Clarifying Cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid along with the AHAs glycolic and mandelic acids. Although the pH of this cleansing scrub would allow chemical exfoliation, these ingredients are far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because they're rinsed off before they can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits, think again. Otherwise, this is a good, water-soluble option for normal to oily skin, but keep it away from the eye area.
Contains gentle cleansing agents.
Can't exfoliate skin as claimed.
An exfoliating cleanser to prevent and treat acne breakouts.
With a strong presence in the professional (meaning spa and aesthetics) skincare market, SkinCeuticals has a mostly well-deserved reputation for producing serious-minded, research-driven products, several of which are centered on L-ascorbic acid (a form of vitamin C).
There are many good reasons to shop this line; it boasts a lineup up impressive vitamin C products, as well as some good retinol options and sunscreens. Even better is that the majority of its anti-aging products are packaged in containers that will protect their contents from light and air. Focusing on what Skinceuticals does best (which is serums, sunscreens, and specialty products) will be money well spent for visible results. The main drawbacks of this line are some products that contain fragrance ingredients, as well as potentially-drying alcohol, though they represent the minority of the brands offerings.
For more information about SkinCeuticals, call 1-800-771-9489 or visit www.skinceuticals.com.
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