“ Brand: Clearasil / Texture: Cream / Type: Night Cream / Subcategory: Serum / Skin type: for dry skin and for all types / Product line: Clearasil Ultra „
I thankfully do not suffer much from spots now I have left my teens behind, but if I do get one, it is nearly always at an inconvenient time. I recently got one on my chin, just before a family occasion when I knew that lots of photos would be taken. It was only small at first, so I was just going to cover it up with concealor. Then a couple of days before the party, it became an angry looking red. I decided to go to Superdrug for a tree spot stick as I have had some success with these in the past. In the end I went into Poundland First, where I saw a Clearasil Ultra Overnight Serum, which promised to help "visibly reduce redness and spot size overnight". As it was only £1, I decided to give it a try.
WHAT THE SERUM IS SUPPOSED TO DO
Clearasil say their claims as to reducing the spots size and redness are clinically proven. They add that the serum is dermatologically tested, and oil free. It does not mention specifically whether the serum is suitable for sensitive skins, but this does not affect me personally. The point of applying it at night is apparently because this is when your skin is in the process of active cell regenaration. I will have to take the companies word for that one!
The serum comes in a small 15ml pump action bottle, packaged within a cardboard box. You do not seem to be getting a lot of serum in a tube that size, but as only a drop needs to be added to each spot, you are getting more uses for your money than first appears. Obviously, if you have a lot of spots to treat in one go, it still won't last that long. I found the dispenser easy to use, as a gentle press produces a tiny amount, which is just what you want per spot. On the box, as well as one the bottle, you will find simple usage instructions. Unsurprisingly given it's overnight title, you are instructed to use the serum just before you go to bed, having washed your face. You are advised to pop a drop on each spot, and then leave it to dry. I did not want to squeeze the serum directly on to the spot as I didn't think this would be either easy or hygenic. I therefore applied it first to a clean cotton wool bud, and then dabbed this carefully on to the spot. The serum smells like a pleasant mild sun lotion to me, and looks similiar. It is white, and milky looking, but if spread out, it goes clear. I did think it may smell medicinal so this was a pleasant surprise. After waiting 25 minutes, there was no sign of the product drying, so I decided to go to bed anyway. Although my spot was on my central chin, and I had no intention of sleeping face first in my pillow, I was worried about the serum transfering to my pillow cases. As a precaution, I decided to put an old pillow slip on them just in case. The packaging does say the product is oil free, but when I later deliberately squeezed some onto the old pillowcase, a greasy looking mark resulted. This did wash out but it made me glad I had not chanced using my regular bed linen.
The product felt light on the skin, and perfectly comfortable which I think is important in a product intended to be used overnight. I wasn't really aware of it at all, after application.
When I woke up, I looked in the mirror to see that my spot was still present and correct and just as red and obvious as before. It certainly hadn't got any smaller. The creamy look of the serum had disappeared, whether because it eventually dried, or rubbed off in the night I don't know. I decided to try it the following night too, and sadlly the results were no better. The surface of the spot looked slightly dried out, but as by this time I had had the spot in total for 4 days, this wasn't unexpected. For the same reason, I can't feel happy about crediting Clearasil will the following days improvent to my skin. I had used the serum for the 3rd day, but to be honest, if I leave a spot untreated entirely, it almost always has begun to disappear by that time.
The packet suggest the lotion could also be used on areas of spot prone skin. I presume therefore it is also intended to work as a spot preventative. I have not tried it this way, as I do not get enough spots to really put that claim to the test.
WOULD I RECOMMEND THE SERUM?
As I don not feel it worked at all for me, I can't recommend it. I paid only £1 to try it, and if you see it for the same price, it could be worth buying to see if it suits your skin better. I am aware that spots can be caused by all sorts of things so it may deal better with some than others. For myself, it was useless and therefore I won't repurchase. I was surprised to see it for sale in a local chemist for as much as £4.50- I strongly suggest you look in the poundshops first! I would also use an old pillowcase if possible, just in case it causes any staining.
Suffering with the odd spot can be embarrasing at almost 38 years of age as I'm sure most ladies can appreciate. With the weather being hotter than usual at the moment I'm more sweaty and having more regular break outs too and no matter what I seem to be doing to try stop and sort of cure spots it doesn't seem to be working for me.
That is why when I spotted this Clearasil Ultra Overnight Serum promising on the box to reduce redness & spots size over night at only a pound I decided it had to be worth a go.
Well as I have just stated this comes in a box and that box is a dark blue and bright shocking pink in colour with a metallic finish to it. On the front of it we are told what it is and who it is by of course (and as I have just stated) then on the other sides of the box we are told about about the product and how it works, how to use it and precautions are given as well as the ingredients listed, the size is stated (which my product is a 15ml size) an contact details for the manufacturer are given. The little bottle this comes in is white plastic one with a see-through blue plastic cap that goes over the push button dispenser to the top of it and as for the labeling well its the same colourscheme and pretty much contains most of the same information as given on the outer box. Nice enough, unisex packaging this is and its all informative enough to.
Well we are told to apply this on to a clean and freshly cleansed face and you can either use this thinnish white and gentle but natural floral and fruity fragranced product as a preventative measure all over the face to try to combat spots even pitching up or to simply apply it to where you have existing spots, I personally have been using it both ways.
This contains no oil within it at all however it glides on to the skin really easily and soaks in rather fast. It leaves skin feeling gently moisturised though not greasy and feels really comfortable and doesn't set on the face one bit which was something I was worried would cause me discomfort during the night. It retains its gentle fragrance for a good few hours too and I was expecting a sort of menthol or medical smell but this has nothing like this fragrance wise to it an a little of it goes a very long way indeed!
Does It Work Though?:
This only promises to reduce redness of any spots and to reduce the size of them and the jury is out for me on the benefits of using this in a way. Yes on spots I do find that it reduces the redness but not really the size of them and it certainly isn't a magic product that you can pop on and wake up 8 hours later or whatever and a spot has vanished into thin air or anything that dramatic. It doesn't stop any pain or discomfort of the spot even with prolonged use however I do appreciate that big, red angry spots can appears less ferocious with a dab of this applied to them to be fair to it!
As a preventative measure for me this works best. I find a thin layer applied of this before bed each night has left my skin looking brighter and cleaner, my black and white heads are still there but no new spots make an appearance on my face and for that reason I love this product!
So all in all if you have problem skin like mine I do recommend it. I apply it with complete ease, a little of it goes a long way and it has stopped spots from popping up so I can't really complain about it!
Available in all good chemists and so on but do expect to pay around the fiver mark for this one or Google if interested or do as I did and nip into Poundland and hope it there!
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I was always looking at different ways to help me clear spots and get my skin clearer. I tried different brands and none had actually worked for me, I previously tried other Clearasil items like the face pads which didn't work but managed to dye my hair blonde! I was a bit hesitant with the Overnight Serum as it was quite expensive for such a small bottle however I took it home and put a tiny amount on my finger and wiped it over the bad areas of my face, a tiny amount goes a long way with this serum! I woke up in the morning and the area of redness had decreased significantly. I felt more confident and used it each night after washing my face and after a couple of weeks my face was clear of spots! This was the first spot / pimple treatment that has actually worked for me. Now if I feel a spot coming through I just put this on before I go to sleep and if the spot still comes through it only lasts for a day or so! Generally happy with this purchase. I bought this at least a year ago and still have a lot of it left.
I suffered from a few bad spots not long ago and went down to tesco to see what products I could but to ge rid of the multiple spots on my forehead. I wanted something that was easy to use, I spotted this overnight serum. It was down in price and was on offer. I paid £3 for it and thought that it would be a good idea. Because you put it on before bed I thought it would be a good thing to add into my nightly routine before bed time!
The bottle itself is rather small, with a small pump that squeezes out onto your hand. I had really high hopes for the product because I presumed a big brand name would produce a good product. Now I realise how wrong I was, it just didn't work for me.
I followed the instructions on the back of the bottle and did exactly what I was told to do. I applied it to the correct areas too. The first night I put it on and went to bed with high hopes that by the morning the break out on my face would be gone, I was shocked to find that in the morning I had more spots than before! They were inflamed like they were before and seemed worse.
I persisted with this stuff for 2 weeks. There was no improvement at all that I noticed. It actually seemed to give me more spots which really angered me! It was doing the opposite of what I wanted it to do. I am not impressed.
Overall this is a complete waste of money, it didn't work for me. It may work for you, but I doubt it. I find using sudocrem is much better and will clear your spots overnight, it's not worth buying fancy creams because they tend to be full of stuff that is actually bad for your skin!
I hope this review has helped you somewhat! Thanks for reading :) x
-- Reasons for buying --
I bought this in Home Bargains, I have seen it in Superdrug and Boots so believed it must be a fairly good product to be displayed in these drugs stores. As it was really cheap, I didn't think twice about buying it. I suffer from acne, mostly on my cheeks at the moment and thought this would be worth using to see if it made any difference.
-- The claim --
'The oil free maximum strength serum works continuously through the night when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of existing spots overnight'.
-- Appearance --
The product comes in a 15ml tube, with a pump dispenser. I believe this to be convenient as well as hygienic. Having a pump dispenser also protects the product from any leakages. The product itself is a white liquid, which turns transparent as you apply to your skin. It comes in a cardboard box, which displays all the need information you need the know about the product. Including the name, directions of use and of course ingredients.
-- Using the product --
Clearasil recommend using this before going to bed. What I tend to do is cleanse my face, and pump a small amount onto a cotton bud and apply to the affected area/spot. I don't like to touch spots with my fingers, as I don't want to spread the bacteria. If you thoroughly cleanse your hands before, I'm sure using your fingers would be perfectly fine.
-- My experience --
I didn't find that this product was a good match for my skin, I did not find that it reduced the appearance or redness of my acne. Although after a period of 4-5 days I did notice a couple of my spots had been slightly dried up, it wasn't much of an improvement for me to want to repurchase this product.
I found that the dispenser being a pump was very useful and hygienic. I would of like for there to have been more of the product not just a mesely 15ml, even though you may only be using a tiny amount at a time, for the RRP it seems like a slightly high price, not including the quality of the product itself.
The feel of the product is quite slimey, so I was quite surprised that it did not make my skin feel greasy but instead fairly soft. It seemed to soak in quickly and didn't leave any marks on my pillows, which I think is definitely a positive, due the fact of using other products over night and them bleaching the colour of my pillow cases!
-- Price and Availability --
I bought this 15ml Serum for 99p from Home Bargains, I do believe it is also sold in B&M for the same price. The RRP is £6.99 which can be found in Boots and Superdrug. I would not have paid the RRP as I think for the quality of the product, it is extremely over-priced.
-- Conclusion --
Overall I would not recommend this to anyone who has even mild acne as it won't make any noticeable difference. It may be good for the odd spots you get around the time of the month to help prevent them. This is a product if you paid the RRP for you would definitely be disappointed. I like the concept of the product, but it is not for me.
ive been using this serum for some time now and i still can not decide whether its good or bad.
for 2.25 its worth a shot for anyone however i havent felt any changes with my skin since using it. i think it keeps spot reddness at bay overnight but does not reduse size.
also for people like me who get oily skin mostly over night this serum if anything doesnt help with that as if i use it over night it only makes it worse.
however i do agree that it does make your skin feel softer.
although it may be 2.25 here i found that in shops on the highstreet its alot more expensive..
i bought mine for around 5.00 and was very disappointed with the results compairing with prices as there are alot cheaper items out there that are more effective.
overall i think clearasil have let themselves go with this one and most other products of theres you get the value of your money back in the results unlike this product. however i feel that it all depends on your skin type.
This spot serum is mostly availible from boots or superdrug for the £7 mark or in 'bargain' stores such as Home Bargains or B&M for £0.99. In comparison to most other spot gels this overnight serum, at it's RRP, it is a high priced product in comparison to many other high street gels.
If I had paid it's RRP price, I would expected a better quality product, after trying other unsuccesful products at a lower RRP, but unfortunately the price reflects nothing on the quality and I was let down.
This product is packaged in a 15ml tube with a small pump, which I feel is the best packaging for this type of product as it is hygeinic and convenient.
The gel itself is a white liquid that blends out clear. Clearasil advises to 'use before you go to bed. Wash face. Apply a drop per spot or a thin layer directly onto spot prone areas and allow to dry. Do not rinse off. Wash hands after use. ' This allows for the treatment to sink in and reach its maximum impact.
'The oil free maximum strength serum works continuously through the night when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of existing spots overnight. '
When using this at night, I found that redness in the spot wasn't reduced overnight nor was the size, though I did find after a few nights of using this, maybe after 3/4 nights, there was a difference to the spot, some spots had dried out , though difference was at an extreme minimum.
I think that this product ( at it's RRP) is totally overpriced and fools consumers into thinking that because it is more expensive, then perhaps it does a better job. This couldn't be more wrong.This treatment does dry out the spot but doesn't seem to visibly make much difference unless frequently applied over 3/4 days, and even then the spots will still be left at a size that many will be consious about. I am disappointed at the standard of this product for the price the company is willing to charge, definately would not recommend.