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  • cleanser for acne and oily prone skin
    Clarifying Cleanser
    SkinCeuticals
    $33.00

    Size: 5 oz

    Who It's For

    Oily and acne prone skin types, mild exfoliant

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    A very good cleanser for acne and oily skin. Contains salicylic acid, two alpha hydroxyl acids (glycolic and mandelic) and microbeads which all help to unclog pores and exfoliate. Not irritating.

    How to Use

    To cleanse morning and night

    Ingredients

    Aqua (water), Salicylic Acid 2%, Sodium Cocoyl Isothianoate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Potassium Azelaoyl Diglycinate, Glycolic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Polyethylene, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Fragrance, Triethanolamine

  • facial cleanser, makeup remover
    Facial Cleanser
    SkinMedica
    $34.00

    Size: 6 fl oz

    Who It's For

    Normal to dry skin

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Another good cleanser but with travel-friendly packaging. Does get rid of eye makeup and other stubborn makeup well.

    How to Use

    Twice daily

    Ingredients

    Water, Sodium Lauryl Sulfoacetate, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerine, Panthenol, Camellia Oleifera Extract, Sodium Myreth Sulfate, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Phenoxyethanol, Isobutylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Methylparaben, Butylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Tetrasodium EDTA, Fragrance, Blue 1, Yellow 10.

  • organic cleanser
    Lemon Cleanser
    Eminence
    $36.00

    Size: 8.4 fl oz

    Who It's For

    Good for most skin types, especially dry or sensitive skin. Not great for oily skin or citrus allergies. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Organic. I use this organic cleanser as part of my own daily regimen. It cleans well but without stripping off natural oils. Like many Eminence products, it has a subtle fragrance that's not overpowering or too long lasting.  A creamy base.

    How to Use

    Apply to damp skin and massage gently once or twice a day.

    Ingredients

    Lemon, Lemon Grass Tea, Corn Germ (Zea Mays) Oil, Bioflavonoids, Natural Cream Base, Calendula Oil, Glycerine, Natural Moisturizing, Factor, Biocomplex (Vitamin A, Esther C Vitamin E Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid), Lemon Oil, Balm Mint Oil, Glycine Derivative, Xanthan Gum

  • moisturizing cleanser, normal skin
    Fortified Cleanser
    Replenix
    $24.20

    Size: 6.7 oz

    Who It's For

    Anyone who needs a gentle cleanser that won't strip natural oils off.  Not good for oily or acne prone skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Creamy, moisturizing cleanser with small amounts of antioxidants and liposomal (just means encapsulated) vitamins.  

    How to Use

    Use with water to cleanse morning and night.

    Ingredients

    Purified Water, Sorbitol, Cetyl Alcohol, Stearyl Alcohol, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, White Tea, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Polyphenois, Soy Phospholipids, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Fruit Extract, Retinyl Palmitate, Ascorbyl Palmitate, Tocopheryl Acetate, Ascorbyl Glucosamine, Superdioxide Dismutase, Ubiquinone (Coenzyme Q10), Bisabolol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA

  • gentle cleanser, all skin types
    Gentle Cleanser
    SkinCeuticals
    $34.00

    Size: 8 fl oz

    Who It's For

    All skin types but not for very sensitive skin. If you have oily and acne prone may want a cleanser that's more drying or medicated.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    Creamy, gentle and good for most all skin types. Doesn’t foam. Slight orange scent that's nice.

    How to Use

    Twice daily

    Ingredients

    Aqua (Water), Carbomer, C12 15 Alkyl Benzoate, Methyl Gluceth 20, Cetyl Alcohol, Tridecyl Stearate, Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/Dicaprate, Tridecyl Trimellitate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG 100 Stearate, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Ethylparaben, Butylparaben, Propylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Oil (Orange), Thriethanolamine, Polysorbate 20, Disodium EDTA

  • Body Wash, oily and acne prone skin
    Benzoyl Peroxide 5% Wash
    Topix
    $16.00

    Size: 8 fl oz

    Who It's For

    Oily skin and acne only

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    This is a good, basic benzoyl peroxide wash at a good price.  Great for teens and 20s with lots of oil.

    How to Use

    Use once or twice a day but all BP products may stain towels, pillow cases and sometimes clothing so generally we recommend using in the morning only.  The wash (as opposed to a cream) does that less since you are rinsing it off.

    Ingredients

    Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide 5%, Inactive Ingredients: Carbomer, Imidazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Sodium C14-16 Olegin Sulfonate, Water

  • Sensitive Skin Cleanser - Pevonia
    Sensitive Skin Cleanser - Pevonia
    Pevonia
    $31.00

    Size: 6.8 oz

    Who It's For

    Sensitive or irritated or post laser skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review 

    For sensitive skin.   Also see the Pevonia Soothing Sensitive Skin Cream that goes with this.

    Creamy and gentle, and removes makeup well for a gentle cleanser.  Contains safflower seed oil, horse chestnut seed extract and calendula extract.  The size is almost 7 ounces and lasts a long time.

    How to Use

    Once or twice a day

    Ingredients

    Water (Aqua), Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Polysorbate 20, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Tocopherol (Vit. E), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Carbomer, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Citrate, Allantoin

  • Gentle exfoliating skin scrub for face
    Algae Polishing Scrub
    DermaQuest
    $28.00

    Size: 4 fl oz

    Who It's For

    Scrubs are best daily for those with oily skin, large pores and acne but cut back if you get irritated or seem too dry. They should be used only once or twice a week otherwise. Over scrubbing is easy to do. 

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    We tested about 10 different facial scrubs and most were either too harsh or just annoying in some way - like horrid fragrance, etc. We liked two of them and this was one.  (The Eminence Citrus Exfoliating Wash was the other.) This one is still very gentle (good), but creamier and more hydrating than the Citrus Wash.  You could use this daily if you have oily skin and acne or several times a week otherwise. Could be used with the Clarisonic Mia.

    How to Use

    See above, depends on skin type and what other products are being used.  Remember that all retinoids and glycolics exfoliate to some extent.

    Ingredients

    Water  (Aqua), Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Polyethylene, Oxidized Polyethylene, Polysorbate 20, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Jojoba Esters, Triethanolamine, Carbomer, Carrageenan, Laminaria Digitata Extract, Allantoin, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol , Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Fragrance, Citric Acid , Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Disodium ED 

  • Cleanser for sensitive skin
    Sensitive Skin Cleanser
    SkinMedica
    $36.00

     Size: 6 fl. oz

    Who It's For

    Dry, sensitive or post-procedure skin.

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    We often use this cleanser for our post-laser care patients and others with sensitive or very dry skin.   Very creamy, moisturizing but removes make-up.  Packaging is travel friendly, but you have to check it (larger than 3 ounces so you cannot carry it on).  Most with sensitive skin do very well with this cleanser.  Not drying.   

    How to Use

    Use gently with your hands twice a day.

    Ingredients

    Water/Aqua/Eau, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Dimethicone, Ceteareth-20, Polysorbate 20, Aminomethyl Propanol, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Ethylhexylglycerin

  • Gentle exfoliating skin cleanser
    Gentle Exfoliating Cleanser
    Pevonia
    $36.00

    Size: 5 oz

    Who It's For

    Normal to dry skin

    Dr. Irwin's Product Review

    For normal to dry skin.

    An excellent gentle exfoliating cleanser for frequent or occasional use. The jojoba beads are rounded and won’t irritate or tear your skin.  So many exfoliating cleasers are really just too harsh to use daily.  This one isn't.  Creamy and a pleasure to use.

    How to Use

    Once or twice a day.

    Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Glyceryl Stearate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Aesculus Hippocastanum (Horse Chestnut) Seed Extract, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Citrate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Rosa Gallica Flower Oil

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