These anti-acne pads are the same old, same old: Salicylic acid steeped in alcohol coupled with a menthol-derived ingredient to make users think it’s “working.” It is working, but not to help your acne; instead, the amount of alcohol and other irritants leaves skin dry, produces free-radical damage, breaks down collagen, and can stimulate oil production at the base of your pores, thus making matters worse instead of better. These pads are not recommended.
Give blackheads the boot. These daily cleansing pads have soft beads that remove trapped dirt and oil, leaving your skin with a deep-down clean feeling. The special formula contains a blackhead fighting ingredient that treats blackheads and helps to keep new ones from forming. The pads and formula are gentle enough to use every day.
Active: Salicylic Acid (1%), Other: Disodium Edta, Fragrance, Glycerin, Menthyl Lactate, Ppg-5-Ceteth-20, SD Alcohol 40-B (39%), Sodium Citrate, 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.
For more information about Clean & Clear, call (877) 754-6411 or visit www.cleanandclear.com.