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Olay Total Effects Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cream Cleanser

About.com Rating 5 Star Rating


Updated April 01, 2009

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

The Bottom Line

A superb cream cleanser that women with adult acne will love. It leaves your skin feeling soft and clean, but isn't the least bit drying. Definitely not your teen's acne cleanser. It's perfect for less oily, adult skin.
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  • Creamy and non-drying
  • Gentle scrubbing beads
  • Salicylic acid helps fight blemishes
  • Bargain savvy shoppers will love the price


  • May not be cleansing enough for very oily skin


  • Non-foaming cream cleanser with "micro-beads"
  • Oil-free and noncomedogenic
  • Contains 2% salicylic acid

Guide Review - Olay Total Effects Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cream Cleanser

Finally, an acne-fighting cleanser that is made with adult skin in mind! So many salicylic acid cleansers leave the skin feeling too tight and dry. But this cream cleanser by Olay is a great alternative to those more astringent cleansers.

The creamy consistency feels good on the skin, and the light "microbeads" are gentle enough for even delicate skin. They leave the face and neck feeling super soft and smooth.

This cleanser has a pleasant, clean scent. It's light, though, and not overpowering.

I generally prefer pump bottles, but it's still easy to dispense the correct amount of cleanser from the tube.

The best part about this cleanser is the way your skin feels after use -- refreshed, clean, but not stripped. That's tough to find in a salicylic acid cleanser.

Be aware, though, if your skin is super oily, it may not leave your face feeling cleansed enough. You'd probably like a foaming cleanser better.

Another feature that will draw women to this cleanser is the anti-aging promise. Salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid, is purported to improve wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, sun damage, and overall skin tone and texture.

Unfortunately, salicylic acid can only really work its magic when left on the skin. Because this cleanser is washed away after only a few seconds, don't expect this to be a phenomenal anti-aging product.

All in all, though, this cleanser is perfect for those who need blemish-busting power without overdrying the skin.

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