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Clean & Clear ESSENTIALS Dual Action Moisturizer, 4 Ounce

Salicylic acid acne medication Moisturizes dry skin Treats & helps prevent pimples Active: Salicylic Acid 0.5%. For external use only.

Key features

  • Treats and helps prevent pimples
  • OilFree
  • Salicylic Acid (05%)
  • Moisturizes dry skin
  • Please read all label information on delivery

Honest reviews


Not for true acne-prone skin

I purchased this moisturizer because I was looking for something that would keep my skin hydrated while also treating my acne. I’m afraid this wasn’t the best product for me to choose, however. It doesn’t contain a sunscreen, for one, so it’s not great for the daytime. It does contain salicylic acid, but only .5 percent which is not a great deal, although if you do suffer from dry skin it can irritate it. I have pretty oily skin so that isn’t a problem for me, but I also struggle with moderate adult acne and don’t feel this is strong enough to really take care of it. I used this for a few weeks in addition to my normal skincare routine and saw no changes.The lotion goes on clear and dispenses from a pump top for easy application. You get a full 4 ounces for the price.I would say this product would be great for someone who breaks out with light acne very occasionally, and who is looking for a *nighttime* moisturizer for the oily areas of the face. Use something different if your skin is dry and/or prone to moderate or severe acne.

Evelyn Burton, WV

THE BEST! Better than my own Dermatologist-prescribed acne-clearer

I don’t have severe huge white-head acne, but do have moderate acne where my face is pack-full of bumps everywhere. I have tried every. single. lotion/acne-clearer possibly available on the market from the time I was 13 (I am now 22). To make that search all the more difficult, I am incredibly SENSITIVE skin… the kind where I have to be careful to wash my bedsheets with odor-free detergent. Sometimes when putting on shirts (that I wash with a nicely scented detergent) if it touches the side of my face it begins to itch and then I have an allergic reaction in that very spot. I am
• that
• sensitive. Hence, most of the “Guaranteed” products out there made me face swell up like a red water-balloon literally (Proactiv).I don’t know the technical term, but I suffer from a vicissitude of extremely dry & extremely oily skin. My chin and lower half of my cheeks and around my mouth get extremely dry, peel, itch, and then if I itch form red spots, etc. I stress all this as I find it EXTREMELY important when giving this product the review I’m going to give it.To not digress further, I went to my dermatologist and decided not to use Acutane due to the risks, and was put on Monodox “as needed”. When I’m breaking out badly, I take one for 2-3 days consecutively and then stop for about a week and repeat the process. So, this is my explanation to explain my acne condition.As far as MOISTURIZER, I’ve been so desperate to find the right moisturizer that would help give me that ‘soothing’ feeling versus itching, stinging, or masking my face with oil. If it stung, it would end up itching after a while, and hence make my condition worse, not better. If it simply felt like a ‘masked’ feeling in the face, then it simply did absolutely nothing for me and didn’t help the dryness at all.This is the ONE and ONLY topical product I have ever used that’s helped me. Not only have I found the absolute perfect moisterizer, but for my personal skin condition, it truly does all it states. I
• the tingly clean feeling! It’s like having mint on your face and walking outside on a cool, crisp morning. It has 0 oil. None. I leave it on for hours and it’s perfect. The best thing is that it somehow doesn’t irritate my capricious face. I was fed up with my face and bought this on a whim. For the first time in my life, I reached for the save.I wish I could give it more than just 5 stars. Very happy customer!

Janelle Saguache, CO


It has sylisic Acid in it..It’s really hard on your skin. My Skin was in horrible shape after I used this..

Ruth Rock Falls, IA

Skin Has Not Improved

I bought this over a week ago at target for my combination skin. I break out quite easily on my forehead, and have a few blackheads on my nose. After using once a day, my forehead, chin and cheeks have broken out. And I never break out on my cheeks. On the plus side, my forehead is no longer an oil slick…I understand that products have to clear out the dirt and oil first, but if this doesn’t improve in one week, this is going in the trash.3/24Most of the breakouts cleared up with continued use one week after my first review. However, my skin is a bit flaky around my nose. A bit ironic for a moisturizer if you ask me.

Candy Faulkner, MD

Broke me out HORRIBLY!!

As the title says, it broke me out really bad. I finally had figured out what worked for my skin and had a semi clear face with a pimple or two here and there (that time of the month, stress) but I needed just a bit more of moisture so I decided to try this moisturizer–BIG mistake. I usually brake out on my chin/jaw and in between my eyebrows/forehead so when I woke up the next day I had so many little white in those exact spots. I cannot tell you how upset I was and how itchy my face was. I hate this product and would not recommend this to somebody who has acne-prone, sensitive, oily skin.I only gave it a star because I could not give it zero stars!

James Grand Island, NE

soothing oil-free moisture

I am a male and I have adult acne. The acne meds dry out my skin. I needed a moisturizer that wouldn’t make my acne worse, and preferably, would help prevent acne. This product fits the bill. It is light, cooling, and doesn’t clog my pores. It’s gentle enough that I can put it on my face right after shaving, and it doesn’t sting or burn. (It actually works really well as an after-shave conditioner; seems to help prevent red bumps and ingrown hairs!) The only way this product could be better would be if they added sun protection to it. I hope someday they make a version of this with SPF 15; if they do, I will give it 5 stars.

Gussie Haynesville, VA

Works Well and Does Protect Sensitive Skin

This goes on cleanly with hte pump dispenser but can be a bit difficult to wash off afterwards – hence the 4 star review. Nor has this ever really foamed for me. But it doesn’t leave my skin feeling soapy and stiff, nor does my skin get irritated from it. I think I prefer the Olay Foaming Face wash for the scent but both are really good products.

Susanna Ore City, TX

Great product

I use this daily and it is perfect for my skin. It doesn’t dry it out and my face feels fresh and clean afterwards.

Greta Harris, NC

Does the Job

This facial cleanser has helped me maintain my skin for some time now. I find that I have less blemishes when using it but my skin maintains a balanced moisture level, which is ideal. Many cleansers dry skin and in the winter that is not a nice feeling. Amazons price is very good compared to local retailers. I wish it did lather a little more since it is labeled as a foaming cleanser but that is a minor complaint. Overall I am very happy with this product.

Genevieve Cold Spring Harbor, NY

Good moisturizer for those prone to break-outs

My son has been struggling with breakouts for the past year. He has tried a number of moisturizers with no luck. They either cause him to break out, leave his face feeling greasy, or offer no SPF protection. This is the one moisturizer that works, and that is important because his acne medications can often leave his face dry and irritated. This product has become so essential to him that we order through subscribe and save to make sure he doesn’t run out.

Katheryn Sutersville, PA

Great for Night

I used this when I was a teenager to keep my skin clear. I never really had very bad acne, just a few bumps here and there. This really helped keep it under control. Luckily when I reached my early twenties my breakouts became only bothersome once monthly.I used this with the Morning Burst products and the Blackhead Clearing products from Clean & Clear. I mostly used this at night and used the Morning Burst with spf moisturizer in the daytime.When using this, my skin was squeaky clean and I was constantly getting compliments. Now that I’m older, this is too harsh for me. I switched to Olay once acne was no longer a daily concern.

Faith Pearce, AZ

The first step to getting rid of acne.

This moisturizer is really good. It’s just enough to keep zits at bay and aid in healing the ones that you already may have. It can dry out your skin if you use it too often, but once a day is perfect for this product.

Nadine Brea, CA

Best toner

I use this toner as an after shave. It helps keep my face clear of blemishes and helps prevent ingrowns from shaving. Burns a little on first application, but is wayyy more tolerable than the red colored one. I keep a bottle around my office too to freshen up before meetings. Takes the oil right off. Love it

Tommie Allentown, GA

Been using this stuff for YEARS

Love it, Love it, Love it! I have very oily skin and this leaves my skin soft and clean. Used in combination withNeutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser, 6.7-Ounce, my skin has never been clearer or felt better.

Gay Columbus, TX

This works!!!

I use this moisturizer with my Clinique acne solutions clearing moisturizer. It works really great for my moderate acne. I love it!! I use daily in the morning n night.

Rosalinda Davidsonville, MD

Good product

I have always liked this face wash, it makes me clean my face and feel fresh without breaking out. I have been using it for 5 years now, and everytime I try a new product, its not as good as this.

Kaitlin Saxon, WV

Takes off all of my makeup

I really like that this stuff is mild and gentle, but also totally cleans off any makeup that I’m wearing, even waterproof mascara. I love the scent, very fresh and clean, and the texture is nice too. It washes off very easily and doesn’t cause any problems to my skin. I have a problem with acne, and haven’t noticed any improvement on it because of this product, but it definitely doesn’t make it worse and really makes me feel fresh after I’ve used it.This is now my favorite nighttime cleanser because it’s gentle, yet does an amazing job of getting my face clean and makeup-free at the end of the day. I love it for that reason, and will keep using it.

Denise Tyronza, AR

Great for Problem Skin

For some reason or another I have problem skin. I used to use proactiv solution but my skin is way too sensitive for it. Then I used a litany of brand-name facial cleansing lines–but they were too expensive to maintain. I tried Stridex for a while but it just seemed to take my skin off. Nowadays I have stumbled upon the simplest solution (astringent). I wear lots of makeup throughout the day and if I don’t remove all of it I tend to break out. I clean my face once a night with astringent, I put a little bit of lotion under my eyes and on any super dry areas, and then go to bed. Astringent, Lotion, Repeat.

Kimberley Salyer, CA

Awesome stuff!

I have used this product for the last 15 years. It’s perfect. I prefer this over the generic store brands because this formula is a little thicker. The generic seems a bit watery or thin, if that makes any sense. I’ve had no issues with using this under makeup, primers, or even sunscreen.

Sheila Guild, NH

I guess it’s okay..

I like putting on face lotion before I put my makeup on. This lotion just doesn’t feel like it even moisturizes your face ): stopped using after one use

Sylvia Antes Fort, PA

Works Great on My Forty-Something Skin

I almost never had acne when I was in my teens. Mine didn’t start until I was in my early/mid twenties. I went to the dermatologist then and my dermatologist recommended this lotion along with a soap with Salicylic Acid in it to help keep my skin clear. I’ve used both now for 20+ years and I rarely have break outs.I have oily skin for the most part so I almost never experience any drying from this lotion and since I’m now in my forties, I use something else around my eyes and for my neck but this works great for my face. I use it after showering, allow it to sink into my skin for about 10-15 minutes and then apply a base, then foundation.This seems like it keeps my skin bright as well as clear so my complexion doesn’t get dull and it doesn’t add shiny-ness to my face. In the winter, I sometimes supplement this lotion with something a bit more moisturizing but this is my primary face lotion for the rest of the year. It doesn’t make me greasy and leaves my skin soft. I don’t know what I would do without it because I’ve tried switching to more expensive brands but either they don’t work as well or eventually my skin begins to break out again.A bottle of this lasts me a long time too so it’s very inexpensive to use. It’s a must have in my beauty routine. So long as they keep making it, I’m going to keep buying.One last thing: If you get breakouts on your back or shoulders or chest, this works great for those areas as well. Apply it, let it “soak in” for 10-15 minutes then apply a good sunscreen if you’re going to be out in the sun for any length of time.

Sabrina Remlap, AL

Great on my oily / combo skin!!!

I have an oily t- zone…NO lotion has ever worked in treating it (and I have tried MANY different matte lotions) Now having this lotion, I only have very little oil on my nose area but I still see a major difference in my skin compared to before and i am 99.9% satisfied with this product.p.s.This stuff feels like Amazing silk going on the skin.!!!Thanks Clean-and-Clear!

Mara Spraggs, PA

Review for the Generics!

I have actually never purchased the Clean and Clear product itself, but I have tried both the Wal-Mart brand and the Target brand of this moisturizer. The Target generic brand is AMAZING, I honestly would give it a 5/5! I have combination skin, so my face is oily in spots and dry in others. I use the product everyday at night, after I wash my face, before bed. I would like to think that the acne medication has the best time to absorb into my skin while I’m sleeping as opposed to wearing it outside in the sunlight, where it would make my face even dryer than normal. In the morning, I use a daytime moisturizer, but that is another review.I ended up buying the Wal-Mart brand because I left my original bottle at my mom’s house. The Wal-Mart brand costs less than both the actual product and the Target brand, but is definitely of a lower quality. It’s a lot more watered down than the Target version and takes several more applications to finally work. I still use it at night, however.I’m sure the real version of this product works AMAZINGLY WELL since I love the Target version so much. But don’t buy the Wal-Mart version of this product.

Marietta Ruther Glen, VA

great moisturizer

This moisturizer is great, it makes my face smooth and it does help with acne. I will continue to purchase it, it is also very affordable which makes it even better.It makes my makeup look fresh and it goes on smoothly.

Denice Mattoon, WI

No more breakouts

This cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin. I’ve used other products in the past that caused breakouts or dry skin. This one does neither because it’s so gentle. It’s also less expensive compared to the other other brand name products.

Lesley Palos Hills, IL


Love this stuff. It’s perfect for keeping my face soft and smooth, without breaking out. I especially like to use it at night.

Shirley Havana, FL

Truly great

This does not make my skin feel greasy. It absorbs very quickly and has helped my skin so much. Since I have been using this I don’t have any cystic acne which is a major plus.

Paulette Thornburg, IA

Good, simple face cleanser

This works great for a basic face wash. I usually let it soak in for a minute or two (while I brush my teeth) and when I rinse it off, my skin is soo soft.

Millicent Dorset, VT

Cleared his skin

Not perfectly, but it has helped to clear my son’s face. He is 15 and getting him to wash his face is a nightmare…at 15!?! Anyway, he had pretty mild acne that absolutely came from not washing enough at 15. This is so easy for him and it isn’t too drying. I have noticed a huge improvement with just this product. One step is about all I can hope for at this point.

Gena San Gabriel, CA

Did nothing to my breakouts

I have combination skin and have been using this daily for the past 2 weeks. However, there hasn’t been any noticeable difference on my skin. I still break out, and my dark spots don’t seem to be going anywhere soon. It moisturizes okay (nothing special), but in terms of treating pimples, this dual-action product leaves its promise unfulfilled.

Marion Goshen, KY