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Brand: Clearasil / Type: Blemish Control / Subcategory: Treatment / Product line: Clearasil Ultra

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      26.10.2011 01:18
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      Steer well clear of this awful product!

      Clearasil offer a well known brand name in the treatment of blemishes and breakouts, but are you simply paying for the label rather than a product that actually works?

      *Overview
      I previously suffered from problem skin which meant that I was prone to breakouts. I couldn't tell you a time that I didn't have at least one spot and even once I seemed to combat the shininess of my skin I still wasn't able to prevent the appearance of blemishes and blackheads. As a teenager this made me particularly self-conscious as there is only so much that make-up can conceal and so I decided to turn to a tried and tested manufacturer of all things spot related! Clearasil claim "The oil free gel wash starts working instantly to fight 100% of spots by fighting the bacteria that causes spots, removing dirt and oil from the skin surface and helping to unblock pores." This sounded like the perfect remedy to my problem skin and so I decided to give it a go.

      *About Clearasil
      Clearasil was coined in America in 1950 by Ivan Combe along with the help of chemist Kedzie Teller. Clearasil was the first dermatological brand created specially for younger skin to combat teen acne. The active ingredients in the original product were sulfur and resorcinol, meaning that they were similar a product which already existed on the market at the time called Acnomel, except this was product was aimed at adults. Combe used the ABC TV American Bandstand to help promote the product and its apparently superior smell. He thought that by marketing the product to teens he would tap into their often self-conscious egos meaning that he could exploit a gap in the market. Clearasil has been sold between various chemist producers and retailers.
      In 1961 saw the acquirement of the brand by Richardson-Vicks. Vicks continued to own the brand for 24 years until 1985 when the Richardson-Vicks brand was bought over by Procter & Gamble - meaning that Clearasil also became owned by Procter and Gamble. In 2000 Clearasil moved to the Boots Group portfolio who launched the clearer skin in 3 minutes campaign along with the re-branding of the product's image. Boots Healthcare International then purchased by Reckitt Benckiser in 2006 to date the Clearasil range is a part of their product portfolio.

      *Price/availability
      The Clearasil range is rather expensive and I reckon it would sit in the mid-high range within everyday spot prevention products. I paid £4.50 for the wash in Boots, however I justified it because I thought that if it really did clear my skin then it would be priceless. The Clearasil range is widely available both online and in stores. You will find that most high-street retailers such as Boots, Superdrug and Bodycare stock at least some of the wide range of Clearasil products.

      *What attracted me
      I purchased this product because I was bombarded with advertising from their "clearer skin in just 3 days" campaign. I have to say that I do not usually succumb to advertising but I with my particularly problematic skin at the time I was willing to try anything and everything that promised me better looking skin.

      *Usage
      The treatment wash is easy to use and is similar to most products of the same nature. The product is applied to damp skin and I find it best, as with all washes, to use warm water so that you can open your pores and this allows to clean skin deep down. The gel is slightly thick and has quite a horrible feel which when scrubbed enough does develop into a fair lather. After use your skin does feel clean however I think that this is down to the fact that it is stripping away the moisture from your skin. I used the treatment wash twice a day as directed. The product was advertised as being able to give you clearer skin in three days - however I saw no improvement in its condition over the first three days. My skin wasn't getting worse through the use of the wash so I decided that as it wasn't making my skin any different I would continue its use for a little longer. I continued to use the wash for a further week because I thought that perhaps certain types of skin would clear in three days and others would take a little longer to balance out their pH however I still saw no change after further use. I can be prone to dry skin and using such a harsh alcohol based product really seemed to irritate and dry out my skin and gave me large dry patches. On the whole, there was very little change to the state of my skin and the wash is only for external use so I decided to resort back to using my regular face wash - as well as to use plenty of moisturiser to combat the damage that the wash had done to my skin.

      *Effects
      Clearasil make two claims of their Deep Pore Treatment Wash. They claim that it will:

      ~ Provide oil control that lasts all day.
      ~ Deep clean pores, helping to treat and prevent spots.

      In terms of preventing oil I would say that the product is successful. However it does not do so by balancing out the oil levels of your skin - instead it simply dries your skin out so that there is no moisture whatsoever and it can actually become somewhat painful. So really it is doing what it says, but in the worst way possible. As far as treating and preventing spots - I saw absolutely no difference and I continued to breakout for as long as I continued using the wash. So really it didn't deliver on either of these claims and it was entirely unsuccessful.

      *Conclusion
      Not only is this an over-priced, overrated product it is one which I feel caused more damage to my skin that it did benefit it. I would recommend that if you are looking for a wash that is going to clear your skin then you should steer clear (excuse the pun) of this one. And if you are really struggling with blemishes or acne then my best advice is to visit the doctor repeatedly until they provide you with something that helps to clear your skin - it is the best thing that I ever did!

      Love Colleen
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        26.07.2011 22:22
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        An effective and quick way to treat oily skin.

        I have always had quite troublesome skin from when I was an early teen, and generally it can get quite oily which is a nuisance as it makes my face look really shiny and it is not a good look! Due to this, it does mean that I get quite a few blackheads, as well as my pores becoming quite noticeable. I had never really taken much notice to these until I was looking in the mirror the other day and saw how deep my pores were getting and just how visible they were to the naked eye. Knowing this was not a good look, I decided I needed a product to help try and resolve my pore issues, so I opted for Clearasil's Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Wash.

        I picked mine up from Boots, however Clearasil are a well known skincare brand, so I doubt this would be easy to find around. I paid £5.40 for it which I suppose is quite a reasonable price for what it is, so I was looking forward to good results from this.

        The product itself comes in a bottle as shown as the image and is a blue liquid. To use it, you simply need to push down on the pump to release the liquid into your hand. A decent amount comes out with just one push on the pump, therefore it does mean that this wash can last you for quite a while. Before applying on to the face, I always make sure that it is a little damp but not completely wet. I then massage the product on to my face, and you will notice that it does lather up really well almost instantly, meaning it is a quick and easy product to use. You then just need to rinse off the wash with some warm water and voila.

        Upon application of it, I instantly began to realise my skin feeling tighter and this is excellent as my skin is quite oily, and I knew this was doing the job I wanted it to. The product claims to be a "breakthrough, spot-fighting formula that rapidly penetrates deep into the pore to get to the root cause of spots, whilst exfoliating and smoothing the skin". I am happy to say that I really did see good results almost instantly with this. It made my skin far less oily than it was originally, and I have noticed quite a lot less spots and blemishes, as well as my pores not standing out as much as they used to. It is recommended that you use this product twice daily for three days to see noticeable results, but I was seeing them straight away from day one.

        I'd personally only recommend this to people who have spot prone oily skin, and I was also avoid this if you have quite sensitive skin, as I am aware that Clearasil products can be a little harsh for those with sensitive skin. However, this is overall and excellent wash and is definitely great for those people who can be a little bit lazy when it comes to skincare habits. I often find it difficult to stay in a routine when it comes to looking after my skin, therefore this is perfect for busy people and lazy people as it takes around fifteen seconds to apply this and rinse it off. An overall easy and effective way to look after your skin. Clearasil have come up trumps with this treatment wash, and I would definitely recommend it. Thanks for reading.

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          20.11.2010 13:09
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          A good, but harsh face wash

          I have tried a number of products to try and help reduce the number of breakouts I get, and reduce the appearance of my pores. I must say I am quite lucky to have been blessed with skin that has never really been that bad with acne or pores. My skin is quite sensitive, but apart from that, I have never been a severe acne sufferer and my skin isn't usually too oily, but i do occasionally get a few spots, and if a product is going to prevent that from happening, I want it!

          Clearasil Ultra deep Pore Treatment Wash comes in a pump plastic bottle, and it is a sort of blue/turquoise colour. It smells quite fresh and maybe a bit manly. It isn't a sweet smell, it has quite a strong clean aroma to it. It lathers reasonably well, if you have a wet face and apply this on you will end up with a bubbly face! Watch out not to breath it in through your nose whilst using it, (this has happened to me a few times!)

          I first tried this product while my face was breaking out, I had a spot right on the tip of my nose and fortunately it was fading away but I wanted a product which would prevent that from happening once more. I found this in my local boots, and bought it with a light moisturiser because my skin does dry out very quickly. When I first started using it I was extremely pleased with the result, my skin was a lot less oily and felt really clean, but after just about a week I started getting really dry skin all over my cheeks and nose. Even though I was using moisturiser after I used this product, my skin couldn't take it and it was quite harsh on my face. Of course I had to stop using it and find a gentler alternative. But the results were noticable, it didn't really seem to do much to the spot, but it must have been drying it out if it was drying out my skin that quickly!

          I only use this on the oily areas of my face when I feel that I am about the break out, or if they are particularly oily for some reason. So sometimes I will use it round my nose (which is where my skin seems to get oily.) But I can't really use it as an all over face wash anymore because it is way too harsh on my skin, but I'm sure it will work perfectly fine for anyone with quite oily skin, but I dont recommend it to anyone prone to dry skin.

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            11.05.2010 23:16
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            Good for moderate use

            This was my face wash of choice when my skin was having a bit of a breakout. I generally used this everyday but after around a year of use I found that it found my face was becoming very tight.

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            This is one of Clearasil's Deep Pore treatment. It comes in a pump action bottle. The face wash is actually turqouise in colour. The face wash is quite thick which helps you get a good lather in your hands. One pump is enough to wash your face with. You use this by wetting your face, and lathering the face wash in your hands and then rubbing onto your face. Then rinse off. I generally used this in the shower as it was just easier!

            Opinion
            When I felt that my skin was feeling a little bit greasy or if I had an outbreak of spots, I would use this to clear my skin up. If my skin was feeling particularly grimey I would use this with a facial brush which you can also buy from boots. I would squeeze the face wash onto this instead of my hands and wash my face with the brush.

            This worked well for me but after a prolonged period of time I began to feel that my skin was becoming really dry. After washing my skin would feel really tight. I stopped using the face wash then as I felt that my skin was suffering from it.

            I do think that this is a good product for helping if you have oily skin or have spots that have appeared that you want to get rid of. I wouldn't advise using this everyday though. And I would recommend moisturising after you use this. It would help reduce the dryness and tightness of your skin.

            150ml bottle costs £5.29

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            02.05.2010 15:06
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            More advantages that disadvantages

            I've been looking for a good face wash that works for ages and I've finally found one with this product, it does exactly what it says it does. After using the wash morning and night for about 2 days, I could see an obvious difference with the amount of spots on my face and the redness had reduced.
            This product is really easy to use as it has a pump - you don't need to squeeze it or anything. Obviously it doesn't get rid of every spot, but they are not even noticeable anymore!
            As I have combination skin, sometimes after using this my face feels a little dry, but nothing that a bit of moisturizer can't solve!
            Although it definitely wasn't the cheapest product available (I got a 150ml bottle for £4.92 from ASDA), it is the first one that I have actually enjoyed using and has actually worked. I am going to keep on using this face wash for sure, and I would recommend it to anyone.

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            27.05.2009 18:27

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            Well recommended

            I purchased this looking for a way to get rid of oily skin (yet not irritate dry skin), I was no longer an adolescent, at 24 so the usual adverts did not really apply to me. I tried a wide variety of rub on cleansers, that did not really work for me as I figured I was leaving the cleanser on the skin and therefore that was not helping my oily pores. What I needed was a not too harsh face wash and thats where clearasil came in. The product comes in a container with a soap dispensing top that you can twist to on or off to preserve the life of this product and stop it drying out, which I have since found out is very important, once it dries a little bit you cannot use it. The best thing about this face wash is that it clears your pores without stripping your skin of the goodness it needs. As the name suggests this product goes deep into your pores and cleans them out completely, this reduces the appearance of black heads and also then leads to spots not occuring. Another great thing about this face wash is that it reduces the redness that skin can get. The product is 'harsh' enough to clear out your pores, yet it seems to be gentle on sensitive skin. Many face washes I have tried have left my skin dried out and flakey, or sore. Clearasil is great for sensitive skin and does not dry it out. This really is a great product. Its not too harsh, yet it is harsh enough!

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            09.04.2009 19:08
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            This product is so ggooodd

            This product is trully amazing its unbelievable. Before I used I had so many spots it looked like my head was just one big spot. Sometimes I wouldn't go out of the house if my acne was that bad. I tried all sorts of different spot creams, lotions and pads but none worked.

            Then my mum saw this in the shops and bought it for me. I used it as the instructions said, once in the morning and once in the evening. After every time I used it I could feel the wash Treatment wash doing something.

            When I used the other spot treatments it didn't feel like they were doing anything but this one did and it surprised. I kept on following the instructions for the three and I could see that the number of spots I had were decreasing so I kept on using the wash.

            After a week my face was barely recognizable. I had hardly any spots at all. Now I use the wash only three times a week so as to keep the sopts away. Now I go out of the house without even thinking about it.

            Overall this product is excellent, as they say it does exactly what it says on the tin. The best product I use.

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              12.02.2009 18:56
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              my favourite cosmetic

              Hi everyone well let me start by sayin what a godsend clearasil treatment wash is. as it says on the bottle visibly clear skin within 3 days, now usually when you read things like that you immediatly think haha nice try, but trust me its true. i started using this product about 6 months ago and stuck with it ever since, i started noticing spots on my face were getting worse as time went on but after using this product you will notice and also feel your face cleansed immediatly.

              how to use: dampen your face with warm water, squirt a small amound about one or two squirts into your hands and gently lather into your face after this rinse with warm water repeat as necessary.

              now im not sayin it is cheap around £4 but its well worth it you will look and feel alot better straight away, and a full bottle (150 ml) tends to last for about 6-8 weeks, this is as you only need to use very little at a time, its definatly worth a try if you have bad spots or greasy skin thanks for reading.

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                13.01.2009 23:34
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                Clearasil prove that they deserve the great reputation they have

                I bought this product after being sick of still having stops all over my face at the age of 23.

                I know that Clearsail is a well known brand when it comes to skin care and they seam to be ahead of the game so I pretty sure that I could trust one of their products to do what it says.

                This product comes in quite a nice bottle and is attractively packaged, it also smells quite nice which is a bonus as most spot treatments smell awfull.

                It works like a face wash so you simply wet your face, squirt a little of the wash into your hands and then masssage all over your face and neck, rinse well and your done.

                The first time I used it I noticed that my skin instantly felt hydrated, I have a big problem with excema especially on my face so I was very pleased with how soft my skin felt after using this. My skin felt very clean and refreshed and I was looking forward to seeing the results in a few days.

                I continued to use the wash daily and each time my face felt clean and soft with no dryness at all, I also once went a little too close to my eye and it didn't sting like a lot of products do.

                It took about a week before I began to notice a difference in my skin which is slightly longer then clearasil claim. My face was a lot less red then previously and I had less outbreaks then normal.

                I have now been using this product for about 5 months and I have beautifully clear skin, I still get the odd outbreak every now and again but compared to my skin previously you would not believe it is the same person.

                This product really is fantastic, it does exactly what it should and leaves your skin very healthy in the process.

                This is ideal for teenagers or people like me that for some reason ddin't grow out of the spotty phrase.

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                24.10.2008 20:51
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                It helped prevent new spots but rapidly dries up my skin and doesnt feel that pleasent when using

                Clearasil Ultra Deep Pore Treatment Wash

                Introduction

                After trying many products to clear up my skin I thought I would give into the Clearasil brand and give this a go. I thought that £4.99 was a lot of money for this product but its claim - 'clearer a skin in 3 days' did reassure me that it could be worth it.


                The Product

                The product does immediately stand out from the other skin care products on the shelf. It is packaged in a clear container with bright blue packaging with the Clearasil brand clearly labeled on it. It uses a pump mechanism which is to be honest a lot better than a lot of the other products which contain a flip style lid. Mainly because you don't find that the rim of the bottle gets as messy. I also like the fact that the product contained a clear bottle as you can then clearly see how much is left inside.


                Using the Product

                When I initially used this product i found that my face got extremely tight and remained that way for at least 30 minutes. I applied the product following the instructions: wet your face with Luke warm water and then add a bit of the solution into the palm of your hand and then apply to your face. I was concerned with this factor initially but kept using it because of its claim.

                The next day when I applied it I had this same tightness in my skin from using it even though i applied less than I did the day before. However its 3 day claim does keep me going.

                The third day of using this product I did notice that my skin was a bit clearer however I suffered a large amount of dryness of the product causing me to use a vast amount of moisturizer to fight its affects.

                A week later i noticed I was on the same stages as I had been on the third day. It was clearer than the start and I did not have any more new spots but the amount that this product dried up my skin made me feel very worried about what was actually in this solution.


                Evaluation

                A month later after using this product twice a day I decided that it was not right for me. I did not have really bad skin but i felt that it was not making much of an improvement than the products that I was using before especially since they were a lot kinder to my skin. However I have read great stories about this product but I think that the way it dries up my skin is not worth it considering it only slightly improves your skins appearance.

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                01.09.2008 20:26
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                An excellent product for ridding those spots and blackheads!

                I bought this for £3.99 and it has helped keep my face clean of spots and blackheads. It comes in a plastic transparent container, through which you can see the unusually blue liquid. The lid flips up and you can squeeze out some of the liquid to wash onto your face.

                I recommend that you wet your face before applying this as it seems to soak in better. Apply some to your hands and immediately slap it on your face and scrub it in. The one I recently bought does not have a dispenser on the top, so it simply is squeezed out a hole. It also doesn't foam up on your face when applied. The better version is the one you use like a soap dispenser as it creates foam and is easier to use and more satisfying.

                Using this morning and evening keeps spots and blackheads away! It also helps reduce them when you currently have them and use this product. It works very well and it does as it says so - in just three days. It is a very powerful product and I would definitely recommend it.

                Thanks for reading

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                06.03.2008 23:57
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                It Works!!!! No more spots!

                Introduction
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                After seeing lots of adverts on TV about how Clearasil can help with spots, and the appealing line "visibly clearer skin in just 3 days!" - I HAD to give this a try

                My skin is not sensitive - It gets really oily and washing my face many times throughout the day didn't do it any good as it just kept getting dry and there would be no natural moisture there. Moisturizer didn't help as it just helped develop new spots! Because of the oily nature of them.



                The Product
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                I purchased mine from Tesco for £3.99. It comes in a transparent container with the green solvent showing through. The top has a pushdown dispenser which is coloured white. The top can be turned to lock the dispense mechanism, and tuned again to the other side to allow the solvent through. Very useful if you have kids around.

                The bottle comes in a 200ml size.

                The bottle lasts me about 2 months.



                Using It
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                When using the product, I wet my face and my hands. I squeeze the dispenser 2 times which gives me a good amount to work with. I work the product in my hands until it turns white. It doesn't foam up a lot, just a little.

                I then work it onto my face, being careful about the sensitive eye area. I also work it on the neck area too. After that I rinse thoroughly.

                I use the product everyday morning after I wake up, and in the evening before I go to sleep.



                Does It Work?
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                Yes!!! There are no spots on my face now. It makes my skin feel really clean and fresh and really wakes me up in the morning. It doesn't leave my skin dry, or make it irritate.



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                It REALLY stings if you get it in your eyes! And the smell of the solution is not very appealing - it smells abit chemically.

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                  30.10.2007 15:29
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                  Only use if you have very oily skin

                  *~Clearasil - Ultra Deep Pore Cleansing Wash~*
                  *~Ultra Dry Clearasil~*

                  *~Price*~

                  Around £3.50 in most shops (Tesco, asda etc) for a 200ml bottle

                  www.blushingbuyer.co.uk - £3.86

                  *~Bottle~*

                  The bottle is transparent plastic revealing the light blue gel inside with a white plastic pump top which you twist to ‘on’ and ‘off’ which is good if you have children around the house who seem to delight in squirting every product in the bathroom into the sink (my little brother!) The label has the Clearasil Ultra logo in large letters and then ‘Deep Pore Cleansing Treatment’ in smaller letters.

                  *~The Wash~*

                  I bought the wash a good few months ago, at first I started using it every morning and every night. It has a very strong soapy smell to it. I’d lather it in to my skin and then thoroughly rinse it off with warm water, after a few days of doing this I noticed how dry my skin was getting, I use moisturiser day and night so I knew something wasn’t right. After a few more days I did notice how my skin was getting clearer, there were definitely less spots but it was terribly dry, I can remember at one point rubbing baby oil into my face because it was so dry it was stinging. Yes, it does what it says it will, within three days I did notice my skin was ‘visibly clear’ but it was unbelievably dry! If you have very oily skin then I would recommend this but for those of you with normal or especially sensitive skin this isn’t for you. After I stopped using it and carried on using my normal moisturiser my skin got back to its usual state in about 3 days. It is good for emergencies (party in a few days) because its a lot easier to see spots than dry skin but I wouldn’t advise regular use.

                  *~Ingredients~*

                  It contains Salicylic acid which helps to kill bacteria which may lead to spots etc. Hydrolysed milk protein helps reduce shine.

                  *~Links~*

                  www.blushingbuyer.co.uk

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                  Notice visably clearer skin in just a few days /