AcneFreeAcne Astringent Toner Pads 2-in-1 Dual Action
60 towelette for $7.99
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These anti-acne pads are not recommended for several reasons: They contain alcohol, which is drying, irritating, and can make oily skin worse; they contain a problematic preservative (methylisothiazolinone) not recommended for use in leave-on products; they contain ginger root extract, a fragrant plant whose constituents can cause additional irritation. What’s sad about these troublesome ingredients is they get in the way of what this formula does right, which is exfoliate skin with 2% salicylic acid at an effective pH of 3.5.  Yet it’s all for naught because there’s just too many problems to make these pads a great solution for acne-prone skin.

Last Updated:11.14.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
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Dual action deep cleans pores, controls oil and reduces shine.


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%, Inactive Ingredients: Alcohol Denat., Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Benzalkonium Chloride, Bisabolol, Butylene Glycol, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower/Leaf Extract, Cocoamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Disodium EDTA, Glycerin, Glyceryl Stearate, Glycolic Acid, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Lactic Acid,Methylisothiazolinone, Niacinamide, Panthenol, Polysorbate-20, Propylene Glycol, Sea Whip Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol, Water, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Zingiber Officinale (Ginger) Root Extract

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AcneFree At-A-Glance

Strengths: Some of the products in the kit are well formulated for mild to moderate acne; utilizes gold standard anti-acne ingredient benzoyl peroxide.

Weaknesses: None of the kits are all-in-one solutions for those with acne or blackheads (every kit has at least one problematic product that will make acne worse); none of the kits include a product with sunscreen (even those with oily, acne-prone skin need sun protection); no effective products with anti-acne salicylic acid.

AcneFree is a small group of skin-care products sold in sets. As you may have guessed from the brand name, this is a line that's all about treating acne. You'll find this brand in most major drugstores, but it's not the acne treatment system to beat!

Owned by University Medical Pharmaceuticals, you'd think these products would be a slam-dunk for acne, but they're not. Although the kits contain some good products, all of them feature at least one product that's not effective for its intended purpose or contains irritating ingredients that will make your acne worse.

Just because the company claims these kits (systems) are the #1 best-selling in America doesn't mean they work; rather, it means that a lot of consumers with acne are buying the wrong products. We understand the frustration of struggling with breakouts. You want something that works to get rid of them, and the faster the better. It would be great if AcneFree could make good on all of its promises, but it simply doesn't, at least not 100%.

For more information about AcneFree, call 1.800.321.4576 or visit www.acnefree.com.

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