In the past I have purchased the CVS version of Clean and Clear 2% Salicylic Acid Spot Acne Treatment and loved it. When I was running low they were out of the CVS brand so I bought the Clean and Clear Brand. I was very unhappy with my purchas because of the strong perfume in this product.
General Info: Clean and Clear Advantage Acne Spot treatment is a clear gel in a small tube that contains 0.75oz. Even though the tube is small you only need a little bit and it lasts a long time. The gel is thick enough not to run out of the plastic tube. There is a little screw on cap that allows you to carry this around in your purse without worrying about it spilling.
The smell: When I opened this and put some on my chin I was overwhelmed and nauseated with the strong perfume smell. It smells something like hair spray or what some might refer to as old lady perfume. It is so strong that someone next to you could smell it.
Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid (2%)
Using Clean and Clear Advantage Spot Acne Treatment
It is easy enough to use this product if the smell does not bother you. For me I will not use it or buy it again, but I gave it to my daughter because she did not mind the scent. Personally it is beyond me why any manufacturer would put any fragrance at all in any medication. If I already have an irritation on my face, how is adding fragrance going to help the situation? This was a bad idea for Johnson and Johnson and I am glad that CVS made their comparable product without the fragrance.
I only used this a couple times before abandoning it due to the smell and it did seem to work well, but I wonder over time what the effects of the fragrance would do to my skin. Salicylic Acid is great for me for drying up and healing blemishes and if it were not for the fragrance I would give this product high marks. To me salicylic acid can dry up and heal a small pimple without over drying your face. You only need to use a little bit and do not want to get it all over because it can cause slight peeling. This is fine when it is right on the pimple but there is no reason to peel healthy skin.
Final thoughts and Rating
While this product was not a complete waste since I gave it to my daughter I just can not recommend it as the best that is available. I made the mistake of assuming this was the same as the CVS brand and I will not make that mistake again. I will give it 2 stars since my daughter liked it but that is the best I can do