March 30, 2012

Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment review

Ok this has got to be the least flattering post I have written to date (it's a toss up between this one....) but I’m trying to keep it real here. I crop out the messy living room behind me in my FOTD photos but I’m going to show you this? Ay, ay, ay, Michelle.

Let me just say that apparently I’m 30 going on 13. I don’t know what happened but I’ve suddenly broken out like a pubescent teenager. Hormones, stress, perhaps my new foundation? Either way, we all get pimples now and then and for whatever reason I’ve suddenly got months worth at once. As you know I am a fanatical face washer and because that alone wasn’t fighting off the blemishes I knew I had to call in some back up. During our recent grocery shop I stopped in the skin care aisle to look for some astringent or spot treatment or a magic wand to help combat this issue. I browsed through the aisle and stopped at the Clean & Clear products as I remember liking some of their items in high school. I came across a few very similar products and to be honest with you I don’t know the exact difference between them, but the one I opted for was Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment.


The packaging read that 100% of users saw a difference within 4 hours of application. That’s a pretty hefty claim and I was anxious to see how it would help my problem area. The directions said to cleanse skin and apply 3 times daily. I haven’t been wearing any makeup to allow my skin time to heal so as soon as I got home I applied it. It is clear, has a medicinal scent and the consistency is a thin gel. Upon application it felt cool on my skin and tingled/stung a little bit – which I was glad about – stinging means it’s working right?

I came back for a peek a few hours later and I was shocked. The puffiness of each blemish had decreased as had the redness surrounding it. I knew they claimed I would see results almost immediately but I didn’t think I actually would. As this product does create a thin film on the face I washed it off and applied more to fresh skin. After applying it 4 times (I know they said 3 but you can’t stop me now!) I was amazed and am thrilled to say that I saw a remarkable difference in just one day.

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The photo on the left was taken after one application and the photo on the right was taken the next morning. It is cliche to say but the photos really don’t do it justice. You can see the decreased redness and the inflammation is significantly less in the second photo. After 2 days of use the smaller spots were gone and after 3 days the entire problem area has nearly vanished. My blemishes have never healed this quickly and while the product has left my skin a little dry and tight in that area that is much more manageable than a patch of pimples.

I am happy to have found this product. I do not often have break outs as grand as this but believe this product will be useful in combating even the random pimple that appears. I feel armed and ready!


  1. My skin has been horrible the past couple weeks too--I think it's the weather. I feel like I'm in high school again. Definitely going to try this out, thanks for the review.

  2. Wow what a difference! Aren't blemishes so fun! I thought after high school I was done with that fairweather friend. Have you ever tried Pharmagel? I love this skin care line and its cost friendly too. Three years ago I had a major problem with my skin and I started using this (and changed my foundation also)and honestly i have not had any breakouts since. It has made such a difference with my skin.:)

  3. oh this is what i use too! and i freak out if i cant find it..b/c apparently my skin thinks its 13 again too. funtimes!!!


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