This anti-acne BHA exfoliant is not recommended because of the low amount of salicylic acid (1% is preferred), a pH level that’s too high for exfoliation to occur, and the amount of alcohol. The alcohol appears to be one of the last ingredients listed, but that’s because it’s “SD” alcohol and because it’s permissible to list inactive ingredients (which is what alcohol is) in alphabetical order for over-the-counter drug products. Without a doubt this exfoliant is alcohol-based, and alcohol stimulates oil production at the base of the pore, making acne worse. Alcohol also causes free-radical damage and cell death, which damages the skin’s healing process and makes the red marks from acne last longer.
Now you can take control of your acne with PanOxyl Exfoliating Solution. The Salicylic Acid in PanOxyl Exfoliating Solution is clinically proven to help clear acne blemishes and allow skin to heal.
Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Allantoin, Glycerin, Isoceteth 20, Polysorbate 80, Purified Water, SD Alcohol 40b, Sodium PCA
This small line of anti-acne products is sold in many drugstores, sometimes positioned near the pharmacy. Knowing that this line comes from a pharmaceutical company (Stiefel) that specializes in dermatology, the incomplete nature of what they offer consumers is very disappointing.
For more information about PanOxyl, call 1-888-438-7426 or visit www.panoxyl-skincare.com.