Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel has a clear, water-soluble, fluid gel consistency that creates a mild lather as it's applied to wet skin. Its blend of gentle cleansing agents work quickly to remove makeup, oil, and other debris—all without leaving skin feeling stripped dry.
Clinique promises Acne Solutions Cleansing Gel will help eliminate breakouts and blackheads via its "medicated" formula that includes 2% salicylic acid. When used in a well formulated leave-on product, salicylic acid works beautifully to gently exfoliate skin. However, it is far less effective for exfoliation, if at all, in a cleanser because it is rinsed off before it can begin to work.
Nevertheless, this is still a good, fragrance-free option for cleaning normal to oily/combination or acne-prone skin, without drying it out.
If you are interested in trying salicylic acid (also known as BHA) in a form that can actually treat acne and the red marks breakouts leave behind, look to our list of Best BHA Exfoliants.
Medicated, oil-free foaming cleansing gel helps clear breakouts and blackheads. Unclogs pores. Helps control oil. Skin feels fresh, soft, calm and smooth. Can also be used on body.
Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2%. Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, Sucrose, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Sodium Hyaluronate, Acetyl Glucosamine, Laureth-2, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Sulfate, Benzophenone-4, Sodium Hydroxide, EDTA, Disodium EDTA, BHT, Phenoxyethanol, Blue 1.
Strengths: A few excellent moisturizers and serums; excellent sunscreens; very good cleansers and eye makeup removers; unique mattifying products; impressive selection of foundations, good concealers; some remarkable mascaras; much-improved eyeshadows, lip colors and blush formulas.
Weaknesses: Bar soaps (which can clog pores and dull skin); alcohol-based toners; unfortunate choice of jar packaging for antioxidant-loaded moisturizers.
Estee Lauder-owned Clinique launched the concept of cosmetics being "allergy-tested," "hypoallergenic," "100% fragrance-free," and "dermatologist tested." Of those marketing claims, the only one with significance is "100% fragrance-free," which, for the most part, Clinique maintains (although it does add some fragrant extracts to a few products). Unfortunately, terms like “hypoallergenic” and “dermatologist tested” aren’t regulated by the FDA and can mean anything—thus, you still need to rely on the ingredient list to tell you whether their product contains any ingredients with the potential to irritate skin.
That inconvenient fact aside, Clinique is leading the way with cutting-edge, state-of-the-art moisturizers and serums, plus some formidable makeup and more than a few excellent sunscreens. While Clinique has some products that we see as missteps for reasons discussed in their reviews, more than ever, what they offer is quite good (just have realistic expectations, as some of their claims go beyond what their products are capable of).
Turning to makeup, Clinique continues to offer a vast palette of colors and textures, especially with their enormous selection of foundations—many of which feature effective sunscreens. Without a doubt, the numerous formulas offer something for every skin type and almost every skin color—though the blushes, eye makeup and lip colors are frequently not pigmented enough for deeper skin tones.
The bottom line is that, despite a few shortcomings, Clinique is one of the most comprehensive (and comparably affordable) department-store makeup lines, and it is completely understandable why they enjoy such broad appeal.
Note: Clinique is categorized as one that tests on animals because their products are sold in China. Although Clinique does not conduct animal testing for their products sold elsewhere, the Chinese government requires imported cosmetics be tested on animals, so foreign companies retailing there must comply. This requirement is why some brand’s state that they don’t test on animals “unless required by law”. Animal rights organizations consider cosmetic companies retailed in China to be brands that test on animals, and so does the Beautypedia Team.
For more information about Clinique, call (800) 419-4041 or visit www.clinique.com.
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