June 19, 2008

Clinque Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam: No Sulfates or Parabens Plus Botanicals!

Well, the cows have come home:  This eco gal is using and loving a Clinique product.

I've been anti-Clinique for years. I've watched girlfriends stick with the line despite it doing nada for them—or causing more break outs.   That puke yellow "Dramatically Different" Moisturizing Lotion?  It's an outdated formulation of petrolatum, mineral oil and yellow dye.  Might as well slather Vaseline-brand lotion on your face!

However, there's always room for redemption. During a recent visit to Chicago, I noticed Clinique's Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam in my friend's shower. It belonged to her roommate, who has flawless skin. I skimmed its ingredient list, ready to shake my head.  Instead, I did a double-take: no harsh detergents or paraben preservatives, 2% salicylic acid plus tons of botanicals.

Due to job and relationship stress the past two months, I was breaking out around my chin.  So, in a moment weakness, I decided to "bring in the big guns" and headed to Sephora to buy this cleanser. 

I've been using it every night for 2 weeks—and my skin has completely cleared with no dryness.  As a result, I have vowed to use a cleanser or moisturizer with salicylic acid until I'm 40.  And to Clinique: congrats on a great product.

Pretty factor: 2% salicylic acid thoroughly cleans oil and grim from pores to prevent and clear zits. Peppermint extract further purifies while algae extract provides nutrients to the skin. Caffeine perks up skin and reduces inflammation, and glycerin and sodium hyaluronate inject light moisture.

Eco factor: No sulfates, parabens, or petrolatum.  Lots of skin-friendly botanical extracts.

To buy: $17.50 at department stores and Sephora (It's about 6 bucks cheaper than the Whole Foods cleansers I've been using!)


Unknown said...

I have always loved Clinique products!

Anonymous said...

2% salicylic acid is quite a high level for a non-prescription product, but as this is a foam the effective concentration is much lower. You hardly need parabens with that level of salicylic acid. I don't think this means that Clinique are abandoning using them just yet.

Lydia said...

Ooo I might have to give this one a try. :)

Anonymous said...

I have used Clinique skincare products in the past and loved them as well, but another good all natural acne product to try is the Acne Clarifying Complex by enfuselle for Shaklee. Shaklee is a well established maker and distributor of environmentally-friendly beauty and skin care products. I have combination skin and experience occasional breakouts for which this product is simply amazing! Just dab a little on each pimple and you'll begin to see results the very next day.

Anonymous said...

Didn't make my skin better or worse, so I guess it did a good job of maintaining my skin. But I still had some clogged pores and whiteheads that the cleanser didn't clean out.

It didn't last me that long...maybe 3 months? The directions ask you to pump out a lot of cleanser (2-3 pumps) and I found that about 1.5 pumps was enough to cover my face. If I had followed the directions, I would have run out of cleanser much sooner!

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