|Vichy Normaderm Triple Action Anti-Acne Hydrating Lotion|
I got a free sample of this product after completing a survey for Allure. After one look at the ingredients list, I have refused to even put it on my face to test it.
The third ingredient is alcohol, which can dry out, irritate, and cause free-radical damage in your skin. Free-radical damage should be avoided at all costs to reduce risk of skin cancer. Alcohol can also inflame your skin's nerve endings and stimulate oil production.
Despite all of these concerns, alcohol is an extremely common ingredient in skin care, particularly anti-acne products. The drying properties of alcohol allow it to work as a quick fix that reduces pimples in the short term. However, the long term damage is not worth the temporary benefits.
Bottom Line: Vichy has no business advertising this product as a "Hydrating Lotion." The large amount of alcohol it contains will dry out and irritate your skin rather than moisturize it.