Dual Action Moisturizer, Oil-Free
4 fl. oz. for $6.59
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Dual Action Moisturizer, Oil-Free has a pH that allows its 0.5% salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, but half a percent won’t be effective and the menthyl lactate in this moisturizer causes undue irritation.


This unique moisturizer combines an oil-free formula with a proven acne-fighting ingredient. It works to moisturize dry patches and flakiness while treating and helping to prevent breakouts.


Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%) Inactive: Water, Dicaprylyl Ether, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate, Dimethicone, Dicetyl Phosphate, Ceteth-10 Phosphate, Methyl Gluceth-20, Menthyl Lactate, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Steareth-20, Sodium Hydroxide, Steareth-20, Fragrance, Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate, Lecithin, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, BHT

Brand Overview

Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

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.

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Surprised on the Rating

I really like this moisturizer despite the one star rating that I'm seeing. I love the price and I feel like it does me so much justice. I actually have normal to dry skin and this moisturizer does it's job without being too creamy on my skin. I wouldn't call it the most amazing moisturizer I've ever used, but it's great for someone on a budget.

Reviewed by
Katerina G
Good for Oily/Acne Prone Skin

This does not break me out like most moisturizers, nor does it make my oily t-zone worse, but still manages to hydrate my dry/flaky cheeks. Pros: Non-greasy, smells great, cheap, good packaging, works well under makeup. Cons: Low SA, Menthol. More pros than cons, so I will re-buy!

Reviewed by
Andi, D
Great for oily skin

It's not the most amazing healing moisturizer. However, it's a still a good one. It feels really pleasant on my skin and I haven't had any issues with irritation. Using this underneath my foundation has been a dream. My very oily skin always makes a mess of my makeup but this moisturizer has been the only one to correct it. I've used one bottle and currently in the middle of a second!

Reviewed by
Maria R
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