Clean-AC Hydrating Cream
1.35 fl. oz. for $22
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 moisturizer was created for those whose skin is irritated or dehydrated from acne treatments. Although great acne treatments shouldn't cause excess irritation or dehydration, sadly, many do, because their formulas contain drying, irritating ingredients (and, of course, you shouldn't be using those). But, you can treat acne without causing undue stress to your skin, and when you do that you won't need a special moisturizer to deal with the side effects from problematic anti-acne products; any well-formulated moisturizer will do.

Regrettably, this moisturizer doesn't make the grade in terms of being well formulated. Although the unnecessarily fragranced formula contains some notable emollients and an anti-irritant, there are better moisturizers that offer a range of antioxidants, more anti-irritants, proven skin-repairing ingredients, and cell-communicating ingredients to help normalize healthy cell production. This is an OK option for normal to dry skin, although the emollients and the amount of plant oil make it potentially problematic for breakout-prone skin.

  • Contains some notable emollients and non-fragrant plant oils.
  • Covers the basics for making dry skin look and feel better.
  • "Special" moisturizers like this aren't needed if you are using gentle yet effective anti-acne products (products to treat acne shouldn't cause excess irritation or dryness).
  • Formula lacks a range of state-of-the-art skin-repairing and soothing ingredients.

A hydrating and soothing moisturizer to complement skin that is irritated or dehydrated by acne treatments. Adjunctive care to dermatological medications and treatments.


Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose Stearate, Butyrospermum Parkii (Shea Butter), Glycerin, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Sucrose Distearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Acrylates C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, BHT, Bisabolol, Butylparaben, Cyclomethicone, Dimethicone, Crosspolymer, Disodium EDTA, Fragrance (Parfum), Isobutylparaben, Isopropylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, 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.

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Overpriced, but effective

I used this when I destroyed my skin with harsh acne treatment (before I discovered PC). It is very moisturizing, soothing and didn't cause me to breakout. It really did help my irritated, dehydrated skin at the time. I do think it is overpriced though for such a basic formula.

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Sarah D
Quite Nice

Hello Everyone, My dermatologist recommended this to me when she started me on Tactuo (I believe it is called something else in the United States) which is a blend of Adapalene and Benzoyl Peroxide. Prescription topcial medication Tactuo works great for me however I get dry patches with skin peeling off (I know, I know it sounds gross) around my mouth and nose area, which is also where I break out the most! This cream smells absolutely divine. The texture is so luxurius when I spread it on my hand and when applied, it sinks in beautifully. What I did was rub it in my hands (but not so much that my hands absorb all the product) and then I pat it gently on to my face concentrating on the driest spots. When applied this way (and I only used it in the winter) my face is not greasy at all. My face felt incredibly smooth and velvety and generally felt healthy. The reason I gave it 2 stars was the fact that they included fragrance which was really dumb because it is never a good idea to put fragrance on break out skin. It is also on the expensive side.

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