Choose-Day Tuesday: Clinique vs. Clean & Clear

Today’s battle is between two brands that come first to mind for people around the world for skin care. Both Clinique and Clean&Clear are highly respected for their face washes, face creams, and treatments — whether it be for oily, dry or sensitive skin, both brands have got you covered!

But which brand has got me covered better for covering — and eliminating — acne? After testing out both Clinique and Clean&Clear acne spot treatments, it’s time to address, assess, and name a champ!

First up is the treatment that conquers and DESTROYS the task at hand. It is….

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel
0.5 oz.
After reading many reviews online, this seemed like the overwhemlingly popular solution to my acne spot treatment need. Still, when I went into Sephora I asked the skin specialist as if I had no previous knowledge, and still was immediately directed towards this product. For the majority of my life, I have had no issue with acne other than a blemish once in a blue moon, that always went away within a couple of days. After coming off birth control, I have been receiving some pesky pimples that simply would not go away no matter what I tried, and while I feel $20 for a tiny little bottle is pretty steep, I was desperate.

At first I was worried about the salicylic acid, since I have naturally very dry skin. However, it is just that that causes the blemishes to disappear, as well as prevent new ones from forming. Yes, after continuously putting this on the same areas my skin was drying out, but with plenty of moisturizing it proved to be fine. No irritation otherwise. That is HUGE for me! When you first put on the clear gel, you can feel a burning sensation. This goes away within 5 minutes, and the skin feels tight in that area afterwards.

This product didn’t work as the skin specialist at Sephora promised, the disappearance of my acne within 24 hours, however within a week the pesky pimples were down to nearly nothing, and the smaller pimples gone.

Not as quick as it claims, but does (eventually) get the job done!!

Next up is a product who claims it can make its opponent VANISH into thin air. It is….

Clean&Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment
I found $10.99 a pretty steep price for a drugstore product, especially as small as this, but was hoping that was because it worked well. My sister has acne prone skin and has used various other Clean&Clear products over the years, so I figured I would give it a try. Claiming to show visible results within 4 hours for pimple redness, size and swelling, I was pretty excited to put this to the test.

This acne treatment also has salicyclic acid, but thankfully with vigorous moisturizing that was okay. What wasn’t okay was that it did absolutely nothing within 4 hours. No difference at all. Then, it says to apply this 3 times daily…if it was suppose to completely clear within 4 hours, wouldn’t I not have to use it daily, as well as three times within that same day? Hmmm…

What really irks me about this product is directly on the packaging it claims “100% of people showed clearer skin in just one day.” Uhhh excuse me?! How can they get away with claiming this? Because I am a person, and guess what? I did not show clearer skin in just one day. Or two days. Or three…and after a few days more, gave up on this product entirely.

VERDICT: I don’t think it is a surprise who not only won this battle, but beat their competitor by a long shot: I highly, highly recommend Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Clearing Gel. Sure, it is a bit more pricey, but I’d rather a product that truly works than pay $10.99 for something that does absolutely nothing for me.


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