Tested on animals:No
Ceramic Slip Cleanser's name implies porcelain smoothness, but its formula is, well, a bit rough around the edges, overly fragranced, and relatively basic! Although it contains some gentle cleansing agents and a high amount of clay to absorb excess oil, this combination makes it tricky to rinse, and the amount of fragrant oils it includes is what we would call a "slip" up.
Chief among the fragrant oils is black pepper oil, which can be highly irritating to the skin, and certainly not an ingredient you want to apply around the eyes (which you'd be inclined to do with a cleanser).
Other fragrant oils included are jasmine and sandalwood, and while these may smell divine and make you feel relaxed, each contains volatile fragrance components that can irritate the skin (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).
Did we mention the price? The relatively high cost for this amount of cleanser doesn't make sense, especially when you consider that the irritation it may cause could worsen oily skin, potentially making large pores even bigger, not "minuscule" as this cleanser claims. See More Info to find out how daily use of highly fragrant products like this can make oily or combination skin worse.
- Contains gentle cleansing agents.
- The clay helps absorb excess oil on the skin's surface.
- Very expensive for a cleanser that could make oily skin and large pores worse, not better.
- The fragrant oils pose a strong risk of eye and skin irritation.
- Amount of clay, while absorbent, makes this cleanser tricky to rinse completely.
Inflammation in the skin is usually related to external factors, such as irritation that damages the skin's barrier in numerous ways, whether you can see the reaction or not. When irritation on the surface of the skin occurs, it activates specific chemicals called neuropeptides in the brain. Those substances are specifically the kind that regulates the hormonal system of the body. When this happens, it causes inflammatory chemicals to be targeted directly in the oil gland. What happens next is these inflammatory chemicals trigger an increase in oil production, which can increase the size of the pore, and the likelihood of acne. The more inflammation that occurs, the worse this gets (Sources: Dermatology, 2003; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, 2007; and European Journal of Dermatology, 2002).
Bottom line: Inflammation and the resulting irritation, whether internal or external (for this discussion, external irritation would be that that results from using irritating ingredients, hot water, overusing scrubs, etc.), is practically a guarantee you will see excess oil production, larger pores, and acne breakouts (Sources: Experimental Dermatology, 2009; and Dermato-Endocrinology, 2011). That's reason enough to avoid products with irritating ingredients, which often come in the form of fragrance, including the misnamed "essential" oils.