Review: The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Not only working to effectively cleanse the skin, this two percent Salicylic Acid Cleanser has an added zinc compound. The two work together to help with oil-control, reduce blackheads and breakouts, and promote a more even-looking complexion. 

The Inkey List

For ten dollars, the salicylic cleanser may not be miracle worker, but it sure helps for minimizing acne when you’re on a budget. I’ve been using it on my oiler/acne days, and I’ve found it helps in decreasing and/or easing those troubled spots. Easier to apply and move around, though it may not provide a foam sensation, its presence on the skin is still detectable and, later, easy to wash off.

Ingredient Pros and Cons

Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Cocamidopropyl Dimethylamine, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Salicylic Acid, Betaine, Zinc PCA, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Allantoin, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Benzyl Alcohol, Coconut Acid, Ethylhexylglycerin, Sodium Benzoate, Citric Acid, Dehydroacetic Acid, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Tocopherol, Hydrogenated Palm Glycerides Citrate.

Significant Pros

  • Glycerin (hydrating)
  • Betaine (moisturizing)
  • Salicylic Acid (acne-fighting)
  • Zinc PCA (acne-fighting)

Significant Cons

  • Though there are other pros and con ingredients that could be listed, anything listed after Phenoxyethanol is in such a low concentration, it isn’t worth mentioning

The Takeaway

This is a decent cleanser for acne-prone folks, simple and non-irritating. For the price, its a good deal, and I’d definitely recommend giving it a try. However, for people with dryer skin I’d be more wary with my recommendation. As for me, though its simplicity is heartening, I’ll still keep an eye out for other cleansers.

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