PECHE Redness Control
PECHE Redness Control uses marketing language that is cautiously well crafted—but the underlying message is that this formula can reduce redness or the severity of rosacea symptoms. However, the reality behind this fragrance-free treatment lotion is that it’s a simple mix of sheer moisturizing ingredients, thickeners, and the ingredients caffeine and zinc PCA. None of these ingredients have research demonstrating their benefit in reducing irritation, at least not beyond any of dozens of other antioxidant or skin-repairing ingredients.
Zinc PCA has some research demonstrating antimicrobial function on skin, as well as—like caffeine—antioxidant benefits (International Journal of Dermatology, 2002; and Skin Pharmacology and Physiology, 2013). However, as mentioned above, these benefits aren’t unique to this formula, and they absolutely don’t justify the steep price Neocutis is charging for such a tiny amount. Otherwise, the formula is pretty barebones!
PECHE Redness Control earned its AVERAGE rating because it lacks ingredients that can make good on its alleged benefits of reducing or controlling irritation in skin, despite the fact that it is otherwise irritant- free. Not only that, this treatment is embarrassingly priced for what amounts to a simple lotion, which could easily be outdone by a $10 bottle of Eucerin, Aveeno, or any of the dozens of better alternatives suggested on our list of Best Moisturizers Without Sunscreen.
- Packaged to protect its air- and light-sensitive ingredients.
- Contains the beneficial antioxidants zinc PCA and caffeine.
- Lacks ingredients to make good on its claims to reduce redness and inflammation.
- Embarrassingly overpriced for such an incredibly simple formula.
If your skin is in the red zone, its time to take action with PCHE Redness Control. Cutting edge research shows that changes in skin natural balance of anti-microbial peptides contribute to redness. PCHE with patent-pending ROSAPLEX contains 4 cosmetic ingredients to help restore balance to upset skin.
Strengths: Fragrance-free products; use of pump or tube packaging protects the light- and air-sensitive ingredients; excellent vitamin C serum and retinol product.
Weaknesses: Many of the anti-aging moisturizers and treatments are disappointingly simple formulas; expensive; some products rely on unproven ingredients.
If youve heard of the Neocutis brand, its likely because a dermatologist or aesthetician recommended one of their moisturizers or treatments. Like many skincare brands catering to patients of dermatologists and so-called medi spas, the claims associated with their products play off the perception of prescription results via ingredients that have medicinal-sounding names such as Processed Skin Proteins and Melaplex. Its all designed to make you think youre getting something special along with the pedigree of the doctor or spa retailing this line. As youll see from the reviews, thats not true, although there are some good products to be found here.
Now headquartered in San Francisco, California, Neocutis was founded in Switzerland in 2003 by a group of physicians and biologists who realized the [marketing] potential of human cells in skincare productsspecifically, amino acids and proteins (which is where their trademarked ingredients with exotic-sounding names come into play).
Despite their beginnings and their initial exclusivity to dermatologists offices, today you can order Neocutis products from beauty sites and other online retailers. Their line includes a range of products that caters to those whose foremost concerns are treating and preventing signs of aging. As a result, youll find Neocutis offers moisturizers, eye creams, and targeted treatments, many of which are themed around their trademarked PSP, or Processed Skin Proteins. Note: They claim this blend of peptides, proteins, and other substances harnesses the power of human-cell derived growth factors and cytokines.
What Neocutis isnt telling you is that this blend of cytokines and human-cell derived growth factors has little research demonstrating any benefit for skin, and certainly not in comparison to the numerous well-researched antioxidants and cell-communicating agents used in so many of todays best anti-aging products (see the More Info section of the products reviewed here for more details on PSP).
We should also note that, at the time of this review, Neocutis does not universally adhere to cosmetics ingredient labeling regulations on some of their products. In some cases, they do not list individually the proteins and amino acids that make up their PSP blend, which violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and
Unfortunately, despite the pomp and circumstance surrounding these products, most are extraordinarily overpriced and contain a surprisingly bland mix of basic moisturizing ingredients with a dusting of antioxidants. When we say dusting of beneficial ingredients, we really mean just that; in fact, one of their remarkable moisturizers is little more than a mix of glycerin, glycol, and thickeners, with a price tag topping $160!
On a positive note, Neocutis does have two outstanding productsone vitamin C serum and a retinol productthat are (like all of their formulas) fragrance-free and packaged to protect their light- and air-sensitive ingredients. Whats certain is that Neocutis doesnt have enough going for it to make putting together an entire anti-aging skincare routine from their products a good idea, for your skin or for your budget!
For more information on Neocutis, call 1-866-636-2884 or visit http://www.neocutis.com/.
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