Clinique have a very ambitious range with some claims for fast-acting results. The expert view is that these products are basic acne solutions, good for ordinary acne but not designed for severe acne. As a kit, it’s a much better option than the single product approach, particularly if you’re dealing with a combination skin health and acne condition.
The kit includes:
- Cleansing foam- The cleansing foam is a general skin treatment, designed to coax the pores and deal with impurities in the skin, removing the causes of acne.
- Clarifying lotion- The clarifying lotion is the real anti-acne operator, clarifying the skin.
- Moisturizer- The moisturizer is a standard requirement, and very useful to both ensure skin health and avoid any dryness caused by the treatment.
The Murad Acne Complex looks a bit, well, “complex”, when you first check it out. There are only three steps. It’s very much a top of the range product and has a lot to offer.
The Murad Acne Complex formulation is definitely different from similar kits:
- Cleansing agent- The Cleanser includes a low (1.5%) salicylic acid as an all-round cleaner and antibacterial agent. Murad suggest that a good SPF sunscreen should be used in conjunction with it.
- Exfoliant- This is a gel, designed to deal with sebum and other issues. It also contains an even lower amount of salicylic acid and Vitamin A to encourage skin the replacement process.
- The “perfecting lotion”- This is where the Murad Acne Complex is quite different. It uses grape seed oat kernel protein, orange and honey. This combination is almost a basic chemistry lesson in traditional skin care. It’s also well known to work.
This is a three step system, and it’s extremely simple. It’s the no fuss version of some more complex acne treatments. The ClearPores System couldn’t be any easier to use:
- Herbal Supplement- This is a skin health product in capsule form. It’s contains dandelion root, sarsaparilla root, burdock root, Aloe Vera and kelp. The various roots include a large range of trace elements. Dandelion root contains dietary copper, used in the blood to help oxygen do its job. Aloe Vera is for circulation, and kelp contains many basic nutrients, including iodine, which is a very important element in general as well as skin health.
- Facial/Body cleanser- A no-nonsense salicylic acid wash routine. Includes exfoliates, an essential part of any skin care routine and important for acne sufferers.
- Protective cream- To make sure the job stays done, a useful touch to the skin care regime.
Avon is perhaps the biggest name brand on the market for skin care products and cosmetics of all kinds. The Avon Clearskin® Professional Acne Treatment System is a kit which has been receiving rave reviews.
The kit includes a virtual encyclopedia of ingredients. The most important thing about this kit is that it also includes all the standard treatments with a very high level of attention to skin care issues. There’s nothing “chemically controversial” about the ingredients in the formulas, just reliable, proven active components.
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Neutrogena is a big name brand with a very big reputation for its skin care range. These products are an active, high performance “get in there and do the job” sort of skin care regime, using both in combination. (The two similarly named products come in similar tubes, which is a little confusing when you first see them. The Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Stress Control Power Cream Wash is the larger tube, 175 ml, against 125 ml for the Scrub.)
- Refreshing the skin
- Pleasant green tea and cucumber smell
- Good performance
- Good skin care effects
- Good exfoliation
- Surprised at good results
- Liked the texture and the micro beads used for treatments
- Users liked the price
Clearasil are specialists in a huge range of different types of products in the skin care range. These pads are a good example of a no-nonsense, all-in-one package. It’s also more than just an acne product. It’s a complete care regime, which means it can do a very good job of dealing with latent skin problems.
According to the product descriptions the main values of this product are:
- Ideal for having something around when you need it
- Deals with makeup, clogged pores and bacteria that cause acne
- Acts to refresh the skin