Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser got a fair grade, but did not blow us away.
Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser is a non-drying, oil free cleanser that is intended to help clarify troubled skin as well as reverse the signs of aging. This cleanser claims to penetrate deep into the skin to eliminate surface contaminations, makeup and excess oils. Minimizing pores and renewing cellular regeneration improves the tone and contour of the skin, and Perricone MD claims this cleanser delivers. Any products that work on the cellular level and focus on cellular renewal are of deep interest to us as they are clearly the leaders within the industry.
What we found was a well balanced, moderately priced cleanser that seemed to clean the skin alright, but was a mild irritant. We assumed this was by design to sponsor new cell growth, but it was not disclosed at all. Our concern is that sensitive as well as normal skin types would most likely have a irritating reaction to this cleanser. The concern did not fade after a few days as is the case with many cleansers, this seemed to be so focused on scrubbing and removing acne causing toxins that it really left the average consumer by the wayside.
The fact that Perricone MD calls this an anti aging cleanser is a bit of false advertising in our opinion, not because it is not a good product for what it does, it’s just that anti aging isn’t one of them. If you scratched your face with a rock it would sponsor new cell growth, but that does not mean that the rock is an anti aging rock, it just means it irritated your skin. Your skin’s natural response is to heal itself, which is grow skin cells. This cleanser is obviously far more advanced than a rock, and it does a nice job cleansing the skin and I am sure it’s fantastic for acne, but it should be used by certain skin types, certainly not all types.
This is yet another product in the long line of pretty good, but (for our liking), disappointing cleansers. Perricone MD knows enough to make a cleanser that not only cleans, it detoxifies and is also intended to ease the symptoms of aging, yet with the exception of cleansing, this product did not deliver. Consumers are always looking for anti aging solutions and in our opinion Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser is just capitalizing on that buzz. There is nothing special about this cleanser in particular, and depending on your skin type you should be a bit cautious. There are far more balanced and better suited facial cleansers to choose from that deliver what they say as well as sooth your skin rather than irritate it.