“ Brand: Clearasil / Type: Cleansing / Subcategory: Lotion / What it does: Cleanses, „
First and foremost I have always had incredibly sensitive skin suffering with the occasional outbreak of acne on my face and contact eczema on my hands. Every now and then I'm prone to the odd spot and when I saw the advert for this product I figured I would give it ago particularly since it lures you in with its very clinical packaging that almost looks prescribed.
The product promises you visibly clearer spot free skin with in around three days and it's a shame it doesn't offer you your money back if it doesn't live up to the expectation. First off the lotion is fiddly and time consuming to apply , it is also of a very watery consistency so if you're in a rush you are liable to get at least £1.50's worth straight down your nice clean top.
The lotion works on the basis that the less oily the skin is, the less likely you are to produce unwanted spots and condones. After the first days use I noticed that whilst the spot had dried up fast so had the rest of my face leaving it virtually impossible to apply any form of foundation. Yes at first the spots appear to heal faster but the simple fact is that striping the skin of its essential oils ultimately has the reverse effect by making the body produce more oil in order to compensate for the loss. By about the fourth or fifth day I ended up with a massive outbreak and dry blotchy skin to match. The only real effective way to maintain healthy skin is with a skin care regime of cleansing, toning and moisturising , should the acne that you have be of the stubborn kind then you're probably better off consulting your doctor with a view to trying out some of the medicated lotions like Duac which contains benzel peroxide that is highly effective at controlling acne at its outbreaks.
I have never been a spotty person, infact my teenage years were spent longing for some acne and blackheads so I could fit in the crowd, but alas it was never to be. In my early twenties however and the introduction of large amounts of alcohol and other toxins into my system lead to sporadic outbreaks of blackheads and this lead me on the path to true facial beauty and the frequent testing of various products. Up until this week I had never had the urge, nor desire to try Clearasil, let alone the Sensitive version, but with my supplies of LOreal Skin Renovator and LOreal Anti-Tightness Cleansing Gel running low I went in search of Clearasil Sensitive Lotion, the daily cleansing agent.
Actually finding a supermarket that stocked the Sensitive version was tricky. Both my local Asda and Tesco stores had the normal Clearasil lotions but didnt stock the Sensitive. In the end, I found a supply at my local Boots store and have since seen it in my local Lloyds chemist. Availability I would therefore say is fairly hit and miss affair, as is the variation in retail price with Boots selling it at £3.98 (the price I paid) and Lloyds selling it a whole one pound more at £4.98.
Normally I use LOreal Men Expert products as an alternative to soaps and shower gels as I find that they rarely leave my skin dry and with the excellent exfoliating properties remove all the grime that leads to the build up of blackheads. I was pleased to see that the bottle of Clearasil stated that it would cleanse my face of grime and bacteria thus reducing the chances of acne and blackheads.
Unlike the other facial products I use to combat unsightly outbreaks of acne and blackheads instead of just using it in the shower with Clearasil I had to apply the lotion to my face, allow it time to absorb and then use 3 or 4 cotton balls (something I hate doing) to wipe any unabsorbed lotion from my face. As it wasnt something I could incorporate into my shower routine I wasnt best pleased that it added precious minutes to my pre-work schedule.
From the mix of heavy ingredients I wasnt surprised when I first opened the bottle to be greeted by a completely synthetic clinical smell, not too dissimilar to the aroma of an Accident and Emergency department. The smell wasnt overpowering but again, I prefer my facial products to have a more fresh and natural fragrance so it was rather off putting. On the plus side, a long sniff of this first thing in the morning will have the effect of slapping you awake in a very short space of time.
The first time I used the product (Tuesday) I hadnt actually used any other facial products for 3-4 days so a few blackheads had started to become noticeable to me on close inspection of my face. Not reading the directions for use or really engaging my brain I poured a liberal amount of the lotion into a cupped hand and splashed it over my face, gently rubbing it in. With hindsight and common sense now firmly engaged I use cotton buds to apply it. With the consistency of water the lotion is easily absorbed and has no tingling or refreshing effect for me personally, something I like when using a cleanser first thing in the morning.
Very skeptical as to whether this lotion would work I was very happy that even after shaving there was no burn when applying, but and this is a large but within an hour of using the lotion my face felt completely dry and rather tight, a feeling that got worse for the first 3 hours after this. Thinking it was my fault for the way I had applied the lotion I continued using the lotion on Wednesday, Thursday and again today, Friday with exactly the same effect. Whilst the clinical smell wasnt evident to me, my wife just turned her nose up when I first emerged from the bathroom after using it. The feeling of tightness would be worth it though if it removed any of the traces of the blackheads that had started to appear but after 4 days of using it I have to report that they have actually increased in size to the point where before I venture out into the world I will have to use another product to remove any trace of them.
After 4 days of using the Clearasil lotion I would have to sum it up as a total waste of time and a product I will not be using again. Whilst a bottle may last a few weeks with daily and sparing use, the actual cost is the equivalent of a tube of LOreal Skin Renovator which as an effective cleansing exfoliator is head and shoulders above Clearasil in terms of effectiveness at combating blackheads, leaves my skin feeling much better, has a nicer fragrance and is much easier to use. Whilst the product may assist with acne prevention (after all none appeared while I used it but none had appeared before I used it) it isnt a product for me.
Personally I will be sticking with the LOreal Men Expert products and Swisa Dead Sea Facial Peel to keep my face free of blackheads.
Thanks for taking the time to read and rate.
Having an older brother and sister has mainly proved to be a pain in the neck but I am thankful to them both for one thing at least, getting bad acne and finding that Clearasil helped. Because they both had such bad acne I started using Clearasil during my very early teens as a preventative measure and I am sure it was the reason I stayed virtually spot free. Thats the good thing with Clearasil as opposed to some spot and acne treatments, it can be used to prevent spots as well as get rid of them.
Why would you use Clearasil?
I think first and foremost people see Clearasil as a treatment to remove spots which it is but it is also a very effective way to...
1) Thoroughly cleanse your skin and remove bacteria.
2) Help prevent and remove blackheads.
3) Combat greasy skin.
4) Prevent spots or acne ever appearing in the first place
Another good thing with Clearasil is that it can be used on sensitive skin whereas some other spot treatments cannot. The only thing I will say is that if you suffer from dry skin then this product might aggravate that particular problem. During my period my skin tends to become greasy and Clearasil helps reduce that but I find normally that if I use Clearasil every day my skin can become a bit dry through time so if you have dry skin already this might be a problem.
How and when to apply
I used to apply Clearasil every morning and again before bed at night during my teens to prevent acne. As I have said above this can cause drying of the skin so I now only use it when I feel my skin is becoming greasy or if spots or blackheads are appearing. So for someone prone to acne you would probably have to use this twice daily but if you just want to deep cleanse with it periodically then every second day or so will keep your skin fresh and spot free.
It is very easy to use, simply pour a small amount on to either a cotton wool ball or pad and smooth gently all over your face. You will feel it very cool on application and once finished your skin will look and feel refreshed.
Price and availability.
As with many products the price differs depending on where you make your purchase. The good thing with Clearasil is that it is available in dozens of places so you can check around for prices freely should you wish. It ranges in price from £3.40 in semi-chem to £3.98 in boots however asda has had it on offer from time to time as I am sure others have too. If you have a local poundland store keep your eyes peeled for it in there because believe it or not they do stock it from time to time priced one pound!!
If you are not too fussy on saving a few pence then you can easily pick this product up at local convenience stores, supermarkets or almost any chemist.
Does it really work and how long does it take?
Yes it really works both as prevention and as a remover of spots. If you have spots or blackheads then Clearasil should be applied twice daily and the spots will clear up within 48 hours, blackheads take much longer to disappear but they will eventually go. If you use it to treat greasy skin you will feel and see the difference immediately.
As far as spot prevention goes obviously you dont put a time on it working, if you are prone to spots you will just know that it is. As I mentioned earlier my brother and sister both had bad acne but Clearasil removed and prevented its return and I am sure stopped me from ever getting bad acne in the first place due to my early use of it.
Is it worth the money?
Clearasil is not only worth the money it is worth its weight in gold. There are a good few products on the market that claim to do what Clearasil does but from personal experience and from what my friends tell me they just cant compete. The only other thing I ever consider for spots is Avon`s spot stick which is great for getting rid of single spots quickly but would be useless for acne and does nothing to prevent spots.
The bad points.
Yes even great products have bad points. As I mentioned earlier Clearasil will dry out your skin a bit so sufferers of dry skin might have to avoid this product. Another bad thing with Clearasil well I find anyway is that I cant use it on particularly sunny day`s.
I found this out on a week in Spain, thinking my skin would be in need of extra care due to the hot sun, constant wetting and drying from being in and out the pool and the late nights in smoke filled pubs I packed my Clearasil only to find that because of the heat it was drying my face out very badly to the extent that I could feel my skin very tight and uncomfortable so I therefore would not recommend use on very sunny day`s.
The only other slight problem with the product for me is the smell; although the smell is not terrible by any means it is very noticeable which prevents me from using to close to going out. It has a very clinical aroma such as one you would find in a hospital or dental surgery so I tend to use first thing in the morning and then by the time the smell has worn off a bit and my deodorant and perfume has over powered it I am happy to go out.
This product is one that I would happily recommend to anyone other than those with dry skin who I would tell to tread carefully when using. The reason I would recommend this product so highly is for its preventative measures rather than its clearing measures. There are a good few creams and liquids that will remove spots but only this one I feel truly prevents them.
The other good thing with Clearasil is the fact that although it is designed for your face people who have had acne will know that spots are not always confined to your face. My brother used to get a very spotty back and found that Clearasil worked just as well for those spots as it did for the ones on his face.
It is a tried and tested all round top quality product in my view and I was so happy to see it as this weeks product of the week as I had so many good things to say about it.
I would give this product a straight tem out of ten rating as it saved my skin (literally) during my teens.
Thank you Clearasil and thanks to everyone for reading!
Clearasil Medicated Lotion When it comes to make-up and such, I must admit I?m a bit of a slut. I use 2/3 different products at once, I alternate my favourite ones, I switch forward and back, and I?m willing to give anything a try. I am not particularly loyal. But there are two facial cleansers, which are a regular part of my routine. Either/ or suit me just fine. Those two products are: Oxy Pads, and Clearasil Lotion. Obviously I don?t use both at once, but depending on what?s available at the time, I find them equally as good. This opinion is regarding ?Clearasil Pore Cleansing Lotion,? but I strongly recommend Oxy too. +++ The Official Line +++ ?Bacteria and oil build up every day and can cause spots, so t beat them, Clearasil Pore Cleansing Lotion combats both. Its special clinically proven formula deep cleans to leave your skin noticeably clean, toned and refreshed.? I agree whole-heartedly with the blurb: On applying this lotion my skin tingles with cleanliness. +++ How to Apply +++ Soak a piece of cotton wool in the lotion, then wipe your face gently. Do not rub of- leave the lotion to perform its miracles while you go about your normal routine. There is a warning on the bottle that the lotion may not be suitable for dry skin. This is true. The lotion can sting dry patches on your face, although as my face tends to be quite oily, the lotion is perfect for me. +++ What does it contain? +++ As I have sensitive skin, I always need to check what facial lotions contain. Clearasil?s ingredients are: Aqua, Alcohol Denat, Myrtrimonium Bromide, Ceteareth-12, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Cholride, Allantoin, Parfum, Chlorhexidine, Digluconate, Tartaric Acid, CI 42051. Those of us who are used to studying ingredients lists, can usually tell what a lotion will feel like when used. As you might imagine, it is quite acidic. And if your skin is having a bad day, or when used on
delicate areas, like around the eyes, you may find that it burns. My advice would be to bear through it- I don?t find my skin to be ?damaged? or red in anyway after these experiences. +++ Smell and Colour +++ The lotion is blue. Very vividly blue. It?s darker blue for the non-sensitive skin lotion, and the colour difference is very distinctive. The scent of the lotion is in my opinion quite strong. It smells so clean, you?d almost assume there was bleach in it! The ?soapy? scent has a rather chemically undertone. But I don?t personally find this offensive. Quite the opposite; I feel as if my skin is getting an amazing clean. There is 150 ml in the small bottle. +++ My Opinion +++ Even when you think your face is spotlessly clean, you will be bowled over by the grime that one little piece of cotton wool will show you. After seeing the cotton wool, I feel as if my face is spotless, and I rest easy knowing I?ve zapped all the problem oil. Clearasil is not for everyone though- and those who suffer from full-blown acne will not see the results that they might be led to believe they will get. If you have mildly greasy skin, prone to the odd pimple, then by all means this may be the product for you! It is rather expensive, as a bottle doesn?t last that long. (£3.29 in my local chemist.) I don?t use this product twice a day as the bottle suggests, as I believe it is too harsh for that, but before bed at night, it is perfect. I think I?ve said all I can say about this little bottle!
I'm sure you're all in fits of laughter at that great pun in the title but when you have a bad complexion you need to make jokes to make life a bit lighter. WHAT ARE SPOTS ? ----------------- Well for that explanation why don't we just get it straight from the explanation on the back of the bottle. 1-Bacteria and grease build up daily in your skin pores and cause spots. 2-Clearasil unclogs pores by pore-deep removal of grease and helps to kill spot causing bacteria. Sound pretty simple doesn't it, well essentially posts are pretty simple and everyone get's them. Some more than others. I haven't always had the best of complexions. I'm no ugly duckling but my skin could be better. In my teens I went through a brief flirtation with anti-biotics and various lotion but they didn't seem to anything but give me an allergic reaction on my chest. Turning to medicated lotions was my alternative and it worked to a degree. Sure I still got spots but they weren't severe and really nasty, they were contained. As the years have gone by I'd left the lotions and just used water to wash without soap. You see I also have very dry skin so I moisturise every day. Some guys may thin that's vain for a male but I'll be the one with the great soft skin when I'm older. But I still get spots and occasionaly they are nasty so once again I have turned to lotion to clean things up a bit. I have had a pore problem around the cheeks of my face and decided I would try and clear it up. I purchased this lotion becuse it suite to sensitive skin and contains Aloe Vera whihc soothes skin and calms irritation. I've been using it twice daily now for two weeks and things are starting to happen slowly. My skin hasn't cleared up totally but I have noticed it is a lot clearer in the problem regions on my face. It doesn't seem as oily whihc was causing the bulk of prob
lems. I have heard some people say that such lotions as clearasil simply doesn't work. Well like medications, it won't have the desired effect for everyobody but I also think that some people simply use the lotion as a substitute for washing rather than going near water. It is best to first wash thourouly with hot water, this unblocks your pores. Then apply the lotion to your skin thinly but with hard movements. Don't soak your face in it. You many not notice much dirt on the cotton wool becuase the wash has taken most of it away. The lotion is getting into the pores and tackling that small amount of dirt and grease that can start the spots. I then rinse with cold water, this closes the pores or the night and also feels fresh. At £3.50 for a 150ml bottle the lotion isn't exactly cheap but it's a small price to pay for loks and if used correctly should lst you at least 6 weeks if not more. It's best to buy and try, if it works then great. If not then move on to another that will. Either way eventually you'll be able to look i the mirror and shout "MY GOD! -- I'M GORGEOUS!"
When I was a teenager I had spots, just like everybody else. Clearasil promises to remove the dirt and grime which cause the spots. Unfortunately for the manufacturers of clearasil spots are not really caused by dirt and grime, I'm sure lots of you know people who are both dirty and grimy and nonetheless spot free. Most problem teenage spots are caused by acne, this is really an infection of the pores by a bacteria called Propionibacter acnes. There can be many reasons for such an infection to occur, often it is due to the fact that the body goes through many changes during your teenage years. This can cause skin problems. Because the bacteria are deep within the pore it is impossible to remove them with things like antibacterial washes. Furthermore the washes may dry out the skin, causing it to overcompensate and make a lot of oil. This drying action may further inflame the skin and worsen the appearence of spots. A far better solution would be to use a cream containing benzoyl peroxide which not only inhibits the bacteria but strips away the excess keratin (a protein found in skin) and prevents the formation of blocked pores which can lead to spots. In conclusion, there is nothing to be gained from scrubbing at your face with strong detergents except a red face.
Clearasil cleansing lotion cleans away dirt and oil and cares for your sensitive skin, leaving you with really clean, clear skin / It helps kill spot causing bacteria, keeps working for 12 hours, and intensively targets blackheads /