Shave Cream Acne-Fighting Formula (Discontinued)
5.2 fl. oz. for $6.99
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Shaving Creams/Lotions/Gels
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown

This offers hope for blemishes in the beard area because it contains 2.5% benzoyl peroxide, but the emollients and coconut oil make it a potential problem for blemish-prone skin (this doesn’t rinse nearly as well as a shaving gel). Although the benzoyl peroxide stands a slight chance of disinfecting skin during the shaving process (though it really doesn’t stay in contact with skin long enough), the addition of menthol makes this too irritating to consider.


Helps minimize razor bumps. Cooling, non-foaming 1-in-1 formula cream fights acne and clogged pores while you shave! Benzoyl peroxide penetrates your pores to kill acne-causing bacteria and exfoliate to minimize razor bumps. Amazonian Dragon's Blood Tree Extract (croton lechleri) soothes the skin, helps reduce redness, provides antiseptic benefits, promotes healing and skin regeneration.


Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%).

Other: Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Ceteth-20, Cetyl Alcohol, Coconut Oil, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Edetate Disodium, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Menthol, Methylparaben, Myristyl Laurate, Myristyl Myristate, Olive Oil PEG-7 Esters, Panthenol, PEG-75 Stearate, Phytic Acid, Poloxamer 182, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Purified Water, PVM/MA Copolymer, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Polyacrylate, Steareth-20, Vitamin E, 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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