The foundation of skin health begins with a cleanse.
While oilier skin types benefit from traditional cleansing agents that easily dissolve excess sebum, sensitized skin, especially post-treatment skin, can be intolerant to foaming surfactants due to an impaired lipid layer and increased reactivity.
The ideal cleanser for compromised skin should leave the complexion feeling thoroughly clean yet balanced without exacerbating dryness + redness. It should optimize the building blocks of a healthy skin barrier.
NEW Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is a clinically proven, gel-to-milk cleanser that supports a healthy skin barrier while lifting oil and impurities for a supple + soothed complexion.
This fragrance-, dye- and sulfate-free cleanser is suitable for all skin types, especially for sensitized + post-treatment skin.
BALANCING CLEANSING EMULSION
Introducing Balancing Cleansing Emulsion, a clinically proven, conditioning gel-to-milk cleanser that supports the protective skin barrier leaving skin soothed, supple and strong.
Creamy gel melts on contact with skin to lift oil + impurities while protecting skin’s barrier
Upon activation with water, gel transforms into a milky fluid, rinsing clean with no residue
Provides calming benefits for all skin types, including sensitized + post-treatment skin
Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is supported by comprehensive clinical testing to validate the safety and efficacy on sensitized + post-treatment skin.
In a third-party independent clinical study, Balancing Cleansing Emulsion was proven to support a strengthened epidermal barrier to combat water loss for up to 8 hours.
PROTOCOL: An independent clinical study of 21 subjects to assess trans-epidermal water loss after a single application of Balancing Cleansing Emulsion. Subjects represented females, ages 23-69. Study was conducted with a VapoMeter® instrument, which measures evaporation rate of water from skin. Lower evaporation rate values indicate a better skin barrier.
A dermatologist-led, controlled microneedling safety study was conducted in which 3 treatments were performed over 57 days.
Balancing Cleansing Emulsion was used the day after each treatment.
No irritation or sensitivity was experienced versus microneedling alone.
PROTOCOL: A single center, controlled clinical study of 15 subjects to assess the safety of Balancing Cleansing Emulsion following 3 microneedling treatments performed over 57 days. Subjects represented females, ages 18-70, with Fitzpatrick skin types I-IV.
In an independent clinical study, Balancing Cleansing Emulsion was proven gentle enough for use following a fractional CO2 laser treatment.
IN 24 HOURS Subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in burning and stinging.
BY DAY 3
Subjects showed a statistically significant reduction in erythema and swelling.
BY DAY 7 100% of subjects said their skin looked + felt healthier without irritation.
PROTOCOL: A 28-day clinical study of 48 subjects to assess the tolerance of Balancing Cleansing Emulsion following a fractional CO2 resurfacing laser treatment. Subjects represented females, ages 20-63, with Fitzpatrick skin types I-III. Supported with the use of Soothing Ointment and Sunscreen + Primer SPF 30 during the study.
In an independent cleansing efficacy study, subjects reported that Balancing Cleansing Emulsion provided a thorough yet comfortable cleanse.
said skin is thoroughly cleansed of makeup, sunscreen + buildup.
said cleanser soothes stressed skin.
said cleanser leaves skin feeling comfortable.
said cleanser does not leave skin red or irritated.
said cleanser leaves skin feeling softer + hydrated.
PROTOCOL: A two-week clinical study of 24 subjects to assess the cleansing efficacy potential of Balancing Cleansing Emulsion. Subjects represented females, ages 21-60 with Fitzpatrick skin types II and III.
ZO® CLEANSER GUIDE
ZO® Skin Health delivers innovations for a variety of skincare needs + preferences. Below is a guide to selecting the ideal cleanser to meet your needs.
What are the benefits of using Balancing Cleansing Emulsion?
Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is supported by 4 clinical studies and delivers many skin benefits:
- Melts on contact with skin to effortlessly lift oil + impurities while protecting skin’s barrier
- Upon activation with water, it transforms into a milky fluid, rinsing clean with no residue
- Provides calming benefits for all skin types, including sensitized + post-treatment skin
- Is fragrance-, dye- and sulfate-free
What is "sensitized" skin?
Sensitized skin can be a temporary or chronic condition caused by a variety of internal + environmental factors such as the frigid temps + dry heat of winter or overly using aggressive skincare topicals.
At ZO®, we believe that "sensitive" skin is actually sensitized, weakened skin that needs to be strengthened by using the right products.
What is the difference between sensitized and post-treatment skin?
Sensitized skin and post-treatment skin are both compromised skin. Sensitized is obtained through environmental factors, aggressive skincare topicals, etc. Post-treatment skin happens after in-office treatments. The use of Balancing Cleansing Emulsion can support skin's recovery.
Do I need to use a makeup remover before using this product?
Balancing Cleansing Emulsion can be used as a pre-cleanse to remove stubborn makeup + sunscreen followed by one of ZO's water-soluble cleansers suited for your skin type: Gentle Cleanser for all skin types, Exfoliating Cleanser for oily and acne-prone skin, or Hydrating Cleanser for normal to dry skin.
Can I only use this if I had a procedure/ treatment done?
No, Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is also ideal for skin that's sensitized (due to seasonal influences, over-using aggressive skincare topicals etc). It can also be used as a pre-cleanse to remove stubborn makeup + tenacious sunscreen followed by one of ZO's water-soluble cleansers for your skin type: Gentle Cleanser for all skin types, Exfoliating Cleanser for oily + acne-prone skin or Hydrating Cleanser for normal to dry skin.
What is meant by "upon activation with water"?
Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is a transformative cleanser that begins as a creamy gel, to be applied to dry skin. When you apply water to your face, it activates the cleanser into an easy-to-rinse milky emulsion.
Is this a foaming cleanser?
No, Balancing Cleansing Emulsion is non-foaming. It utilizes ultra mild, non-foaming cleansing agents that lift oil + impurities without disrupting the skin barrier.
What other products can I use with this cleanser?
For a full Getting Skin Ready® protocol for normal to sensitized skin, we recommend pairing Balancing Cleansing Emulsion with Exfoliating Polish 1-2 times/week as your gentle exfoliant plus Calming Toner AM + PM after cleansing + exfoliating. From there, you can incorporate many of ZO's Prevent + Correct products plus Triple-Spectrum Protection® sunscreens.
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