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MAJOR SAFETY CONCERNS FROM UNKNOWN COMPANY
January 22, 2018
This gel is awful. I mean really bad. I've used benzoyl peroxide medications my entire adult life and for some bizarre reason decided to give this a try. It made me breakout like never before, and caused ridiculous amounts of irritation. Even Proactiv (which is notorious for destroying skin) didn't cause this kind of adverse reaction.
More alarming: I'm in CPG/pharmaceutical marketing and have some very serious concerns about the "Claridad" brand and their claims:
1) Credibility: After some lengthy searching online, I wasn't able to find a single shred of credible information about AMJ Skin Research or the "Claridad" brand. Google only returns this Amazon webpage, along with some other unknown ecommerce sites listing this product for sale. No website, no business registrations, and zero proof that AMJ Skin Research had "originally developed (this) for physicians and dermatologists through clinical research" as they claim in their bullet points. These kinds of claims must be backed by studies/surveys that can exceed $100K+, and if they could be substantiated, these studies would be readily available online. Try looking for yourself. Nothing. Nada. It screams FTC violation/fraud to me.
2) Quality Control: AMJ Skin Research aka "Claridad" also claims to use the "highest pharmaceutical-grade micronized benzoyl peroxide", however I can't find either company or brand name in the FDA database. I work with several reputable contract manufacturers in the U.S. who must comply with federal regulations or face huge fines, and registration is the very first thing that must be done in the compliance process when using an ingredient like benzoyl peroxide. If this company hasn't even bothered to register, I have serious doubts that they've conducted the mandated 3rd party testing or received the required certified test results to ensure no pathogens or contaminants are inside the bottle. For all I know this was made and bottled in someone’s garage. Do you really want to be putting this on your face?
Aside from that, the images are highly deceptive which make the product look far larger than it is. The bottle is tiny, like travel size small. At 3.4 ounces, I paid nearly $5 an ounce for this bottle which is akin to highway robbery. In addition, the pump jammed halfway through the bottle. Tossed it in the trash where it belongs.
If you don't care about paying "luxury" prices for a potentially dangerous product made by a sketchy fly-by-night operation, go ahead and give this a shot.