Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion
0.5 fl. oz. for $17
Last Updated:01.02.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

Acne Solutions Emergency Gel Lotion remains an outstanding topical disinfectant for blemish-prone skin with 5% benzoyl peroxide and a good group of anti-inflammatory agents. The fragrance-free formula feels wonderfully light and contains some proven emollients to help offset the potential drying effect benzoyl peroxide can have. Well done!


Clinique's medicated troubleshooter with benzoyl peroxide helps clear stubborn, recurring blemishes. Unclogs bacteria-filled pores, controls oil, reduces redness.


Active: Benzoyl Peroxide (5%), Other: Water Purified, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Steareth-2, Sucrose, Steareth-20, Polyacrylamide, Dimethicone, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Caffeine, Yeast Extract (Faex), Cola Nitida (Kola) Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Sea Whip Extract, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Butylene Glycol, Laureth-7, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol

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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Any difference?

I just wonder how to use this? Is it for everyday? Morning and Evening? Before or after moosturizer? And how is this different from BHA exfoliates?

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Chasz C.
Beautypedia Team Response

Hi there!  Clinique recommends using this product once daily at first and then increasing to twice daily if needed.  You can use it after cleansing and toning but before moisturizing.  This product does not have salicylic acid in it, so it does not exfoliant like a BHA would.  It is simply a (very good) spot treatment for acne.

Amazing product

I love this product! I dab it on morning and night in the areas where I'm prone to breakouts as well as anywhere I've got a pimple. This stuff works and it works fast! I've noticed that not all Clinique counters have it displayed with their other Acne Solutions products so if you decide to try it make sure to ask for it if you don't see it. This works better than products that have been recommended to me by a dermatologist that I could only get with a perscription.

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