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      25.01.2012 02:19
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      Clearasil - Stop spots in their tracks

      *~The claim~*

      'The clear, fast-absorbing formula penetrates deep into the pore to effectively fight the spot at its source, before it appears! It also helps clear existing spots by visibly reducing redness and spot size.'

      *~So what is it~ *

      The Clearasil spot blocker looks like a pen. It's made of a clear plastic and has the Clearasil label around it. On one end there is a twist top and the other end is capped end. When you take off the cap the spot blocker is shaped like a pen, one end slanted for precision application of the gel product.
      The gel comes out of the slanted end once the opposite end has been twisted. The gel has a really strong chemical smell which might be due to the Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is the active ingredient which is what is supposed to bust those spots.

      This can also be found in many other non-Clearasil products and also prescription creams and gels such as those for eczema, corns, psoriasis and acne scarring - Not a pretty thought! Clearasil state that the salicylic acid is supposed to reduce redness and inflammation and stopping those pimples in their tracks.

      *~Benefits of Use~*

      Clearasil state that the benefits of use are as follows;
      Helps to stop spots before they become visible.
      It helps to clear existing acne by reducing overall redness and size.
      The Clearasil blocker pen is designed to be precise and portable.
      The Clearasil spot blocker pen is scientifically and dermatologically tested.


      *~Directions of use~*

      1. Ensure that the new product has not been opened.
      2. Take off the lid and turn the end.
      3. When you see the clear gel coming out of the slanted end, apply it directly to your spots and pimples.
      4. Apply a thin layer to the affected area and leave to dry.
      5. Apply the opposite end until you see the clear gel coming out of the slanted end. Press the slanted end directly onto your spot or pimples and apply a thin layer of gel.
      6. Apply 1 to 3 times per day.
      7. Re-apply the lid when you're finished using the pen to stop the gel from drying out


      *~My Opinion~*

      I purchased this from Poundland for, you guessed £1. I have a love for skin care and keeping my face looking fresh and healthy but I do break out in spots around my time of the month. I thought I would give it a go as Clearasil have a good name and great reviews.

      I first tried this out as soon as I got home, after twisting the end a few times I applied the gel to the spots on my chin and forehead. It stung quite a bit but as they say 'no pain, no gain'. I reapplied this at bedtime as the directions state that it's best to use this twice a day. The next day my spots where angry and red but I gave it the benefit of the doubt and kept on using the pen day and night.

      After 1 week nothing had happened and my spots kept breaking out and were still red, my skin stung every time I applied this gel and I noticed after two weeks of continuous use that my skin was becoming dry and sore where I had applied the gel. I started moisturising the sore dry patches of skin while maintaining the directions of use as I wanted to at least give the product four full weeks of use before placing a final judgement on it.After three weeks my skin was no better and my dry patches where still sore and where still dry, the patches actually felt like my skin had become chapped.

      After four weeks I had really had enough of this product , my pimples had spread, I grew a very painful boil on both my cheeks and forehead, the type that are under the skin and where placed exactly under the worse areas of dry skin, this is something I have never suffered from.
      Once the month was up I purchased a cotton muslin cloth and stuck to water and the muslin for cleansing as using any other product was painful. After three days of using water and the muslin my skin started to improve, after two weeks my skin was nearly back to full health.

      Overall, this definitely is not a miracle product and I'm not sure that it actually done anything to help my spots, it never stopped them in their tracks, reduced redness or helped them heal faster as Clearasil claims and if anything it made my skin painfully sore and dry. I'm just glad that I only paid £1 as I have since seen this at £6.85 in other shops.

      I'll leave it up to you if you want to try but please consider all reviews before doing so. The active ingredient is salicylic acid. The name of the ingredient says a lot and matches up with the smell of the gel as it really does smell acidic. Natural options may take longer but at least it won't strip away the natural oils as this product does and won't back fire on your skin.

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        30.09.2010 17:53
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        Find out which product works for you and stick with it!

        My skin needs a lot of care to keep it under control! If I dont use the right products at the right times then I emd up with horrible looking greasy skin. For this reason I have spent a lot of money working my way through and trying a wide range of the clearasil products. Some of which I have found very good, and others I have found overpriced and not suited to my skin type. Therefore it is important to do the research to find out if the product is right for you.

        Skin wipes and pads: remember here you pay for convenience. Per use there will be a much higher price than the washes. They do have their advantages though, they are easier and quicker to use, and better to travel with so great for holidays. I would only ever use these as a short term solution if you need deep cleansing, as they just don't do the same job as the scrubs/ washes.

        Also be careful you re-seal these after taking one out, if they dry out they are no good to anyone!

        Scrubs: these tend to have exfoliating particles in and are great for a really deep scrub or wash. I like to use these every now and then to make sure I get a deep clean. My brother who has lots of spots on his face which makes it very sore, cannot use these as they really hurt his skin.

        These are great for the deep pore action, but really do remove a layer of skin so I would use these in rotation with the more gentle washes.

        Washes/ cleansers: these are an everyday type solution. Ideal for rubbing into your face then washing off with a flannel and warm water. Good for daily maintenance and up keep of a smooth spot free appearance. Some of them, like the new nightwash, I dont find as good at removing grease, personally.

        Clearasil products are marketted at the younger, teenage generation. They are medium priced on the market, but if you don't chose one that works for you it is quite a big waste of money. If you need it, then use it. If you are lucky enough to have perfect skin then look elsewhere!

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        16.09.2009 21:12
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        A very good company that produces a range of good products to help fight spots

        I have always used Clearasil through my teenage years to help fight spots and prevent my skin from getting horribly unsightly. It has done a very good job but I must say some products are better than others. I would say that Oxy are Clearasil's rivals as I have heard about them more lately and am inclined to try their products next as they claim to reduce redness, which I need. The main Clearasil range nowadays, which does a very good job is the Clearasil Ultra range and consists of the following products:

        ~ Deep Pore Treatment Pads (65) - £4.83
        ~ Ultra Dual Action Scrub (125ml) - £4.83]
        ~ Dual Action Wash (150ml) - £4.88

        These are Tesco's usual prices although there is currently an offer where the products cost £3.22 each. There is also a 'Stay Clear Skin Perfecting Wash' for £2.88 usually at Tesco, which is not from the Ultra range but still helps to keep spots away.

        The products are mainly aimed at preventing and reducing spots. However, they do seem to help with other things too and generally give you a clearer face. I'd recommend the Dual Action Wash from the Ultra range as you can use it like a soap dispenser every morning and evening to wash your face. It gives a tingling sensation so you can feel it working and it doesn't hurt your face like some of the other products.

        In general, all the products do work very well. They help to prevent spots but you must use the Clearasil products on a daily basis. The products from the Ultra range claim to give visibly clear effects after just 3 days, which is quite accurate. I would stay away from the Deep Pore Treatment Pads as they have such an enormous amount of alcohol/acid and chemicals in them that they totally burn off your face - almost quite literally. It's a horrible burning sensation and leaves it feeling tight and stretchy. Overall, the Clearasil range is really good and I'd recommend giving it a go. The prices seem to be cheaper at places such as Sainsburys and Asda.

        Thanks for reading,

        Dan ©

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        13.08.2009 16:57

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        I had only a few spots before I started using the Clearasil ultra, it claimed visible results within four hours but I've had Clearasil for about two months now, used it every day and still nothing has happened, if anything I have gotten more spots. The Clearasil products aren't cheap either because I paid nearly £8 for a wasted product. I wouldn't recommend Clearasil as it has ridiculous prices fooling you into thinking the product must be worth it.

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        28.02.2008 07:56
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        Great formulas for fighting spots and keeping them away!

        Clearasil specialise in fighting spots. Spots are a natural part of growing up through your teen years and even early twenties. You can also get spots naturally when you are much older, and Clearasil is the number one thing to use against them. With Clearasil's effective and wide range of products, there is sure to be one out there for you. From the light effective soaps to the stronger ones to help fight spots quickly!

        Their site is excellent, which you can visit yourself at Clearasil.co.uk. Their site contains information on all their products along with ways to fight the spots and even a survey to try and distinguish what kind of skin you have! Their site also includes other things such as games and competitions, so be sure to check it out!

        There are three main stages in fighting spots with Clearasil:

        1. Wash
        2. Cleanse
        3. Scrub

        Washing your face with Clearasil products is extremely important to do two times a day! Not only must you kill away current spots but also prevent new ones! Clearasil's excellent formulas will do this, but you need to play your part by cleaning your face with their products twice a day for maximum success.

        By cleansing your face, I mean washing it with some kind of material. Whether you use another Clearasil product such as the Clearasil Ultra Treatment Pads (not recommended - they hurt), or cotton wool and a face wash, the job will be done! Apply a good amount of wash to form a lovely foamy texture on your face, and rub in with a circular motion. The more you rub, the more you will foam it up and it will be absorbed more.

        When worse comes to worse, you need to get scrubbing! Spots can be pretty god damn hard to get rid of! This is when I would advise the Clearasil Ultra products as they are the strongest, and are said to eliminate spots within 3 days! The treatment pads aren't recommended because they sting my face like crazy with alcohol and acids in them! The facial wash is brilliant with a lovely smell, so go for this one. You must make sure you wash your face very well twice a day with this and your spots will be gone surprisingly quickly.

        Clearasil sell a range of products ranging across a variety of skin types and their products suit different uses. Below is a list of each of their ranges:

        Deep Cleanse
        Spot Control
        Ultra
        Blackhead Control

        The deep cleanse range is good as it can be used everyday and isn't so strong. It will keep your skin spot-free in good condition and isn't over-drying. These products are for washing your face on a daily basis twice a day. The spot control range is good too consisting of all kinds of washes and even pads. These can be used on a daily basis and are similar to the Deep Cleanse range. The ultra range is the best at getting rid of spots quickly. It is the strongest range and can still be used everyday. This range features many products from washes to lotions, scrubs, wipes and pads. The blackhead control is a unique variety that is for fighting blackheads. These are similar to spots but black and smaller normally. Clearasil sell a cleanser, pads and a scrub to help fight blackheads.

        Overall, Clearasil are very good and sell a very large range of products for every type of skin and to suit every method of use. From scrubs to washes, lotions, pads and wipes, they sell everything! Their prices range from around £3.00 to £5.00 for most of their products and are available in any good pharmacist or shop such as Boots. Myself, I find that the Clearasil Ultra Facial Wash works well enough alone for me, yet Clearasil are trying to promote you into buying more of their products, which aren't necessary! If you really want to fight those spots hard and quick, buy some Ultra product. DO NOT buy the Ultra Treatment Pads as they are hell to use...absolute hell. They sting like crazy when you apply them and it feels like your face is being burnt off. All their other products seem to work well and are pleasant to use with lovely fragrances and textures.

        Thanks for reading,

        - Recon -

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          clearasil is prabably the worst thing I have ever put on my face!

          you might have just read all of the good reviews but contrarry to what you may believe clearasil is a waste of money and time, I used to spend a lot of time before going to bed and during my shower washing my face with clearasil only to see my face get progrssivly redding and gain more pimples. Obliviusly clearasils comercials lie because no one has said that with in a few days their pimples have vanished. and lots of people have said they got worse. My face started burned one day, and became very red and the pimples and blemishes started getting worse, I threw my full bottle of clearasil into the trash I recamend ya'll to do the same. My face has already begaon to clear up.

          If you have to have a face soap (which I do) then I would use regular soap or nutrogena or clean&clean they have worked the best for me!!
          I hope this has helped you!
          Shelbie

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            18.07.2007 16:13

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            My past experience with Clearasil- Active Treatment Cream with Cover-up has been excellent and I desperately want to continue. Unfortunately I am unableto purchase it anywhere.Has it been dicontinued? if not would you please tell mewhere it can be purchased in my area, Which isCrawley, West Sussex

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            19.01.2007 23:56

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            review of the best spot cream in the world

            If you suffer from acne, or like me painfull red under the skin spots the my advice to you is BUY IT! within literaly an hour of applying this cream to spots or sore red areas they were significantly reduced and a lot less painfull.

            i have tried hundreds of products in the past and none of them have worked as well as this one. the product comes in a small 30ml tube and costs from £3.99 to around £6.00 which sounds a lot for 30ml, but it lasts ages!

            the cream is white and easily absorbed into your skin, it is not oily or greasy and has a plain smell to it. the tube suggests that the cream is applied twice daily to clean skin, but i apply it 3 times a day for good measure.

            i have been using the cream for about 3 weeks now and all of my existing painfull spots have gone and i now only have a couple which dissapear within a couple of days without a trace. the cream works realy well if it is applied when the spots are just appearing.

            the active ingredient in this cream is hydrogen peroxide, so the tube states that yoou should not get is in your hair or eyebrown but i have dark hair and i have not noticed any bleaching at all and i am usualy quite messy with the cream.

            it is a worthwhile investement for anyone who suffers from acne or even just the odd spot here and there.

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            02.04.2003 01:14
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            Adolescence.... ah, those were the days, the first rush of adrenaline when you are smiled at by the boy or girl you spend hours daydreaming about, the days when you get your first Saturday job and have a few quid in your pocket to buy all the really vital teenage stuff like lipstick and chewing gum, the days when you hang about street corners with your mates and try to look cool. The joy of customising your school books, going to the fair to ride on the Waltzer until you are sick, hiding the love-bite from your mum, living on chips and burgers, and losing the ability to keep your room tidy. Would you want to go back to those days? Not a chance! What a nightmare!! What about the embarrassment of going shoe shopping with your parents, dropping sanitary towels out of your school bag in the middle of double English, having your friends tell the boy of your dreams that you fancy him? No, I’ll quite happily stick with being middle aged thank you very much. So, now that my eldest daughter has turned 12, my deepest sympathies are with her. No love bites yet thankfully, boys have been banned at least until she leaves university! We have all the usual ‘tweenager’ problems, the room that looks like a tornado has gone through it, complete with plates under the bed and goo in the carpet, we have the grunts and “whatevers” that signal the start of a limited teenager vocabulary. Shopping is turning into a nightmare - no more cheapie shops and certainly no charity shops, already she is having her head turned by the likes of River Island and Tammy Girl - “Why can’t we get a charge card Mum, all my friends mums have got one.....”. She really is a darling most of the time but we can see lurking just under the surface the monster that is ..... a teenager!!! The poor kid goes to bed one night looking fresh faced and with a smooth complexion and the next morning, whilst scratching the sleep from her eyes and
            yawning into the mirror.... horror of horrors! Spots! Where in the hell did they come from? Life is so unfair, just at the point in time when a youngster starts to become all self conscious and aware of themselves this has to happen. An explosion of red pimples spread across her face, or to be more exact, her ‘T - Zone’. Right across her forehead and down her nose, oh, and a nice one on her chin. Time to investigate the contents of the bathroom cupboard, Sudocrem, Germoline, Antiseptic Cream, E45..... which to choose? A good scrub with unscented soap and then a smearing of E45 should do the trick. Not a chance. Day after day the spots remain, and day after day she gets more depressed about how she looks, it’s no good telling her that she is still beautiful and she has a lovely smile and a great personality, all she can see is the spots. And all she thinks other people look at are the spots. Off to Asda to explore the spot-busting preparations. And there I espy a name from the past, not that I ever had to use it of course.... ahem.... Clearasil. There used to be a time when Clearasil was in a bottle and that was all you had to choose from. Now of course marketing has taken over and there is a whole range. The bottle of lotion still remains, remember the advert on the telly, the boy looking in the mirror having the mickey taken out of him by his brother before applying the goo to his face on cotton wool? Seemed like an easy choice, until I saw the ‘Clearasil Active Treatment Cream with Cover-Up’, a lipstick looking device which is applied to each individual spot and hides it as well as treating it. Then I saw the Clearasil Double Action Pads. Which to choose? The lotion involved having to buy cotton wool, the stick involved a lengthy process of dabbing and checking in the mirror, the pads seemed quick and easy to use so these were the ones we came away with. So what did I get for my money? A screw
            lid tub of 65 large pads which should, in theory, be enough for a month, they recommend using one every morning to get the night time grime and grease and dribble off your skin, and another at night to get all the dirt and smudge off. The description of the product on the side of the tub is non-committal, ‘bacteria and oil build up everyday and CAN cause spots’, in other words there can be other causes as well which may not be cleared up with this product, ‘Clearasil Double Action Pads are a quick and easy way to HELP beat them’, in other words they may not be the answer, they may help but not solve the problem. Why am I always so sceptical? So the basic idea is that crap and gunk on your face such as bacteria and oily secretions can cause spots and these pads impregnated with Clearasil will fight the baddies and leave the user with porcelain skin. That is the theory. How do they work in practice? Time for a guinea pig...... spotty 12 year old daughter + one Double Action Pad + good wipe over the T-Zone = “aahh! It tickles Mum! It feels like hundreds of spiders crawling over my face!”. Better have a go myself - and she is right, as the lotion dries it feels most peculiar, all tickly and zingy, but not unpleasant. The lotion is left on the skin to dry which does not take too long. Just make sure it doesn’t go in your eyes as it will sting, believe me. And don’t get it on your lips either, foul taste. What spot busting ingredients are in this product? Aqua - an impressive name for water. Alcohol Denat. (I suspect this is to make it evaporate), Salicyclic Acid (also in a lot of my sons psoriasis creams) Aloe (also found in a lot of skin products), Parfum (maybe this isn’t such a good idea in a product for spotty skin....), and a whole load of other chemicals that I know not a jot about, Triethanolamine, Disodium, Imidazolidinyl, Methylparaben, Proplyparaben and Isoceteth-20........ most p
            robably carcinogenic in large amounts.... So that is the Double Action Pad. If that doesn’t work and the spots spread I suppose there is always the Complete Cleansing Bodywash for desperate measures, for spotty backs and spotty bums as well maybe.... or the Purifying Wipes (or were they Putrifying Wipes....), or maybe the Overnight Defence Gel.... or an Oil Free Moisturiser to prevent the spots in the first place! So many spots.... so many choices!! Their website at www.clearasil.co.uk is a real eye-opener, it holds all those answers to zitty questions that you have always wanted to ask as well as a skin quiz (just what you‘ve always wanted to do, I don’t think...), skin tips, and mens stuff .... (think I will leave that one to the imagination....) ‘Is it bad to pop a spot?’ - depends who is watching....... and what comes out of it....... ‘What is a blackhead?’ - something that needs de-sloughing apparently... ‘How can I get rid of blackheads?’ - serve them with an eviction notice and head to the Clearasil aisle. ‘What if your spot will NOT go away?’ - put a paper bag over your head and head to the Clearasil aisle. One week on and how are the spots coming along after using this product religiously twice a day? Pretty good, the spots are less in number, the redness is abating, the pimples are going down, it seems to be doing the trick. I think I can see success on the horizon. Maybe one more week will see the return of her beautiful complexion, I hope so, then she will only have a few other things to worry about.......... boys, periods, chocolate, squabbling with siblings, missing Top of the Pops, homework, having the right trainers, what earrings to wear, ponytail or hairband, blushing, losing her dinner money, running out of mobile phone credit........ oh dear.

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              14.01.2003 01:27
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              Clearasil Pore Purifying Wipes, a god send! I have suffered from mild to bad acne since I was thirteen and now I have finally started to win the contest. And this is all down to the wipes. Priced at £3.99 for 25 wipes, they are expensive but they do the job effectively. I do find it inconvenient though as, if you use as directed, you would need to buy a new pack every fortnight. The packet describes it them as gently cleanse away oil, dirt and make-up, unclog pores and remove bacteria to fight three main causes of spots and leave your skin clear, refreshed and shine-free. This is spot on!(sorry!) I have had years of bad products which have left my skin sore, dry and red. Some don't even get rid of spots. However, around three months ago, I found this product. It was expensive, but that didn't act as a discouragement, more as an incentive because I didn't want any cheap rubbish. When I take a shower, I don't need to use one, but usually if in the morning I've had a shower, I'll use one in the evening. This kind of counters the price, so that it takes more like four weeks to use up the packet. The great thing about this though is its ease of use. They are in a sealed foil packet which reseals after use, so it keeps the wipes fresh for as long as you use them. You just use them as they are, no need for cotton wool pads either. The Clearasil Complete Overnight Defence Gel works as a compliment with this too, but better results. This is just a face wash... but when I use it, I fail to notice any difference in results. Here are the ingredients for those of you who get skin irritations:- Aqua, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, polysorbate 20, PEG-40 hydrogenated castor oil, pyrus malus, citric acid, malic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, disodium phosphate, dichlorobenzyl alcohol, cetylpyridium chloride, disodium EDTA, iodopropynyl butylcarbamate. I
              don't even pretend to tell the difference between many of them! My knowledge extends to aqua meaning water and citric acid. Perhaps this is more use to somebody scientific?!? I would recommend this to anybody-male or female, up until you stop suffering from the odd spot. I would especially recommend it to those who still suffer from mild acne. Let me know your results if you use it. Please feel free to comment upon it. Happy wiping!

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                Being stressed and pre menstrual makes my face break out in angry spots, not a very attractive thing. The usual tea tree oil doesn?t seem to shift them, so I bought some of this Clearasil gel. It cost £3.50 for a small tube of 30ml (I got mine from a discount chemist though, it?s probably more in Boots), which should last at least a few months, even if you use it every day, because you only need to use a small amount. I?ve tried a lot of different spot treatments and most of them are either so weak they do nothing, or so harsh that they strip my skin raw red. So I was keen to see how this one measured up, and hoped I hadn?t wasted yet more of my hard earned (*cough*) money. The tube comes in a shiny blue cardboard box, which seems a waste of packaging. The packaging is nothing to write home about, but then who displays spot cream anyway? It?s white and blue and made out of satisfyingly thick plastic. The directions are to apply a thin layer of the gel to any troublesome areas of the face after washing and drying. You should do this every night. I like the idea of a night time gel, because your skin has lots of time to repair itself while you are asleep. When I put it on, it tingles in a way that indicates that it is doing some kind of magic, and it feels refreshing. I try to apply it just before going to sleep, because it does tighten the skin a little as it dries, which can be slightly uncomfortable. Don?t apply it if you have a gentleman or lady friend staying over because it makes your face look plastic and shiny, a bit like an alien or a shop dummy. The gel is a medium consistency, not so runny that it drips off your face yet not so thick that it?s a struggle to apply. It is quite sticky, and is clear in colour. A 10p blob is enough for one application. It smells slightly minty, not of bleach as some spot treatments do! The first time I used this, I was a bit worried to look in the mirror in the morning, only to see
                stringy bits of gel on my face. You have to wash your face in the morning well to get rid of this. So, does it work? Yes. The claim is that it: ?boosts skin defence and helps prevent spots? Well, I did not get any new spots after using this, or at least not any significant ones, so I?ll agree with that. The spots that I did have, dried up and shrunk, going away within a few days, quicker than they would have gone away by themselves. The main active ingredient in this gel is salicylic acid, which is basically a drying agent which causes your skin to peel. I do find my skin is a little dry after using this and can become somewhat flaky, but I would rather have a few flakes than spots. If my skin gets dry, I just use a light moisturiser in the morning after washing the gel off. After using this gel for a few weeks daily I have found my skin to be very dry and so give my skin a break for a few days, and use E45 cream on the sore bits. It?s a pain that to combat spots you have to subject your skin to harsh treatments which dry your face up but it?s the lesser of two evils in my opinion. I have been using this for a few weeks but am pretty impressed. It?s not a magic solution and you can get stronger treatments over the counter or from your doctor on prescription. However, if you just have a few troublesome spots, or want to prevent any, I recommend this. It?s probably best for oily or normal skin types and better avoided if you have dry skin due to the drying effect. Clearasil recommend on the box to wash your face first with Clearasil deep cleansing wash, but they would, wouldn?t they? I say, use any cleanser but make sure your face is thoroughly clean of all make up and dirt before using this gel. I found it interesting to note thatt when I left the tube at someones house and thus could not use it for a week, I got quite a few spots. So I bought another tube. There aren't many skin treatments which
                I have spent my money on more than once, so that speaks volumes coming from me. One last thing, it tastes awful and dries your lips and mouth up the same as it does your face, so make sure you wash your hands well after applying. If you are lazy like me and don?t bother to wash your hands before going to sleep, you will soon find that your hands are horribly dry and cracked, so make sure you do wash them thoroughly. Alternatively, if you are feeling evil, apply a thick layer and invite a willing partner to kiss you goodnight. Not that I would do a thing like that.

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                  19.07.2002 05:48
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                  I was sat at my desk today and popped to powder my nose at lunch (sounds nicer than going for a wee eh?) I was washing my hands and looking into the mirror 'aaaarrrggghhhh!' What was that in the mirror? was I growing another head? Did I have some food stuck on my face? No, afraid not, it was worse.. it's a sodding spot! Now we all hate these little blighters, I only get the occasional spot so I am very lucky in that respect, it just means when I do get one it's a disaster. They always appear before a big night out or something just as important, like your boyfriend coming home after a weeks training course! Must remember to shave my legs... I better get down to business, I went to Boots that is located on the local retail park to get some toothpaste and some bubble bath (the things you get to do when you have the whole house to yourself!) I came across their buy one get one free offers and saw Clearasil was buy one thing from their range get another free. I picked up the Clearasil complete instant effects roller-ball pen, I thought I'd get more use out of this as I never use face washes. The roller-ball is as it sounds, it's a silver shaped cylinder, looks a bit like a lip gloss would, it contains 5ml of the magic potion. It claims to work immediately, without trace for clearer skin. This is great for getting to the spot just as it's begun, it can go in your handbag/pocket no problem and you could pull it out at any time and roll away, the liquid inside is quite runny so be careful not to dribble it all over your face as I did. This is hypoallergenic and contains active ingredients which dry up spots, clear the skin and leave no trace. This cost me £4.49 which is quite expensive but I got the Clearasil pore purifying wipes free! That's a saving of £4.49 what a bargain, I'll write about these at a later date as I haven't tried them. I wouldn't otherwise spend that amount, on
                  e spot occasionally doesn't really seem worth it. I can see how this would be very useful for people who get spots often. I got home and took the roller-ball out of the packet and applied to the extra head I'd grown, that was about 3 hours ago, I just had a look in the mirror and no lie just the one head left! Fantastic, I have applied again and I'm sure there will be no trace of it tomorrow. The liquid isn't sticky or greasy and I haven't noticed it at all. Best results are to use several times a day direct to the problem area, I can see this will last me a while which is great and I'm sure my other half will get his sticky mitts on it occasionally too! Altogether I think this is a great product as it works (makes a change!) and to get another product from the range free is great. You can also get the face washes too but as I said I would never use them. An absolute wonder, I don't think I'll leave home without it in future. I would certainly buy this product again and would certainly recommend. Thanks for the read. Paula x

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                    16.03.2002 00:54
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                    It is fair to say that with all of these sort of products that what works for one person will do nothing at all for someone else. For me, clearasil did nothing- I tried numerous of their washes, concealer sticks etc hoping for something that would work for me but never found it. Looking at the products they are obviously aimed at teens and give the impression that you will have perfectly clear skin if you use them....if only. A lot of the ingredients in the products are comedogenic which is not good and can increase skin oilyness etc. For me this wasnt the case although the products didnt help either which is obviously what you would hope they would do. If you are suffering from spots I wouldnt rely on clearsil as there are many better products on the market if you look around and it is fair to say that clearasil products are fairly expensive and in my opinion you get little too show for it.

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                      13.03.2002 18:25
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                      • "Skin becomes blotchy"

                      Clearasil does not do the job it says it is suppost to, I used Clearasil one time and never again as my skin felt dry flakey and unclean. My face looked blotchy and it was very irrating to my skin, it was not worth the price as there was not enough in the tube (compared to other brands available on the market). I would not recommend this skin product to anyone for the sheer reason it does not work. The advert is so wrong as the pearson/s are belived to be extremly spotty and then all the spots go, that is not the case the spots stay and your skin feels twice as bad. So please do not go out and buy this product I would recommend somethink on the line of Clinique facial exfoliating creams/liquids. Oh yer my freinds have also used this product and had it had the same affect.

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                        20.01.2002 05:28
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                        As I had spent most of my teenage years with a face that at times resembled a pizza, I could sympathise with my eldest son when his face started to break out with the dreaded spots, unfortunately he had inherited my oily skin. I racked my brains trying to remember all the lotions & potions my own mother had bought for me, I vividly remembered the Toppex lotion which nearly suceeded in burning all the skin off my face which thankfully is no longer available. Then when doing my shopping in Tesco's I came across Clearasil complete. I had not seen this before, although I had used Clearasil Lotion in the past. The price was a bit off putting at £4.95 a bottle but for the sake of peace and quiet and if it was as good as it said on the bottle I felt it was worth it. Well this product has turned out to be a lifesaver, it has been amazingly successful, and by simply using it twice a day my sons face is almost totally clear of spots. The basic idea behind this product is to apply instead of soap in your daily wash and it stops spots developing. Clearasil complete comes in a white tub with a pump dispenser, the lotion is white although not smooth, it has little gritty bits in it which help exfoliate the skin. Clearasil have been very innovative in their label design it is blue and shiney and resembles a mirror. The bottle I buy has 150mls, and usually lasts about a month and a half to two months. Apparently it does come in a 300ml bottle but I have yet to find one. It works very well and does not appear to dry up the skin like other spot treatments do. My son says that your face does feel tingly after using it but this soon settles down and leaves his face feeling quite soft and smooth. If you have sensitive skin it is wise to try a patch test before using for the first time to ensure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients and like all bathroom product it should be kept out of the reach of children. Avoid
                        getting in the eyes, and rinse well with luke warm water if you do. For those of you who are interested here are a list of ingredients used in Clearasil Complete: Aqua, PG-15 Stearyl ether Glycerin Stearyl Alcohol Salicylic Acid Cetyl betaine Distearyldimonium chloride Sodium C12-15 alkyl sulfate Oxidised polyethylene Cetyl alcohol Steareth 21 Sodium Chloride PPG 30 Menthol Arachidyl Alcohol Disodium EDTA BHT Citric Acid BHA I have since found by shopping around that Clearasil Complete varies in price, the cheapest so far has been Superdrug at £3.95 for 150mls.

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                        Clearasil produces a range of skincare products to clean and care for your skin to both clear up spots and blemishes, and prevent the formation of new ones.