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Acne Cleanser
Acne Cleanser
Acne Cleanser
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Acne Cleanser

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Soothing, Blemish Clearing Cleanser
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Pull double-duty on acne with this multi-tasking formula can be used as a daily cleanser to wash away makeup, excess oil and pore-clogging impurities or left on overnight as a mask for a more intensive treatment that helps clear existing blemishes and prevent future breakouts. Cleanse gently, without stripping skin of moisture thanks to a formula enhanced glycerin to lock in moisture and Azelaic Acid to help fade the look of marks left by past blemishes and target dull, uneven texture.

Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid is a dicarboxylic acid that occurs naturally in grains and cereals and is well known for its treatment of inflammatory skin conditions including acne and rosacea. Azelaic acid has shown to be effective against both inflammatory acne and comedonal acne due to its antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and comedolytic (comedone clearing) properties. [1,2]

Acne is formed when the pilosebaceous unit, PSD (made up of a sebaceous gland and hair follicle), becomes blocked by keratinocytes, new cells, that have been triggered by hormones to generate. These cells form a plug which traps the sebum production, hair growth, and keratinocyte replication happening below. Comedonal acne, including blackheads and whiteheads, is the type of acne that forms when the pores become blocked while more inflammatory types result when bacteria grows and thrives in the mixture of cells and sebum causing inflammation. [3,4]

Glycerin

Glycerin, also called glycerol, is naturally occurring in the skin and has hydrating and protective functions. When applied to the skin, glycerin promotes epidermal barrier repair and elasticity, hydration, and protection from irritation, among other benefits. [1,2]

Key Ingredients

Azelaic Acid

Azelaic acid works as an antibacterial by inhibiting the protein synthesis, and thereby the growth of P. acnes, a major contributor to the formation of acne within the sebaceous gland. [5,6]

Glycerin

As glycerin is a powerful humectant, it can help skin retain moisture and balance, while counteracting the drying, skin-irritating effects of certain anti-acne ingredients such as salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide. [3]

Gluten free. Cruelty free. Vegan. Oil free. Free from sulfates, parabens, synthetic dyes and from listed cosmetic allergens.

Ingredients

Aqua/Water/Eau, Glycerin, Decyl Glucoside, Phenoxyethanol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Azelaic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Calcium Sodium Borosilicate, Sebacic Acid, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, 1,10-Decanediol, Silver Oxide.

Acne Cleanser How To

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First step

Gently massage 1-2 pumps of cleanser into wet skin in an upward, circular motion.

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Second Step

Rinse skin thoroughly and pat dry.

3

Third Step

Follow with Daily Acne Solution to help calm inflammation and maintain the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

Acne Cleanser Intensive Treatment How To

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First Step

Apply 1-2 pumps to freshly cleansed skin and leave on overnight.

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Second Step

In the morning, rinse skin thoroughly.

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Third Step

Follow with Daily Acne Solution to help calm inflammation and support the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

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  1. Elisabetta

    Wonderful Cleanser!

    Elisabetta

    I really love this acne cleanser, it is now my new favorite. I struggle with hormonal acne so this cleanser really helps to keep it under control during “that time of the month.” It doesn’t dry out my skin and I love how soft my face feels.

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  2. GracieY

    Leaves my skin feeling so clean & soft...

    GracieY

    I have been using this acne cleanser for about a week now and I use it morning and night and it leaves my skin feeling clean and fresh without drying it out which is the best! I have tried and have spent a lot of money on different acne cleansers and they have left my skin feeling dry and irritated until I found this product. My skin finally is clearing up and no longer oily.

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  3. Tara

    Magic in a bottle!

    Tara

    Amazing! I use this cleanser twice a day my skin has never looked better. I have been using it for about 2 months and it has helped my oily skin tremendously; my skin feels clean and refreshed and has done an amazing job clearing up and preventing further breakouts.

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  4. HBR

    Nice consistency

    HBR

    This cleanser has a nice gel-like consistency which I find very nice. It doesn’t feel greasy and after my skin feels clean and soft.

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  5. Carol

    Lovely & refreshing cleanser

    Carol

    I really like how light and refreshing this cleanser is, it is non-drying and very good for my sensitive skin. I have not tried it as an overnight mask yet but I am looking forward to using it as a mask.

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  6. Vickie D.

    Nice cleanser

    Vickie D.

    This cleanser does a really good of cleaning the skin and it is super affordable. Leaves my skin feeling refreshed and I like the gel consistency.

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  7. N.B.S

    So far it has been working really well

    N.B.S

    I have been using this cleanser for about 3 weeks now and I am already noticing a difference. I have pretty sensitive skin and this cleanser is very gentle and doesn’t irritate my skin which is so great, and since I started using this product, I haven’t had a serious breakout and I am thrilled, I am not feeling self-conscious anymore. I will definitely keep using this product and I can’t wait to try other Skin Chemistry products.

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  8. Ilana

    Best acne cleanser!

    Ilana

    I have had oily skin most of my life and I have tried many acne cleansers but this one is by far the best, super gentle, no fragrance and you can use it as an overnight mask for a deeper treatment which I love. My skin is very hydrated and my skin has never looked better.

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  9. Shelby

    Gentle, doesn't strip y skin

    Shelby

    have tried many other acne cleansers and they have all irritated and dried out my skin but this cleanser does not, it is very gentle and my skin does feel nice and soft, also it’s fragrance free which I like. I get hormonal acne during “that time of the month” so I wanted to use the product for that purpose, some of the acne has cleared up, not all but I will keep using it b/c of how gentle and soothing it is on my skin.

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  10. Dani

    Refreshing cleanser

    Dani

    This acne cleanser is nice and refreshing, not harsh on the skin at all. Pretty cool that you can leave it on overnight as a mask. So far I have really been enjoying it and I can see a difference in my skin.

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  11. C.H.

    Nice

    C.H.

    This is a very nice cleanser. I’ve been pretty happy with it so far.

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  12. Gerri

    I really like this cleanser

    Gerri

    This is a really good cleanser, but when you put it in your hand it is more of a gel and I thought it would foam more. I will say it is cool how you can leave it on overnight as a mask.

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  13. Isabel

    Great acne cleanser

    Isabel

    This acne cleanser is amazing! My skin has never looked better I also love how you can leave it overnight for a deeper treatment, so effective.

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  14. Marissa L.

    So happy with the results!

    Marissa L.

    I have tried so many products and nothing seemed to work until now. My skin is finally starting to look better, more healthy. The texture of my skin is smoother and the blemishes have started to fade, this cleanser has changed my life and I am no longer self-conscious. Thank you Skin Chemistry for giving me my confidence back.

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  15. Margie R.

    Finally!

    Margie R.

    Finally an acne cleanser that actually works. I have tried so many other brands and nothing really helped to eliminate the blemishes and my skin still felt greasy. Since I started using this acne cleanser my skin has never felt or looked better. This cleanser is light and refreshing and it is also cool how you can leave it on overnight if you want to. My skin doesn’t look greasy anymore and I am no longer self-conscious. This will be always be a staple in my routine.

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  16. Melissa

    Great product for acne sufferers

    Melissa

    I never had acne as a child, but as an adult I started developing acne and it is awful, I am 34 years old, single and self-conscious. I started using this product and it has been amazing! I love the way the cleanser feels and my skin has started to clear up, the acne scars are starting to fade and overall my skin looks so much better, I couldn’t be happier!!

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  17. Julie

    So Cool! This Can be Used As An Overnight Mask or a Face Wash

    Julie

    I love this product, you can leave it on overnight or just as a face wash. I used it both ways and this cleanser has really helped my skin, the blemishes have really started to clear up and my skin feels so refreshed. I absolutely love this product, it has really saved my skin.

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Scientific Citations

Azelaic Acid Citations:

  • 1. National Center for Biotechnology Information. PubChem Database. Azelaic acid, CID=2266, https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Azelaic-acid
  • 2. Khairudin, N., Basri, M., Fard Masoumi, H. R., Samson, S., & Ashari, S. E. (2018). Enhancing the Bioconversion of Azelaic Acid to Its Derivatives by Response Surface Methodology. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 23(2), 397. doi:10.3390/molecules23020397
  • 3. Lynn, D. D., Umari, T., Dunnick, C. A., & Dellavalle, R. P. (2016). The epidemiology of acne vulgaris in late adolescence. Adolescent health, medicine and therapeutics, 7, 13–25. doi:10.2147/AHMT.S55832
  • 4. National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. (2016) Acne. niams.nih.gov/health-topics/acne/advanced
  • 5. Apriani, E. F., Rosana, Y., & Iskandarsyah, I. (2019). Formulation, characterization, and in vitro testing of azelaic acid ethosome-based cream against Propionibacterium acnes for the treatment of acne. Journal of advanced pharmaceutical technology & research, 10(2), 75–80. doi:10.4103/japtr.JAPTR_289_18
  • 6. Fox, L., Csongradi, C., Aucamp, M., du Plessis, J., & Gerber, M. (2016). Treatment Modalities for Acne. Molecules (Basel, Switzerland), 21(8), 1063. doi:10.3390/molecules21081063

Glycerin Citations:

  • 1. Fluhr JW, Darlenski R, Surber C. Glycerol and the skin: holistic approach to its origin and functions. Br J Dermatol. 2008 Jul;159(1):23-34. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2133.2008.08643.x
  • 2. Hara, M., & Verkman, A. S. (2003). Glycerol replacement corrects defective skin hydration, elasticity, and barrier function in aquaporin-3-deficient mice. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 100(12), 7360–7365. doi:10.1073/pnas.1230416100
  • 3. Chularojanamontri, L., Tuchinda, P., Kulthanan, K., & Pongparit, K. (2014). Moisturizers for Acne: What are their Constituents?. The Journal of clinical and aesthetic dermatology, 7(5), 36–44. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4025519/#B4
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