Clearasil Review

I have suffered from acne since middle school; it went from mild to severe after I turned 13. But since then, I have used every product that you can think of and they either made my acne worse or gave me horrible dry skin, but still I tried. If you have or currently suffer from acne, then you have probably tried everything. I am that person who has tried everything both prescribed and over the counter. I have tried everything from Nature’s Cure, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Proactiv, Skin ID, Murad, Olay, and finally Clearasil. Out of all the acne system that I have used, Clearasil was the most disappointing. The only good thing about it was the fact that you can find it in most stores (i.e. Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target, etc…) There are so many different Clearasil products that it is hard to determine which one is the best to use, for example, the system includes masks, cleansers, toners, spot treatments, and lotions. These different assortments of products can become very costly very quickly. When I used Clearasil, I paid about $12 for the cleanser, $12 for the toner, $8.99 for the masks, and $10.99 for the spot treatment, which did not work, except to remove oil and make my skin dry.

Having combination skin is a nightmare for the individuals who have it. Some days you may wake up with very oily skin and a few breakouts and other days you may wake up with very dry peeling skin with some flare ups. With combination skin you will never know what to expect; however, you must always be prepared for whatever you skin throws at you. You must have an acne system that will work for you, whether you have oily skin, dry skin, or both combined. Not all acne systems work, or they may for some but not others. Clearasil is a perfect example of an acne product that does not work well and is quite expensive because everything is sold separately. Clearasil did nothing but give me dry skin and do nothing for my breakouts; however, it worked on my oily skin. I used Clearasil longer than other acne system because it was easier to find. No ordering necessary.

What is Clearasil?

Clearasil is unfortunately one of the best-selling skin care system and acne medication. Clearasil includes Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid; Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan are the main ingredients.


To clear up acne flare-ups and in some cases acne scars
Dries very quickly


Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan


Not so much
Uses harsh chemicals (Benzoyl Peroxide, Salicylic acid, Sulfur, Resorcinol, and Triclosan)
No pills needed at least
A sunscreen is needed when going outside in the sunshine

Time frame

Depends on the individual and also on the severity of their acne
Or in as a little as two weeks, depending on which product is chosen (fast acting or slow acting)

Who can use Max Clarity?

It depends on the individual. So, please speak to your dermatologist before purchasing Clearasil. It may or may not agree with your skin.

Side effects

Severely dry skin if going out in the sun without sunscreen
Using with other products will cause dry skin
Might not work for every skin type


$12-70 depending on what the individual needs
Can be bought in stores

Like I stated above, everyone’s skin is different and different acne products will affect each person differently. I personally have had a bad experience with Clearasil which I continuously kept buying because I was desperate and hated going out in public with my flare-ups. The chemicals in this system were a bit too much for my skin type and dried my skin out.

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About Tricia M

I know about acne because I have suffered from it since I was a teenager. Acne made people ridicule me and practically ruined my life. I have tried just about every single acne medication out there. From Clean&Clear, to Neutrogina, to Strident, to Skin ID, to Murad, to Proactiv. I also tried eating healthier and washing my face three times a day, which only irritated it more and produced more acne. My dermatologist finally put me on some birth control to try and clear it. It worked and I only get a few break outs here and there. I usually treat it with some baking soda and olive oil. Fighting acne can become a losing battle, especially for those who do not know all the different types of remedies are available. There are a number of different acne medications formulated today for people who have acne. The names will vary by brand, effects, and ingredients. Everyone will know what is right for them when they try the different products. For more severe conditions, contacting a dermatoligist is very highly recommended.

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