Oxy Clinical Hydrating Therapy Acne Treatment (Discontinued)
2 fl. oz. for $8.49
Category:Skin Care > Sensitive Skin Products > Blemish/Acne Treatments > BHA
Last Updated:04.01.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Unknown

Unfortunately, this acne treatment is neither clinical nor hydrating. It does contain salicylic acid, but only at 0.5% concentration, and according to research that isn’t enough. If you have mild to moderate acne, you will have better results from a BHA product formulated with 1–2% salicylic acid.

Even if this did contain an effective amount of BHA, it also contains a mint-based plant extract as well as a form of menthol, both of which can cause irritation. Leaving these irritants on your skin can stimulate more oil production at the base of the pore, potentially leading to more acne. What a shame; with some slight formulary adjustments, this could’ve been an interesting BHA lotion for those struggling with acne and blackheads, but as it is, it’s best left on the shelf. Please see our list of Best BHA Products for a list of brands that have the formulary essentials right.


Exfoliates to unclog pores and fight blemishes; Hydrates and nourishes your skin without clogging pores; Hyaluronic Acid for enhanced miniaturization; Controls Oil by regulating the overproduction of oil and absorbing excessive oil; Helps reduce redness; Gentle enough to use every day.


Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Acrylates Copolymer, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Extract, Ascorbyl Methylsilanol Pectinate, Benzoic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Butylene Glycol Cocoate, Capryloyl Glycine, Croton Lechleri Resin Extract, Dehydroacetic Acid, Dimethicone, Dimethiconol, Ethycellulose, Fragrance, Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Guar, Isostearyl Alcohol, Laureth 4, Laureth 23, Mentha Haplocalix Extract, Menthyl Lactate, Neopentyl Glycol Diheptanoate, PEG 25 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG 40 Hydrogenated Castor Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Phytic Acid, Purified Water, Silanetriol, Sodium Hyaluronate, 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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