Clean and Clear Watermelon Juicy Scrub

Clean & Clear

Watermelon Juicy Scrub

4.20 fl. oz. for $ 5.99
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Clean & Clear’s Watermelon Juicy Scrub is billed as a hydrating cleansing scrub for dry skin, but some poor ingredient choices mean it simply can’t live up to its claims.

Housed in an opaque squeeze tube, this pink gel has small black specks suspended throughout to spark the image of a watermelon. The gel foams when it contacts water, and the manual scrub action comes from both potato starch and rounded cellulose beads which, thankfully, aren’t abrasive. The scrub does a good job removing dirt and oil while rinsing cleanly.

This scrub’s main hook is that it boosts hydration thanks to its mix of glycolic, lactic, and hyaluronic acids. While all these do help skin retain moisture, each is listed after the very drying cleansing agent C14-15 olefin sulfonate in the ingredient list. Thanks to the hydrating ingredients skin doesn’t feel entirely uncomfortable after rinsing, but it certainly isn’t left feeling hydrated, either.

Another strike against this scrub is that it contains fragrance. While the watermelon scent is pleasant, fragrance – even in a rinse-off product such as this one – puts skin at risk for irritation. It’s best to give this a pass and select an alternative from our list of best scrubs instead.

  • Provides gentle manual exfoliation.
  • Does a good job removing dirt and oil.
  • Is not hydrating as claimed.
  • Contains a high amount of a cleansing agent known to be drying.
  • Includes fragrance, which puts skin at risk for irritation.
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: Yes

Hydrate dry, thirsty skin! CLEAN & CLEAR® Watermelon juicy scrub gently buffs away dirt, oil & dry skin while boosting hydration.

Water, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Glycerin, Sodium Hydrolyzed Potato Starch Dodecenylsuccinate, Acrylates Crosspolymer-4, Cellulose, Fragrance, Citrullus Lanatus (Watermelon) Fruit Juice, Polysorbate 20, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Citric Acid, Charcoal Powder, Sodium Benzoate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Disodium EDTA, Microcrystalline Cellulose, Red 33, Yellow 5, Red 28.

Clean & Clear At-A-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; an excellent 10% benzoyl peroxide product; some very good cleansers.

Weaknesses: The majority of products contain irritating fragrant extracts, alcohol, menthol, menthyl lactate, or other problematic ingredients; below-average moisturizers; poor options for those struggling with breakouts or blackheads (at least if your goal is assembling a helpful skin-care routine using only Clean & Clear's products).

The name of this Johnson & Johnson-owned brand clearly communicates what it attempts to provide, and may seem to be a beacon of hope for consumers struggling with acne. The products are heavily marketed toward teens, with commercials and print ads featuring attractive young models with nary a blemish in sight, presumably because these fresh-faced teens adhere to a routine consisting of these attractively packaged products.

Although there are some great, inexpensive cleansers available, blemishes have nothing to do with how clean your skin is; the two issues are completely unrelated. The other failing is that unlike sister company Neutrogena (also owned by J&J), almost all of Clean & Clear's anti-acne products contain irritating ingredients that won't improve skin problems and end up making matters worse. Even a couple of the pH-correct BHA options are marred by troublesome ingredients that only make blemished skin more inflamed and impede the healing process. Moreover, the issue of sun protection is inadequately addressed, with the only option failing to provide sun protection without added irritants. What kind of message is that for teens trying to put together an effective skin-care routine? Clean skin is attainable from these products, but the company's road to "beautifully clear" skin has too many speed bumps to make this a one-stop destination for the blemish-prone.

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