Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub
Skin will be off to an irritating start if you opt to use this scrub/clay mask hybrid product. It contains fragrant plant oils with known cell-damaging properties and irritation potential as well as several forms of menthol, which adds to the irritation. Numerous scrubs outperform this one without needlessly irritating skin in the process; however, if you have acne, choosing a scrub is not the way to go. A leave-on AHA or BHA exfoliant is far better, as we explain here.
Note: This products was formerly called Clean Start Ready, Set, Scrub.
- Contains a skin-confusing mix of heavy emollients and absorbent clays.
- Loaded with irritating ingredients bound to make acne-prone skin worse and potentially delay healing.
- Acne and other types of breakouts cannot be scrubbed away, nor can a scrub "deep clean" skin.
Deep clean pores and scrub away dull skin for a clearer you! Purifying bentonite clay absorbs excess oil and debris from skin, and helps to control shine. Refreshing botanicals reinvigorate skin. Skin-smoothing scrub helps skin feel cleaner and fresher than before.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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