Chances are you have heard of, or have used, Clinique’s Acne Solutions skin care line if you have problem skin as a result of acne. If you haven’t heard about it you’re probably one of the lucky few that don’t have to deal with occasional outbreaks. In either situation the Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion is a product worth looking into.
Of course as the name of the product implies, it is intended for people with acne. This is the reason I went out and bought it at first. If you have issues with acne (big or small), this is a product you should own. It is the only acne solution that worked at both ridding me of my pimples and leaving me with lasting results. As a matter of fact, outside of the occasional pimple, I have not had another breakout. This product alone, as in not used in combination with the rest of the Clinique Acne System, did not dry out my skin. So, this product is a must if you have acne.
What I didn’t know was that the Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion worked to smooth skin. In The Secret to Smooth, Irresistible Skin that appeared in Cosmopolitan’s August 2010 issue, I discovered that this product can also be used as an exfoliator! Everyone knows that the key to smooth skin is exfoliation. This product is a salicylic-acid toner which according to Dr. Sobel, is a “do it all ingredient [that] zaps lackluster dead skin cells, which also blocks pores, plus dissolves excess oil that can lead to blackheads and breakouts” (as stated in Cosmopolitan, Aug., 2010). In other words, it rids your skin chemically of all the nasty things that a traditional scrub exfoliation would remove.
After cleansing your face with your normal face wash, prep your bottle for use by shaking the product well enough that the white substance that settles on the bottom of the bottle mixes in with the rest of the solution. Next, dampen a cotton ball with the lotion. Once your cotton ball is ready, sweep it over your face. Personally, I like to work from the inside of my face out (nose to frame of face). Be sure not to forget your neck! If you are using the product for acne, follow the usage directions on the bottle. If you are using the product as an exfoliator, you may want to use it every other day as daily application is not necessary and can irritate your skin.
With the double-duty that Clinique’s Acne Solutions Lotion provides, it is more than worth owning. This is one product that anyone that wants clear and smooth skin should own. You can find it at any Clinique retailer and online at www.clinique.com under the skin care section.
Cosmopolitan Magazine. (Aug, 2010). The Secret to Smooth, Irresistible Skin.