02.20.2012
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DermalogicaClear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
6 fl. oz. for $20
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Last Updated:12.29.2016
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This water-soluble foaming cleanser contains some good ingredients for cleansing oily skin, but the fragrant oils make it too potentially sensitizing (see More Info for details).

Another ding against this cleanser is that it can't work as claimed. It contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when used in a well formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, BHA is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it's rinsed off before they it begins to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits (like clearing pores or blemishes) think again.

Some of the plant and fatty acids this contains are great for breakout-prone skin, but as with the salicylic acid, their benefit is negligible when included in a cleanser.

One more comment: Nothing about this cleanser makes it "deep cleansing". Such a concept is pure marketing spin, nothing more. Plus, it takes more than a cleanser to get clear skin!

Pros:
  • Contains gentle yet effective cleansing agents.
  • Rinses cleanly.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid cannot offer much help for breakouts due to its brief contact with skin.
  • Contains fragrant plant oils that pose a risk of aggravating skin.

Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Wash Off.

More Info:

Why Fragrance is a Problem for Skin: Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes a chronic sensitizing reaction on skin.

This leads to all kinds of problems, including disruption of skin’s healthy appearance, worsening dryness, redness, depletion of vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally keeps skin from looking healthy, smooth, and hydrated. Fragrance free is always the best way to go for all skin types.

A surprising fact: Even though you can’t always see the negative influence of using products that contain fragrance has on skin, the damage will still be taking place even if it’s not evident on the surface. Research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering. This negative impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

References for this information

Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1,410-1,419

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821-832
International Journal of Toxicology, Volume 27, 2008, Supplement pages 1-43

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, issue 11, pages 789-798

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, issue 4, pages 191-202

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This breakout fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck ... wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.

Ingredients

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid .50%. Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate-20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porpyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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Dermalogica At-A-Glance

According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.

The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.

For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.

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