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Clearasil

Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil-Free Daily Face Wash Sensitive

6.50 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil-Free Daily Face Wash Sensitive isn't suitable for the sensitive skin it’s marketed toward, or any skin type for that matter. The bulk of its cleansing agents are akin to standard bar soap, and it also contains skin-sensitizing menthol and fragrance—bad news for anyone (see More Info to learn why)!

As for the salicylic acid that this cleanser contains, that’s a great anti-acne ingredient for exfoliation when used in a leave-on product, but it is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work.

See our Best Cleansers list for superior (and gentler) options.

More Info: Sensitizing, harsh, abrasive, or fragrant ingredients are bad for all skin types. Daily application of skincare products that contain these types of skin-aggravating ingredients is a major way we unknowingly do our skin a disservice!  

Sensitizing ingredients are a problem because they can lead to visible problems that include redness, rough skin, dull skin, dryness, increases in oil production, clogged pores, and contribute to making signs of aging worse.

Switching to non-irritating, gentle skincare products can make all the difference in the world. Non-irritating skincare products are those packed with beneficial ingredients that also replenish and soothe skin without any volatility, including those present in natural fragrant ingredients.

A surprising fact: Even though you might not see the negative influence of using products that contain sensitizing ingredients, skin the damage will still be taking place. It doesn’t need to be evident on the surface! Research has demonstrated that you don’t always need to see or feel the effects on your skin for your skin to be suffering the impact and the visible damage may not become apparent for a long time.

For this reason, it’s best to eliminate, or minimize as much as possible, your exposure to ingredients that can be sensitizing on skin. There are many products that contain effective ingredients that are also completely non-irritating so there’s no reason to put your skin at risk with products that include ingredients research has shown can be a problem.

References for this information:

Journal of Dermatological Sciences, January 2015, pages 28-36

International Journal of Cosmetic Science, August 2014, pages 379-385

Journal of Clinical Dermatology, November 2014, online access

Clinical Dermatology, May-June 2012, pages 257-262

Aging, March 2012, pages 166-175

Chemical Immunology and Allergy, March 2012, pages 77-80

Food and Chemical Toxicology, February 2008, pages 446—475

Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2008, pages 191-202

American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 2003, pages 789-798

Pros:
  • Efficiently removes makeup.
Cons:
  • Drying cleansing agents makes this an iffy choice for sensitive skin.
  • Menthol and fragrance further aggravate skin.
  • Salicylic acid is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Helps reduce breakouts by up to 85% in just 4 weeks. The acne treatment for sensitive skin is scientifically formulated with a moisturizing complex to leave your skin feeling soft and cared for. So with this sensitive face wash you get clearer skin every day.

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%) (Acne Medication), Other: Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Polyquaternium-10, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Menthol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, propylparaben, Aloe barbadensis Leaf Juice, Maltodextrin, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium benzoate

Clearasil At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).

Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting.

For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.

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