This is an outstanding fragrance-free topical disinfectant for anyone struggling with acne. It is medicated with benzoyl peroxide, the gold standard active ingredient for killing acne-causing bacteria. The inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order rather than in descending order of content, which is allowed by the FDA for over-the-counter drug products like this.
Oxy included some good antioxidants in the formula that can help reduce inflammation from acne, but, at least in theory, when antioxidants are present in the same formula as an oxidizing agent (benzoyl peroxide), they may reduce its efficacy. Still, there are very few well-formulated benzoyl peroxide products available, which make this one worth an audition.
Patented OXYSphere micro encapsulated benzoyl peroxide is released over time to fight acne breakouts between applications. For clear skin fast use as port of your daily skin care routine. Clinical results without a prescription.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate, Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Anhydrous Citric Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii Fruit (Shea Butter), Diazolidinyl Urea, Dimethicone, Disodium Lauriminodipropionate Tocopheryl Phosphates, Edetate Disodium, Ethylhexylglycerin, Euphorbia Cerifera Wax, Glycerin, Hydroxyethyl Behenamidopropyl Dimonium Chloride, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Lauryl Methacrylate, Glycol Dimethacrylate Crosspolymer, PEG-12 Dimethicone, PPG-4, Phenoxyethanol, Purified Water, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrahexyldecyl Ascorbate, Vitamin E, Xanthan Gum
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.