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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Best Persa-Gel 10, Maximum Strength Clean & Clear Benzoyl Peroxide  $6.49 1.00 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.
Good Oil-Absorbing Sheets Clean & Clear Oil-Blotting Papers/Products  $5.79 50.00 fl. oz.
Good Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $5.29 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Soothing Eye Makeup Remover, Oil-Free (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Eye Makeup Removers  $5.99
Good Continuous Control Acne Wash, Oil-Free (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Good Finishes Oil-Free Pore Perfecting Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $1.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Good Makeup Dissolving Facial Cleansing Wipes, Oil-Free Clean & Clear Cleansing Cloths  $5.99 25.00 wipes
Good Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Cleanser Clean & Clear Face/Body Cleansers  $5.99 6.00 fl. oz.
Average Advantage Acne Control Moisturizer Oil-Free Clean & Clear Oil-Absorbing/Mattifying  $7.49 4.00 fl. oz.
Average Advantage Daily Soothing Acne Scrub Clean & Clear Face/Body Scrubs  $5.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Boost Body Wash Clean & Clear Body Soaps/Washes  $5.99 16.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer Clean & Clear Moisturizer without Sunscreen  $6.99 3.00 fl. oz.
Average Morning Burst Fruit Infusions Hydrating Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 9.00 fl. oz.
Average Finishes Mattifying Moisturizer Oil-Free SPF 15 (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $6.99 1.70 fl. oz.
Average Finishes Pore Perfecting Moisturizer SPF 15 (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Moisturizer with Sunscreen  $7.49 1.70 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 Purifying Cleanser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 9.00 fl. oz.
Poor Deep Cleaning Astringent, Sensitive Skin Clean & Clear Toners  $3.99 8.00 fl. oz.
Poor Blackhead Eraser (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Specialty Skin Care Products  $19.99
Poor Blackhead Clearing Daily Cleansing Pads (Discontinued) Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $5.49 70.00 pads
Poor Advantage Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser Oil-Free Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.99 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Facial Scrub Clean & Clear Scrubs  $6.49 5.00 fl. oz.
Poor Morning Burst Shine Control Facial Cleanser Clean & Clear Cleansers/Soaps  $6.49 8.00 fl. oz.
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