03.08.2012
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La Roche-Posay Physiological Ultra-Fine Scrub
1.69 fl. oz. for $17.99
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This is a basic, overpriced facial scrub that’s an OK option for all skin types. The amount of abrasive agent is low and buffered by slip agents, so you’re unlikely to overdo with this one and abrade your skin. Still, scrubs are a less elegant, less effective way to exfoliate skin compared with well-formulated AHA or BHA products.

We should also note this contains hydroxyethylpiperazine ethane sulfonic acid (also known as HEPES). It’s a buffering ingredient (typically used to establish a neutral pH) with research indicating it can generate free radical damage in the presence of oxygen (Journal of Inorganic Biochemistry, August 2005, pages 1,653-1,660 and November 2004, issue 11, pages 1696-1702). That has us worried even though research on how this directly impacts skin hasn’t been done. Still, there are definitely other buffering agents that could have been used instead of this seemingly problematic one.

Please refer to our Best Products section for a list of our favorite AHA and BHA products. For additional details on plastic microbeads in cosmetics, see the More Info section below.

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Plastic Microbeads in Cosmetics: This product contains polyethylene beads, which is an ingredient that has come under controversy in the recent past. In December of 2013, research published in the peer-reviewed journal, Marine Pollution Bulletin demonstrated that although polyethylene beads are non-toxic to humans, they are not filtered during sewage treatment and are accumulating in waterways. This means the beads have the potential to negatively affect marine wildlife who mistakenly consume them (Marine Pollution Bulletin, 2013).

Additional research published in December of 2013 demonstrated that polyethylene beads have the potential to absorb pollutants while in waterways. This research was conducted to establish the potential of absorption, however, and was not conducted using samples from actual waterways (Cell, 2013).

Beautypedia does not take an ideological stance in reviewing skincare products; rather, our reviews are based upon each product's potential harm or benefit to skin contingent upon what independent peer-reviewed scientific research has demonstrated. On issues like polyethylene beads in cosmetics or animal testing, we present the facts without judgment so that you may make your own decision whether or not this product is right for you.

Last Updated:01.15.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Smoothes and deeply cleanses skin, while respecting its physiological balance.

Ingredients

Water, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylpiperazine Ethane Sulfonic Acid, Polyethylene, Ammonium Polyacryldimethyltauramide/Ammonium, Polyacryloyldimethyl Taurate, Poloxamer 184, Triethanolamine, Tetrasodium Edta, Xanthan Gum, Diatomaceous Earth, Polyquaternium-47, Caprylyl Glycol, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Benzoic Acid, Fragrance, Sodium Benzoate.

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La Roche-Posay At-A-Glance

L'Oreal-owned La Roche-Posay has a pharmaceutical lineage based in France, and the company speaks of their thermal spring water as the cornerstone of their commitment to dermatological skin care. In fact, the name La Roche-Posay comes from the French town that is the source of this water, which is said to be a rich in selenium. While selenium is an element that has potent antioxidant ability, it's unclear how much the water La Roche-Posay uses contains, since all water has to go through purification processes to be to used in cosmetic products.

That aside, this brand does have a number of standout products, including some good sunscreens and anti-aging treatments. Another positive: All of its skincare is packaged in containers that will keep beneficial products protected from light and air (no jar packaging here!). Unfortunately there are some missteps, namely that some otherwise-excellent products include potentially-irritating amounts of alcohol, fragrance, or other irritants. The line could also benefit from additional products that contain more state-of-the-art ingredients. Still, for a no-frills approach to serious skin care, there are some finds to be had!

For more information about La Roche-Posay, owned by L'Oreal, call (888) 577-5226 or visit www.laroche-posay.com.

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