Advantage Acne Control Kit is supposed to make fighting acne as easy as 1-2-3, but each of the products in this misguided kit has its share of problems. The Advantage Acne Control Cleanser contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, a concentration that can be quite drying, although it won’t have time to work because it is rinsed quickly from your skin. A larger problem is the drying detergent cleansing agent sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate along with menthol, neither of which helps combat blemishes, and which just add irritation and inflammation to skin. Step 2 is the Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer, which is nearly identical to the Advantage Oil-Free Acne Moisturizer. Last is the Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Treatment, which contains 2% salicylic acid, but also enough alcohol to cause irritation, and that problem is not reduced by the inclusion of cinnamon and cedar bark extracts. In short, there is little reason to expect relief from acne with this kit, and every reason to expect irritated, reddened skin.
Now fighting acne is as easy as one, two, three. The Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Control Kit is an important routine for keeping skin looking healthy and beautiful. In a clinical study, 100% of people had clearer skin in as little as one day.
Step 1: Advantage Acne Control Cleanser (4 fl. oz.) Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Glycerin, Menthol, Mineral Oil, Petrolatum, Potassium Polyphosphate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethione, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Zinc Lactate
Step 2: Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer (2 fl. oz.) Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Benzalkonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Capryloyl Glycine, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Cetyl Lactate, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Fragrance, Glycerin, Glycine Soja (Soybean) Seed Extract, Isoceteth-20, Methyl Gluceth-20, PPG-10 Cetyl Ether, Pentaerythrityl Tetra-Di-T-Butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Phenoxyethanol, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 60, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, Sarcosine, Steareth-21, Water
Step 3: Advantage Fast Clearing Spot Treatment (0.5 fl. oz.) Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Alcohol (37%), Ammonium Hydroxide, Benzalkonium Chloride, Butylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Capryloyl Glycine, Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract, Cetyl Lactate, Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract, Cocamidopropyl Pg-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Cyclopentasiloxane, Dehydroxanthan Gum, Fragrance, Glycerin, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Laureth-7, PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate, Phenethyl Dimethicone , Phenoxyethanol, Polyacrylamide, Polysorbate 20, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, SD Alcohol 40-B, Sarcosine, Tetrasodium EDTA, Water
Clean & Clear At-A-Glance
Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.
Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).
The name of this Johnson & Johnson–owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.
Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.
For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.
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