Continuous Control Acne Cleanser
5 fl. oz. for $5.99
Last Updated:11.20.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Continuous Control Acne Cleanser contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, but this topical disinfectant is of little use to skin because it is quickly rinsed off. The menthol in this unusually creamy cleanser makes it too irritating for all skin types.


This daily cleanser not only removes dirt, oil and makeup, but it also deposits maximum strength acne medicine into your pores to help fight and help prevent breakouts long after you wash.


Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (10%), Other: Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Carbomer, Fragrance, Glycerin, Menthol, Mineral Oil, Petroleum, Potassium Polyphosphate, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Titanium Dioxide, Water, Zinc Lactate

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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A worthy part of your anti-acne arsenal

The Beautypedia review asserts that the 10% benzoyl peroxide in this face wash isn't helpful at all because it's quickly rinsed off. In reality, much of the BP remains on the face after rinsing—enough that I would regularly leave face-shaped bleach marks on my towels from drying my face after using this stuff. Washing with this in the morning, after school and before bed + the Pill did the most for my teenage acne. I just wish someone had told me to use moisturizer and broad-spectrum SPF.

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Sarah M.
My go-to face wash

I wish I had discovered this product when I was a typical pimple faced teenager! I used face wash products with salicylic acid, but I always had constant pimples. I finally tried AcneFree, and it worked! I wanted to find something similar but less expensive, which meant something with benzoyl peroxide. I came across the Clean & Clear Continuous Acne Cleanser, and I have remained pretty pimple-free ever since. I personally love this product, it works for me, but everyone's skin is different.

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