Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Serum
A product that claims to reduce acne while also delivering anti-aging ingredients isn't easy to come by, which is why we were intrigued when we discovered Blemish Remedy Acne-Clearing Serum from bareMinerals. Unfortunately, despite some positive traits, this lightweight fluid formula for all skin types falls short.
Housed in a beautiful, opaque white bottle that's topped with a dropper applicator, the liquid formula is medicated with 2% salicylic acid, one of the absolute best ingredients to treat acne, blackheads, large pores, and signs of aging all at the same time. But salicylic acid requires a tight pH range to work its anti-acne and anti-aging magic, and this product's pH of 4.5 falls outside the ideal range.
What a shame, as the lightweight texture is ideal for breakout-prone skin, and the formula is laced with a fairly impressive mix of soothing agents and weightless hydrators.
Another checkmark in the negative column is this blemish treatment contains a minty-citrus fragrance. bareMinerals touts this as a benefit, but it isn't, at least not to your skin! Fragrance like this poses a risk of irritation, and although in this case it's on the subtle side and doesn't linger, acne-prone skin does best without fragrance (as do all skin types), whether natural or synthetic, getting in the way. If you're wondering why cosmetics companies put ingredients like this in a product it's a sly way to give your skin a tingling sensation and a false sense the product must be really working.
- Contains 2% salicylic acid to reduce acne and clogged pores.
- Lightweight fluid texture is excellent for breakout-prone skin.
- Fairly impressive mix of soothing agents and weightless hydrators.
- The "minty splash of citrus scent" poses a risk of irritation.
- The pH is a bit outside the range salicylic acid needs to sufficiently exfoliate.
Bare Escentuals At-a-Glance
Makeup is what this San Francisco-based cosmetics line is primarily about, and they use the pure and natural marketing angle to entice consumers. Founded in 1976 by Diane Ranger, who left the company in the early '90s Bare Escentuals was one of the first brands to introduce the concept of loose powder foundation. Since then, they have moved beyond it to include liquid foundations and tinted moisturizers and an ever expanding line of color cosmetics as well as skincare products.
The products are sold in most Sephora boutiques and Ulta stores, though the full selection of skincare products is most often found at the Bare Escentuals freestanding stores scattered throughout the United States.
We should note that loose powder makeup does take some practice to get the hang of, yet there is no denying that this type of foundation has its fan base. There is a lot to love about Bare Escentuals, even if mineral makeup isn't your thing (especially their price ranges, which have remained affordable in comparison to many of their neighbors at Sephora).
Strengths: Good makeup removers; a few well-formulated powders with SPF; some nice eyeshadows and impressive mascaras; some impressive foundations; several elegant brush options; not too expensive.
Weaknesses: Some of the loose powder products have texture and finish concerns; some of the skincare contain potentially problematic ingredients.
For more information about Bare Escentuals, call 1.888.795.4747 or visit www.bareescentuals.com.
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