How Do I Choose the Best Clarifying Cream?

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When choosing a clarifying cream, it is important to make sure that you understand how the term “clarifying” is used by its manufacturer. In some cases, a clarifying cream is intended for use by those who want to lighten their skin, while in others it may be an acne treatment product or even a product intended for use by those who wish to reduce the appearance of rosacea and broken facial veins. Read product labels not only for information as to the purpose of the cream but also to ensure that it contains appropriate active ingredients for your condition. You should also pay attention to the other ingredients used in a product, as you will want to make sure that you are not allergic or sensitive to any of them. Finally, evaluate the price of any clarifying cream that you buy so that you can make sure that you are getting an effective product that is also a reasonable value.

In the cosmetics industry, many companies use terms that may not have any legally defined meaning. This puts the burden on the consumer to read product labels carefully and to do their own research when selecting treatment products. Doing some online research before you go shopping can help you in finding the clarifying cream that addresses your condition.


If you are looking for a clarifying cream that can lighten your skin, find one that contains hydroquinone, azelaic acid, or tretinoin, all of which are known to be effective skin lighteners. Other ingredients are also being tested to determine whether they can lighten skin, so it is a good idea to keep up with news regarding research into other clarifying ingredients. As with any skin care product, you may need to try more than one brand to find a clarifying lotion that fits your budget and works well with your skin.

Some clarifying creams are marketed toward people who suffer from blemishes. Be sure that the product you select for treating acne includes benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid, both of which are effective at treating blemishes. Avoid using products that contain harsh ingredients, such as menthol, however, as these creams and lotions can cause skin irritation and actually magnify the appearance of blemishes.

Clarifying creams that claim to treat rosacea or broken capillaries should be approached with caution. While there is some evidence that ingredients such as vitamin K can improve the appearance of dark circles and discoloration when applied directly to the skin, the efficacy of this sort of treatment has not yet been proved. If you are concerned about broken veins or facial redness, contact a dermatologist who can prescribe antibiotic ointments or laser treatments to address your problem.


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