Clearly Clean Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Scrub
Lots of brands sell cleansing scrubs with claims that using them clears blemishes and blackheads. The problem? Getting rid of acne and clogged pores isn't that simple, and Clearly Clean Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Scrub's performance proves it.
Like most scrubs for acne, this tube-packaged formula contains salicylic acid as its active ingredient. Salicylic acid is a well-known acne- and blackhead-fighting ingredient, but in a scrub, it's rinsed from skin before it can have much impact. See More Info for further details.
This cleanser removes dirt, debris, and excess oil while rinsing easily, and its finely milled scrub particles are unlikely to scratch or damage skin—all good things.
What's not so good is the inclusion of orange and peppermint extracts along with fragrance. This unwelcome trio poses a strong risk of irritating skin (and eyes) even after you rinse because the citrus-mint scent lingers. When you consider that acne and blackheads can't be scrubbed away, there's no reason to use a scrub like this. See our list of Best Acne and Blemish Treatments for options to clear up your skin without problematic ingredients.
- Cleanses skin of dirt, debris, and excess oil.
- Rinses without a residue.
- Orange and peppermint extracts pose a risk of irritating skin.
- Noticeable fragrance lingers on skin after rinsing.
- Salicylic acid has little benefit for acne-prone skin in a rinse-off cleanser.
This scrub contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when included in a well-formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, in a scrub, AHA and BHA ingredients are far less effective, if effective at all, for exfoliation because they're rinsed off before they can begin to work.
On the other hand, the BHA ingredient can provide hydrating benefits during their brief contact with skin. But we don't advise relying on this to control acne or stop blackheads.
Starting decades ago with the now-classic Oil of Olay, this brand now offers an extensive range of skin-care products sold at drugstores and mass-market stores. Today's Olay lineup for those concerned about staving off the effects of aging skin is impressive, comprising their Regenerist, Pro X, and Total Effects lines. All of these (and several other Olay products) contain the B vitamin niacinamide. As you might expect, the claims made for it are inflated, but niacinamide is a very helpful ingredient for all skin types, capable of exerting multiple benefits.
In fact, perhaps the biggest complaint about Olay is that there are a number of repetitive formulas within and between the sub-brands make this line confusing and tricky to shop! Still, there is a lot to like about this drugstore stalwart, with its main drawback being a few formulas containing fragrance or other ingredients that have the potential to cause irritation.
For more information about Olay, owned by Procter & Gamble, call (800) 285-5170 or visit www.olay.com.
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