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AvonClearskin Blemish Clearing Foaming Cleanser
4.2 fl. oz. for $5.49
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Unfortunately, Clearskin Blemish Clearing Foaming Cleanser isn’t worth considering because the formula includes sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, a cleansing agent that’s too drying for all skin types. Whether acne is a concern or not, gentle cleansing is a must for all skin types and conditions.

In addition, this cleanser contains the skin-aggravating menthol derivative menthyl lactate. While it may feel cooling on skin, it offers no help against acne. In fact, quite the contrary: Aggravating skin with menthyl lactate can stimulate oil production at the base of your pores, making breakouts worse (see More Info).

As for the 2% salicylic acid, when used in a well-formulated leave-on product, it can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, salicylic acid is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser because it’s rinsed off before it can begin to work.

In short, don’t waste your money on this cleanser, which does more harm than good and can’t perform as it claimed.

Pros:
  • Rinses clean.
Cons:
  • Contains skin-aggravating ingredients that make oiliness and breakouts worse.
  • Doesn’t live up to its acne-fighting promises.

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.

References for this information:

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

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

Journal of Dermatology, May 2012, pages 433-438

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

Dermato-Endocrinology, January-March 2011, pages 41–49

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832

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

Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17-23

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

Last Updated:12.19.2016
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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This daily foaming gel cleanser, with Blemish Busting Technology, reduces acne size, and the appearance for redness and swelling. Helps control excess oil and leaves skin looking cleaner.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Chloride, Triticum Vulgare (Wheat) Germ Extract, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Lauroamphoacetate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Menthyl Lactate, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Citrate, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance, Red 33, Blue 1.

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Avon At-A-Glance

Strengths: Broad-spectrum sun protection from most of the SPF products; a selection of good cleansers, moisturizers, and serums; a phenomenal concealer and a handful of other excellent makeup products at bargain prices; the company provides complete ingredient lists on its Web site and offers some of the most helpful Customer Service associates in the industry.

Weaknesses: The Clearskin products are mostly irritating and poor choices for anyone battling blemishes; the Anew Clinical lineup isn’t as impressive as its made out to be; an overreliance on jar packaging diminishes the antioxidants found in many Avon moisturizers; endless, unnecessarily repetitive moisturizers with exaggerated, outlandish claims; some of the foundations look unnatural.

The last few years have been an interesting time for the world's largest direct seller. Avon is sold in 120 countries and has an enormous range of products that goes beyond skin care and makeup, all sold by five million Avon representatives racking up annual sales of over $8 billion (Source: www.avoncompany.com). Yet due to several quarters of lackluster or poor financial performance, the company announced a multiyear restructuring plan in 2006. The anticipated cost of these changes is upwards of $500 million, which includes downsizing underperforming areas and focusing on remarketing their star products. In recent years, those key products have had "cosmeceutical" appeal, with claims that have gone beyond reality (but overexaggerated claims sell big in the cosmetics industry).

The Anew Clinical line ushered in several products claiming to work like (or, in some instances, better than) cosmetic corrective procedures. Whether you are considering laser treatments, Botox, Thermage, collagen injections, or even liposuction, the ads for Anew Clinical were designed to make you rethink that decision.

It is definitely impressive that Avon invested $100 million on a state-of-the-art research and product development facility in New York, but despite some innovative products that compete with the best of the best (typically for much less money), no cosmetics company has (or will) produce skin-care products that rival or beat the results obtainable from medical procedures. It's admittedly easier to slather on a cream or stroke a pad over your face than to make an office call and shoulder the expense for a cosmetic corrective procedure, but in this case convenience and savings don't equal—or even come close to—comparable results. And lest we forget, despite the onslaught of so-called cosmeceutical products claiming to mimic the results such procedures provide, the number of these procedures being performed increases each year. If any of these works-like-(insert cosmetic corrective procedure here) products did work, the number of procedures would be declining, not rising.

The National Advertising Division (NAD) took issue with several claims Avon made in ads for their Anew Clinical products (Source: www.nadreview.org/default.asp?SessionID=1149178&DocType=1&CaseType=1). In some cases, Avon reworded their claims in ad reprints, while in others they "respectfully disagreed" with the NAD conclusions but agreed to take their comments into consideration for future ads. We'll see how this turns out, but, based on their current ads, the message remains that Anew Clinical products are at the forefront of making cosmetic corrective procedure results as easy as calling your Avon representative and reciting your credit card number.

As a major international cosmetics company, Avon has several initiatives in place that prove its commitment to women and the environment. Whether donating to women's health concerns (most notably breast cancer), surpassing environmental regulations, or financially supporting alternative methods to animal testing, Avon's principles are responsible and admirable. If you pay attention to the best of what they have to offer, you will not only be supporting Avon's mission to improve the lives of women but also gaining some wonderful products, making it a win-win situation.

For more information about Avon, call (800) 500-AVON or visit www.avon.com.

Avon Makeup

Avon may be viewed as a skin-care innovator, but when it comes to makeup they're more follow-the-leaders than trail blazers. Admittedly, their foundations, powders, blush, and lipsticks have smoother, more state-of-the-art textures than ever, but with few exceptions none of them are setting a precedent that other, more innovative companies are likely to follow.

You will find some outstanding Avon makeup products to consider, but perhaps due to the sheer size of the collection there are far too many mediocre products, especially among the eyeshadows, pencils, and mascaras. Given that Avon isn't as easy to obtain as comparable products at your local drug or department store, many of the makeup items end up being a tough sell. After all, who wants to go out of their way for average products? Turning to what Avon does really well, you'll find their loose and pressed powders have amazingly silky textures and natural finishes. Their blushes are wonderful, and a few of the lipsticks and foundations are definitely worth talking about with enthusiasm. Another positive point is that Avon regularly discounts their makeup, often upwards of 50% during any given campaign (Avon's campaigns run for two weeks and the specials change each time). If you shop at the right time, the best of Avon color can be yours for less than you'd pay for most low-cost drugstore makeup.

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