Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength

$6.49 - 1 fl. oz.
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Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength remains a very potent, fragrance-free topical disinfectant for blemishes. It contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, the maximum amount approved for over-the-counter sales. Although this amount can be drying and potentially irritating, this is an option for stubborn cases of acne.

The same prescription formula prescribed by doctors for over ten years.

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Laureth-4, Sodium Hydroxide, Water

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.

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  1. A'shia
    Reviewed on Sunday, April 20, 2014
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    Best if you catch them early, but overall amazing
    • This stuff is a miracle. I don't know what I'd do without it. The power behind this little bottle is just wonderful!! I get acne reoccurring on my chin and the instant I feel one starting to "grow" I slather this on. If I catch it early enough I won't get anything but a little small and unnoticeable bump. No redness, no tenderness, no zit! Even if I don't catch it early enough it shortens the life of it immensely and helps get rid of both the redness and tenderness of the acne. Love this stuff!!

  2. Anonymous
    Reviewed on Sunday, November 10, 2013
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Results
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    Good for Emergencies
    • This is a powerful cream. When my skin gets especially broken out, I apply a thin layer over affected areas at night. By morning, the breakout usually has calmed down by at least 40-50%. But, it does dry out your skin. I use it only as necessary, definitely not every day.

  3. Tilde C.
    Reviewed on Saturday, November 02, 2013
    • Results
      3 / 4
    • Recommend
      4 / 4
    • Value
      4 / 4
    I might buy it again
    • I've been using Clean & Clear's "Persa-Gel 10" on and off for a couple of months now. It works, it's just that I can't figure out how well it works. It seems like it sometimes "kills" pimples right away and sometimes it doesn't do anything. Also, it's a little bit thick and if you don't work it in it can leave a white cast. Anyhow, I might buy it every now and then but I am looking for something with a more easy-to-read-result and refined texture.

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