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Dermalogica

Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner

4.00 fl. oz. for $ 19.00
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This anti-acne toner is medicated with 1% salicylic acid, though it cannot function as an exfoliant due to this product's pH being too high (the company told us all of their products are formulated at a pH between 4.5–6.5, but salicylic acid works best in a pH between 3–4).

Even if the salicylic acid could benefit acne-affected skin, this toner is an irritation waiting to happen because it's LOADED with fragrant oils known to be irritating. Since acne is red and swollen, the last thing breakout-prone skin needs are ingredients capable of making those unsightly issues worse—and some of the citrus oils this contains can cause a phototoxic reaction on skin when it's exposed to sunlight (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com).

In short, this toner is a bad idea for all skin types and not recommended for anyone struggling with breakouts. See More Info to learn how irritation hurts skin.

Note: This product is was formerly known as Clean Start All Over Clear.

Pros:
  • None.
Cons:
  • The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant due to the product's pH being too high.
  • Formula is loaded with fragrant and astringent plant-based irritants.
More Info:

Daily use of products that contain a high amount of fragrance, whether the fragrant ingredients are synthetic or natural, causes chronic irritation that can damage healthy collagen production, lead to or worsen dryness, and impair your skin's ability to heal. Fragrance-free is the best way to go for all skin types. If fragrance in your skin-care products is important to you, it should be a very low amount to minimize the risk to your skin (Sources: Inflammation Research, December 2008, pages 558–563; Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, June 2008, pages 124–135, and November-December 2000, pages 358–371; Journal of Investigative Dermatology, April 2008, pages 15–19; Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, March 2008, pages 78–82; Mechanisms of Ageing and Development, January 2007, pages 92–105; and British Journal of Dermatology, December 2005, pages S13–S22).

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This unique mist-all-over purifying toner controls excess oils and helps eliminate breakouts on the face and body. Refreshing extracts help cool and revive skin.

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid 1.00%. Other ingredients: Water / Aqua / Eau, Hamamelis Virginiana Water, Isoceteth-20, Ethoxydiglycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, Melaleuca Alternifolia Leaf Oil, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porphyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra Root Extract, Citrus Aurantium Amara Peel Oil, Citrus Limon Fruit Oil, Cymbopogon Schoenanthus Oil, Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract, Serenoa Serrulata Fruit Extract, Sesamum Indicum Seed Extract, Citral, Hexylene Glycol, Geraniol, Limonene, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Butylene Glycol, Linalool, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

Dermalogica At-A-Glance

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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