Clearogen is claimed to be a unique testosterone-focused topical acne treatment for men and women. It’s advertised as targeting testosterone to reduce the production of sebum, which is the waxy substance that clogs pores. Clearogen was designed by a dermatologist and is made by Advanced Skin and Hair, Inc.
How does Clearogen supposedly work?
Clearogen the product was designed to interrupt the typical effects of excess testosterone on the sebaceous glands. The explanation is that when testosterone is converted to dihydro-testosterone (DHT) it triggers sebaceous glands to produce sebum. The Clearogen formula supposedly interferes with the conversion of testosterone to DHT. Besides that, this acne treatment also supposedly works on androgen receptors to prevent their stimulating the sebaceous glands. The result is a healthier level of skin oil production.
In addition to reducing oil production, Clearogen sloughs away dead skin cells and destroys harmful bacteria inside the pores.
What does Clearogen really do?
A review of the products in Clearogen reveals that there are no special ingredients that would actually target testosterone. For example, here are the ingredients in the Clearogen cleanser:
Salicylic acid 2%, Deionized Water, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Butylene Glycol, Di-PPG-2-Myreth-10 Adipate, Polysorbate 20, Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Hydrolyzed Wheat Starch, Aloe (Aloe Arbadensis ) Vera Gel, Rosemary Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Lavender E.O.
The most unfamiliar chemical names basically describe different types of soaps and preservatives.
Is Clearogen effective?
Despite its story about testosterone being bunk, Clearogen is effective against many people’s mild to moderate acne. That’s because it contains salicylic acid. It removes dead skin cells and other debris that can clog pores, and then it goes inside pores to dissolve trapped dirt, sebum, oil and bacteria. Other ingredients in Clearogen, such as witch hazel, also help to clean the pores.
The Clearogen system includes the cleanser, a toner with 1% salicylic acid, and an anti-acne moisturizing cream.
There are clinical studies on Clearogen’s website. Don’t they matter?
The many research abstracts posted at Clearogen only look relevant to testosterone and skin care. If you read them carefully, you’ll see that the first study involved hamsters, not humans! None of the studies actually involve Clearogen acne treatments.
Do you recommend Clearogen?
No. Clearogen costs $75 for a two-month supply. There’s a money-back guarantee but the ingredients aren’t worth the price for a skincare line lacking any special qualities. You’d get the same effects using cheap Clean and Clear products from your local drugstore. Besides that, we wouldn’t want to give money to a company that flat-out deceives consumers. The story about interrupting testosterone’s effect on sebaceous glands is insulting to critical consumers.