Clear Start Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment
This silky, lightweight treatment is supposed to be your overnight answer for preventing breakouts before they surface and lead to a series of bad skin days. It contains 2% salicylic acid as the active ingredient, but the pH of this product is too high for exfoliation to occur. Even if the pH was within range, the base formula contains camphor, which is exceedingly irritating and will likely increase oil production in the pore.
Some of the plant extracts have antibacterial action, but, with the exception of tea tree oil, none of them have convincing research proving their effectiveness against acne-causing bacteria (Sources: Phytomedicine, August 2007, pages 508–516; Pharmazie, March 2005, pages 208–211; and African Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences, September 1995, pages 269–273). As for the tea tree oil being useful, the amount this product contains is too low for it to have a positive impact on breakouts.
Note: This product was formerly named Clean Start Bedtime for Breakouts.
- Contains some potentially helpful plant extracts.
- Lightweight, silky texture.
- The salicylic acid cannot function as an exfoliant because this product's pH is too high.
- Formula contains several irritating fragrant plant oils.
- Camphor is a strong skin irritant that may increase oil production at the base of the pores
Applying irritating ingredients to oily skin stimulates excess oil production at the base of the pores, so skin ends up being more oily and pores become (or stay) enlarged. If you want to see improvements in oily skin, the best approach is to treat your skin gently with effective products designed to absorb excess oil, exfoliate inside the pore, and help normalize pore function (Sources: Clinical Dermatology, September-October 2004, pages 360–366; and Dermatology, January 2003, pages 17–23).
This invisible treatment absorbs quickly then works all night to fight breakouts. Rest easy as it purifies to ensure you awake with less congestion, fewer breakouts and reduced redness.
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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