Bioglycolic Bioclear Cream contains about 8% to 10% AHA and about 1% BHA in a fairly basic, lightweight moisturizing formula. It would work well for exfoliation for someone with normal to dry skin. BHA can exfoliate both in the pore and on the surface of skin, while AHA concentrates on the surface. In some ways it is redundant to have both, but some people find that better for their skin type.This also contains azelaic acid (a component of grains such as wheat, rye, and barley), which has been shown to be effective for a number of skin conditions when applied topically in a cream formulation at a 20% concentration (Source: International Journal of Dermatology, December 1991, pages 893–895). However, other research suggests that azelaic acid is more irritating than hydroquinone when mixed with glycolic acid or kojic acid (Source: eMedicine Journal, www.emedicine.com, November 5, 2001, volume 2, number 11). Regardless, this product contains far less than 20% azelaic acid, so it is hard to say what, if any, effect it would have on skin. The group of potentially irritating plant extracts in this product makes it less desirable.
A revolutionary cream that targets the multifaceted acne problems uniquely experienced by adults. This versatile product also has remarkable anti-aging and skin resurfacing properties that benefit any skin type. JMSR’s proprietary research has resulted in a formula that produces exceptional benefits for adult acne, acne scarring, inflammation, discoloration, enlarged follicle openings, textural changes and the appearance of wrinkling and textural changes due to cumulative sun exposure.
Active: Salicylic Acid, Other: Water, Glycolic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Hexyl Laurate, Polysorbate 60, Stearic Acid, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Azelaic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Sorbitol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Yeast Extract, Symphytum Officinale Extract, Plantago Ovata Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Glutamine, Proline, Leucine, Serine, Mallow Leaf Extract, Ivy Leaf Extract, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Sambucus Nigra Flower Extract, Arnica Montana Flower Extract, Parietaria Officinalis Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Ammonium Hydroxide, Propylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc. At-A-Glance
Strengths: Most of the products are fragrance- and colorant-free; excellent AHA and retinol options, including an AHA combined with sunscreen; the water-soluble cleansers.
Weaknesses: Expensive; some categories contain ingredients (growth factors, hormones, and interferon) with unreliable track records or whose long-term risks, if any, remain unknown; sunscreens that lack sufficient UVA-protecting ingredients; jar packaging; Marini Lash isn't as exciting as Marini’s former lash-enhancing products.
Jan Marini Skin Research, Inc., was founded, of course, by Jan Marini, who originally started out marketing products for M.D. Formulations. Thus, it isn't surprising to find that her own line is also aimed at dermatologists, aestheticians, and plastic surgeons, much the way M.D. Formulations is. In direct contrast to many of the other skin-care lines in this niche market, Marini’s line stands out with its selection of far more realistic and varied skin-care products. First, there are no spiraling-out-of-control ingredient lists where everything is thrown in except the kitchen sink. Then, and more important, you will find some well-formulated products that include sunscreens, skin-lightening options, vitamin C products, and good glycolic acid–based alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) products, along with some outstanding retinol options.
It is interesting to observe that Marini attributes the research for her "topical form of lipid (fat) soluble Vitamin C that is stable and able to be absorbed" to the form "developed in conjunction with physician researcher Nicholas Perricone, M.D." Of course, Perricone has his own version of vitamin C products, which are quite similar to Marini's in that they also contain ascorbyl palmitate. That being the case, given that he claims his are the best ever with the highest concentration of the stuff, we wonder if she would now agree with his findings? At least compared to her former partners at M.D. Formulations, Marini's information about vitamin C is more accurately based (it's backed by published research) and there's only a minimal amount of hyperbole. In fact, when it comes to the information Marini and team present to the professionals who retail their products, this line wins high marks for its close-to-accurate information about how skin ages, what can be done to minimize and prevent future signs of aging, and the effects various products have on skin. Of course, you're supposed to believe her products have all the answers, but that's what the reviews below will elucidate.
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