Average Rating 4.1/5
Review by luckycatpdx
I haven't written a review since I joined this site. I try A LOT of products and love some of them, hate some of them, but usually can't be bothered to write a review on a one of them. Until this stuff! I have seborrheic dermatitis, perioral dermatitis, mild rosacea AND mild acne. I used Head and Shoulders for years to keep my face almost 100% clear (that stuff really does work on acne, fwiw). When I hit my 30's my face started freaking out. Cystic pimples were appearing in weird places, my skin was feeling parched, everything that could go wrong was going wrong and I decided to change things up, stupidly believing maybe I had simply grown out of the conditions that plagued me in my teens to mid twenties. Uhm, no. After changing my skincare routine, some autoimmune response was triggered and my face REVOLTED when anything came in contact with it. Anything. Olive oil, jojoba oil, mineral makeup, Cetaphil, pHisoderm, Purpose, even water. When I could get my skin moisturized and comfortable, my acne wasn't being treated. I tried the Acne.org system which gave me the WORST acne I have had since puberty. I wish I could underline that- worst. Ever. The cleanser actually glued my hair to my face when it would get trapped under my fingers while washing. It would hurt to peel off. Wth? What is that doing inside my pores? When I tried to resume my old routine of H&S and Avalon Organics- holy hell- I turned beet red and swelled up for a couple of days, then scaled over. This went on for months. Terrible, miserable, embarrassing months. My memories of Clinique were not pleasant. I had used it as a teen and young adult, during its 3-Step Hay Day, but it only seemed to make matters worse. Further more the makeup always oxidized to a sick orange color. Thanks, but no thanks. Fast forward twenty years and I have a little more than two weeks to get my face in some acceptable shape for a trip to see my boyfriend's family. I walked into Nordstrom for a bottle of Nars foundation and notice the famous words at the Clinique counter: Dermatologist developed. Allergy tested. 100% fragrance free. It was the fragrance free part that lured me in and I nervously pondered purchasing yet another bundle of products that would probably ruin my skin and send me into hiding. I snagged the mild liquid soap, mild clarifying lotion, and dramatically different moisturizing lotion. I LOVED it all, but the mild clarifying lotion is really the gem of the line. It's milky, fragrance free, witch hazel free, alcohol free, menthol free (thank God) and it doesn't sting or redden my face at all. Not even a little. The trick I use to make this work is I rinse it off. I apply it with a cotton ball after using the cleanser, let it sit for a minute, then rinse off the slight slick film that is left behind. My skin feels soft, supple, and refreshed, AND I can guarantee that teensy weensy bit of salicylic acid gets into the pores and does its job, because it cleared up my acne pretty much immediately. By the next morning zits were clearing, and now...I have no active pimples. Again. Woo hoo!!! I love the entire three step system- the lotion has received such a bad rap over the years and it is the only lotion I can use on my face without inciting a severe allergic reaction or breaking out. I am so glad I rediscovered this line!!!