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PanOxyl Acne Facial Wash, 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide (Discontinued)
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5.5 fl. oz. for $10.79
Category:Skin Care > Cleansers (including Cleansing Cloths) > Cleansers/Soaps
Last Updated:11.14.2011
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview
This is a strange cleanser formula, but not because the active ingredient is benzoyl peroxide, because that is this product’s strong point! Benzoyl peroxide is a brilliant anti-acne superstar. It’s especially effective when included in a non-irritating leave-on product, but there also is research showing it has benefit even when in a cleanser.

For this product the inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order, a standard that’s allowed by the FDA for over-the-counter (OTC) drug products.

We mentioned earlier that this was a strange formula, and that’s because it mixes drying detergent cleansing agent with oils, cornstarch, and AHAs. The oils help make the cleansing agents less of a problem, but they impede rinsing. Meanwhile, the AHAs aren’t effective in a cleanser because they are rinsed down the drain—besides, BHA (salicylic acid) is preferred when acne is the concern. This cleanser is not recommended because it is bound to confuse your skin while potentially making acne worse.
Claims
The rich, elegant lather of PanOxyl Acne Facial Wash gently removes dirt and excess oil to cleanse and unclog pores, while additional moisturizing ingredients help to rehydrate the skin, making it an excellent choice for the management of facial acne.
Ingredients
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%), Other: Cetearyl Alcohol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Corn Starch, Glycerin, Glycolic Acid, Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Lactic Acid, Mineral Oil, Peg 14m, Potassium Lauryl Sulfate, Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Pca, Titanium Dioxide
Brand Overview

PanOxyl At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive.

Weaknesses: Some cleansers are in bar form; no BHA options for those struggling with acne.

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.

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