Clinique Blackhead Solutions 7 Day Pore Cleanse & Scrub


Blackhead Solutions 7 Day Pore Cleanse & Scrub

4.20 fl. oz. for $ 24.00
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Clinique’s Blackhead Solutions 7 Day Pore Cleans Scrub is a multifunctional product designed to help those with combination or oily skin that’s prone to blackheads, and it mostly does a good job.

Housed in a squeeze tube, this fragrance-free green clay mask/cleanser has a creamy texture, with a slightly grainy quality to it. Clinique advises using this in two ways: as a cleanser/scrub and as a 5-minute rinse-off mask.

The scrub action comes from silica, which is responsible for the somewhat grainy texture mentioned above. The particles provide effective manual exfoliation but are small enough that they aren’t overly harsh or abrasive. Note: while Clinique doesn’t claim this is how this product works, we need to point out that blackheads cannot be scrubbed away, not matter how hard you might try! Blackheads are best dealt with by using a leave-on exfoliant that contains 1-2% salicylic acid.

This is also effective as a cleanser, removing dirt and oil and rinsing cleanly, without leaving skin dry or tight after. As a clay-based mask, it helps control oiliness without the irritants many other shine-control masks contain.

As far as claims go, there are quite a few for this product. Clinique can make good on some, but not all of them, so we’re going to break them own one-by-one.

The claim that this helps prevent future blackheads, mostly holds up when used as a mask. Even though they’re rinsed from skin, clay-based masks can help by dislodging gunk from pores and keeping them clean, plus active ingredient salicylic acid (also known as BHA) can soothe skin, alleviating irritation that can trigger oil production and lead to clogged pores.

Where they lose us, though, is in the claim that it can reduce the appearance of existing blackheads, a job more apt for leave-on BHA products. Because this is designed to be rinsed from skin, it doesn’t have enough time to really kick in and work on large pores or existing blackheads. Additionally, this product’s pH of 4.45 is above the 3-4 pH range ideal for salicylic acid to effectively exfoliate.

This also can remove away dead surface skin as claimed, but not because of the salicylic acid and glucosamine that are given the credit. Instead, it’s those silica particles we mentioned earlier that can help sweep away old skin through manual exfoliation.

While not a blackhead solution, this is a very good scrub-mask hybrid for combination to oily skin, especially if you’re looking for a way to keep pores clean or gently combat shine.

  • Silica scrub particles provide gentle manual exfoliation.
  • As a cleanser, effectively removes dirt and oil.
  • As a mask, helps control oily shine.
  • Salicylic acid can help soothe and hydrate skin.
  • Fragrance free.
  • Salicylic acid is rinsed from skin before it has a chance to exfoliate.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Multifunctional formula works as a daily cleanser/scrub and deep-cleansing mask to visibly reduce the appearance of pores and blackheads. Controls excess oil and smooths the way for clearer skin, helping to prevent future blackheads. A potent blend of Salicylic Acid and Glucosamine clears away dead surface skin cells, while Silica, Kaolin Clay and Laminaria Saccharina Extract help dislodge blackhead-causing dirt, oil and debris.

Active: Salicylic Acid 1%. Inactive: Water, Kaolin, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Silica, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Allyl Methacrylates Crosspolymer, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root, Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Sucrose, Acetyl Glucosamine, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 1, Yellow 5.

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like hypoallergenic and dermatologist tested aren't regulated by the FDA and can mean anything, thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations, many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color, though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

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