Product Type: Clearasil body care
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Not an overnight miracle
Clearasil Ultra Overnight Serum
Member Name: ryeb
Clearasil Ultra Overnight Serum
Advantages: Smells pleasant, easy to apply, oil free
Disadvantages: Did not reduce my spots size or redness, may mark bedlinen temporarily
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.
Summary: A overnight spot treatment that does not deliver miracles.