Acne Solutions Cleansing Bar for Face and Body is a poor choice for all skin types, blemishes or not, as it may be irritating and drying to skin.
This type of bar soap is formulated via a process that results in an alkaline (high) pH, which is aggravating to naturally acidic skin. The ingredients that keep bar cleansers in solid form also often leave a residue, which can lead to dull-looking skin. Over the long term, this can keep your skin in a cycle of sensitivity and potentially make breakouts worse.
We have to note that this bar cleanser contains salicylic acid, an ingredient that when used in a well formulated leave-on product can work beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, salicylic acid is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work. It’s disappointing that Clinique is making pore-unclogging claims that aren’t likely to occur.
Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the salicylic can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation.
We don’t want you spending money on a product that can’t perform as it claimed and aggravates skin in the process. See our Best Cleansers list for superior, non-irritating options instead.
Mild, medicated soap helps clear and prevent acne on face and body. Targets breakouts with encapsulated, acne-fighting salicylic acid. Removes dirt, excess oil. Unclogs pores. Skin looks and feels calmed, smooth and comfortable.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Sodium Palmate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Palmitic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Glyceryl Stearate, Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch, Glycerin, Caffeine, Zinc PCA, PPG-26/Dimer Dilinoleate Copolymer, Polyquaternium-67, Hydrolyzed Corn Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Tetrasodium EDTA, Tetrasodium Etidronate, Chlorphenesin, Titanium Dioxide
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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