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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel
8 fl. oz. for $33
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Last Updated:01.30.2017
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Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel is said to be for oily skin, and it is, but it's also borderline harsh for this hardier skin type. The cleansing agents can be drying, though not markedly so, but a bigger issue is the amount of fragrance this cleanser contains, because fragrance isn't skin care.

This cleanser contains glycolic acid, an ingredient that when used in a well formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, AHA ingredients are far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That's because they are rinsed off before they can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits, think again.

On the other hand, AHAs can impart hydrating benefits during their brief contact with skin. Because Jan Marini isn't making exfoliation claims (and we hope you aren't buying it for that benefit), this cleanser's rating is not based on its content of AHA and/or BHA ingredients but instead on its value as a cleanser.

Ultimately, this cleanser isn't a terrible option for oily skin; it removes makeup and excess oil easily. However, you'll find cleansers that are just as effective, yet gentler on our list of Best Cleansers.

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Bioglycolic Oily Skin Cleansing Gel provides deep follicular cleansing for individuals with extremely oily skin – including oil in the cheeks with frequent need for blotting. This gel-based formula lathers well, removes oil and leaves skin feeling clean and soft.
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Water/Aqua/Eau, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Glycolic Acid, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance (Parfum), Ammonium Sulfate, Caprylyl Glycol, Citral, Citronellol, Linalool, Limonene, Hexylene Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, C10-16 Alcohols, Methylchloroisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone, Sodium Benzoate, C10-16 Alcohols, Ethoxylated, Phenoxyethanol
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Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. At-A-Glance

Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.

Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging; Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marini’s former lash-enhancing products.

Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.

It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.

For more information about Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., call (888) 695-2611 or visit www.janmarini.com.

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