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Daily Defense Exfoliating Face Scrub
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5 fl. oz. for $5.59
Category:Skin Care > Scrubs
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Review Overview

Daily Defense Exfoliating Face Scrub is a medicated scrub that contains 2% salicylic acid, but the pH is too high for it to exfoliate, not to mention that it is rinsed from skin before it could penetrate into the pore. The detergent cleansing base can be drying unless you have very oily skin; better scrubs are available at the drugstore. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

More Info:

Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyurethane beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyurethane beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

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Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Acrylates Copolymer, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Violet 2, Diazolidinyl Urea, Edetate Disodium, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Fragrance, Glycerin, Iron Oxides, Jojoba Esters, Methylparaben, Microcrystalline Wax, PEG-8/SMDI Copolymer, Petrolatum, Polyethylene, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Potassium C12-13 Alkyl Phosphate, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Trolamine

Brand Overview

Oxy At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; selection of fragrance-free topical disinfectants with benzoyl peroxide.

Weaknesses: Everything that's a problem for acne! Most products won't help acne, but will irritate skin with alcohol and menthol; BHA products not formulated at correct pH range to exfoliate, and also contain needless irritants.

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.

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