Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion

Clinique Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion


152 reviews

63% would repurchase

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$

Package Quality: 3.9

Price: $$$


active ingredient: salicylic acid 1.50% ingredients: water\aqua\eau, alcohol denat., nylon-12, butylene glycol, hamamelis virginiana (witch hazel), laminaria saccharina extract, caffeine, sucrose, glycerin, acetyl glucosamine, sorbitol , sea whip extract, barium sulfate, 10-hydroxydecanoic acid, silica, disodium edta, benzalkonium chloride

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Combination, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Brunette, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

This always clears up my acne. Cystic, whiteheads, blackheads-- it doesn't matter. This works wonders. You DO need to work up to applying 2x per day, but it's great

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Age: 30-35

Skin: Acne-prone, Olive, Warm

Hair: Black, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Black

My skin is very acne prone. But recently I was getting so many pimples. My entire face was covered in active pimples and each day I was seeing few more new pimples. I tried many many many products. Each one I tried for 7-10days to see if it is working or not. But none of them worked except this one. I started using it 7 days back and I don't have any active pimples right now. Yes I've many scars but at least new pimple is not coming. And this product is responsible for that as my rest of the skin care routine is same. This product has 1.5% salicylic acid. But this is kind of on the stronger side. It has alcohol in it and very harsh on the skin. My skin become drier since I start using it. I wish it is not this harsh so that I can continue to use this even after clearing up my acne. But I'm not sure if I'm going to reuse it after clearing up my acne. But if I have acne again I may reuse it. This product is a winner for me.

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on 12/7/2015 10:49:00 AM

Age: 36-43

Skin: Combination, Olive, Not Sure

Hair: Brown, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

Great product for removing oil and impurities. It's amazing how much gunk I can see on the cotton after swiping.

This toner is a little on the strong side, but it still does not irritate my skin at all. It has 1.5% salicylic acid and witch hazel in it. Might be too harsh for those with sensitive skins but it's just fine for me.

For reference, I have skin that is combo-oily, clog-prone, and not sensitive. My regular toner is Clinique's Clarifying Lotion 2, but sometimes I need to use something stronger when I want to really get in there and get my pores clean. This toner is great for that.

My only complaint about this Acne Solutions toner is that it's a tad bit drying so it's not something that I would use every day.

I am a fan of Clinique's products and this one is a winner. I'd buy it again.

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Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Warm

Hair: Black, Straight, Fine

Eyes: Brown

My skin type? Acne-prone, very oily all over, prone to clogging, slightly sensitive, medium complexion
Skin concerns: Hyper-pigmentation, light scarring, uneven skin, moderate acne (monthly), very oily skin, clogged pores, dry patches (due to acne medication)

Product claims: “Gentle, medicated formula exfoliates to clear dead surface cells and reduce excess oil that can lead to breakouts. Unclogs pores. Oil-absorbing powders eliminate shine. Soothes irritation and redness without drying. For all skin types. Allergy tested. 100% fragrance free.”

I bought this back in 2013 for around $20 CDN and have been using it off-an-on since, along with the Acne Solutions Foaming Face Wash.

“Did it help with my acne?”
Initially, yes, I believe this did help me clear my acne. In 2013, I broke out very badly along my chin and jawline and this helped my acne medications work better. On its own, I believe it wouldn’t have been as effective but I do think that it helped make my routine ‘more effective’ and ‘stronger’. It also helped with dry patches and it does exfoliate my skin because my make-up, afterwards, goes on a lot smoother. The ingredient “salicylic acid 1.5%” probably has a lot to do with that.

“Does it help control oil?”
Ehhhh, not so much. I’d say it probably doesn’t make that much of a difference. Because of the high alcohol content, being the second ingredient on the list, it does have a “drying” effect once you first put it on. However, throughout the day, my skin’s natural oiliness peaks through unchanged.

“Does it dry my skin out and does it irritate my skin?”
No, but my skin is pretty tough as it’s used to strong medications like “retinoids, topical antibacterials, AHA’s, BHA’s” so a toner with salicylic acid won’t dry out or irritate my skin. However, for those who aren’t used to BHA’s and are first starting out, I can see how this might ‘sting’ and ‘irritate’ those skin types. The alcohol content might also cause irritation and redness.

“Does it unclog pores?”
Not really. I now suffer from clogged pores more than I did back in 2013 and this toner hasn’t helped me with that problem. Clogged pores are a really difficult thing to get rid of. I’d say this product would be good for ‘preventing’ clogged pores and just exfoliating surface cells BUT it doesn’t have the power to penetrate deep enough to really unclog, hardened pores (that’s what retinoids are for.)

My final thoughts with this toner is that it’s helped me initially with my acne and it hasn’t irritated or broken out my acne-prone skin so I love that about this. However, I feel like the ingredients in this (such as the alcohol) won’t help my skin in the long-run. I’ve just entered my 20’s and am being very careful with what I put on my skin. This isn’t the best toner out there but it did work for me previously. Now, it doesn’t seem to do anything for my top skin concerns: clogged pores, uneven skin texture, and hyper-pigmentation. I’ll keep this as a back-up but for now I’m on the hunt for a better toner! :)

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on 6/22/2015 11:49:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair-Medium, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Fine

Eyes: Blue

I've been using this product on and off as part of the Anti-Blemish line for years. I've always found it to be a pretty reliable product when dealing with my acne- it helps to clear away dead skin which can build up causing blemishes, plus because it cleans the skin really well, it prepares it nicely for my topical skin cream. However I've decided it's time to phase out the use of the product due to the high alcohol content. My skin has calmed down a bit over the years and I feel that it's time to start using products that will care for it as it ages, rather than aggressively scrub away layers from my face! I've been through a lot of products over the years so my skin is pretty resilient, but I can imagine those with drier skin would not get along well with this- it's just way to harsh.

That said I always did like looking at the cotton bud after wiping it over my face. There was usually some residue makeup, and it was satisfying to know my face was SUPER clean before bedtime. Also helpful if I wanted to test how effective a cleanser/makeup remover was!

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on 6/17/2015 12:44:00 AM

Age: 44-55

Skin: Oily, Fair, Neutral

Hair: Brunette, Wavy, Medium

Eyes: Blue

Deluxe Sephora sample, lasted me a couple months of use, a few times a week. Okay toner, I used during times of breakout prone skin, especially. Meaning around my period. It would remove trace amounts of makeup left behind from my cleanser and it did seem to leave my skin a bit tighter but not dry. I won't repurchase because I feel I can do just as well at the drug store for a bit cheaper. Right now, I'm using a tea tree oil spray by Boots and it's working very well.

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on 3/18/2015 11:37:00 PM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Cool

Hair: Brown, Relaxed, Medium

Eyes: Blue

This helps to reduce the amount of oil that forms on my skin. I have seen no reduction in the amount of acne I have (as no products seem to work for me) but i would recommend it simply as a way for oily skin type girls to reduce their make up touch ups throughout the day.

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Age: 18 & Under

Skin: Acne-prone, Fair, Not Sure

Hair: Blond, Other, Other

Eyes: Blue

I used the whole kit and these products made wonders for my skin, it's a lot better now and I break out twice a month instead of twice a week. BUT I feel like there are more gentle and more effective products in the market similar to this. This toner seems to have way too much alcohol in it. I still would recommend it cause Clinique acne solutions was the first thing that helped to get rid of my horrible forehead acne so it still works.

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on 1/13/2015 2:49:00 AM

Age: 19-24

Skin: Acne-prone, Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Black, Other, Other

Eyes: Brown

BEST THING FOR ACNE!!!! I am ACNE PRONED THIS IS MY HG. I am 21&now break out free..I've tried every drugstore acne products/proactive nothing worked:( but this saved my life I am now acne free :-) 15$ so worth it guys

3 of 3 people found this helpful.

on 12/31/2014 3:05:00 PM

Age: 25-29

Skin: Combination, Fair-Medium, Not Sure

Hair: Other, Other, Other

Eyes: Other

How did they manage to get this product into stores? Once it ran out in my make up bag and the print on the back of literally all my products got melted away. Imagine what this does to our skin in the long term? Never used it again after that.

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