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Dermalogica

Clear Start Breakout Clearing Daytime Treatment

2.00 fl. oz. for $ 24.00
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Could it be that Dermalogica is finally coming around on their use of fragrant oils in their skin-care products? That seems to be the case with this anti-acne treatment lotion medicated with 2.5% benzoyl peroxide—the gold standard topical disinfectant for killing acne-causing bacteria.

Although this product doesn't contain Dermalogica's usual offenders such as lavender or rosewood oils, it does contain the extract form of lavender and rosemary. These pose a slight risk of irritation but are definitely less likely to be problematic compared to the oil form.

We're glad that this formula includes cell-communicating ingredient niacinamide plus some very good anti-irritants, including Boerhavia diffusa root and a licorice derivative. This might be considered fragrance-free because "fragrance" isn't listed; however, the lavender and rosemary do contain fragrance ingredients that lend scent to this product.

Overall, this is a good though slightly pricey anti-acne option for all skin types except extra-sensitive.

Pros:
  • Medicated with gold-standard anti-acne ingredient benzoyl peroxide.
  • Lightweight lotion formula is suitable for all skin types.
  • Contains a very good mix of cell-communicating and soothing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Rosemary and lavender extracts add fragrance which poses a risk of irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

This daily, lightweight moisturizer and powerful pimple-preventing treatment in one helps wipe out breakouts before they emerge!

Active ingredient: Benzoyl Peroxide 2.50%. Other ingredients: Water, Niacinamide, Glycerin, Dimethicone, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seed Oil, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower /Leaf/Stem Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Boerhavia Diffusa Root Extract, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Sodium Acrylates Copolymer, Lecithin, Galactoarabinan, Glyceryl Polyacrylate, Polyisobutene, Butylene Glycol, Xanthan Gum, Polyacrylate-13, 1, 2-Hexanediol, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin.

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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