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Road Testing Clean & Clear's Active Acne Control Kit

I was never a firm believer in product lines as I always saw it as some sort of insidious marketing ploy to trick the consumer to buying into an entire range of overrated products (i.e. "Use X soap with X-1 body scrub to expedite skin whitening, afterwards, slather on X-1.1 body lotion to keep skin radiant and rosy white all over"). So is the Clean & Clear Active Clear Control Kit all hype as well? Read on.

Clean & Clear's bold statement is "In clinical tests, 100% of subjects saw significant improvements in number, size or redness of their pimples as early as day one." And I thought Safeguard's claim of reducing skin germs by 99.9% was already the height of cockiness:p

The Active Clear Control Kit is composed of:

  1. Cleanser- contains bacteria fighting salicylic acid that calms and soothes acne-irritated skin.

  2. Toner- oil-free and made from a combination of salicylic acid and natural botanical ingredients to tone and balance skin, while reducing excess oil.

  3. Moisturizer- oil free and with salicylic acid to heal existing acne while preventing the formation of new ones.

  4. Speed Gel- a highly effective spot treatment that reduces redness, pimple size and swelling in as little as 4 hours.

I was initially apprehensive about using the four step system because I wasn't too keen on exposing my skin to too much salicylic acid. So I did it gradually and first used the Speed Gel on an existing pimple. The following morning, the pimple significantly reduced in size.

Two days later, I washed my face with my regular cleanser and used the Active Clear Acne Control Toner. It had a fresh scent and didn't sting at all, unlike other toners. It also didn't leave my skin feeling raw and taut.

A few days after, I used the cleanser and braced myself for some violent skin reactions. Nada.

By then, I was becoming a convert and took the plunge by using all four products one after the other. I was very anxious over how my skin would react with the moisturizer because historically, moisturizers with acne-fighting qualities have always left my face feeling raw and irritated.

I'm happy to report that I did not suffer from any adverse effects from using all four products. No rashes or irritations AND my pimple scars considerably lightened!

The only flaw I saw in the kit was that the moisturizer did not have SPF so I couldn't use it during the day, which is really a shame because it's perfect for oily skin. But other than that, I really enjoyed using all four products and will definitely stock up once I finish the kit.

So yeah, the cockiness is justified.


*The Active Clear Acne Control Kit is exclusively available in Watson's stores nationwide with a suggested retail price of Php550.

Dailyfashionista's picture

Thank's to your wonderful unbiased review, I just bought it now :D Will let U know how my skin reacted from it. Thank's again & wonderful blog :D

Jillsabs's picture

Thank you too for your kind words! I hope it works for you as well :)

biologique recherche's picture

I have tried using Clean & Clear for acne. It is indeed very good.

Acnezine reviews's picture

Clean and Clear is one brand that I've known for years when it comes to skin care especially acne! I'm sure this will work compared to other brands out there!

jr's picture

available nb ung product n yan sa riyadh?
for my frnd sana..

Jillsabs's picture

Hi JR,
Sorry but I'm not sure if the acne kit is also available in Riyadh :(

che's picture

Hi where can i buy this acne control kit? ive been to SM makati, landmark makati, glorietta even called watsons moa but lahat out of stock. saan kaya ako makakabili can you please help me. please need it badly.

Anonymous's picture


I'm a guy suffering from a mild breakout now. Tatapusin mo ba ang gamit ng entire line na to? kasi if not, can I ask for it na lng? kahit ako na mag babayad ng courier... malapit na christmas... hehehe help a guy naman o who wandered off into this very helpful website... thanks!

Jillsabs's picture

Hi Anon,
I'm really sorry but I don't think you'll want my set because I've already used up a considerable amount of each product:p
If you don't want to buy the entire set, you can opt to buy it per piece. I don't think each item costs more than 200p in Watson's :)
Thanks for wandering into our little corner of the internet!

chemarie's picture


wala na daw po sa system ng watsons yung product do you have any idea kung saan p makakabili?

Jillsabs's picture

Hi Chemarie,

Naku, if it's not available in Watson's then it's probably been discontinued na :( I'll keep an eye out for it though and update this post ASAP.

say's picture

what if i don't want to buy the entire kit? pwede ba yung speed gel lang?

Jillsabs's picture

Hi Say,
Yup, the products can be bought separately too. I just don't have the SRP for each prod right now.

Jillsabs's picture

Hi Say,
The Clean and Clear people corrected me and said that for now, the items are only available as a kit. But there are plans to sell them separately in the near future, so do watch out for that :)

kc's picture

Wow! I wish it would work for me too.. much cheaper than proactiv.

Jillsabs's picture

I know right?! And I think proactive tends to be drying so I always steered clear from it.

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