A new study suggests that when you want to clear your skin with just a few drops of a shampoo, you’re likely going to want to add a few more to your routine.
The research, conducted by dermatologists at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, found that when it comes to clarifying cleansers, shampoo is king, with its “extra-pungent, skin-conditioning properties.”
The study, published in the journal Dermatology, tested 20 cleansers and found that the Clarifying Cleansing Oil was the best at clearing acne.
“Our study suggests a simple solution: add a Clarifying Cleaner,” the authors write.
The study was conducted using the Clarizing Cleanser from the Skin Health Products category.
While there were some notable differences in how the cleansers performed, there were also some pretty clear differences between the cleanses.
The Clarifying Oil cleared acne better than the others, the researchers found.
“For one thing, the Clarification Oil was much more effective at clearing and/or removing dead skin cells,” says Dr. Roberta Sallenger, the study’s lead author and a professor of dermatology at the UT MD Anderson.
“More specifically, we found that this oil significantly reduced the number of dead cells in the skin, including dead skin cell clusters, which were associated with acne.”
For example, the oil reduced the percentage of dead skin and dead cell clusters by nearly 50 percent.
The findings of the study suggest that clarifying a skin condition is best left to a dermatologist, not a skincare expert.
That’s because the skin condition may be caused by the presence of dead or damaged cells.
It could also be caused due to damage to the skin’s natural barrier system, which helps to prevent bacteria from spreading.
In this case, the skin could be caused from other factors, such as irritation or damage from sun exposure.
For the skin to be cleared, the cleanser should be applied with enough force to penetrate into the skin and be able to penetrate even to the outermost layers of the skin.
“That’s why we think it’s important to get your skincares tested and that you use a cleanser that is formulated with ingredients that are specifically formulated for this purpose,” Sallengers says.
“Because we’re trying to determine the best way to remove dead skin, this study is not a prescription to use on your own.”
The research also found that clarifiers like the Clariting Cleansers helped to clear acne scars and other skin problems.
“So if you’re worried about skin damage, or you’re concerned about acne, we encourage you to try one of these cleansers,” Sillenger says.
And if you don’t have any problems with acne or skin, she says, the clarifying product may help to clear those problems.
The researchers also found the cleansing oils did not help to improve the appearance of acne scars or scars that looked like they were bleeding.
“In general, there’s no reason to use a product like this to clear or heal acne,” Sllenger says, adding that it’s best to use your own cleanser to help clear your acne.
The results of the new study are also in line with previous research that has shown that using a cleansers that are formulated with non-comedogenic ingredients helps clear acne.
However, the research also showed that clarifier-based cleansers could be used on the acne scars as well.
“It’s a small study that didn’t do much to establish a cause-and-effect relationship, but it certainly does suggest that cleansers should be used alongside a skin care product,” Soller says.
That being said, clarifiers have a number of benefits.
For one, they can help clear dead skin without harming the skin barrier.
Another is that they help to reduce acne scars by clearing dead skin from the skin surface.
“These products are designed to be applied to the underlying skin, so that dead cells that are clogging the surface of the surface are removed,” Sallienger says—so if you have acne scars, this research might be of use.