Overnight Clearing Gel
Overnight Clearing Gel has a pH of 4, which is borderline for allowing its 2% salicylic acid to exfoliate skin. While some exfoliation will occur, which is good, this product contains several irritating plant extracts and oils, including sage, rosemary, and citronella. Camphor is also in the mix. That’s really disappointing, because without the copious amounts of irritants this would have been an above-average BHA option for all skin types, though it's pricey for the tiny amount you get compared to other BHA exfoliants that contain 2% salicylic acid.
An overnight treatment designed to help clear skin congestion and help prevent future breakouts. Salicylic Acid sloughs off pore-clogging skin cells to inhibit development of further breakouts, while naturally-antiseptic Tea Tree Oil assists in skin-healing.
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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