Clear Start Breakout Clearing Cooling Masque
Although this gel-based mask begins well with its mix of glycerin and a licorice-derived anti-irritant, it takes a turn for the skin-irritating-worse with the inclusion of several plant extracts known to be problematic. Among them are high amounts of basil, lavender, and thyme. Some of these plants have antibacterial action that can be helpful against breakout-causing bacteria, but there's not much research to support this—certainly not enough to make it worth the risk they present to skin.
- Contains a good amount of a licorice-derived anti-irritant.
- Lightweight, comforting gel texture feels nice.
- Contains potent skin irritant camphor.
- Several of the plant extracts this contains are fragrant and pose a risk of irritation.
- The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant due to the mask's pH being too high.
Turn down the redness, rid your skin of breakouts! This potent masque helps clear breakouts while a cooling sensation refreshes and soothes.
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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