The answer: a gel cleanser.
The product, called Nabla Cosmetics Gel Cleaner, has been touted as a revolutionary way to clear up your makeup and reduce the appearance of fine lines, freckles, dark circles and dark spots.
But, as it turns out, it may actually be harming your skin, according to a new study.
In the study, published this week in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, researchers examined the effectiveness of Nablatas gel cleansers on 15 people.
The gel cleanses were ineffective in clearing up the appearance and texture of skin, while significantly increasing the appearance, texture and pigmentation of skin.
“This is a product that has been marketed as being for oily skin, but what is really going on is it’s actually damaging the skin,” said Dr. Richard D. Anderson, an associate professor at the University of Texas at Austin who was not involved in the study.
“I think there are several reasons why this gel cleansed so badly for the first time,” Anderson said.
“One is that there was not enough active ingredient.
So, it’s the active ingredient that has the potential to irritate skin and cause irritation.
But the other reason is that it’s just so expensive.”
The gel-based cleansers are designed to work as an exfoliant, so they are intended to be applied on the skin to remove excess makeup.
The ingredient list for Nablas Gel Cleaners was as follows: sodium lauryl sulfate, lauric acid, polyethylene glycol, aloe barbadensis leaf extract, hydroxyethylcellulose, sodium chloride, potassium hydroxide, sodium citrate, hydrolyzed collagen, hydrolysed collagen, magnesium stearate, magnesium hydroxate, titanium dioxide, magnesium silicate, glyceryl stearates, glycyrrhiza glabra (shea) butter, sodium hydroxamate, potassium sorbate, sorbitan palmitate, sodium bisulfite, magnesium oxide, titanium oxide, potassium trisulfite In the original study, researchers analyzed the skin’s natural oil glands and determined that they produce a chemical called alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids, which are thought to be responsible for repairing skin’s skin tone.
Those acids help repair damaged skin cells, according the study summary.
However, the researchers also found that the skin produced an abundance of these chemical products.
“Our study showed that the oil glands on the surface of the skin are the ones that produce these chemicals, and the oils that are produced are what are going to help the skin repair,” Anderson explained.
“We found that these chemicals were very concentrated in the oil gland and it’s what helps the skin clear makeup off the skin and restore the appearance.”
The study also found a positive correlation between the oil levels in the skin, and how quickly the gel cleansant worked, which could be explained by the gel-like formula.
The gel formula contains a gel that is designed to absorb makeup into the skin.
In other words, it is meant to absorb the product into the gel, which then cleanses the surface.
However androgen-sensitive skin is more susceptible to the use of the product.
When that occurs, the skin can become irritated and itchy, which in turn can lead to dryness and cracking of the corneas, which is what leads to the appearance.
Anderson said he believes the gel may be doing the opposite of its stated purpose.
“It is a very potent anti-aging agent and anti-wrinkle agent, and if you’re using it on the face and on the neck, it can actually be drying on those areas,” he said.
The study did not show whether the gel actually cleared the skin faster than it did with other treatments, but Anderson said it is not clear why it is so effective.
“What is really concerning is the cost,” he added.
“The gel is very expensive and it doesn’t really have a lot of scientific support for it,” he explained.
The researchers hope that Nablahas gel-cleansing gel will be introduced to the market in the next couple of years, as more and more people are discovering the benefit of this product.
But it may not be the best option for everyone.
“There is a lot that needs to be done before the gel can be marketed to the general public,” Anderson noted.
“But I think people need to be aware of this and know that it is important to avoid it.”
The article was originally published on Health.com.