Dr. Jart

Teatreetment Cleansing Foam

4.05 fl. oz. for $ 28.00
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Dr. Jart’s Teatreetment Cleansing Foam claims to clear acne breakouts without irritating skin, but some formulary missteps mean it’s a product those with blemish-prone skin should avoid. And, before we go further, it has to be said that using a gentle cleanser is only the first step in controlling breakouts; managing acne requires more than just a face wash.

Housed in a frosted plastic bottle with a pump dispenser, this liquid-to-foam face wash smooths across skin easily and does a good job removing dirt, oil, and debris. It rinses cleanly without leaving skin feeling stripped or dry after.

We appreciate some of the helpful ingredients Dr. Jart chose to include, like Centella asiatica (cica), chamomile, green tea, and licorice extracts. Though this is a product rinsed from skin, these calming ingredients have value, especially since acne is an inflammatory condition and anything you can do to soothe it, however brief, is beneficial.

Unfortunately, “helpful” isn’t the ideal word to describe some of the other ingredients in this formula. The namesake tea tree (included here in two forms, tea tree water and tea tree oil) is a mixed bag. Studies show high concentrations in a leave-on product could improve acne due to its antibacterial action, though tea tree also has fragrant components, including camphor, that can trigger irritation.

Adding insult to injury is that there is a small amount of actual camphor here, along with witch hazel, which contains skin-drying alcohol.

What about the salicylic acid that’s listed in the claims? While it’s true that salicylic acid (also known as BHA) is a gold star pore-clearing exfoliant, it’s most effective in leave-on products, where it has more time to work its magic. It’s also here at a pH of 4.86, which is slightly above the optimal range of 3-4 for it to act as effectively as an exfoliant (though it still has hydrating and calming properties).

Still, with the potential issues this has, it’s simply best to select a less problematic option from our list of best cleansers for combination to oily skin.

  • Does a good job removing oil, dirt, and debris.
  • Rinses cleanly without making skin feel dried out.
  • Contains skin-soothing ingredients, including Centella asiatica and licorice root.
  • Contains tea tree extract and oil, which are a mixed bag for skin.
  • pH is too high for salicylic to be at its most potent as an exfoliant.
  • Salicylic acid is more effective against breakouts in a leave-on formula.
  • Includes witch hazel, which contains drying alcohol.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Mild foam cleanser with pH-balancing Teatreement™ and spot-targeting technology to remove impurities without stripping moisture or irritating unconcerned areas. This cleanser is infused with salicylic acid to exfoliate and fight breakouts, plus Australian tea tree and coconut extracts to soothe and rehydrate skin. Its spot-targeting technology clears breakouts while keeping skin hydrated and glowing, with minimized pores.

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Extract, Water/Eau, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Methylpropanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Lead Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Ficus Carica (Fig) Fruit Extract, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root, Amaranthus Caudatus Seed Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Undaria Pinnatifida Extract, Gloiopeltis Furcata Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Hydrogenated Lecithin, Ceramide NP, Allantoin, Niacinamide, Silica, Capryloyl Glycine, Hexylene Glycol, Camphor, Sarcosine, 4-Terpineol, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer.

Dr. Jart+ At-a-Glance

Strengths: The BB creams (Beauty Balms) provide broad-spectrum sun protection and are fragrance-free.

Weaknesses: Expensive; BB creams are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen; the masks are gimmicky and minimally helpful for skin.

Dr. Jart+ is a line of skin-care products based in Korea. Its most popular products are the Beauty Balms, known in the United States as BB creams. Before we discuss this brand's contribution to the BB cream craze, we want to state that at this time we are reviewing only the Dr. Jart+ products that are available at U.S. Sephora stores. If you visit the Korean Dr. Jart+ Web site, you'll see several other skin-care products are offered. We might review those in the future, but it's clear that the questions we've received about this brand have to do with the BB creams.

No information is available about an actual Dr. Jart, and our Korean friends tell us there is no actual Dr. Jart, so it is a made up name to help give the line some credibility. According to the company's English Web site, the brand is supposed to be the brainchild of multiple dermatologists as well as 21 "medical specialists." That's a lot of cooks for one product line, but as we've reported before, and as many of you know from experience, there are plenty of doctors' products that are terribly formulated and that come in bad packaging. All that really counts is whether or not you should give this line a closer look, despite the marketing claims

It didn't take much review to discover that there is nothing particularly medical or dermatologist-oriented about these products. The people behind Dr. Jart+ don't have access to any special ingredients other cosmetic companies can't use, and their products contain no unique ingredients that have any research showing that they improve skin. U.S. Sephora stores sell two BB cream options from Dr. Jart+; one of them is great and the other is lacking in too many areas to make it worth purchasing. But the question remains, should you purchase a BB cream at all? They are not must-have products, and most are far from being the "new idea in skin care" they're made out to be. Essentially, whether they're called BB creams, Blemish Balms, or Beauty Balms, all of these products are little more than tinted moisturizers with sunscreen. Some include a helpful amount of beneficial ingredients like antioxidants or skin-lightening agents (vitamin C, arbutin) to improve brown spots. Such discolorations are considered a blemish in Asian cultures, but that's the only distinguishing feature. Compared with standard tinted moisturizers, BB creams typically provide slightly to moderately more coverage. In that sense, they fall between tinted moisturizers and foundations, but many BB creams go on sheer also; so, ultimately, it comes down to the individual products. If you're happily using a tinted moisturizer with sunscreen, there's no reason to forgo it in favor of a BB cream, but there's no harm in testing them out to see if you prefer their effect. Most won't notice much difference between them and a tinted moisturizer.

For more information about Dr. Jart+, visit http://www.drjart.co.kr/global/eng/.

Note: The company does not publish a phone number on its Web site, which doesn't bode well for building consumer trust or obtaining any help from customer service, so buyer beware.

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