This is a very good, though basic, topical disinfectant that includes 5% benzoyl peroxide as the active ingredient. The inactive ingredients (listed as “other”) are presented in alphabetical rather than descending order of amount, which is permissible according to Health Canada regulations, as well as permissible for over-the-counter drugs sold in the United States. This product would earn a higher rating if it contained some anti-irritants to help reduce redness and inflammation; it is fragrance-free.
Spectro Deep Pore Vanishing Lotion works invisibly to treat and prevent acne pimples. Contains benzoyl peroxide that penetrates pore to prevent and kill acne pimples
Unclogs pores and helps keep skin clear of new acne pimples. May be used under make up. Consider using if you have oily to normal skin or if you suffer from teenage acne.
Active: Benzoyl Peroxide Lotion (5%), Other: Acrylates Copolymer, Carbomer 940, Citric Acid, Diazolidinyl Urea, Dimethicone, Dioctyl Sodium Sulfossuccinate, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Silica, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide, Water, Xanthan Gum
Spectro is a small skin-care line stocked in drugstores throughout Canada. We receive routine requests from my Canadian readers to review it, perhaps because it stands out as being one of the few skin-care lines that is almost entirely fragrance-free. Dermatologists in Canada often give Spectro their stamp of approval, which is always encouraging to consumers, although it is disheartening to think that dermatologists might actually believe any of these products are worth considering.
While fragrance-free is always a plus (there are far too many overly fragranced skin-care products at every cosmetics retail outlet), what's truly disappointing is that Spectro products are also free of lots of things that are good for your skin. For example, there are no sunscreens or exfoliants and no moisturizers that contain a broad range of state-of-the-art ingredients, and there are limited options for those struggling with acne. For the most part, these are lackluster, antiquated formulas and, occasionally, really bad formulas. Spectro doesn't seem to have kept abreast of the abundant research about skin for at least a decade.
Spectro is best known for their cleansers, though none of them are standouts or particularly well-formulated given today's standards of excellence. Yes, it's great that all of Spectro's cleansers are mild and water-soluble; what's not so great is that none of them clean skin thoroughly or remove makeup very well, especially the modern makeup enhanced with silicones or other long-wearing ingredients. The amount of cleansing agent each of them contains is minimal, so those concerned with excess facial oil will find their skin requires much more and never really feels clean. If companies like Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Paula's Choice, and Olay can formulate such cleansers, Spectro can (or at least should), too.
The chief reasons to consider this line are because it's inexpensive and, if you suffer from eczema, Spectro offers a moisturizer whose active ingredient is a reliable corticosteroid, the mainstay treatment for most forms of eczema (though it’s not without its drawbacks). Otherwise, even if you're looking to save money, there isn’t a compelling reason to shop this line. There are plenty of beautifully formulated products available that make settling for just average formulations unnecessary. Besides, whether you're enduring eczema, acne, or other skin conditions, your skin deserves outstanding, not ordinary!
For more information about Spectro, call 1-800-563-7546 or visit www.spectroskincare.com.
Note: All prices are in Canadian dollars.