PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash, 10% Benzoyl Peroxide
This cleanser is very similar to PanOxyl’s PanOxyl Acne Facial Wash, 2.5% Benzoyl Peroxide, but has a higher concentration of benzoyl peroxide. The same review applies: Benzoyl peroxide is a brilliant anti-acne superstar. It’s especially effective when included in a non-irritating leave-on product, but there also is research showing it has benefit even when in a cleanser.
For this product the inactive ingredients are listed in alphabetical order, a standard that’s allowed by the FDA for over-the-counter (OTC) drug products. This is a strange formula because it mixes drying detergent cleansing agent with oils, cornstarch, and AHAs. The oils help make the cleansing agents less of a problem but they impede rinsing. Meanwhile, the AHAs aren’t effective in a cleanser as because they are rinsed down the drain—besides, BHA (salicylic acid) is preferred when acne is the concern. This cleanser is not recommended because it is bound to confuse your skin while potentially making acne worse.
Benzoyl peroxide can have anti-acne benefit, even in a cleanser.
Amount of oils make rinsing difficult.
AHA isn't effective as an exfoliant since it is rinsed from skin.
The rich, elegant lather of PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash gently removes dirt and excess oil to cleanse and unclog pores, making it an excellent choice for the management of acne on the face, chest and back.
Weaknesses: Some cleansers are in bar form; no BHA options for those struggling with acne.
This small line of anti-acne products is sold in many drugstores, sometimes positioned near the pharmacy. Knowing that this line comes from a pharmaceutical company (Stiefel) that specializes in dermatology, the incomplete nature of what they offer consumers is very disappointing.
For more information about PanOxyl, call 1-888-438-7426 or visit www.panoxyl-skincare.com.
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