Clean & Clear

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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Good Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Cleanser Clean & Clear Face/Body Cleansers  $5.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Boost Body Wash Clean & Clear Body Soaps/Washes  $5.99 16.00 fl. oz.
Average Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Scrub Clean & Clear Face/Body Scrubs  $5.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer Clean & Clear Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $6.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Best Advantage Oil Absorbing Treatment Oil-Free (Discontinued) Clean & Clear BHA  $6.99 1.50 fl. oz.
Poor Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser Oil-Free Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Dual Action Moisturizer, Oil-Free Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $6.59 4.00 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Facial Cleanser Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.49 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Facial Scrub Clean & Clear Scrubs  $6.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Gel Pen (Discontinued) Clean & Clear BHA  $6.99 0.50 fl. oz.
Average Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 15 (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $6.99 1.70 fl. oz.
Poor Finishes Mattifying Cleanser, Oil-Free (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser, Oil-Free (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Eye Makeup Removers  $5.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Poor Advantage Popped Pimple Relief Drying Paste (Discontinued) Clean & Clear BHA  $6.99 0.50 fl. oz.
Best Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser, Sensitive Skin Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $5.29 8.00 fl. oz.
Best Daily Pore Cleanser, Oil-Free Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $5.49 5.50 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Scrub Clean & Clear Scrubs  $5.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Best Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength Clean & Clear Benzoyl Peroxide  $6.49 1.00 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Surge Power Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Specialty Skin Care Products  $15.49
Average Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Purifying Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 9.00 fl. oz.
Poor Deep Action Cream Cleanser, Sensitive Skin Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $5.99 6.50 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Skin Brightening Facial Scrub, Oil-Free Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Reviving Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 9.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Hydrating Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 9.00 fl. oz.
Poor Advantage 3-in-1 Exfoliating Cleanser Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 5.00 fl. oz.
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