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Clean & Clear

Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Cleanser

8.00 fl. oz. for $ 6.49
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The claims for this cleanser are contradictory: on the one hand, it’s supposed to oxygenate skin to remove impurities, but on the other hand it contains antioxidant-filled beads that burst as you cleanse (antioxidants work against oxygen to prevent it from damaging cells, clearly Clean & Clear assumes their consumers wouldn’t notice this incongruity). As it turns out, this isn’t an oxygenating experience for skin, and that’s a good thing. The bad part of this very basic cleanser is the inclusion of irritating menthyl lactate (a form of menthol). Clean & Clear, as well as Neutrogena and Aveeno (all owned by Johnson & Johnson), all have better cleansers to consider.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

This cleanser uses a unique oxygen-infused formula that helps detoxify skin by removing pore-clogging impurities. It also contains Bursting Beads which release antioxidants, leaving your skin clean, fresh and visibly healthier.

Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Phenoxyethanol, Polysorbate 20, Isoceteth-20, Mannitol, Sodium Hydroxide, Fragrance, Disodium EDTA, Menthyl Lactate, Methylparaben, Citric Acid, Propylparaben, Ethylparaben, Cellulose, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethyl Citrate, Magnesium Aspartate, Zinc Gluconate, Copper Gluconate, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Propylene Glycol, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, Iron Oxides, Talc, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ultramarines

Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

The name of this Johnson & Johnsonowned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.

Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.

For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.

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