Blackhead Clearing Scrub
Your Good Skin’s Blackhead Clearing Scrub claims to be a quick and simple solution to a problem many of us have, but it trades in outdated notions of what it takes to solve it.
First things first: you cannot scrub away blackheads! While we might be able to see blackheads on skin’s surface, they start beneath the surface, so scrubbing isn’t going to have an effect and many scrubs wind up making the problem worse by causing irritation and increasing oil production, which leads to more blackheads.
Blackhead Clearing Scrub is fragrance free and features walnut shell powder suspended in a creamy cleanser. While the shells are ground up much more finely than other walnut shell scrubs (we’re looking at you, St. Ives!), they’re still somewhat abrasive, which isn’t ideal.
The active ingredient salicylic acid (also known as beta hydroxy acid or BHA) can go a long way to exfoliate deep into pores to reduce the appearance of blackheads—when properly formulated. The issue here is that it’s formulated at a pH that’s too high to exfoliate (the optimal pH is between 3 and 4) and is rinsed from skin almost immediately. Salicylic acid is most effective leave-on products (see More Info for details).
The rest of the ingredient list is ho-hum, with nothing else that can help combat blackheads in the mix. There are a couple of skin-soothing ingredients, but they are in short supply and can’t do much, again, because this is rinsed off.
- Salicylic acid is a gold-star ingredient in fighting acne.
- Fragrance free.
- Blackheads cannot be scrubbed away.
- The walnut shell powder feels abrasive.
- Salicylic acid is not at the optimal pH to act as an exfoliant.
- Salicylic acid is more effective in a leave-on product.
BHA Ingredients in a Scrub: This cleanser contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a scrub, salicylic acid is far less effective, if effective at all, for exfoliation because it’s rinsed off before they can begin to work.
So, if you’re hoping this cleanser will provide exfoliating benefits, think again. On the other hand, the salicylic acid can provide hydrating benefits during its brief contact with skin.
Gently exfoliates to help unblock pores. Visibly less blackheads from first use.
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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