Clearify Facial Oil
Indeed’s Clearify Facial Oil Featuring Salicylic Acid takes a unique approach to treating breakouts—but it’s not one we feel 100% confident in recommending for reasons we’ll explain below.
Salicylic acid is one of the star ingredients, which is good news because it has copious amounts of research backing its ability to unclog pores, minimize breakouts and reduce inflammation. Unfortunately, here its exfoliating properties are hindered by the fact that its pH goes slightly above the ideal 3-4 range. Because Indeed does not disclose the percentage we also can’t say for sure how much salicylic acid you’re getting. Based on where it falls on the ingredient list, it appears to at least be above 1% which is a decent amount for the benefit of soothing skin. (2% is ideal for daily use to keep breakouts at bay).
The natural extracts that Indeed claims balance oil levels is where things get wonky, due to some of them containing fragrance components. Interestingly, the irritation that fragrance incites can actually make oily skin and breakouts worse. We couldn’t detect their scent so we aren’t overly concerned about them in their extract form (compared to the oil form), but still, fragrance free is the better way to go for the health of your skin.
As for the texture, Clearify Facial Oil feels more like a fluid serum-gel that it does a true oil. The formula glides over skin, absorbs quickly, and leaves an imperceptible, non-greasy finish that’s ideal for the acne-prone skin this treatment is geared toward.
We also appreciate that the opaque bottle packaging helps keep the formula’s beneficial antioxidants stable. But for what it gets right, ultimately, this product just isn’t on par with the best acne treatments out there.
- Salicylic acid offers skin soothing benefit.
- Fluid serum-gel formula leaves an imperceptible, non-greasy finish, ideal for oily/acne-prone skin.
- Salicylic acid isn’t as effective at exfoliating and preventing breakouts in this formula’s 4.4 pH.
- Fragrant extracts pose a slight risk of irritation.
By harnessing the power of natural extracts from the Ginger family and the Japanese Lotus Flower, clearify facial oil gets straight to the root of the problem and controls oil. While these powerful actives effectively balance oil levels, salicylic acid works to exfoliate dead skin cells to dissolve skin debris – keeping pores clear and clean! These pore purifying and clarifying ingredients are combined with Argan Oil, a lightweight and non-comedogenic oil, to leave skin deeply moisturized, nourished and smooth, but never greasy – exactly what inflamed, acne-prone skin needs! With continued use, skin will appear smooth, hydrated and matte.
Strengths: Inexpensive; some novel products worth checking out, fragrance-free.
Weaknesses: Some of the products in this line make claims that the results are like in-office cosmetic corrective procedures when that is not the case.
Promising high performance, innovative products, Canada-based Indeed Laboratories is a small, drugstore-sold line specializing in anti-aging-themed products. Their best-known product, and not surprisingly the one we're asked about the most, is Nanoblur. This product is essentially a silicone-based wrinkle filler and pore smoother that works, though no better than many other, similar products. All of these types of products work (temporarily, of course) to improve skin texture and fill imperfections to a degree that they're slightly to moderately less noticeable. Where Nanoblur makes its mark is the price point, which many will find enticing.
This is a line that seeks to avoid fragrance, and that's always to skin's benefit, and their modern-looking packaging will help keep light- and air-sensitive ingredients (like retinol) from degrading. Though the claims of certain products don't always live up to the reality of their ingredients, if you keep your expectations realistic and don't expect miracles, you're far more likely to come away satisfied. For more information about Indeed Labs, call 877-884-9086 or visit www.indeedlabs.com
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