Dermalogica - Active Clay Prebiotic Cleanser

Dermalogica Active Clay Prebiotic Cleanser

PROMISES
FULFILLED
50 /100
IRRITANCY
HIGH
Works for
  • Cleansing
  • Exfoliation
Key ingredients
  • carthamus tinctorius seed oil
  • cetearyl alcohol
  • glycerin
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Formula review

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What does the product description say?
"Active Clay Prebiotic Cleanser"
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WIMJ summary

This product works by removing dirt and oil from the surface of the skin. It uses a combination of mild cleansing agents (cetearyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, coconut acid, glyceryl stearate se, myristic acid, palmitic acid, peg-100 stearate, polysorbate 60, sodium astrocaryum murumuruate, sodium cocoyl isethionate) and should be able to cleanse the skin gently. Still keep in mind that any cleansing can disrupt the skin barrier, and most people do not need to cleanse their skin more than once per day.

Even though this formulation is mild, the following cleansing agents could trigger an irritation or allergy for some people: cocamidopropyl betaine

Ingredient Effectiveness Concentration Irritancy
HIGH
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HIGH
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HIGH
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What does the product description say?
"Helps absorb excess oil and exfoliates skin to remove dead cells, dirt, grime, and visible signs of pollution."
WIMJ summary

This product does not contain effective exfoliating ingredients. It might be able to deliver physical exfoliation, that is scrub off some of the dead cells on the surface of the skin. We do not recommend physical exfoliation, because it is not uniform (some bits of skin can get exfoliated too much while others not at all). It can also traumatize the skin and aggrevate acne and other skin conditions.

Potential irritants

Ingredients by volume

Plain old water
Helps water and oil mix together. Can be used as a cleansing agent
One of the best moisturizing ingredients. Naturally present in skin. It attracts water to the upper layer of the skin working as a humectant

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