This is an effective BHA lotion for those struggling with acne. With 2% salicylic acid and a pH of 4, you can expect this product to reduce acne and blackheads. The lotion base makes it best for normal to slightly dry skin. This would be rated a Best Product if it contained some beneficial extras (think soothing agents to reduce redness) and did not contain potentially irritating fragrant plants. Note that Helichrysum italicum is not advised for use by anyone allergic to ragweed (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). Still, this deserves a Good rating for its effectiveness and because there’s a marked shortage of reliable BHA products at the drugstore.
This quick absorbing all over face lotion has a clinically tested salicylic acid based formula that gets to work instantly. It works continuously through the night when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of existing pimples overnight. It also helps prevent the formation of new pimples.
Active: Salicylic Acid (2 %), Other: Water, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Phenoxyethanol, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan Gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Laureth-7, Fragrance, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Cistus Monspeliensis Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Methylparaben, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Titanium Dioxide
Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide; a good BHA option for those who prefer pads; a decent selection of water-soluble cleansers and topical scrubs.
Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; only one sunscreen and it's part of a lackluster three-step kit; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).
Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting, a very good BHA option, and a few other gems.
By the way, although Clearasil has products directed toward adult (instead of teenage) acne, the basic cause and treatment of acne is the same regardless of age. The protocol for handling breakouts does not require a separate category of products; the treatment basics remain the same.
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This product is listed on the Canadian Clearasil website. I believe the product listing/naming is different in Canada. Might be worth checking the differences in product offerings and formulations
Hi there! Thanks for the heads up. I have reached out to Clearasil Canada to hopefully get us an updated ingredient list for this product. When they do, we will get the ingredients updated here as well and update the review if needed.
This stuff is AMAZING! It really does reduce pimple size and redness overnight! I even used it when I was sick and had redness and dry skin under my nose. It went from red to pink overnight! :) Great stuff. I wish it would come in a larger size though...
I believe this BHA lotion has undergone a redesign (as far as packaging goes) and is now being sold as "Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Lotion" for face, chest and back--and it comes in a 4 oz tube for around $12. It's still the exact same formula that Paula has reviewed here though. Luckily, I already use Paula's choice toners so I think this probably helps balance out any irritation this stuff could cause.
Hello, and thanks for your comments! It does appear that Clearasil has overhauled their products recently, so we'll check them out and see if this one has been discontinued and replaced. Thanks for the heads up!
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