Tuesday, June 29, 2010

HAIRCARE REVIEW: Dermatologist Developed Clear Poreformance Antibacterial Shampoo and Conditioner

I had an opportunity to try Clear Poreformance Antibacterial Shampoo and Conditioner and decided to pass it around to the rest of my family to test as well.  With two teenage kids in the house, I figure this line could be very useful - lots of activity, perspiration, and oily-combo skins coming in and out the shower here!

Developed by dermatologists Sheri Feldman, MD and Louise Stewart, MD, both highly trained physicians with booming private practices in California, who founded SheriLou, Inc. in 2007 to especially target one area of patient care they felt was sorely lacking - teenagers, young adults and sports enthusiasts with oily, irritated scalps.  With products on the market treating acne and oily skin they weren't finding products that specifically treated a special concern of many of their patients. They wanted to develop products that would treat oily, blemish prone skin specifically on the scalp. 

Clear Poreformance is a line of uniquely formulated antibacterial products that alleviates issues of oily, irritated, blemish prone scalp, skin and beard.  Clear Poreformance's special features include:
  • Antibacterial - diminishes the overgrowth of bacteria caused by excess oil and sweat, and kills bacteria at the root of irritations, blemishes and folliculitis
  • Deep Pore Cleansing - cleans pores of oil, dirt, grime and dead skin cells that can cause blemishes
  • Sebum Control - helps reduce the production of sebum long term fro a more normalized scalp
  • Signature Blend of Ingredients - scietifically proven antibacterial, traditional and botanical complex for maximum effectiveness

Their special ingredients include:

Safe and gentle broad-spectrum antibacterial ingredient FDA approved for use on the skin.

Azelaic Acid
A naturally occurring mild acid that has antibacterial properties, and helps exfoliate the skin.

Manuka Oil (Leptospermum Scoparium)
Originally from New Zealand, this botanical ingredient has shown activity against a wide range of micro-organisms that cause irritation and infection of the skin.

Australian Myrtle (Backhousia Citriodora)
This fragrant Australian botanical is a natural antibacterial as well as an anti-fungal agent.

Chaulmoogra Oil (Taraktogenos Kurzii)
A plant native to the tropical areas of Malaysia and the Indian Subcontinent. It has antibacterial properties.

Pumpkin Extract (Cucurbita Pepo) and Sea Water Complex
Pumpkin Extract was first cultivated in the Americas and is now used in many parts of the world. It has also been traditionally used in Chinese medicine. In addition to containing gentle oils, this extract has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. With the addition of Sea Water, this Complex inhibits the secretion of histamines, which stabilizes and calms irritated and inflamed skin.

Black Cumin Oil (Nigella Sativa)
This botanical is used topically to strengthen hair and nails and leave a glossy finish. In addition, it is a potent anti-inflammatory agent, antioxidant and antimicrobial.

Magnolia Officinalis Bark Extract
Native to China and the Southeastern United States, this extract is a strong antioxidant ingredients with anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.

Soybean Extract (Glycine Soja), Rice Extract (Oriza Sativa) and Palm Fruit Extract (Elaeis Guineensis) Complex
This natural complex is a strong antioxidant and provides protection to the hair from UV and other environmental damage. It also helps to keep hair color fresh and vibrant, with minimal fading.

With its special antibacterial and botanical ingredients, Clear Poreformance products are perfect for athletes, sports enthusiasts, teens with oily-combination skin, and those who wear hats, helmuts and head gear routinely especially in the hot sun or when particularly active like cycling or working out.

My scoop on shampoo and conditioner is that the products both perform expertly.  One gets a nice lather from the sulfate-free shampoo and a light conditioning from the conditioner.  One drawback for me, with the 40-year old naturally curly, color-treated hair, is that my hair dries a bit "crunchy" when using these products, like one might expect when one shampoos but forgets the conditioner.  However, my son, who is 18, extremely active, works out at the gym sometimes multiple times per day and is prone to blemishes and oily skin and hair, loves this duo.  His hair dries fresh, clean, and remarkably soft.  It has a gentle effect on his hair and skin, whereas on mine I feel it dries me out.  I need a deeper condition and a gentle touch.

Both the shampoo and the conditioner retail for $18.95 each (a bit steep even for dermatologist haircare me thinks), though you do get a full 8 oz in each bottle.  Clear Poreformance is adding an Antibacterial Shave Cream to their lineup, which will also retail for $18.95 a 6 oz tube.  The Shave Cream will include the proprietary blend of Azelaic Acid, Manuka and Australian Myrtle to support the deep pore cleansing action of Triclosan for increased performance. Calming botanical ingredients are infused to soothe the skin, helping to reduce redness, irritation and reduce razor bumps.  I know my son would adore the Shave Cream, so we'll be on the lookout for it.

Here's your opportunity to win a year's supply of Clear Poreformance Shampoo & Conditioner.
Contest ends 12/10/10

For more information or to purchase Clear Poreformance products, please visit them online at ClearPoreformance.com.

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