Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Lotion
4 fl. oz. for $10.99
Last Updated:12.30.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This BHA exfoliant from Clearasil has a lightweight, non-greasy lotion texture that makes it suitable for combination to oily skin struggling with breakouts and clogged pores. The formula is medicated with 2% salicylic acid, which is also known as beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and considered an excellent option to reduce acne, blackheads, white bumps, and large pores. Salicylic acid needs a specific pH range in order to be effective, and we're thrilled to report that this product's pH of 3.8 is within that range!

All of the above is great, but what kept this from earning our top rating is the inclusion of fragrance and fragrant plant extracts (notably, lavender) that pose a slight risk of irritation. Some of the plant extracts have documented anti-inflammatory action, yet also contain constituents that can be sensitizing, so their benefits are a mixed bag.

Brands such as Paula's Choice and philosophy offer BHA exfoliants without the fragrance and with the soothing anti-irritants this Clearasil BHA product lacks. Still, there's no denying that Ultra Rapid Action Treatment Lotion has a near-bargain price and it is capable of exfoliating inside the pore lining, which absolutely helps reduce breakouts and clogging.

  • Inexpensive, gentle formula.
  • Contains anti-acne active salicylic acid formulated at a pH to ensure effectiveness.
  • Lightweight lotion texture doesn't leave oily skin feeling slick or greasy.
  • Contains fragrance and fragrant plant extracts which pose a risk of irritation.
  • Formula lacks a mix of anti-irritants to reduce facial redness.

Works with the skin to unblock pores and deliver max strength active ingredient into the pores to treat pimples - in as fast as 4 hours.


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid (2%) Inactive Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Octyldodecanol, Steareth-2, Cetyl Alcohol, Steareth-21, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, Glycerin, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Sodium Hydroxide, Xanthan gum, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Laureth-7, Fragrance, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus Monspeliensis Extract, Titanium Dioxide

Brand Overview

Clearasil At-a-Glance

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.

For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.

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Works easily, keeps skin looking nice.

Works,makes skin feel fresh and look lovely. Recommended to anyone struggling with acne. Good value. :)

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reduces pimple size but not for sensitive skin

made my skin red, irritated and swollen. ouch

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Good starter BHA

My first BHA product, works and fits my budget.

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