Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Cleanser, Oil-Free
This inexpensive facial cleanser is no beauty bargain! It’s a below-average formula that’s laced with too many irritating ingredients to make it worth considering.
Chief among the irritants are menthyl lactate (a form of the potent skin irritant menthol) along with several fragrant plant extracts that cause further irritation. Please see More Info for details on why irritation is so bad for your skin.
- Very basic formula that isn’t as elegant as many other cleansers.
- Contains several irritating ingredients whose tingle isn’t a good “morning burst”’ rather, it’s your skin telling you it’s being irritated.
- Strong fragrance, but fragrance isn’t skin care.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, which impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes vital substances your skin needs to stay young. For this reason, it is best to minimize or eliminate as much as possible your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients. Granted, irritation is less of a problem in a rinse-off product like this, but the more you can do to minimize your exposure to needless skin irritants, the better your skin will be.
This cleanser formulated with a unique blend of caffeine, lemon and papaya helps to brighten the appearance of your skin and releases an invigorating fruit fragrance that awakens your senses. Skin looks instantly refreshed, leaving you ready to face the day.
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 & Johnson-owned 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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