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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Review: Avon Clearskin Blemish Clearing Spot Treatment

Blemish-busting gel formulated with salicylic acid and botanical extracts. This effective treatment with Blemish Busting technology leaves your complexion looking clearer.- Avon

I bought this a while ago, after seeing it on another blog and since it was on sale too, I had to give it a try. This is a pretty basic product, apply to angry skin. I hate most words used for blemishes, okay mostly just the word "zit" it makes my skin crawl. When I break out, and like most 20-somethings I only ever breakout under my jaw line /under chin area, I say I have a case of angry skin.

This product is from Avon's ClearSkin line, as opposed to their more clinical strength ClearSkin Professional line, which is supposed to rival ProActive. I find that a bit hard to believe though, seeing as this spot treatment contains 2% salicylic acid (the active blemish killing ingredient) and more expensive "professional" spot treatment contains the same amount.



So, this is a clear treatment, which I like more than the tinted ones. I can use my own concealer to cover what needs to be covered thanks. I will warn, that if you apply too much on one spot it will eventually dry and start to flake off of you ala a bad sunburn, fyi. When I first bought this I was lucky enough not to need it for some time (yay for clear skin!) Unfortunately my cystic friends came back. I first started using this hoping it would replace my former love Mario Badescu Drying Cream which lost it's magic for me. I don't know if my skin got used to it or if my pot had been kicking around for too long, but it stopped working.

I started using this as only a spot treatment, but found that it took two or three applications for it to really do anything. I now use it here and there and all over my "angry zone" as a kind of insurance policy when I suspect a flair up coming, or to speed the recovery of an angry attack. All in all this is an okay product which I would buy again to keep on stand-by, but there are stronger (5%) formulas on the market that I will likely try first to see which I prefer. Justine over at Productrater! did a great review of Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 5 which has peaked my interest. I may just have to try it out too.

Have you used this product? What did you think? Got any good recommendations?


12 comments:

  1. This is interesting because usually spot treatments are Benzoyl Peroxide, not Salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is used as an exfoliant and cleans out the pore so its more of a preventative thing than a treatment. Benzoyl Peroxide actually kills the bacteria and dries the pimple so if your not having luck with this I can see why! Try a benzoyl peroxide (like the clean & clear one!) Hope this helps! :) Great review!

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  2. Wow you're fast! And thorough, thanks for the great info. I will keep that in the back of my head for my next purchase and will keep using this for just that: prevention.

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  3. Does this product really work on black spots and if yes how long does it take to clear them I just ordered it

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