12.15.2011
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Vichy Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel, for Clear Skin
6.7 fl. oz. for $18
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Normaderm Deep Cleansing Gel, for Clear Skin is medicated with a small amount of salicylic acid. Unfortunately, this tried-and-true anti-acne ingredient needs to be left on skin in order to have the most benefit. It's far less effective for exfoliation (one of its main benefits), if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it's rinsed off before it can begin to work. If you are hoping for this cleanser to provide exfoliating benefits, think again.

This is still a good cleanser for normal to oily skin, and it’s fine for acne-prone skin, too (as long as you understand it’s going to take more than this cleanser to achieve clear skin).

Pros:

Contains gentle cleansing agents.

Fragrance free.

Cons:

Cannot unclog pores as claimed (salicylic acid can't exfoliate skin in a cleanser).

Last Updated:01.06.2017
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
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Deep cleansing gel for oily & acne-prone skin. Purifies skin and unclogs pores without dryness or irritation.

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Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, PEG 200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Decyl Glucoside, Glycerin, PEG 120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, PEG 7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Totarol, Triethanolamine, Green 3, Sodium Citrate, Yellow 5, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate (Licorice Root), Capryloyl Salicylic Acid (Beta Hydroxy Acid), Eperua Falcata Bark Extract, Dextrin, Fragrance

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Vichy At-A-Glance

Vichy's products, though well-intentioned, are incapable of addressing several common problems. About all you can expect from most Vichy moisturizers is relief from dryness. That's it. Every product's claims "talk the talk," but they cannot possibly walk the walk because what's in them is, for the most part, standard, and without any research behind it to show that it makes a difference.

A big-deal ingredient for Vichy is their Thermal Spa Water. It is said to reduce irritation, strengthen skin's natural defenses, and provide free radical–quelling activity thanks to its trace minerals and salt. There is no substantiated proof to support these claims, save for a somewhat primitive chart Vichy provides to show this water helps reduce cutaneous signs of irritation (what it was compared to, if anything, is unknown). Two other L'Oreal-owned brands, Biotherm and La Roche-Posay, have similar special waters, each claiming to be mineral-rich. Yet if these are so unique and wonderfully beneficial for everyone's skin, why don't all L'Oreal-owned lines such as Lancome, L'Oreal, Kiehl’s, SkinCeuticals, and The Body Shop, use them, too?

As expected, there are some bona fide winners among Vichy's products, but using Vichy exclusively with the expectation that their products have the answer to whatever your skin needs to have fixed is like thinking green tea is the only food your body needs.

Note: Vichy is categorized as a brand that tests on animals because its products are sold in China. Although Vichy does not conduct animal testing for its 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 brands 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 Research Team.

For more information about Vichy, owned by L'Oreal, visit www.vichy.com.

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