Marta has made it crystal clear: finding the right cleanser is critical in achieving the best skin possible. Common sense would allow it; if you battle most of your skincare issues at the very beginning of your beauty regimen, you're less likely to need additional products, saving you from "overdoing it."


For a few months now, I've been using Creo Foaming Facial Wash, which I was very much "in like" with. It just wasn't love.  It sufficed as a cleanser and left my skin moisturized, however, I still had the occasional breakout, pores large enough for you to dive into, and sporadic bouts of redness. While Creo did work well with my sensitive, combination skin, after a few months it started to feel like it just wasn't enough.  I wanted to stop settling and try something new. I was then introduced to Dermatouch Natural Skincare Oxygen Cleanser.


The Oxygen Cleanser has a simple, refreshing scent of lemon and other fruits.  Packaged in a plastic pump dispenser, it is clear and has a decent, not too thick, not too thin consistency.  After applying to a wet face, the product foamed smoothly and felt like it was thoroughly cleaning my skin.  The Oxygen Cleanser did not feel harsh on my skin in any way, but I once again managed to get a product in my eye - this time leaving it red and irritated for more than a few minutes.  Perhaps it was  ethylhexylglycerin that caused this burning sensation, as it is a known irritant, especially to the eyes.


After only five days of use, I achieved remarkable results.  My skin was smooth, even and soft to touch! My pores were nearly closed for business!  My skin was glowing, bright, radiant, all that Dermatouch had promised. Until the following day, that is.


With no change in my skincare regimen, my face began to experience that ever-so-annoying "tight" feeling.  I ignored it. After all, it could have just been a fluke.  Since I felt no need to wear makeup on my amazing skin that day, I decided to not wash my face that night and just skip a day.  The following afternoon, I noticed some flakes on my black coat, and thought, "this is strange, I don't generally have dandruff."  After heading to the bathroom to check out my scalp, I noticed it wasn't my head, but my face that was flaking. I used the cleanser one final time that night, and decided to stop after the following day.  That day, the areas surrounding my mouth were practically croissants.  My face was so dry, flaky and tight, it was mildly painful to smile for the following day and a half.


By simply glancing at the box,  I could see the majority of the ingredients of the Oxygen Cleanser were various fruit extracts, which to someone who is not thoroughly knowledgeable of ingredients, might sound less threatening than a bunch of ingredients you can't pronounce.  Upon closer inspection, one of the dominant ingredients in the Oxygen Cleanser is natural glycerin.  Glycerin is known to help the skin attract and retain moisture, though has been debated that it may actually draw moisture out of your skin.  With my Dermatouch experience, it is difficult to side with research that claims the former.  Additionally, ethylhexylglycerin and hexylene glycol, part of preservative Botanistat PF-64, are both known irritants.  While some of the fruit extracts such as aloe, mandarin orange, and cucumber are moisturizing and helpful in refining the skin, you'll still find lavender oil, which is argued to be detrimental to skin cells.


It's been three days since I've used Dermatouch's Oxygen Cleanser, and my skin is still a bit dry around my mouth, but has finally stopped flaking.  I'm left with no choice but to continue on with faithful Creo, but will continue on my hunt for"the one."


Ingredients: Deionized Water, Natural glycerin (skin conditioning agent)**, Caprylyl Glycol and Ethylhexylglycerin and Hexylene Glycol (Botanistat PF-64) (preservative)*, Cocamidopropyl Betaine (surfactant)**, Sodium C-14-16 Olefin Sulfonate (surfactant)*, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract (skin conditioning agent), Citrus Medica Limonum (lemon) Peel Extract (skin conditioning agent), Lavandula Angustifolia (lavender) Oil (skin conditioning agent), Citrus Nobilis (mandarin orange) Peel Oil (skin conditioning agent), Dead Sea Salt (skin conditioning agent), Cucumis Sativus (cucumber) Fruit Extract (skin conditioning agent), Salvia Officinalis (sage) Leaf Extract (skin conditioning agent). *eco-friendly **natural origin