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Spa Teen Blemished Skin Blemish B-Gone
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0.4 fl. oz. for $21
Category:Skin Care > Anti-Acne Products
Last Updated:02.12.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This product defies FDA regulations for over-the-counter drug products because it contains three active ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, and sulfur. Salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide don’t “play well” together in one formula because they require different pH ranges to be effective. Adding sulfur to the mix likely causes further interference, and is definitely disinfectant overkill for anyone’s skin. Pevonia claims they use “organic” benzoyl peroxide, which is just absurd because benzoyl peroxide is benzoyl peroxide, wherever it comes from and however it’s used. Technically, benzoyl peroxide is part of the organic peroxide family, and “organic” in this case refers to the chemistry definition of this term, not to what most consumers think of when they see “organic” used to advertise a product. The same holds true for Pevonia’s claim of using “organic” salicylic acid, a synthetic yet highly effective ingredient when properly formulated.

Given that this product’s pH is above 4, there’s no way the salicylic acid will function as an exfoliant. The amount of benzoyl peroxide appears to be less than 2%, while a lesser amount of sulfur is included.

This product deserves to be taken to task for combining three over-the-counter anti-acne drugs in one product, which does not follow FDA pharmaceutical or medical guidelines. In the end, you’re better off using a benzoyl peroxide product from Neutrogena, Clearasil, Paula’s Choice, or Oxy rather than taking your chances with this product.

Claims

Quickly heal blemishes with this effective, yet gentle, targeted acne spot treatment that kills bacteria, clears away pore-clogging dead skin, reduces redness and inflammation, soothes, and prevents scarring and dark spots.

Ingredients

Water (Aqua), Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Salicylic Acid, Benzoyl Peroxide, Sulfur, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glyceryl Stearate, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Allantoin, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract.

Brand Overview

Pevonia Botanica At-A-Glance

Strengths: One outstanding eye cream and retinol product for lips; a couple of very good cleansers and toners; products don't take everything-but-kitchen-sink approach to ingredients.

Weaknesses: Pervasive use of irritating synthetic and natural ingredients; no sunscreens included as part of daytime skin-care routine; sole sunscreen contains sensitizing preservative; no skin-lightening or BHA options; lack of effective options to manage acne; jar packaging; hokey claims that don't have substantiated proof.

Pevonia is a spa/salon line of skin-care products that has been around since 1991 and, like countless other spa lines, speaks of its unification of natural ingredients with advanced scientific technology. Its vast range of products showcases all manner of gimmicky ingredients, including caviar, numerous essential oils, marine DNA, and products said to oxygenate skin. Many of their products make mention of being triphase and homogenized. Although that may make them sound special, those terms are common to cosmetics chemists involved in mixing various ingredients. For example, many moisturizers (and emulsions in general) have multiple phases as they are being manufactured. One phase gets a certain blend of ingredients, those are mixed, and then the next phase is added. Hardly anything to brag about.

You may hear aestheticians selling Pevonia products speak of the outstanding results the products provide, all due to the company's fastidious selection of holistic, natural ingredients. It can be a spellbinding speech, but the reality is that many of the natural ingredients Pevonia uses (including lemon oil and arnica) are documented problems for skin, and many synthetic ingredients are included and some are also problematic. Sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate and methylisothiazolinone aren't the least bit natural, and their inclusion in these products is further proof that Pevonia's self-proclaimed title of skin-care leaders in the spa industry is on par with McDonald's spearheading vegetarianism. Of course, the overall message is to not let yourself get caught up in any cosmetic company's grandstanding until you have examined the proof behind the proclamations.

As expected, not everything is plant-infused smoke and mirrors with Pevonia. They deserve credit for their mostly succinct ingredient lists and do have a handful of remarkable products that are, surprisingly, fragrance-free. This is definitely a line to shop very carefully, and note that none of their routines are recommended because not a single one of them has a group of problem-free products (and all of them omit sunscreen, yet several products claim to offer UV protection, which is dishonest and misleading).

For more information about Pevonia, call (800) 446-3751 or visit www.pevonia.com.

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