Ultra Overnight Wash
Ultra Overnight Wash is a water-soluble gel cleanser for normal to oily skin that makes some lofty claims in terms of clearing up skin “overnight”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver.
While the salicylic acid that Ultra Overnight Wash contains may appeal to those struggling with acne, its exfoliating properties far less effective, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work. We don’t want you spending money on a product whose ingredients can’t perform as claimed so if you are hoping for salicylic acid to provide exfoliating benefits, look for it in a leave-on product.
Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the salicylic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation. (Not to mention that the pH of this cleanser is too high for salicylic acid to have benefit anyway.)
Note: In addition to fragrance, this cleanser also contains potentially irritating plant extracts, including Helichrysum italicum, which is not advised for use by anyone allergic to ragweed.
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- Removes makeup.
- Contains potentially sensitizing plant extracts and fragrance.
- Doesnt live up to its claims.
Clinically tested to help visibly reduce redness and pimple size overnight, for visibly clearer skin. The creamy textured Overnight Wash works continuously through the night, when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration, and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of pimples overnight.
Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide.
Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).
Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting.
For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.
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