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MY SKIN TYPE
I have been using Johnson & Johnsons Clean & Clear products on my face for many years.
In my teens and twenties I used them almost exclusively, on my then very greasy facial skin, a few times a day.
Now, in my more mature years my face has gone from greasy all over, to just a greasy T Zone of forehead, nose and chin. The rest of my face is prone to dry patches, so needs extra care. I would describe this as quite an extreme case of “combination” skin.
I used to cleanse with Clean & Clear Exfoliating Wash, which contains tiny micro-beads to take away the top-most layer of skin away with the dirt. The exfoliating version is also based on sodium laureth sulphate, which can be an irritant to more delicate skin. This suited me when I was young, but now I need something kinder to help my greasy T Zone keep spot free.
The answer for me is using Clean & Clear Deep Action Oil-Free Cream Wash. This contains no micro-beads to exfoliate my delicate skin, or sodium laureth sulphate. Instead in comes out of the tube looking more like a light moisturiser rather than a cleanser. The white cream does indeed cleanse very greasy T Zone very well and a lot more gently than other products in the range.
To use I wet my face and then massage a small amount into my greasy T Zone. I then rinse thoroughly with warm water. While rinsing the dryer parts of my face get a more dilute solution on them, which is all they need. Afterwards my whole face feels very clean. I then moisturise with a cream suited to my age, using a lot more on the dryer parts, than the greasy parts.
I will continue using this Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Oil Free Cream Wash once a day while my face is at this in-between stage, where half acts like teenage skin, and the other less greasy half inevitably ages.
As my skin only requires me to use a tiny amount once a day, a tube will last me 2 or 3 months. (I do cleanse more often but at other times of day will use a cleanser for normal skin, as opposed to this one for greasy skin.)
Currently you can get Clean & Clear products 2 for £5 at Superdrug, or Buy Two Get One Free at Boots.
Full price is £3.50 for a 150ml tube.
Product: Johnson & Johnson Clean & Clear deep action cream wash oil-free.
Price and availability: Boots chemist £3.50 (150ml) Superdrug £3.49 (150ml) Asda Health and Beauty section £3.00 (150ml).
Description: "Deep action cream wash cleans deep down to effectively remove dirt, oil and impurities without clogging, and contains a special ingredient to help prevent spots and breakouts. The tingling sensation tells you your skin has been thoroughly cleaned, leaving it cool, refreshed and really clear."
Salicylic Acid, a common ingredient for treating spot prone skin. Helps reduce inflammation, open pores and reduce blockage. Warning occasionally causes skin irritation, dryness, or soreness.
Menthol, reduce inflammation.
Managing spot prone skin can be a double edged sword, you can't use anything creamy or oily without making your already greasy skin feel overloaded and when you opt for products aimed towards problem skin types you end up causing dryness at irritation. So what do you do? Luckily over the years skin care companies have progressed a lot in their approach to treating spot/acne prone skin. It's no longer viewed just as an adolescent problem that needs to be dealt with harshly, and more of a condition that requires proper, continues care no matter what your age.
"Acne is the common cause of spots. Most people with acne are aged between 12 and 25, but some older and younger people are affected. About 9 in 10 teenagers develop some degree of acne. Often it is mild. However, it is estimated that about 3 in 10 teenagers have acne bad enough to need treatment to prevent scarring. Untreated acne usually lasts about 4-5 years before settling." (Patient.co.uk)
It's easy to see why skin care is such a big business, where there's misery there's money to be made. Anyway is this product any better than the rest?
Using the product: I chose to try this product as I was looking for something mild and cream based to treat my oily skin, hopefully without causing dryness and I've always like the J&J brand. The texture is creamy without being heavy and is white/metallic in appearance. You can feel the cooling, tingling sensation instantly which I found a bit strange, some people with sensitive skin might find this irritating. It doesn't lather or foam and certainly feels like you are cleansing your skin with a cream rather than a wash. After rinsing my face felt smooth and still had a cooling feel. You're not going to see amazing results after a couple of days but I did notice my skin clearer by the end of 6 weeks without over drying.
1. oil free however it doesn't say if it is noncomedogenic (formulated to not block pores).
2. Smooth and creamy texture.
3. Pleasant scent.
4. Feels cooling.
5. Lasts about 6 weeks, value for money.
6. Did not over dry, mild, gentle.
7. Helped reduce breakouts.
1. Not everyone will like the tingling feeling.
2. May cause reaction in sensitive skin.
I would recommend this wash if you're looking for a simple way to cleanse problem skin without leaving a tight or dry feeling. Suitable for everyday use, teens, mums and dads.
I purchased this as my first face wash ever about a month ago and I'm quite impressed. I bought it from boots for £3.50 however I have since seen it in other shops for about £2.50 so I would recommend shopping around to get the best deal possible.
It comes in a tube with the lid facing downwards, also working as a stand, this is a good idea as it keeps all the product near the top and prevents too much squeezing and shaking to get the contents out when your tube is nearly finished.
When I first used it there was no obvious odour. However on further inspection it actually spells quite pleasant. The product comes in cream form and unlike other face washes it doesn't lather. You put a pea sized amount on your hand and wipe it over a damp face. I must admit I don't think a pea sized amount is very much I tend to use a bit more. It is very easy to use and washes off well. My favourite part of using this product was the tingly feeling after you have used it. It always feels very refreshing and helps to wake me up in the mornings.
I am lucky enough not to suffer from many spots but I do get oily skin so it appealed to me as it stated on the bottle that it was oil free. I have noticed that since using it I still wake up in the morning and my skin still feels oily despite using the product everyday so it doesn't eliminate oily skin but it does keep it at bay throughout the day. When first using it I did suffer a minor breakout but this is normal with starting to use any new product and all spots cleared up quickly.
Now I have got used to using this product my skin looks clearer and it feels much softer. I would recommend this to a friend without a doubt.
This cleanser is around £2.50 and is sold in most supermarkets and Boots etc. I pick this up because I am a sufferer of spots and I have found after a long time of use they have been kept at bay.
For what I pay and because I use it twice daily It does seem to last around a month and a half using a pea sized amount. The bottle stands on the lid but when its running out has a habit of falling over and getting lost behind things. Getting the last few goes out is also difficult.
*How to use*
The application is easy, you just put a small bit onto your hands and lather it into your face with water and then rinse it back off again, it just takes seconds to do. The cleanser doesn't seem to leave residue and is very simple to completely wash off without feeling too sticky when your using this you feel the tingling sensation on your face which gives it some freshness It also doesn't have any weird smells added to it.
From when I began using it around 3 months ago I have noticed I don't seem to get many spots and when I do they seem to disappear quicker, my blackheads on my nose and whiteheads around my chin have also died down a lot.
Would I recommend this? Yes, It's certainly a great product on a budget and even if you don't suffer with spots its good to have a nice cleanser anyway, I am now clean and clear of all my spot worries!
This product has been around for a long time and is generally advertised for the teenage market. Whilst I have to admit that I am now well past that time in my life, I have combination skin which is dry around my cheeks and mouth but is oily around my nose, forehead and chin and do occasionally get the odd spot; hence I bought this cleanser to see how it would fare.
The Product ~
The Clean and Clear Cream Wash is packaged in a 150ml bottle which is coloured in mint green and purple the purpose of which I assume is to give the general illusion of being hygienic colours. The tube has a clip open white lid which snaps back into place. The lid serves as the base for this product as this is what it stands on, the strength of this being that the cleanser comes out of the bottle really easily without having to be shaken.
Upon opening, the contents can easily be squeezed out of the bottle. The cleanser itself is white in colour and has a medium consistency which smells very fresh and slightly citrus.
The Price ~
Clean and Clear Deep Cleansing Cream Wash can usually be purchased at around the £3.00 - £3.50 mark however I recently purchased a bottle for £2.99 at my local Boots.
The Application ~
To apply, this cleanser should be squeezed onto a clean hand or cloth and rubbed into damp skin on the face. Unlike soap based products this cleanser does not lather, however a good squeeze is more than enough to gently rub around the face. It is worth noting that Clean and Clear do not advise that it goes near the eyes. Following this, a clean damp cloth can be used to wash away the cleanser followed by a splash of fresh water if desired. Having owned a bottle of this for over a month and using it most days the contents do seem to stretch for a long time.
The Results ~
Clean and Clear claim that this facial wash 'tackles oil and dirt in the pores and leaves skin clean and healthy looking'. In my experience, following rinsing the cream cleaner off your face the result is skin that feels deeply clean and fresh. However, I have found that this product can be slightly harsh to sensitive skin around the nose and mouth and can leave a tingling sensation behind, which I just attribute to being cleansed.
The skin is left dry that is without oil which I have found to be useful in applying to any outbreaks on the skin as it dries out the affected area. However, as a person who has combination skin I have found that this product does have a counter affect by drying out even more the skin around my cheeks, and therefore I require a dollop of moisturiser when ever I use this cleanser.
Overall I have found that this is an effective cleanser for people who have largely oily skin however it is not brilliantly suited to people like me with combination skin hence the scoring of 4 stars.
Thank-you for taking the time to read my review.
This review is also posted on Ciao under the same user name.