ClearasilUltra Overnight Wash
6.78 fl. oz. for $8.99
Expert Rating
Community Rating (0)Write a Review
Expert Reviews
Community Reviews
Brand Overview
Expert Reviews

Ultra Overnight Wash is a water-soluble gel cleanser for normal to oily skin that makes some lofty claims in terms of clearing up skin “overnight”. Unfortunately, it doesn’t deliver.

While the salicylic acid that Ultra Overnight Wash contains may appeal to those struggling with acne, its exfoliating properties far less effective, if at all, in a cleanser. That’s because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work. We don’t want you spending money on a product whose ingredients can’t perform as claimed so if you are hoping for salicylic acid to provide exfoliating benefits, look for it in a leave-on product.

Some companies recommend leaving these types of cleansers on skin for a longer period of time so the salicylic acid can absorb, but that means the cleansing agents would also be left on too and that can cause dryness and irritation. (Not to mention that the pH of this cleanser is too high for salicylic acid to have benefit anyway.)

Note: In addition to fragrance, this cleanser also contains potentially irritating plant extracts, including Helichrysum italicum, which is not advised for use by anyone allergic to ragweed.

See our Best Cleansers list for superior, non-irritating options. 

  • Removes makeup.
  • Contains potentially sensitizing plant extracts and fragrance.
  • Doesn’t live up to its claims.
Last Updated:01.04.2017
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Community Reviews

Clinically tested to help visibly reduce redness and pimple size overnight, for visibly clearer skin. The creamy textured Overnight Wash works continuously through the night, when your skin is actively in the process of cell regeneration, and renewal to help visibly reduce redness and size of pimples overnight.


Active: Salicylic Acid (2%), Other: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Coco-Glucoside, Glycol Distearate, Sodium Chloride, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, Laureth-4, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Polyquaternium-43, Fragrance, Lavandula Stoechas Extract, Helichrysum Italicum Extract, Cistus Monspeliensis Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Formic Acid, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Butylparaben, Ethylparaben, Isobutylparaben, Propylparaben, Red 33, Blue 1

Brand Overview

Clearasil At-a-Glance

Strengths: Inexpensive; effective topical disinfectants with 10% benzoyl peroxide.

Weaknesses: As is true for most anti-acne lines, irritating ingredients with no benefit for skin take precedence; no lower-strength benzoyl peroxide products (10% has a higher chance of causing irritation than 2.5% and 5% versions).

Perhaps no other line is more synonymous with decades of zapping zits than ever-present Clearasil. The brand debuted in 1950 and was the first to offer anti-acne products to a teenage audience. The company has had several owners over the years (including Procter & Gamble), but has always kept its place on store shelves. The current selection of products is larger than in years past, yet they remain overwhelmingly disappointing because most of them contain irritating ingredients that don't help blemish- or blackhead-prone skin. Alcohol, menthol and its derivatives, and witch hazel show up repeatedly in these and other anti-acne products at the drugstore, creating a precarious situation that leaves shoppers who are dealing with acne faced with few genuinely effective choices. Luckily Clearasil comes through a few times with some very good benzoyl peroxide products for effective disinfecting.

For more information about Clearasil, call (866) 252-5327 or visit www.clearasil.com.

About the Experts

The Beautypedia and Paula’s Choice Research teams have one mission: To help you find the best products for your skin, whether they’re from Paula’s Choice or another brand. By combining efforts, we’re able to share scientific research and remain committed to the highest standards based on our decades of experience objectively reviewing thousands upon thousands of skincare and makeup formularies in all price ranges.

Beautypedia cuts through the hype to bring you product insights and recommendations you won’t find anywhere else!