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Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser 5 oz (141 g)

 
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Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz
 
3.8

(based on 119 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (22)

78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (14)
  • Effective (13)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Not greasy (8)
  • Improves skin texture (6)

Cons

  • Dries out skin (15)
  • Irritates skin (9)
  • Bleaches fabric (7)
  • Doesn't work (4)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (15)
  • Acne-prone skin (8)
  • Daily use (7)
  • Adult acne (6)
  • Moderate acne (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (22), Brand buyer (6), Quality oriented (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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I finally joined Drugstore.com because I would really like to put something in perspective. I saw so many one-star reviews for this product that all said the same thing: it bleached their towels,...Read complete review

I finally joined Drugstore.com because I would really like to put something in perspective. I saw so many one-star reviews for this product that all said the same thing: it bleached their towels, it dried their skin like no other. Listen here, this acne cleanser has 10% BENZOYL PEROXIDE in it. Of COURSE it's going to bleach your towels if you're not careful - benzoyl peroxide is a bleacher.

And here's the big part, my response to the dry skin and blah blah. Before buying this product you really need to CONSIDER:
1. have I ever used benzoyl peroxide before? (This cleanser contains 10%, which is the highest concentration of BP you can have!! Of COURSE your skin is going to freak out if it has never been exposed to BP!! It's like a culture shock for your skin!)

2. since 10% benzoyl peroxide is so strong, am I sure that I want to resort to using something so strong on my skin? If you're in your teens and have tried a few cleansers in your life, maybe with salicylic acid or something in them, and they worked "okay" but you want something WOW, don't use this YET! Try more things..this may be way too strong for your mild acne.

I'm young, but I've dealt with acne for five years now. In those five years I've had bad scarring, extremely stubborn blackheads, pimples that take weeks to clear out, etc. I can't classify my acne as "severe" but it is bad. For about a year I used a 10% benzoyl peroxide spot treatment. The first day I bought it I put a little bit on, and no result. The next day I smothered it on, and I was extremely pleased with the results. I did this for quite a while and my skin was used to the benzoyl peroxide. Then I found this, and I am amazed. It seriously worked wonders, I noticed a visible difference within hours of using it.

My main point is, KNOW your skin. Put some benzoyl peroxide on it first and see how it reacts. Use this cleanser, or another cleanser with 10% BP as a last resort after you're fed up with trying tons and tons of cleansers that don't seem to work for you. Ask yourself whether you really need this strong cleanser or not.

Oh and wear a bit of moisturizer after using it.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

pretty good...

ive been using this product for about a month now, and that's about how long its taken for my acne to clear. ive noticed that this product clears my acne quickly and i havent...Read complete review

ive been using this product for about a month now, and that's about how long its taken for my acne to clear. ive noticed that this product clears my acne quickly and i havent been breaking out as much. before using this product i used to break out a lot all over my cheeks and the sides of my chin, and now that is almost clear (i have a couple of scars) but ive been breaking out on the middle of my chin and little bumps on my forehead while using this product. its kind of wierd how this product makes my skin break out in different places. also KEEP THIS PRODUCT AWAY FROM YOUR EYES! the area underneath and around my eyes are itchy red and gross. really bad irritation. after using it for about a month my skin felt finally clear on about the third week. but this might have just been me cause that was the week my swim team ended and my face wasnt exposed to chlorine. since then ive joined another swim team and my acne has been back. i guess if youre normal and it's used on a regular basis it can be effective. overall this product was good, but not amazing.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

My new skin BFF

By Mac

from New York

describe yourself Budget Buyer

Pros

  • Balances Skin
  • Leaves Clean Feel
  • Moisturizing
  • Not Greasy

Cons

  • Dries Out Skin

Best Uses

  • Acne-Prone Skin
  • All Skin Types
  • Oily Skin
  • Sensitive Skin

Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

I use this product on my face and back for adult acne along with a prescribed dark spot liquid medication to lighten the dark spots on my back. This product is inexpensive and has been working well as I've been only been using it for 3 weeks. My skin has a nice silky texture to it and the clean feeling after washing off the cleanser is amazing. I developed acne as an adult and the frustration after spending so much money on prescription medications was draining my pockets.
I also found that changing my pillow cases, keeping my hair tied up at night and away from my face during the day is a big help. The trial and error process of finding what works for your speciific skin type can be annoying but once you find something that works and doesn't break the bank that is the best feeling EVER !!!!!

 
5.0

Excellent for Very Oily/Acne Prone Skin

By Sie (rhymes with fly)

from Atlanta, GA

describe yourself Budget Buyer

See all my reviews

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Effective
  • Good Value
  • Lightweight
  • Smells Great

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Daily Use
    • Men
    • Oily Skin
    • On-the-go
    • Weekly Use
    • Women

    Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

    I used this for a short period during my early teens, and I can remember having random people approach me in grocery stores and even close family friends asking me what I use for my skin, because it was always very clear and even. I think the only reasons why I've stopped using it as an adult are because of budgetary constraints while hitting a few financial snags and the fact that my skin has pretty much outgrown getting bad breakouts.

    I will say, however, that the benzoyl peroxide DID stain some of my towels, but that was only when I didn't wash all of the cleanser off of my face thoroughly, and I believe that this occurring is mentioned on the packaging.

    • My Beauty Routine Takes:
    • 30 Minutes

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Takes a little while but it works!

    By LayTheAub

    from Allentown, PA

    describe yourself Budget Buyer

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Smells Great
    • Works Effectively

    Cons

    • None

    Best Uses

    • Adult Acne
    • Moderate Acne
    • Severe Acne

    Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

    I developed pretty bad adult acne. I am 28. I never had acne this bad, even in my teens. I got acne cysts, little bumps, all kinds of pimples all over my face. Believe me when I tell you I tried EVERYTHING! I was buying a new face wash every few weeks. I tried creams, toners, pads. Even tried the store brand proactive. I didn't like salycic acid products because they made my face red and irritated. I was at a loss and ready to call a dermatologist. On a last chance effort I bought this face wash and I liked it, it didn't irritate my face at all. I use it twice a day. That right there made me happy. It leaves my face clean and it goes on thick, covering the skin good. Avoid the eye area! It didn't stain or bleach my clothes. After using it for about 2 months, I looked in the mirror one day and I was surprised because my skin looked...good. I stood there looking at it for a few minutes because for once, my face wasn't covered in pimples. I haven't had any of those horrible painful cysts in a while. I still get a pimple here and there but nothing major. Buy this face wash and stick with it, don't give up and you will see results.

    I also highly recommend using a sulfur face mask twice a week.

    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Not to bad.

    By Guts

    from Levittown PA

    describe yourself Budget Buyer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Gentle
    • Leaves Clean Feel

    Cons

    • Dries Out Skin

    Best Uses

    • Acne-Prone Skin
    • Daily Use
    • Sensitive Skin

    Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

    I do as the directions say. I massage it all over my face for 20-30 seconds. I really try to dry out my skin with this so I can't really blame the product. I'm sure I could keep my skin a little moist if I didn't use so much but I also use Cerave to moisturize my face when my skin gets dry. I always try to find something that can help me with my terrible cystic acne. I'm usually disappointed but this isn't so bad. It really helps fight off large cystic acne on my face and when I do get one that refuses to be fought off this cream seems to help get rid of it faster then I could on my own just washing my face. I get very oily skin and workout a lot so my skin is always at war it seems. I never had acne till my adult years so if you have moderate cystic/adult acne it should help. If you have extreme acne I can't say this would help you. It's great for removing large amounts of oil my face produces. Which really tends to be where my cysts come from. At most I'd get 4-5 of them at my worst. So if you have anymore then this maybe it won't help you. Lately my skin is clear of large cysts only small ones at times that I can quickly clear up with this. You will get dry skin but it's worth it so you don't see giant red puss tumors on your face! LOL Good luck!

     
    5.0

    Please never stop carrying this!

    By Mandy

    from Kansas City, Kansas

    See all my reviews

    Pros

    • Balances Skin
    • Improves Skin Texture
    • Leaves Clean Feel

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone Skin
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

      This is the only cleanser that keeps my skin clear. Otherwise I have quite a bit of acne.

       
      5.0

      Really works!

      By EBeast82

      from New York, NY

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Improves Skin Texture
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Not Greasy
      • Removes acne

      Cons

      • Dries Out Skin

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone Skin

      Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

      I would definetly recommend this product. Before, I had used cetaphil and proactiv and both products only worked temporarily. I started seeing changes w/ Clean & Clear within a week of use. I use it in the morning, then add a skin moisturizer before I go outside. Then I use it at night, but no moisturizer. It does tend to dry out your face a bit, but when washing your face you are only supposed to use it for 20 seconds. I have seen great improvements on this product in just 3 weeks.

      Service and delivery comments:

      Very fast and easy delivery. No problems

       
      5.0

      Works pretty well for me

      By TheAvalanche

      from Ohio

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Little irritation

      Cons

      • May stain clothes

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone Skin
      • Daily Use

      Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

      I use the product twice a day: once in the morning and once at night. If I feel my skin is more oily than usual in the afternoon, I use it a third time. I've had moderate acne since grade school, and even now while I am in college. This controls my acne pretty well. I was never totally clear even while on prescription meds, so I'm not surprised that my skin isn't totally clear with this product. The results are similar to the prescription med I WAS on (benzaclin). I've never had my clothes stained with the product, but I've read that this is possible. Just be careful. There is minor skin irritation, but that will vary from person to person. It doesn't dry me out, but again, that will vary on one's skin type.

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Good product but not for me

      By RoboKit

      from Portland, OR

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      Pros

      • Clears acne quickly

      Cons

      • Dries Out Skin
      • Irritates Skin

      Best Uses

      • Acne-Prone Skin
      • Oily Skin

      Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

      This product is good at what it does, HOWEVER, I recommend that you don't use it unless you have very greasy or acne prone skin.

      I usually have clear skin but a couple months ago I started breaking out pretty badly for seemingly no reason. I ran out of my old face wash around the same time so I went shopping and came home with this product. The first time I used it I made sure not to get it around my eyes and I applied a face moisturizer after, but that night my eyelids were red, extremely itchy and noticeably swollen and if I scratched them at all they would swell up even more and it looked ridiculous. It lasted for days and was very uncomfortable and a little embarrassing walking around with swollen, droopy, red eyelids that I could barely stop itching. It did help dry out my acne but it also dried up the rest of my face too, leaving me with leftover acne patches, flaky patches and swollen, itchy, red eyes on top. It wasn't pretty. And I know I'm not allergic to benzoyl peroxide because I've used other products with it that worked fine for me.

      I know this cleanser has a strong concentration of benzoyl peroxide so I thought maybe my skin just needed time to get used to it. I waited until the itchiness and redness were completely cleared up and tried again, this time only putting a small amount on my T-zone for less than 20 seconds. I used a clean damp cloth to wipe most of it off, then rinsed with warm water. Wiping with a cloth first was an attempt to keep the cleanser from running into my eyes when I rinsed my whole face. I had dry patches until I applied moisturizer and again that night I experienced very itchy, swollen, red eyelids that lasted for days. Again, it helped clear the acne but I also had the dry patches and itchy eyes. I waited for this to subside and decided that maybe it would be best if I just didn't use this cleanser anymore.

      My bout of acne subsided (probably hormonal) and I went back to my regular face cleaning routine with my natural cleanser, facial mist toner and moisturizer and within a few days my skin was much healthier.

      Then just a few days ago I was having some small breakouts and something got into me to give it another shot and I was even more careful about applying and rinsing to make sure that I wouldn't have a reaction. I was wrong. I can say with almost 100% certainty that it didn't get near my eyes while washing or rinsing, but as soon as I was done my eyelids were red, itchy and swollen and I had dry patches that went away with time and moisturizer but my eyelids are still red, swollen and super itchy.

      In closing, I realized that my skin just doesn't need such a powerful cleanser and that for me personally, it did more harm than good. But I imagine that someone with worse acne or less sensitive skin would benefit a lot from this product, which is why I rated it a 3 out of 5. This is a good product and it does what it's supposed to do. If you don't have a bad reaction to it then it would work great but I recommend testing other cleansers with a lower concentration of benzoyl peroxide first and do a spot test with this product before using it all over your face. I've gone back to my tried and true cleansing methods and I guess we all have to deal with small acne breakouts now and then but I won't be using this product again because my personal experience was barely tolerable.

       
      4.0

      good product

      By MI Mom

      from Detroit, MI

      describe yourself Budget Buyer

      See all my reviews

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Gentle
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Moisturizing
      • Not Greasy

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne-Prone Skin
        • Combination Skin
        • Oily Skin

        Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

        My sister in law recommended this producted to me. I have adult acne prone skin. After reading reviews, i decided to buy it. The reviews say that it dries out your skin and bleaches your towels (if it clears up my skin, bleach away :) I also started using Body Shop Tea Tree line though. I think that that line is wroking well with my skin, and when i see a break out starting to form, i use this product in the shower once or twice. It doesn't work miracles, but i think that i finally found two products that work with my skin. if you are looking for something to help with acne, and doesn't cost a fortune, this is definitly a product for you.

         
        5.0

        best cleanser ive used:)

        By rose lillie:)

        from hola hawaii:)

        See all my reviews

        Pros

          Cons

          • Dries Out Skin

          Best Uses

          • Daily Use
          • Oily Skin

          Comments about Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser, 5 oz:

          i love this! i finally found the product that keeps my skin clean and clear and prevents pimples! it doesnt dry my skin out too bad probally cuz i have really oily skin, but if u use a good moisturizer after itll been fine. i would recommend this 2 anyone who has oily acne prone skin. people with dry sensitive skin beware!

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