Clean-AC Cleansing Cream
6.76 fl. oz. for $18
Last Updated:09.17.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Note: As of fall 2015, we've been informed by our readers of a possible reformulation of this product. We appreciate your patience while we look into it and update the review thoroughly!

According to Avene, this cleanser was created for those whose skin is irritated or dehydrated from acne treatments. Although great acne treatments should never cause excess irritation or dehydration, sadly, many do, because their formulas contain drying, irritating ingredients. But, you can treat acne without causing undue stress to your skin, and when you do that you won't need a special cleanser to deal with the side effects from problematic anti-acne products; any gentle, water-soluble cleanser will do.

That being said, Clean-AC Cleansing Cream is a good cleanser for normal to dry skin, whether blemishes are an issue or not. It contains gentle cleansing agents in a slightly creamy, lotion-like base that feels comforting and won't leave skin feeling tight and dry. Although the claims make this cleanser seem somewhat medicinal or somehow related to a physician’s care, it's not—the formula is just a fairly basic detergent-based cleanser.

  • Gentle, water-soluble formula is suitable for dry skin prone to breakouts.
  • Cleanses without stripping skin or making it feel tight.
  • Doesn't hold any special advantage for acne over lots of other water-soluble cleansers. You don't need a special cleanser if your acne treatments are causing dryness and irritation—you need different products to treat your acne.

A rich textured cleansing cream to complement skin that is irritated or dehydrated by acne treatments. Adjunctive care to dermatological medications and treatments.


Water, Coco-Glucoside, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Glycol Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Glycol Stearate, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil PEG-6 Esters, PEG- 40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Petrolatum, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Benzoic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter) Fruit, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance, Magnesium Laureth Sulfate, Magnesium Laureth-8 Sulfate, Magnesium Oleth Sulfate, Phenoxyethanol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sodium Cetearyl Sulfate, Sodium Laurel Sulfate, Sodium Oleth Sulfate, Sorbic Acid, Triethanolamine, Xanthan Gum, Zinc Gluconate

Brand Overview

Eau Thermale Avene At-a-Glance

Strengths: Some excellent cleansers; well-formulated sunscreens; moisturizers that help to treat very dry, fragile skin; praiseworthy lip balms.

Weaknesses: Can be on the pricey side.

Eau Thermale Avene’s most prominent claim to fame is the thermal spring water in its products, which the brand maintains is curative due to both historical and scientific evidence. Unfortunately, there isn’t much evidence that we could locate that was in the form of published, peer-reviewed research. Without the research, thermal water is ultimately more about marketing than fact—however, the good news is whatever the factualness of their claims about the ingredient, at least thermal water isn’t going to harm your skin in any way.

Thermal water aside, what is clear is that Avene’s goal is to provide formulas for those who battle sensitive skin concerns. With that in mind, we can say there are quite a few successes among the brand’s range of offerings. There are also a few products we saw as missteps for reasons noted in their respective reviews.

Overall, Eau Thermale Avene’s more praiseworthy qualities is the range of options provided for those that have exceptionally sensitive skin, i.e. who may have been unable to tolerate more advanced anti-aging formulas. While we would have liked to see more in the way of complexity of anti-aging formulas from Avene (and fewer claims about thermal water), the particular direction the brand takes towards skincare is one that has its audience.

For more information about Eau Thermale Avene, call (866) 412-8363 or visit www.aveneusa.com.

About the Experts

The new Beautypedia Team proudly and unequivocally maintains the commitment to help you find the best products possible for your skin. We do this by relentlessly pursuing and relying on published scientific research so you will have unbiased information on what works and what doesn't-and the sneaky ways you could be making your skin worse, not better!

The Beautypedia Team reviews all products using the same research, criteria, and objectivity, whether the product being reviewed is from Paula's Choice or another brand.

Member Comments
Summary of Member Comments
Sort by:
Have used this for years -does not strip skin

I love this product and have used it for years even though I do not use any strong anti-acne treatments. It is super gentle even around the eyes (when I am feeling lazy) and removes make-up well. Never leaves a dry feeling.Really HG.

Reviewed by
Katie A.
Enter a title for your review
First Name, Last Initial
Email Address
How would you rate this product on the following:
500 characters left

Terms of Use

585632-IIS4 v1.0.0.431 10/13/2015 11:03:38 PM