12.20.2011
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Alba BotanicaAcnedote Deep Pore Wash
6 fl. oz. for $10.45
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Acnedote Deep Pore Wash contains a slew of problematic ingredients that do more harm than good. Between an abundance of fragrant citrus oils and other skin-aggravating ingredients, such as witch hazel, this cleanser spells trouble for any skin type, especially sensitive or acne-prone skin (see More Info to learn why)!

As for the 2% salicylic acid that this cleanser contains, that’s an excellent ingredient when used in a well formulated leave-on product to gently exfoliate skin. However, salicylic acid is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it’s rinsed off before it can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits think again.

Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so that the salicylic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation.

While the formula may do a good job of removing makeup and leaving skin feeling “squeaky clean”, you’re better off bypassing Acnedote Deep Pore Wash for cleansers that work effectively while being gentle on skin.

Pros:
  • Effectively removes makeup.
Cons:
  • Packed with citrus oils that can sensitize and weaken skin.
  • Fragranced formula is particularly problematic for acne-prone/sensitive skin.
  • Salicylic acid can't "zit-zap" as claimed in this formula.

More Info:

Whether you can see it on the surface of skin or not, using harsh, skin-aggravating ingredients, is a serious problem for all skin types but uniquely so for those with oily, combination, and blemish-prone skin.

Research has clearly established that when skin is aggravated the oil gland is stimulated by nerve endings to make more oil creating a perfect environment for blemishes, breakouts, and clogged pores to get worse.

Using any product that’s gentle and completely non-irritating is without question the only approach to taking the best care of your skin; doing otherwise hurts your skin.

It’s also vitally important to use appropriate products that research has shown are beneficial for oily skin and blemishes. The two gold standard ingredients are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide.

References for this information:

Journal of Clinical Aesthetic Dermatology, January 2016, issue 1, pages 25-30

Journal of European Dermatology and Venerology, May 2014, issue 5, pages 527-532

Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, issue 5, pages 433-438

Clinical Cosmetic and Investigational Dermatology, April 2011, pages 41-53

Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, issue 1, pages 41–49.

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, issue 10, pages 821-832

Journal of the American Medical Association, August 2004, issue 6, page 764

Dermatology, January 2003, issue 1, pages 17-23

 European Journal of Dermatology, September-October 2002, pages 422-427

Last Updated:12.19.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Clean up pores with this powerfully natural, botanically effective acne wash. Formulated with zit-zapping Salicylic Acid, this lathering cleanser digs deep into the pores to unclog the gunk, helping banish existing zits and prevent new ones. You'll be cleaned up and ready to go with squeaky clean skin.

Ingredients

Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid – 2.0 %. Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Coco-Betaine, Sodium Lauryl Glucose Carboxylate, Lauryl Glucoside, Glycerin, Azadirachta Indica Leaf Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Carum Petroselinum (Parsley) Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Urtica Dioica (Nettle) Extract, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Sodium Chloride, Alcohol, Benzoic Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Citral, Limonene, Linalool.

Brand Overview

Alba Botanica At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; several good cleansers; some good moisturizers; nice lip balms without sunscreen; most of the facial and body sunscreens provide sufficient broad-spectrum sun protection; mineral sunscreens options are available; self-tanner that includes antioxidants for added benefit.

Weaknesses: The natural ingredients in some of the products are natural irritants; jar packaging won't keep air-sensitive ingredients stable; most of the lip balms with sunscreen lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; subpar toners and exfoliants.

Alba Botanica is part of the Avalon Natural Products group, which is owned by natural product marketer Hain-Celestial. In addition to owning the Jason Natural and Zia Natural brands, Hain-Celestial also owns Avalon Organics, of which Alba Botanica is a part. Although Alba Botanica is not any thinking person's definition of an all-natural line—they use plenty of synthetic ingredients, including sunscreen actives and preservatives—they shine in comparison to the mostly disappointing products offered under the Avalon Organics name, but that's not saying a lot. 

As far as the "natural" visage Alba Botanica portrays—while they do use plenty of natural ingredients, for the most part it's the non-natural ingredients that contribute to each product's texture and function; but then highlighting those ingredients isn't going to attract attention from consumers seeking natural products, is it? Because there are no established standards for use of the word "natural," any cosmetics company can take advantage of the term, as Alba Botanica does. 

Despite not being an all-natural line (which isn't a bad thing), much of what they offer, while not state-of-the-art spectacular, is still worth considering. The prices are competitive with those of drugstore and health food store brands, and they offer some very good options in the categories of cleanser, scrub, sunscreens for face and body, lip balms without sunscreen, and a self-tanner.

It is also worth mentioning that Avalon Products (remember, Alba Botanica is part of this master brand) is commendable in that it uses environmentally conscious business practices, including solar-powered offices and warehouse and relying on organic farming for several of their ingredients. Their environmentalism may or may not correspond to good skin care, but it is admirable. As we have said many times before, just because an ingredient is organic doesn't make it safe or effective for skin (and there's no proof that an organic ingredient is preferred to a synthetic ingredient when it comes to skin care), but the practice of organic farming is a positive step toward creating products that reduce negative environmental impact.

Turning to what Alba Botanica needs help with, you'll see they fall short of being a comprehensive line. There are no reliable exfoliants such as AHAs or BHA products, and those struggling with blemishes or any type of skin discoloration are out of luck. Also, not every sunscreen (especially those for lips) makes the grade in terms of providing sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients, and some of the toners have truly boring, antiquated formulas. Other less impressive products include the enzyme scrubs, masks, and a few of the jar-packaged moisturizers. 

Overall, these products aren't the most advanced around, but comparatively speaking they best many other products from brands with a natural angle (Lauder-owned Origins comes to mind).

For more information about Alba Botanica, call (888) 659-7730 or visit www.albabotanica.com.

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