Product Type: Clean & Clear body care
Newest Review: ... problem skin. The 200ml bottle cost me £2 at my local Tesco. It comes in a clear bottle so you are able to see how much of the lotion is ... more
Not as gentle as I'd hoped :(
Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion Sens
Member Name: Jellybeans9
Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion Sens
Advantages: Definitely good as a cleanser, not expensive
Disadvantages: Not recommended for daily use despite being for sensitive skin.
I don't have very sensitive skin, but it is prone to redness, drying and the occasional odd breakout. I've recently changed my whole skin care routine to only buying products that are made for dry and/or sensitive skin. In the hope of improving my skin's condition, and generally looking after it by not using products with unnecessary ingredients.
I was browsing my local supermarket looking for a gentle cleanser to use after removing my makeup, mainly to make sure that all of my makeup had been removed and also to help keep my skin clear of breakouts. I was using Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Cleansing and Toning Lotion, and found this to be very effective for fighting spots. However containing alcohol, I thought it might not be the best product to use on a daily basis. Anyway, I saw this on offer for ￡2 instead of the usual ￡3 and as it stated on the front of the bottle as being for sensitive skin, I decided to give it a go.
The product comes in a clear 200ml plastic bottle with a purple flip-top lid, and transparent label on the front of the bottle. Johnson & Johnson describe this product as an "oil fighting formula, cleanses effectively and helps prevent spots". "It is totally effective as a single step cleanser to clean thoroughly..." The 'lotion' itself is a light blue liquid that has a noticeable medicine smell, but isn't too strong. You basically apply the liquid to a cotton wool pad and then gently wipe the pad across the face and neck until the pad comes off clean. One annoying problem I have with this product is that lid can be a bit difficult to lift up sometimes, to point where you think that you're going to end up snapping it off.
I would say the product is very effective as a cleanser, and I haven't had any recent major breakouts. However I wouldn't say that it is very gentle, or suitable for sensitive skin. I wouldn't consider to have sensitive skin, but even I found it slightly too harsh. At first, the product felt fine on my skin and so I applied it to a cotton wool pad until my face and neck were completely free of any last traces of makeup, that my usual makeup wipe may have missed. I should warn anyone planning to buy this product, not to use it anywhere near your eyes as it will sting! After my face was completely clean I proceeded to apply my usual night moisuriser and eye cream as usual. This was all fine, no problems... Until I got to my nose. The pain!! I only touched my nose with a little moisuriser and it stated to feel as though it were on fire! I ended up applying a LOT of moisuriser to the area to soothe and cool it down. After a while it stopped stinging, but I decided to stop using this as a cleanser to remove any remaining makeup.
What I found odd was that my previous cleanser, I used to do the same as this one and went through two bottles of it without any such reactions. And that product isn't even directed at sensitive skin! What I find completely contradictory is that a product aimed at those with sensitive skin would contain alcohol in it's ingredient list. And a lot of it at that! However my Boots Tea Tree cleanser contains alcohol as it's second ingredient also, so the only other ingredients I could put the stinging sensation that I got from this Clean & Clear one, is perhaps the Sacilyic acid it contains. However I wish I'd read the ingredient list to begin with, because if I'd read that this supposedly sensitive skin product lists alcohol as its second ingredient, I don't think I would have purchased it. I'm now thinking I should just use a gentle face wash to clean my face and skip the cleanser. I use a spot treatment gel on my face at night anyway, so I'm not too concerned about the whole spot preventing thing at the moment. Shame though, this seemed like it could have been a good product.
Summary: I probably won't be buying it again.