04.01.2015
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Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
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0.75 fl. oz. for $6.99
Last Updated:04.01.2015
Jar Packaging:No
pH:3.20
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Advantage Acne Spot Treatment is a 2% salicylic acid gel with a pH of 3.2, so it can exfoliate the skin’s surface and inside the pore lining. That’s great, but the alcohol base is problematic, especially when combined with the cinnamon and cedar bark extracts here. You would fare better with Neutrogena’s BHA products.

Claims

This breakthrough new formula starts to work on contact to treat acne and has been clinically shown to quickly reduce the size and redness of pimples. In clinical testing, 100% of subjects saw significant improvements as early as day one.

Ingredients

Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Alcohol (14%), Butylene Glycol, Capryloyl Glycine, Cedrus Atlantica (Blue Atlas Cedar) Bark Extract, Cinnamomum Zeylancium Bark Extract, Denatonium Benzoate, Fragrance, Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Methylparaben, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Propylene Glycol, Propylparaben, Sarcosine, Sodium Citrate, T Butyl Alcohol, Water

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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07.01.2015
Cheap & Easy

I admit that it does sting and it is drying but it also works better and faster than any other spot treatment I've ever tried. However, I wouldn't recommend it to anyone who has dry or even remotely sensitive skin.

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