12.02.2014
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Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment
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1.7 fl. oz. for $20
Last Updated:12.02.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Acne Solutions All-Over Clearing Treatment is one of the most state-of-the-art benzoyl peroxide lotions available today. It contains 2.5% of this topical disinfectant, an excellent amount to apply all over acne-prone skin. The lightweight lotion base feels silky and contains oodles of good-for-skin ingredients, including green tea, acetyl glucosamine, and many soothing plant extracts.

The only misstep (one that prevents this product from earning our best rating) is the addition of peppermint extract. The amount is so small as to very likely be a non-issue for skin, but why include it at all when it has no benefit for acne-prone skin?

Claims

Step 3 in Clinique's Acne Solutions Clear Skin System. Lightweight, medicated formula helps treat existing acne and prevent future breakouts. Creates a barrier against acne-causing agents. Helps control excess oil. Calms, soothes, visibly reduces redness. Lightly hydrates to minimize dryness and peeling.

Ingredients

Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.5%), Other: Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Sucrose, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract, Acetyl Glucosamine, Lactobacillus Ferment, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Myristyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Zeolite, Algae Extract, Linoleic Acid, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Longifolene, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Caryophyllene, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Capryloyl Glycine, Quaternium-22, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Perilla Aldehyde, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium EDTA, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Clinique At-A-Glance

Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.

Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.

Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.

That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).

Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.

The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.

Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.

For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com

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02.12.2015
it WORKS

My skin has always been normal with rare breakouts it has broken capilaries and is always red than the rest of my body. My teenage years i knew nothing about makeup that id sleep in it and never have problems the moment i hit my twenties ive been suffering papules (mild acne) that looked like texture on my skin i had it only on my cheek area but it moved to my forhead and after trying absolutely EVERYTHING for like 3 years i decided to give this a shot and 3rd day my skin is at its clearest!

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02.12.2015
it WORKS

My skin has always been normal with rare breakouts it has broken capilaries and is always red than the rest of my body. My teenage years i knew nothing about makeup that id sleep in it and never have problems the moment i hit my twenties ive been suffering papules (mild acne) that looked like texture on my skin i had it only on my cheek area but it moved to my forhead and after trying absolutely EVERYTHING for like 3 years i decided to give this a shot and 3rd day my skin is at its clearest!

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08.23.2014
Works for me

I've been using this for 5 years. I'm late 50's with oily/combo skin & occasional break-outs. I use this after Paula's Clear 2% BHA 3-4 days/week. It provides light moisture & ongoing break-out control in one step. The offending peppermint is not a problem.

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09.09.2013
works like a charm for me

step 1: Paula's Clear anti-redness BHA liquid Step 2: Paula's Resist ultra-light serum Step 3: Clinique anti-acne "moisturizer" skin in balance, acne GONE!

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07.17.2013
Acne non solution

Still got big zits! Not a solution.

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