Oxy Clinical Advanced Face Wash Acne Treatment
5.1 fl. oz. for $8.49
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:False
Tested on animals:Unknown

This water-soluble anti-acne cleanser lists its inactive ingredients in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content. That’s permissible because this is an over-the-counter drug product (it is medicated with 2% salicylic acid), but it doesn’t help the consumer determine approximately how much of any inactive ingredient is present. In this case, it appears that the main detergent cleansing agent is sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, which is not good news because this cleansing agent can cause dryness and irritation. What about the claim that 25 times more acne medication remains on the skin after rinsing? Well, the medication in question is 2% salicylic acid. Oxy maintains that up to 80% of the salicylic acid remains on your skin after rinsing, but other than talking about how the AcneShield delivery system works, they provide no proof that it really works. For argument’s sake, let’s say it did work. You’d still be exposing your skin to a drying cleanser instead of just getting the benefits of salicylic acid from a well-formulated exfoliant that you can leave on your skin and let go to work. In the end, this cleanser isn’t an anti-acne breakthrough. Whether you’re a teen or an adult struggling with acne, a gentle, water-soluble cleanser is preferred to this product, and you can follow with a leave-on BHA exfoliant and topical disinfectant medicated with benzoyl peroxide.


25 times more acne medicine remains on the skin after rinsing; Patented AcneShield salicylic acid unclogs pores; Gentle enough to use everyday


Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: 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

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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