04.01.2013
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Oxy
Face Wash Acne-Treatment, Sensitive
Rating
6 fl. oz. for $5.59
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:False
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Tested on animals:Unknown
Overview

This is a standard water-soluble cleanser whose active ingredient is 5% benzoyl peroxide. Although it’s best to leave benzoyl peroxide on your skin to get the most anti-acne benefit, there is research showing that it does have some benefit when applied in a cleanser. The issue is to make sure you avoid the eye and mouth areas, which doesn’t make this the most convenient way to wash your face. This cleanser is best for normal to oily skin, but because you must avoid the eye area, you shouldn’t use it to remove makeup. One more comment: Someone with sensitive skin will likely find 5% benzoyl peroxide to be a problem.

Claims

Oxy Sensitive Face Wash has patented skin-soothing agent that helps minimize irritation and reduce redness. It gently removes dirt, oil and bacteria, leaving skin clean and fresh.

Ingredients

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Anhydrous Citric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Methylparaben, Pentylene Glycol, 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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