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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 122 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (60)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (23)

77%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Leaves clean feel (15)
  • Effective (13)
  • Easy to use (9)
  • Not greasy (9)
  • Improves skin texture (8)

Cons

  • Dries out skin (17)
  • Irritates skin (11)
  • Bleaches fabric (7)
  • Doesn't work (5)

Best Uses

  • Oily skin (17)
  • Acne-prone skin (11)
  • Daily use (8)
  • Adult acne (6)
  • Moderate acne (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Budget shopper (23), Brand buyer (7), 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.

VS

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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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!

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fabulous Product

      By Merritt

      from Haines, Ak

      describe yourself Brand Buyer

      Pros

      • Balances Skin
      • Gentle
      • Improves Skin Texture
      • Leaves Clean Feel
      • Not Greasy
      • Smells Great

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Acne-Prone Skin
        • Daily Use
        • Oily Skin

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

        My son uses this product on a daily basis and he is very acne prone. He was on oral medication, it upset his stomach so no more. Then a topical, it works, but he didn't like the feel of it. We tried proactive and it's difficult to get a teenager to do all three steps morning and night. I could however, get him to wash his face twice a day. This worked fabulously! If he runs out, the acne comes back. If he uses something with salicylic acid, the acne comes back. This is the best. It contains benzoyl peroxide and has a very light menthol sent. I use it myself every once in a while and it never dries my skin. It's da'bomb. :)

         
        5.0

        In love with it

        By Heather the Relieved

        from Fallon, NV

        describe yourself Budget Buyer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Balances Skin
        • Improves Skin Texture
        • Leaves Clean Feel
        • Not Greasy
        • Smells Great

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Oily Skin

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

          I have had severe acne since age 12, and now that I'm 23 I finally found something that works. I apply with a wash cloth at night for a gentle way to remove dead skin and make up. If you aren't wearing makeup, then don't use a moisturizer. It feels a little dry the first few times, but it was the key to clearing my complextion.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          works well for me

          By lovequeen

          from Sacramento

          See all my reviews

          Pros

          • VERY GOOD

          Cons

          • Bleaches towels

          Best Uses

          • All Skin Types

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

          its it amazing all i have to say is that it has benozol perioxide and that bleaches towels i am ok with that but over all i love it

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Couldn't use this - ouch!

          By Michelle the Belle

          from Alabama

          describe yourself Budget Buyer

          See all my reviews

          Pros

            Cons

            • Dries Out Skin
            • Irritates Skin

            Best Uses

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

              This was HARSH. Ouch! My husband hated it too. Used it a couple of times and threw it away. It made my skin red, irritated, and dry.

               
              4.0

              Worked well for me

              By J

              from Santa Clarita, CA

              describe yourself Budget Buyer

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Minimizes Pores
              • Works Effectively

              Cons

              • Bleaches Fabric

              Best Uses

              • Adult Acne
              • Moderate Acne

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

              I waited a couple months to post a review as sometimes products work well at first and then turn on me. I noticed this cleanser working consistently after about a month. It has dramatically reduced the number of blemishes and size of my pores. I had a little irritation in the first couple weeks and I recommend getting white washcloths as a solution to the bleaching issue. I use it along with the Oil of Olay microdermabrasion kit and have seen a definite improvement in my skin. My experience says give it a try; if irritation or overdrying occurs I would back off to only using it once a day. Also be careful around eyes!

               
              5.0

              Very good with one exception!

              By Ralu

              from Biddeford, ME

              describe yourself Brand Buyer

              See all my reviews

              Pros

              • Improves Skin Texture

              Cons

              • Irritates Skin

              Best Uses

              • Combination Skin
              • Oily Skin

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

              This is great for acne but don't use it in the shower!!! I walked out with a swelled eye! It swelled like crazy! Read the instructions! I use it sparingly on my forehead and chin because I have acne in those areas! It does work very good!

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Use For More Severe Acne

              By Porcelina

              from Raleigh, NC

              describe yourself Budget Buyer

              Pros

              • Bacteria fighting
              • Leaves Clean Feel

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cystic acne
                • Problem acne

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

                I'm in my late 20's and have been fighting acne for the past 15~ years. I've tried countless OTC and prescription products, and this remains one of my favorite face washes. My skin mainly breaks out in a mixture of deep whiteheads and cystic-type acne, which can be extremely painful. I have found the 10% Benzoyl Peroxide solution to be very effective on cutting down and fighting the bacteria under my skin. I do not recommend this for people who are looking for a gentle cleanser. It is highly medicated and is designed for more problematic forms of acne. If you are suffering from more serious acne, I HIGHLY encourage you to see a dermatologist. You are not going to be able to fight your acne with just OTC products.

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