Anti-Acne Base Lotion
YourGoodSkin’s Anti-Acne Base Lotion starts out with the right idea on what it takes to battle breakouts but falls short in its execution. Ultimately, this fails to do what it claims.
This lightweight lotion in a pump bottle certainly feels good on skin. It’s hydrating without being heavy, and dries to a soft, imperceptible finish that makes it a good fit for those with combination to oily skin.
When it comes to ingredients, salicylic acid is the star here because its ability to exfoliate beneath skin’s surface into the pore lining makes it effective in fighting acne when formulated at with a proper pH (which is between 3 and 4). Unfortunately, this product’s pH of 4.8 is too high for that to happen, so you’re not getting its full benefit (though it can be hydrating and soothing).
Another issue with Anti-Acne Base Lotion is its strong, perfume-like fragrance. Fragrance can irritate skin, and irritated skin is more prone to breakouts, the last thing you want from a product designed to help them. See More Info for details.
While this lotion does have the skin-soothing ingredients bisabolol and green tea extract as well, they’re not enough to make this a worthy selection over any other number of superior BHA exfoliants that can truly help in the struggle against acne.
- Lightly hydrating lotion is a good fit for combination or oily skin.
- Salicylic acid is a gold-star ingredient in fighting acne.
- Contains a couple of skin-soothing ingredients.
- Opaque packaging ensures the good ingredients remain stable.
- Salicylic acid is not at the optimal pH to act as an anti-acne exfoliant.
- Has a strong fragrance which can irritate skin, leading to more breakouts.
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 reaction in turn leads to all kinds of problems, including disrupting skin’s barrier, worsening dryness, increasing or triggering redness, depleting vital substances in skin’s surface, and generally preventing 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 or feel the negative effects of fragrant ingredients 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 need to see or feel the effects of irritation for your skin to be suffering. Much like the effects from cumulative sun damage, the negative impact and the visible damage from fragrance may not become apparent for a long time.
References for this information:
Biochimica and Biophysica Acta, May 2012, pages 1410–1419
Aging, March 2012, pages 166–175
Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77–80
Experimental Dermatology, October 2009, pages 821–832
Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191–202
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, pages 789–798
A lightweight lotion that calms skin, helping to reduce & prevent blemishes.
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/.
About the Experts
The Beautypedia team consists of skin care and makeup experts personally trained by the original Cosmetics Cop and best-selling beauty author, Paula Begoun. We’re fascinated by skin care and makeup products and thrilled when they meet or exceed our expectations, but we’re also disappointed when they fail to perform as claimed, are wildly overpriced, or contain ingredients scientific research has proven can hurt skin.
Our mission has always been to help you find the best products for your skin, no matter your budget or preferences. Beautypedia’s thorough and insightful reviews cut through the hype and provide reliable recommendations for all ages, skin types, and skin tones.