Clean & Clear Advantage Acne Spot Treatment

Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot is a spot treatment for white/blackheads. Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot can be used for any skin type, even for dry skin but strictly as a spot treatment. If you notice dryness and peeling with Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot, discontinue use and see your doctor.

What is it? Acne controlling gel

Who can use it? Any skin type for reducing pimples. Use only as a spot treatment in dry skin

Sensitive skin: use as a spot treatment only

 

Description

Description

Pros:

Anti-acne action: Yes, Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot might help in reducing the black/white heads by drying out the oil secretion of pimples with the help of alcohol base and salicylic acid 2%. It has four anti-acne ingredients- 2% salicylic acid along with witch hazel, cinnamon and Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract.

Safe: It is devoid of significant toxic chemicals.

Cons:

It likely to irritate sensitive skin owing to the alcohol base and irritating ingredients.

Dermatocare recommendations

Additional information

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$

Regime

Night

Quick Comparison

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DescriptionClean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot is a spot treatment for white/blackheads. Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot can be used for any skin type, even for dry skin but strictly as a spot treatment. If you notice dryness and peeling with Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot, discontinue use and see your doctor. What is it? Acne controlling gel Who can use it? Any skin type for reducing pimples. Use only as a spot treatment in dry skin Sensitive skin: use as a spot treatment only  The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum is a water-based serum infused with therapeutic concentration 2 proven anti-acne ingredients – Niacinamide 10% and Zinc PCA 1%. If you have acne prone skin, then The Ordinary Niacinamide is for you. The Ordinary Niacinamide serum reduces inflammation, acne and post acne marks. In addition, it improves skin barrier and has some anti-ageing benefits. What is it? Niacinamide serum Who can use it? Oily to normal skin prone to Acne, Rosacea, Post Acne Pigmentation Sensitive skin: Unlikely to irritate Goodies: Niacinamide 10% and Zinc PCA 1%. Not so good: None  The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion has three active anti-acne ingredients tea-tree oil, lemon tea-tree and tamanu oil in a lotion base. It is worth trying for combination acne-prone skin. It might help in reducing not only red pimples but also the open pores on prolonged regular use. What is it? Moisturising lotion anti0acne action Who can use it?  Combination acne-prone skin. Sensitive skin: Unlikely to irritate, avoid if your skin is red, irritated or itchy.  Biotique Bio Winter Green Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Cream can be used for red pimples when the tea-tree oil and salicylic acid-based products are no more helpful. It should be used as a spot treatment only. What is it? Spot treatment for red pimples Who can use it? Any skin type on red pimples only Sensitive skin: Can be used on sensitive skin as spot treatment  Are you looking for a sunscreen for acne-prone skin? Cetaphil pro-oil-absorbing moisturizer SPF 30 is the best sunscreen for acne-prone skin for regular use. It has hydrating, anti-acne, soothing and skin barrier repair benefits along with broad-spectrum sun protection. What is it? Sunscreen with SPF 30 with anti-acne action Who can use it? All skin types prone to acne Sensitive skin: Unlikely to irritate sensitive skin, however, chances of reaction cant be ruled out altogether  
Paula's Choice 10 % Azelaic Acid Booster is a lightweight oil-free gel that can be used for all skin types. It is a potent blend of azelaic acid, salicylic acid and soothing plant-based derivatives. It helps in reducing acne, rosacea and post-acne marks. What is it? Gel with skin lightening, anti-acne and skin-soothing action Who can use it? All skin types prone to acne, pigmentation, post-acne marks, and rosacea. Sensitive: Do not use on red, irritated or burning skin. Start once your skin is calm.
Additional information
Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$

Regime

Night

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Pigmentation & Dark Spots

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Gender

Female, Male

Price range

$$

Regime

Morning

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$

Regime

Night

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$

Regime

Night

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Pores/Blackheads/Whiteheads

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Gender

Female, Male

Price range

$

Regime

Morning

Gender

Female, Male

Skin Type

Dry, Normal/Combination, Oily

Skin concern

Acne & Blemishes, Pigmentation & Dark Spots

Is your skin red/itchy/bumpy?

Never, Sometimes (now it is calm)

Price range

$$$

Regime

Morning

Content

Pros:

Anti-acne action: Yes, Clean & Clear Clear Advantage Acne Spot might help in reducing the black/white heads by drying out the oil secretion of pimples with the help of alcohol base and salicylic acid 2%. It has four anti-acne ingredients- 2% salicylic acid along with witch hazel, cinnamon and Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract. Safe: It is devoid of significant toxic chemicals.

Cons:

It likely to irritate sensitive skin owing to the alcohol base and irritating ingredients.

What are benefits of The Ordinary Niacinamide?

The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum has following benefits:
  • Controls acne: Six of eight studies show that using topical nicotinamide 4% led to a significant reduction in acne. It helps in regulating sebum secretion and reduces inflammation. The ordinary has much higher concentration of 10% Niacinamide. Therefore, worth including in skin care regime for acne prone skin.
  • Reduces post acne marks: Niacinamide reduces transfer of melanin form melanocyte to skin cells. Thus, has skin lightening benefit according to many studies.
  • Skin barrier repair: Niacinamide helps in repairing your skin. This gets essential in acne, where the use of strong products can damage the integrity of skin.
  • Fights red pimples: The Ordinary Niacinamide also reduces proliferation of acne causing bacteria with help of Zinc PCA.
  • Reduces rosacea: Niacinamide has anti-inflammatory benefits. The Ordinary Niacinamide might reduce redness of sensitive skin. However, make sure that you start this product after easing out rosacea breakouts as mentioned in this article, Sensitive skin care- Dermatologist Guide

Who should use The Ordinary Niacinamide?

The Ordinary Niacinamide Serum can be used in the morning to prevent and reduce acne as early as 15 years of age. Read this article to know about how to include it in skin care regime for acne prone skin.

How to use The Ordinary Niacinamide?

The wonderful part The Ordinary Niacinamide serum is that is light weight non-comedogenic product that gets absorbed in your skin instantly. Apply few drops of this serum on face after cleansing and toning, as shown in this video given below:

What are some watchouts?

Few people might rarely notice initial breakouts with The Ordinary Niacinamide. They might not be troublesome though. If purging continues, then restrict use of this products on active acne and post acne marks alone. If you have dry skin, then you would need extra layer of light weight moisturizer after this product.

Benefits

  • reducing red pimples with help of tea tree oil, tamanu oil and lemon tea tree oil.
  • Reduces dark spots with help of Tamanu oil
  • Fades superficial scars with help of tamanu oil on prolonged use.
  • Does not have Parabens, Phthalates, Formaldehyde releasers, SLS, BHT free

For which skin type?

The Body Shop Tea Tree Night Lotion is suitable to use in combination skin types. It has two comedogenic ingredients, thus, it should be used with caution on oily skin.

Will it irritate sensitive skin?

Yes, it might irritate sensitive skin and cautious use is recommended.

Benefits

Biotique Bio Winter Green Spot Correcting Anti-Acne Cream contains the following anti-acne ingredients:
  • Berberis aristata is a herb that is called tree turmeric and has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that might help in reducing red pimples.
  • Euphorbia thymifolia might be useful in the treatment of pimples owing to its inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.
  • Gultheria fragrantissima is a wintergreen herb that has antiseptic benefits and might help by removing the bacteria.
  • Neem has antibacterial and anti-acne benefits that might help in reducing acne breakouts in acne prone skin. However, if neem might irritate sensitive skin, a patch test is recommended before use.
This cream has rare anti-acne herbs that can be used as a second line of treatment when tea-tree oil and salicylic-based acne products are not working.

Cons

  • herbs might irritate sensitive skin
  • the ingredient list is not complete.
  • jar parking that requires digging your finger into the jar before application. Make sure your finger is clean and dry before doing so, to avoid chances of infections.

For which skin type?

 I cannot make a definite recommendation for skin types because the full composition of the cream base is not mentioned. This cream base might be occlusive for acne-prone skin. Thus, this anti-acne cream should be used as a spot treatment only.

Benefits

Cetaphil pro- oil absorbing moisturizer SPF 30 has the following benefits:
  • Protect your skin from both UVA and UVB with help of 3 chemical-based UV filters- Avobenzone, Octisalate and Octocrylene. SPF of 30 is enough for daily exposure like travelling to the workplace. However, if you are planning for a beach holiday or outdoor sport, then you should apply a thick layer of Cetaphil pro moisturiser every 2-3 hours. Else, you can use sunscreen with SF 50 +.
  • Cetaphil pro might help in reducing redness caused by acne with Allantoin and Panthenol.
  • Zinc Gluconate in Cetaphil pro reduces acne-causing bacteria and lowers oil production.
  • Hydroxypalmitoyl Sphinganine is a ceramide that repairs the skin barrier and adds to NMF (Natural moisturising factor) of your skin.

Side effects

Cetaphil Pro moisturiser does have any side effects. It might not suit super sensitive skin.

How to use?

Cetaphil Pro moisturiser is both sunscreen and moisturiser.  You should put salicylic acid, Niacinamide or azelaic acid in the morning followed by Cetaphil pro moisturiser as discussed in this article for Acne skin care Routine

Paula's Choice 10 % Azelaic Acid Booster Benefits

Beneficial for acne-prone skin: The mixture of azelaic acid, salicylic acid, licorice and soothing agents in this product works on all the steps of action:
  • Oil control
  • Remove the dead cells clogging pores treating both blackheads and acne.
  • Reduces the inflammation caused by blemishes.
  • Heals the pigmentation spots left after healing of acne
Brightens and even tones the skin: Licorice root extract and Azelaic acid are 2 superstar ingredients when it comes to skin lightening and depigmentation properties. They help fade away the dark spots giving a clearer look to the skin. Soothes rosacea-prone skin: Allantoin, adenosine and Boerhavia extract along with azelaic acid soothe the redness of rosacea. Hydrates: Glycerine and propanediol add to the skin hydration.

Paula's Choice 10 % Azelaic Acid Booster Side Effects

  • Azelaic and Salicylic Acid cleansing may take time to suit your skin.
  • It can be drying for dry skin types.
  • While it can be used for sensitive skin, introduce it only after calming your skin.

How to use it?

We recommend introducing this agent gradually if you are naïve to potent ingredients. Start by applying for an hour on the dark spots/pimples. Gradually build up the time from 1 to 3 hours and then, overnight every 3-7 days depending on the tolerability. Azelaic acid does not react with the sun, therefore, can be used in the morning.        
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