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Clearasil Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream Review

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Updated April 09, 2014

Clearasil Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream:

Clearasil Daily Clear Vanish Acne Treatment Cream is an over-the-counter treatment product that helps treat mild to moderate acne breakouts. It's a leave-on product, so you just apply the cream to a clean face and you're done.

According to package directions, it can be used one to three times per day (I'd recommend starting off just once a day, to lessen the chance of super dry, irritated skin.)

Active Ingredient:

Inactive Ingredients:

Water, propylene glycol, aluminum hydroxide, bentonite, glyceryl stearate SE, PEG-12, isopropyl myristate, methyparaben, carbomer, potassium hydroxide, propylparaben

Price:

About $5.99 for a 1 ounce tube

Where You Can Buy:

You can buy this product at big box stores (Wal-mart, Target, etc.) and at your local drug stores too.

Pros:

  • The Clearasil brand is carried nearly everywhere, so it will be easy to find this product.
  • It contains the highest percentage of benzoyl peroxide available over the counter.
  • A small dab will cover a fair amount of skin.

Cons:

  • The cream is very thick and a little sticky.
  • It continues to feel sticky for a few minutes, until it's fully dry.
  • It's a bit expensive for the amount of cream you actually get.

Clearasil Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream Review:

Ahh, Clearasil. Yes, it's the quintessential acne treatment.

There are tons of different products in the Clearasil line, with Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream being one of them. This is a benzoyl peroxide treatment cream. You don't wash it off. Instead, it's applied over the entire face in a thin layer and left to dry.

It's important to remember that this is not a spot treatment product, so you don't just dot it on existing pimples. It's a treatment lotion, so you apply it almost like you would a moisturizer and apply it over the entire face. By using it this way the medication can help treat the pimples you have, and also keep new ones from popping up. Because that's what we ultimately want, right? No more new pimples.

And though you apply it like a moisturizer, it's not a moisturizing cream. You shouldn't use it in place of your typical moisturizing lotion, but you can use it along with your moisturizer. Apply your moisturizer first, let it fully absorb for a few minutes, and then put the Clearasil Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream over the top. This will help reduce any dryness that the medication might cause too.

This Clearasil cream, when it's fresh out of the tube, is white but it dries clear and basically disappears into the skin (hence, the "vanishing.") The cream is also thick... extremely thick. Like toothpaste.

Every time I used it, I couldn't get over how sticky it felt. The stickiness did disappear after the cream dried, but I didn't particularly care for the consistency.

The good news is a little bit does go a long way. It spreads, if not easily, then far. Just a small dab is enough for half the face.

And, I know $6 isn't much, so am I cheap for thinking it's a lot for one tube? I'd go through a tube in about three weeks, just using it once a day. For a few dollars more, I could get a complete skin care kit with a cleanser, toner, and treatment lotion (something like AcneFree) and get more than just one ounce of product.

But the Clearasil Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream does have the highest percentage of benzoyl peroxide you can get over the counter. But a stronger cream can mean more side effects, so start off slowly with this one.

All benzoyl peroxide products can bleach clothes, towels, and the like, so don't get your cream on any of these (that means no wiping the extra off your hands onto a towel!) Once it's dry, you typically don't have to worry. But I've still had benzoyl peroxide cream bleach out my pillowcase, even after the cream was completely dry, so a white pillowcase may be a good idea anyway.

Clearasil Daily Clear Vanishing Acne Treatment Cream is a fair choice for your over-the-counter acne treatment routine. You may like it even better if you prefer a treatment cream with more body. But, as always, if you're seeing a dermatologist about your acne you'll want to get an OK before you try this product.

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