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Acure

Sensitive Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic

4.00 fl. oz. for $ 14.99
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If you have sensitive skin, or are battling concerns like rosacea, it can be a challenge to find skincare products that don't worsen or aggravate your condition. Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic sounds like it might fit the bill for those with normal to dry skin that's also sensitive, but things get complicated on inspection of the ingredient list—it doesn't appear to be complete. This is a problem because you don't know what this product really contains! We think it's incredibly important that you know what ingredients are in your skincare products. See More Info for these important details.

Acure includes a number of moisturizing ingredients, such as non-fragrant plant oils—pumpkin seed oil, coconut, olive, and argan, and quite a few antioxidants. Unfortunately, the antioxidants are mostly wasted in this type of product because antioxidants, to perform their free-radical protection function, must remain on skin and not be rinsed away as would be the case with this cleanser.

There's also the problematic nature of the preservative—Acure appears to have included phenethyl alcohol as the sole preservative ingredient. However, potassium sorbate on its own isn't sufficient to provide protection against both bacteria and mold/yeast—existing research has demonstrated it to be effective only when combined with other preservatives like phenoxyethanol.

Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic leaves us with too many concerns to recommend it—despite the fact that it has many beneficial ingredients for skin, and, on the surface, appears to be a good option for those with dry skin. For alternatives to consider that don't leave you guessing at what you're putting on your face, check out our recommendations on the Best Cleansers (Including Cleansing Cloths) section of the site.

This product is listed as Sensitive Facial Cleanser on the Acure website but the product's packaging states the full name, Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser Argan Oil + Probiotic.

Pros:
  • Contains mild cleansing agents.
  • Contains a number of beneficial moisturizing ingredients.
Cons:
  • Preservative system appears to be inadequate.
  • Ingredient list appears to be inaccurate; thus, you can't know what it is you're putting on your face.
More Info:Incomplete Ingredient List: Acure states that this product is based from their "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend," and contains no water or anything else to hold its formula together. We thought this had to have been a mistake on their packaging, but after reaching out to Acure via Twitter about their lack of water in products, they confirmed it was not a printing error.

Rather, you're to believe that this product is made up of a blend of fruits and flowers, but no water or any ingredients that would form the "base" that keeps these ingredients from separating.

A mixture of mashed-up berries, dried tea leaves, and flowers does not a moisturizer make, and whether based from an ingredient blend or not, its individual constituents are still required to be listed in full on the label—which is not the case here. Trade names, like "Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend" or "Echinacea Stem Cell Culture," are not permitted on ingredient labels for this very reason—this cloaking violates International Nomenclature of Cosmetic Ingredients (INCI) and FDA labeling regulatory requirements.

Of course, there's also the fact that an incomplete ingredient list prevents you from knowing what's in your skincare or makeup product.

Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Dont be so sensitive! Take a deep breath and relax with this soothing blend of Organic Argan Oil, Probiotics, and Pumpkin Seed Oil. Rich in omega fatty acids, this gentle creamy cleanser will have your face feeling fresh, clean, and hydrated.

Organic Anthemis Nobilis (Chamomile) Flower, Organic Curoxidant Superfruit Blend [Organic Euterpe Oleracea (Acai) Berry, Organic Rubus Fruticosus (Blackberry), Organic Rosa Canina (Rosehips), Organic Punica Granatum (Pomegranate), Fair Trade Organic Aspalanthus Linearis (Rooibos)], Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate (from Coconut), Glyceryl Stearate SE (Vegetable), Organic Virgin (Cocos Nucifera) Coconut Oil, Stearyl Dihydroxypropyldimomium Oligosaccharides (from Sugar), Vegetable Glycerin, Glyceryl Oleate (Fatty acid), Decyl Glucoside (Sugar Soap), Disodium Cocoglucoside Citrate (from Coconut), Phenethyl Alcohol (Fatty Alcohol), Glyceryl Caprylate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate (Lactic Acid Salt), Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Sclerotium Gum (Sugar Gum), Organic Agania Spinosa (Argan Oil), Organic Olea Europea (Olive) Oil, D-Alpha Tocopherol Acetate (Natural Vitamin E), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil, Marrubium Vulgare (White Horehound) Stem Cell Culture, Echinacea Stem Cell Culture, Fermented Resveratrol Extract (Probiotic), Organic Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Ubiquinone (CoQ10), Olea Europea (Olive Leaf) Extract, Organic Curcubita Pepo (Pumpkin) Seed Oil, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Stem Cells, Glycerophosphoinositol Lysine (from Sunfower).

Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.

First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.

On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.

One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.

For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.

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