For people with Acne
HelloSkin’s experts were unable to find scientific data about Clean and Clear Essentials Dual Action Moisturiser in people living with acne. However, the product contains salicylic acid, which is one ingredient that is commonly used in acne treatment products (1).
Salicylic acid has an exfoliating effect which helps prevent the pores from becoming clogged with dead skin cells (2). In a 4 week cross-over study of 30 patients with mild-to-moderate acne, a 2% salicylic acid cleanser was reported to reduce the number of comedones compared with when using a 10% benzoyl peroxide wash (3).
It is important to be aware that salicylic acid can cause side effects such as mild, local irritations. If your skin becomes more irritated than it was prior to starting the treatment, you should look for an alternative. This product contains 0.5% salicylic acid, and 2% salicylic acid is the maximum strength allowed in cosmetic products.
This product also contains perfume, which is one of the most common contact allergens. If your skin is sensitive to perfume this can lead to allergies and further irritation of the skin, which can exacerbate the skin inflammation.
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- Clin Cosmet Investig Dermatol. 2015 Aug 26;8:455-61
- Clin Ther. 1989 Mar-Apr;11(2):264-7