary Kay products are fragrance-free.

Note: Mary Kay is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Mary Kay does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Paula’s Choice Research Team.

For more information about Mary Kay, call (800) 627-9529 or visit www.marykay.com

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01.05.2014
Works pretty good for sensitive acne prone skin

I wouldn't give it a 4 Star due to it not absorbing oil well enough/long enough but other then that it is a great moisturizer for sensitive acne prone skin. I was skeptical at first I must admit but it has been working quite well. I like it, there is no awful smell that even the scent free moisturizers/cleaners can have. It does really moisturize, it is not an acne treatment cream but it does help minimize a break out, just takes a few days like anything does really. I would recommend it :-)

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