Designed to be used after manually popping a pimple (which can be safely done; click here to find out how), this gel, which is dispensed from a pen-style component, is bound to make matters worse.
Although medicated with the proven anti-acne ingredient salicylic acid, the pH of the gel is too high for it to work as an exfoliant to improve clogged pores and breakouts. Even if the pH were in the correct range, the formula would not be beneficial because it contains a high amount of skin-damaging alcohol and the irritant menthyl lactate. Please see More Info to learn why irritation is a problem for all skin types and a distinct problem for breakout-prone skin.
- Formula causes dryness, flaking, and irritation that can delay healing and make red marks from acne worse.
- Irritation from this product can stimulate excess oil production that leads to more breakouts.
- There aren’t any significant benefits from this product—pimples cannot be dried up.
Irritation, whether you see it on the surface of your skin or not, causes inflammation, which impairs healing, damages collagen, and depletes vital substances your skin needs to stay young. Irritating ingredients stimulate excess oil production at the base of the pores, making oily skin and the accompanying breakouts worse, which in turn makes red marks from acne worse. So, products like this actually make matters worse.
For these reasons, it is best to minimize or eliminate as much as possible your exposure to known skin irritants, especially when there are brilliant anti-acne formulas available that do not include these types of problematic ingredients.
The Clean & Clear Advantage Popped Pimple Relief drying paste is specially formulated to target the unpleasant appearance of acne blemishes, including popped pimples.
Active: Salicylic Acid (0.5%), Other: Water, Hydrated Silica, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Isoceteth-20, PEG-6 Caprylic/Capric Glycerides, Titanium Dioxide, Phenoxyethanol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Citrate, Dimethicone Propyl PG-Betaine, Fragrance, Menthyl Lactate, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, C12-15 Alkyl Lactate, Citric Acid, Benzalkonium Chloride, Blue 1
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.