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If you have been reading my reviews over the last few years you will hear me mentioning how bad my skin has always been. I just put it down to bad luck but after speaking to my dr a few years ago I got put on medication. Unfortunately this still isn't working and I am now armed with the last resort batch of tablets and a referral for Dermatology. Unfortunately these last tablets I have been given seem to be making my skin worse than usual so I have been shopping yet again for some products that may help and have reached for the Clearasil again. This comes in a 150ml bottle and I picked this up in Semi Chem a couple of weeks ago. I know that the rapid Action range has been out for a while now and not sure if it is available in Asda still as I haven't looked there at the Clearasil products for a while. I got this for £2.49 which I think is a good price for such a product. The bottle looks the same as the picture on here so I think it looks quite clinical. This is a Gel wash which I like to use gel or foam cleansers instead of Cream ones as I have combination skin on my Cheeks and I find the Creams tend to dry the skin out a bit. So just use this in the usual way. Wet your skin, squirt some of this out and rub over your skin. The scent of this is quite strong and medicated scented and this lathers up a little. Once I have made sure this had been well rinsed off I felt that my skin felt quite tight. Then again I often find that my face can feel like this after washing. Once my face was dried it looked quite red and tight. I tend to use a wash off Cleanser only every 2nd night due to knowing how temperamental my skin is so I didn't mind to look a bit of a fright heading off to bed! So how do I find this to be working on my skin? It has been doing ok. I don't find their claim that my skin will be noticibly clearer within 12 hours and I still have spots and they are certainly visible, but perhaps they aren't quite so large and angry looking? I have perhaps used about a third of the bottle so will see how this works for me. Perhaps worth a try if you have pretty troublesome skin.
To put it simply, I have combination skin and in the past I have had incredibly bad complexion. What makes combination skin really hard to treat is the fact that it is both dry and very oily so anything so you need to be careful which product you choose. Around a year ago my skin was much worse so i was open to trying any skin care product. Clearasil had a pretty good reputation so it became the latest new product to add to cart. The packaging is a decent size and pretty good value for money. if you twist the nozzle a different way then it does lock which is great fi your going travelling so it won't explode anywhere. The gel is a nice aqua blue colour which makes it feel like its going to be really fresh. When you rub your hands with the gel, it does lather up a bit but that much. Although it's an odd sensation putting something really oily on your face it applies well which is the main thing. The good thing is within a week, it had cleared up my skin a treat which of course made it look much brighter. The bad news is that past that week, although I was slightly lax on using my moisturiser, it dried my face up so much that my skin was peeling and there were flacks of dried skin all over my face. Applying make up made it look even more ridiculous and it took a good fortnight to heal. It was not an allergic reaction, it's just the fact that my skin as not suited to this product and in effect it did what it said it would so this is by no mean a bad review on the product, it is just a warning for people with combination skin as this is far from a product that will suit you.
~~~Introduction~~~ Trying to find a decent face wash is often a challenge for me. I have very oily skin that at times has a tendency to breakout. I often find that products designed to regulate oil or help reduce acne either tend to strip my skin of all its oil (bad news if you're trying to keep acne at bay as this just knee jerks the body into an over production) or does not remove a sufficient enough amount in order to unclog pores and prevent acne formation. After a recent facial treatment I was forced to part with my usual acne busting, face wash weapon of choice (Clearasil daily scrub), as I was advised not to use products containing micro beads for a period of at least two weeks. Sure enough I soon found myself sporting the all too familiar oily mid sheen of potential breakout doom and thus decided to purchase the Clearasil Rapid Action Gel wash in a bid to remedy the situation. Again, Clearasil have managed to formulate yet another effective oil balancing and blemish reducing facial wash in contrast to past formulations that served only to irritate or strip the oil from my skin. I think they're finally getting the hang of this and getting the balance right! ~~~Product, Packaging and Availability~~~ In light of my new found Clearasil affection and with my new found fondness for my Lennox Lewis style acne busting facial scrub, I ignored all knowledge of Superdrug's other offerings in favour of the Clearasil section. With so many Clearasil washes on display I barely knew where to start until the words 'rapid action' caught my eye, in fact I was so entranced by the title that I hadn't even noticed the promise of 'clearer skin in 12 hours'.......Bonus. The blurb certainly fit my criteria. The gel wash comes in a very sturdy 150ml plastic bottle with pump dispenser (one would assume that the dispenser is likely to be more hygienic than a flip lid) and the whole thing's presented in a very medicated looking style which certainly lends well to the idea that 'this' could be a strong weapon in your acne busting arsenal but retailing at around £3.35 it had ort to be really. ~~~Ingredients~~~ Again, like most of Clearasil's products the key ingredient here for me is the use of Salicylic acid an ingredient well known for its ability to penetrate the follicle and fight the cause of acne. Salicylic acid is an incredibly effective tool but can be a bit of a double edged sword in as much as it is also a well known skin irritant so this product may not agree with everyone and it is important that you discontinue use if irritation occurs. I have extremely sensitive skin but have not found the presence of any irritation during the course of using this product. ~~~Use and Overall Opinion~~~ Firstly I wet my face as advised on the packaging and pumped out my gel wash (I find that 2 good pumps provide an adequate portion). I massage the wash very gently into my face in circular motions for about a minute (as advised), concetrating on problem areas whilst taking care to avoid the delicate eye area before finally rinsing thoroughly and patting dry. My skin felt very clean after using this wash, not as fresher faced feeling as my scrub but still a very close second. Unlike my scrub, my skin didn't feel taut with all the potential of drying out, in fact it felt very soft, smooth and hydrated. I certainly felt as though my pores had been suitably detoxified though perhaps not as deeply cleansed as with the scrub. The first time that I used this product was at night. Pottering around cleaning up the following morning I didn't expect to catch a glimpse of my face looking so much clearer and even toned, as I have mentioned before I didn't notice the 'clearer in 12 hours' claim and found myself headed for the bathroom to examine the packaging. Don't get me wrong, I hadn't woken up to perfectly flawless skin to suggest that I had would be nothing short of misleading or over selling this product but to notice such an improvement in just over 12 hours I thought was really quite staggering. A number of red marks as a result of a previous breakout had significantly reduced within this time frame, a mini miracle (in my mind) considering how long they had actually been there. My main expectation from this product was to help prevent the oily mid day sheen that had begun to regularly reappear and through the course of the following few days my skins oil levels remained balanced and my skin sheen free. Shine control has been one of this products most notable successes in my opinion. I have been using the product for about a month now and despite the odd fling with my favourite scrub I have remained reasonably loyal and notably impressed with the gel washes performance. A little goes a long way and I'm still in possession of half a bottle despite the fact that I have used it twice a day over the course of the month. Despite getting the odd spot here and there, my breakouts have reduced significantly and my overall complexion has improved as a result of using this product, I'd also go as far to suggest that it is well above average in terms of its efficacy. All in all this is perhaps a gentler alernative to the daily scrub and one that is likely to suit a broader scope of people. An Amir Khan meets Florence Nightingale kind of a product, gentle and caring but not to be underestimated; it still packs a punch and will certainly help to reduce breakouts and restore a more even toned look.