Sunday, February 15, 2015

Review: Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel

While acne isn't a everyday problem for me, it definitely is a problem when the blemish appears--they're big, red, and painful! :( Because of this issue, I really want to find a product that could help alleviate this problem when it comes up. Since Clinique has always been a trustworthy brand--in my opinion--I wanted to try one of its acne solution products. I picked up the product in stores at Ulta for a hefty $25 for 1ml. The Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel can be applied all over the face or used as spot treatment. The product claims to clear blemishes upon application and prevent new ones from appearing. It contains the following ingredients:

  • salicylic acid - clears away dead surface cells (acts as exfoliator)
  • laminaria saccharina - control sebum production
  • sea whip extract - reduces redness and inflammation


The first thing I noticed was that it smells VERY strongly of ALCOHOL. In fact, there's no other scent besides alcohol...and because there is so much alcohol in this product, when you squeeze out a little bit of the product, it dries up very, very quickly. Sometimes, so quickly that you don't have enough time to apply it on the blemish! Sadly, I didn't see much difference after using this product--even after using for four days straight. However, I didn't use this product more than twice a day.

Luckily, there are a few pluses I've noticed is that this product. The clearing gel will last quite a long time (if used as a spot treatment), as you only need a little to apply on your blemishes. The packaging is also very convenient and sanitary. You can't contaminate the solution inside and you only need to give a gentle squish for the product to come out. The product is also small enough to be carried inside your purse or backpack!

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Ease of use:     
Ingredients:      (CosDNA)

Where to find this product?
Clinique - $25.00
Sephora - $25.00
Amazon - $22.99 + free shipping over $35


  1. What a bummer. I thought that Clinique's acne products were supposed to be good! Have you tried the Evologie Intensive Blemish Serum? It's also a salicylic acid treatment, and I've had really good luck with it.

  2. I heard from my friend that Clinique products really do smell like medicine/alcohol :)) When you think about it, they really do stick to their name, Clinic-Clinique, lol. But man! I don't think I'd like using something if I can't even stand the smell of it :(

    Strawberry Bunny

  3. Yep :( I really don't like the smell. It's too strong!! </3