“ Brand: Clearasil / Texture: Cream / Type: Face Cream / Subcategory: Wash / Texture: Gel/Fluid / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / What it does: Cleanses, „
We have all seen the adverts for clearasil so when I saw this product on offer in my local store I thought I would give it a go.
I don't have very spotty skin, a few underlying spots here and there so I liked the idea of "deep cleanse" and "conditioning cream".
Deep Cleanse: It did clean my skin, I'll give it that. I was left with the smooth feeling afterwards but no different than using regular facewash.
Conditioning Cream: Conditioning? No. Not so much, my skin wasn't left feel particularly soft or conditioned in any way. The product was certainly creamy, it had a shiney glow to it but it didn't spread nicely.
I was expecting a foamy creamy substance but it was more of a watery paste type thing, it was not nice to use or even to get off. It was more of a spread than a cream wash.
Further notes: I have quite sensitive skin and was a bit nervous about using this so I did a test patch. It didn't bring me out in a rash although felt tingly.
At such a low price you could give it a go if you want but there are better out there. Much better.
I bought this face wash as I suffer from acne, but at the same time have quite dry and sensitive skin- absolute nightmare! It claims to help clear your skin without drying it out, which sounded too good to be true and, unfortunately, in my case it was.
The wash itself has a creamy texture and doesn't really foam all that much, so it is difficult to distribute it evenly over your face. I also found that this texture meant it was difficult to wash off effectively.
One good thing was that it definitely didn't dry out my skin, in fact, it helped it feel soft and well moisturised. However, it didn't help clear my skin at all and after using it, if anything, it felt like my skin had been clogged even further.
I wouldn't recommend this product as I found that it didn't really work, however, everyones skin is different so at only about £3 it might be worth giving it a go.
For those like myself who don't usually spend much on lots of skincare products, this wash comes third in my list of essential products after moisturiser and pore scrub.
The wash claims that "The foaming antibacterial cream formula washes away dirt, oil and spot-causing bacteria. It contains conditioners to soften the skin and prevent over-drying."
It claims to give you "Clear, soft skin without over-drying".
*Using the face wash*
The upside-down squeeze-bottle design makes it easy to squeeze out some of the wash (a pea-sized amount is all you need). It is a toothpaste like white paste with a nice pearlescence to it - which is perhaps not important but it can't hurt to look nice!
It then lathers up very easily with some water on your hands in order to rub it all over the face, and has a plain, clean scent. It does sting if you get it in your eyes! Because it is a smooth face wash rather than an exfoliating scrub, I use this product for this function simply by rubbing it harder over rough areas like the pores on your nose or areas where spots are beginning to break out. And like most soaps and face washes it is oily so you have to give it a reasonable scrub with your hands or a flannel to wash it off.
The scrub mostly lives up to its claims. It doesn't dry the face any more than washing with just water, and less than washing with soap, so you still need to moisturise afterwards.
Immediately it leaves your skin feeling softer even if you had a few lumps and bumps of upcoming spots before using it. I find its cleaning function does prevent spots in the long-term, and can also lessen the impact of a break out if used when the skin starts to feel rough with a few subterranean spots!
While this face wash does what it claims it does not deal with spots once you have them, and is not strong enough for people who have acne or a tendency towards being very "spotty".
*Value for money*
Because of the brand, the face wash is relatively expensive at around £3/4 for a 150ml bottle, depending on where you buy it from. Depending on how "spotty" you are, the bottle can last anywhere between about 2 months (if you follow their instructions and use it twice a day, though I think this is excessive and may do more damage than good), or a year (if like me you use it once a week)! Thus for lesser-spotted teens, this is a much better value product than those who need a more serious solution to their spots.