Oil Control Lotion
Oil Control Lotion contains 1% salicylic acid at an effective pH of 3.6, but this is not recommended because it also contains irritating balm mint (listed by its Latin name of Melissa officinalis), camphor, and menthol. What a shame! And none of the plant extracts in this lotion can have any effect on skin’s oil production. If anything, the irritation from the menthol and camphor can stimulate excess oil production at the base of pores, quickly making oily skin worse. What a shame, because Oil Control Lotion contains several intriguing ingredients capable of helping blemish-prone skin.
A feather-light lotion containing microsponges to absorb oil on the skin's surface, helping to combat shine and maintain and all-day matte finish. Salicylic Acid aids in exfoliation of dead surface cells to help keep follicles clear of congestion.
According to company history, Dermalogica products came into being because founder Jane Wurwand could not find a spa-oriented skin-care line that met her criteria. She was dismayed that so many skincare lines aimed at the aesthetics market had products that contained alcohol, artificial colors, fragrance, mineral oil, and lanolin, ingredients he believed had a well-documented history of problems. That's true for fragrance and alcohol (and artificial colors to a lesser extent), but mineral oil and lanolin have no documented history of causing skin problems.
The line is positioned as a no-nonsense, no frills take on skincare, with clinically-inspired packaging that does protect its beneficial ingredients from light and air. Speaking of ingredients, Dermalogica does include a lot of beneficial ones in its skincare, though there are a number of formulas in the line that also make the misstep of including potentially-irritating fragrance ingredients.
For more information about Dermalogica now owned by Unilever, call 1-800-345-2761 or visit www.dermalogica.com.
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