Normaderm Triple Action Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion
This overly-fragranced BHA exfoliant lists salicylic acid as its active ingredient. Although the amount of salicylic acid is great, the pH is over 6, meaning this is incapable of exfoliating skin or helping to improve blackheads or other types of breakouts.
The matte finish this leaves is partly due to the amount of skin-damaging alcohol this contains followed by the aluminum starch. This is absolutely not greasy but the fragrance is nearly overpowering and the alcohol is definitely concerning. Exposing oily, acne-prone skin to products with alcohol can trigger more oil production at the base of the pores, leading to more breakouts and enhanced problems with oily skin. Last, this cannot hydrate for 24 hours; in fact, it’s minimally moisturizing at best and won’t do a thing to make dry, flaky skin look or feel better.
This product, for acne-prone skin, contains a unique association of salicylic acid with 2 other powerful micro-exfoliating ingredients (glycol acid + LHA) in a daily hydrating lotion. This triple action formula: 1) clears and helps prevent new blemishes, 2) offers 24 hour hydration, and 3) provides an instant matte-effect.
Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.
A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radicalquelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehls, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?
As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.
Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brands state that they dont test on animals unless required by law. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Research Team.
For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.
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