Acne Clearing Calming Cream Cleanser

4.20 fl. oz. for $ 8.99
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YourGoodSkin doesn’t have the best record when it comes to products to treat acne, and unfortunately their unimpressive track record continues with Acne Clearing Calming Cream Cleanser.

Housed in a plastic squeeze tube, this cleanser starts out creamy, then emulsifies into a more lotion-like texture when it contacts water. It’s easy to smooth across skin, does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris, and rinses cleanly without leaving any residue.

While that sounds good, there are other aspects that make this a less-than-ideal choice, particularly for those with acne-prone skin.

First, this has a strong, perfume-like fragrance that lingers, even after you’ve rinsed off your skin. Fragrance, even in a rinse-off formula, has some potential to cause irritation, which is not what acne-prone skin needs.

Then there’s the issue that while this contains gold-star anti-acne exfoliating ingredient salicylic acid, it’s in a formula that only contacts skin for a brief period. Salicylic acid is best in a leave-on product (see More Info for details). Even if the salicylic acid were left on skin, in this product it’s not formulated at the optimal pH (between 3 and 4) for it to act as an exfoliant; in this case, the pH is too high.

It’s best to skip this and opt for a better-formulated cleanser or BHA exfoliant instead.

  • Does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris.
  • Rinses cleanly without leaving any residue.
  • Has a strong fragrance that lingers even after rinsing.
  • Salicylic acid is more effective in a leave-on formula.
  • Salicylic acid is not at the optimal pH for exfoliation to occur.

More Info:

This cleanser contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a cleanser or scrub, it’s far less effective, if effective at all, because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work.

So, if you’re hoping this cleanser will provide exfoliating benefits, think again. On the other hand, salicylic acid can provide hydrating benefits during its brief contact with skin.

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

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Gently & effectively cleanses away dirt, excess oil & daily impurities. Helps treat & prevent blemishes.

Active: Salicylic Acid 1%. Inactive: Water, Cetyl Alcohol, Glycereth-7 Trimethyl Ether, Cera Microcristallina (Microcrystalline Wax), Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 60, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Potassium Cetyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Parfum (Fragrance), Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonium Glycyrrhizate, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Carpylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sorbitan Isostearate, Bisabolol, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract.

Launched in 2017, YourGoodSkin is the result of an alliance between UK pharmacy mega-brand Boots and American drugstore giant Walgreens. According to company lore, YourGoodSkin is the result of years of development and research involving scientists, dermatologists, and thousands of members of its target audience—women looking for skin care products to address their specific concerns.

In fact, the brand says it surveyed thousands of women and had them test the products before they went to market. This resulted in over 20 products claiming to address a wide range of skin concerns, from dryness to acne.

Consumer testing before finalizing products for launch can deliver some helpful insights and valuable feedback, but a brand’s scientific understanding of what skin needs to improve—and what it doesn’t need—carries even more weight than anecdotal evidence.

YourGoodSkin gets more right than wrong, and it’s certainly a value-priced collection. While there aren’t any true anti-aging powerhouse formulas in the mix, there are some decent moisturizers for those on tighter budgets.

The brand excels at cleansers and makeup removers, with even a couple of top-notch scrubs included; this category is where we recommend directing your time and attention.

The biggest misstep YourGoodSkin makes is in its approach to treating acne and oily skin. Nearly every product designed for these concerns relies heavily on an old-school, irritating approach that includes drying alcohol, fragrance, and even sulfur, all of which can serve to make oily skin and acne worse.

For more information on YourGoodSkin, visit https://www.yourgoodskin.com/.

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