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Oxy
Maximum Action Advanced Face Wash
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6 fl. oz. for $5.69
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown
Overview

The 10% benzoyl peroxide contained in Maximum Action Advanced Face Wash will have minimal, if any, impact on acne due to its brief contact with skin.

Claims

Harnesses the strength of oxygen in a tidal wave of acne protection. This daily cleanser rushes oxygen below the skin’s surface to unclog pores and kill acne-causing bacteria, leaving your skin healthy and vibrant so you can focus on your next smooth move.

Ingredients

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Anhydrous Citric Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Purified Water, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Xanthan Gum

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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10.07.2014
Works very well for my acne!

I have to disagree with Paula when she says that cleansers don't have an impact on skin because they are not left on skin long enough to do anything. I wash my face with a cleanser to remove dirt/oil, then massage this in and leave it on for a minute. I wash off and doing this twice a day has really cleared my skin. Much, much less irritating and drying than using a leave-on bp treatment. Highly recommend.

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