This water-soluble cleanser is medicated with anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid, but it will be rinsed from skin before it has much chance to work. Even if salicylic acid was brilliantly effective in a cleanser, this particular cleanser contains the drying cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate. Because this is an over-the-counter drug product, the inactive ingredients may be listed in alphabetical order, which makes it seem as though the cleansing agent is present in a low amount---unlikely to be the case given standard cleanser formularies.
This cleanser contains some intriguing plant extracts with anti-inflammatory benefits (acne is an inflammatory disorder, so calming the inflammation is a good thing) but just like the salicylic acid, they’ll be rinsed from skin before they have much chance to improve matters.
Nothing helps get you ready to face the day like OXY® Daily Defense Face Wash. It’s gentle enough to use every morning, and effective at both treating and helping prevent acne. It also helps your skin stay feeling soft and smooth—all with a fresh, clean scent that helps wake you up and get you going.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Acrylates Copolymer, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Astragalus Membranaceus Root Extract, C8-22 Alkyl Acrylates/Methacrylic Acid Crosspolymer, Caprylyl Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Edetate Disodium, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Fragrance, Glycerin, Methyl Gluceth-20, PEG/PPG-8/3 Diisostearate, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Sorbate, Purified Water, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sorbic Acid, 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.