The amount of salicylic acid in these pads may make it preferred for sensitive skin, but the pH is too high for it to exfoliate skin. A bigger offense is the inclusion of alcohol. Not only is that bad news for sensitive skin, but also all skin types will suffer from the alcohol-induced irritation, free-radical damage, and enhanced oil production.
Oxy Sensitive Cleansing Pads have a patented formula that gently penetrates deep into pores where pimples start. They even work between washings to control acne breakouts.
Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%) Other: Alcohol (34% V/V), Isoceteth 20, PEG 8/SMDI Copolymer, Purified Water, Trisodium EDTA, Trolamine
This anti-acne line sold at drugstores has been around for years, and has gone through its share of owners, none of whom have ever produced a comprehensive, practical line of products capable of addressing the needs of those battling blemishes. Current owner Mentholatum, which purchased Oxy from GlaxoSmithKline in 2004, has been busy re-positioning the line to appeal to men, hence the sleek yet masculine black packaging and color-coded labels. The new look may draw the attention of men (and teen males) suffering with acne, but regrettably, this is not one-stop shopping and, poof, your blemishes are history. Treating and managing acne is never that simple, and the most you can net from shopping Oxy is a selection of good benzoyl peroxide products. That's a good place to start, but steer clear of the other problematic Oxy products, and instead venture over to another section of the drugstore and pick up a gentle, water-soluble cleanser from Clean & Clear, a well-formulated BHA product from Neutrogena, and (for women) a matte-finish foundation with sunscreen from Revlon, and you're on your way to a smart, over-the-counter routine to battle blemishes. Yes, it would be more convenient to simply shop Oxy and get the same things, but this line has always had more shortcomings than positives—so knowing what to choose will help you avoid irritation and frustration.
For more information about Oxy, call 1-877-636-2677 or visit www.oxyskincare.com.