This is a very good BHA exfoliant for oily to combination skin! It’s medicated with 2% salicylic acid (an anti-acne and blackhead-busting superstar) and the pH of 3.2 means this active can function as an exfoliant! This product has a somewhat thick texture that blends out smoothly and doesn’t feel think once it sets to a powder-like finish. It would be suitable for breakout-prone skin and its matte finish is ideal for oily areas, though it doesn’t control oil for hours (you’ll see an improvement but those with very oily skin will still need to blot or powder).
The one drawback to consider is the fragrance. Fragrance isn’t skin care, and this product’s scent lingers on skin. Still, that’s a minor quibble for what’s ultimately an affordable BHA exfoliant. Nicely done, Clean & Clear!
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Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (2%), Inactive Ingredients: Water, Hydrated Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Isohexadecane, Steareth-12, Propylene Glycol, Cetearyl Alcohol, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Polysorbate 60, Polyacrylate-13, Isoceteth-20, Polyisobutene, Glycerin, Cetyl Lactate, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl, PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Ethylene/Acrylic Acid Copolymer, Fragrance, Cetyl Hydroxyethylcellulose, Disodium, EDTA, Oryza Sativa (Rice) Seed Protein, Sodium Hydroxide, Pentaerythityl Tetra-di-t-butyl Hydroxyhydrocinnamate, Polysorbate 20, Benzalkonium Chloride
The name of this Johnson & Johnson–owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.
Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.
For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.