Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream
Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream contains about 8% to 10% AHA (glycolic acid) and approximately 1% BHA (salicylic acid) in a fairly basic, lightweight moisturizing base. It would work well for exfoliation for someone with normal to dry skin. BHA can exfoliate both in the pore and on the surface of skin, while AHA concentrates on the surface. In some ways it is redundant to have both, but some people find that better for their skin.
This also contains azelaic acid (a component of grains such as wheat, rye, and barley although most cosmetics contain the synthetic form). Azelaic acid has been shown to be effective for a number of skin conditions when applied topically, although concentrations of 10% or greater are what the research has shown is needed for best results on issues like dark spots, dull skin, and post-acne marks. Marini isn't using that much, but even if this won't kick in brightening, skin tone, and spot-banishing benefits, it still works to calm inflammation and provide antioxidant benefits.
This would be rated higher if it wasn't packaged in a jar (which can cause several of the product's skin-supporting ingredients to deteriorate with each use) and if it did not contain a selection of plant extracts known to irritate skin, including comfrey, ivy, and arnica. On the upside, at least this is fragrance free, but you can find gentler and less pricey mixed-acid exfoliants.
- Contains effective amounts of AHA and BHA ingredients.
- Refines skin texture.
- Can reduce breakouts, clogged pores, and signs of aging.
- Fragrance free.
- Amount of azelaic acid isn't enough to really let this ingredient shine.
- Jar packaging hinders the effectiveness of the light- and air-sensitive ingredients.
- Some of the plant extracts are known to irritate skin.
A revolutionary cream that targets the multifaceted acne problems uniquely experienced by adults. This versatile product also has remarkable anti-aging and skin resurfacing properties that benefit any skin type. JMSRs proprietary research has resulted in a formula that produces exceptional benefits for adult acne, acne scarring, inflammation, discoloration, enlarged follicle openings, textural changes and the appearance of wrinkling and textural changes due to cumulative sun exposure.
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 Marinis 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, Marinis 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 acidbased 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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