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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?


  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!

  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.

  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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