Rated 4.31 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Already repurchased!
Alittle background. I have had trouble with breakouts since I was 13, I am now 25. My acne was worse as a teenager, but now experience breakouts here and there. I tried what feels like everything. Proactive, perscription pills, perscription creams. I found a combination of benxoyal peroxide wash and adaplene gel (OTC concentrate, not perscription), and moisturizer helped keep my skin decent, but not perfect.
Clear Start was recommended to me after I did a facial at the salon. The esthetician told me the adaplene gel I was using was dehydrating my skin, along with the peroxide wash, and was causing more damage than helping. Yes it helped with breakouts, but dehydrated my skin, causing my skin to become extremely oily during the day. She recommended Clear Start as a gentler replacement with salcylic acid. She also said it would help with my pores. I know she was promoting the line, but I still bought it anyway and decided to give it a shot. One month later, my skin is nice and clear, and a lot softer. The product is a bit runny, not thick; I want to say it's like a serum consistancy. It takes a few mintues to completly absorb, but it is very lightweight.
If your skin is sensitive to new products, give it time to work. Only change one product at a time, before you try another. Anytime I make changes to my routine, I break out, but I have learned to be patient. Patience paid off with this product, it really worked for me. I already am on my second bottle.
Most Helpful Critical Review Weird packaging
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Booster
*I received this product for free in exchange for my honest review through Influenster. I have not let this affect my opinion or result in a bias.*
The packaging of this product is confusing, at best. The lid screws on and off, under the cap is a small nozzle. To dispense the product you tip the bottle and then apply pressure onto the bottom, which causes it to leak out. It's near impossible to control the amount that dispenses, so it can quickly get out of hand if you're not careful. I'd prefer a different type of packaging, as this was just needlessly frustrating.
The scent is very strong, like a combination of sterile alcohol and menthol. It does stick around on the skin, which might bother people who are sensitive to fragrance, but I was able to mostly ignore it after a few minutes.
I originally applied the product directly onto my skin, but it caused major stinging where I had any breakouts occuring so I tried mixing it into my facial moisturizer and this seemed to help reduce the pain. It feels like a very intensive astringent, which may not appeal to everyone.
I felt a breakout coming and tried to prevent it by using this product as a spot treatment, but I didn't find it worked. I still got a really bad case of acne and I also I didn't find this to help reduce the severity of the pimples. However it did help reduce the duration of my acne spots by a day or two.
Reviewed by 617 customers This product is amazing!
Chelcie from Seattle, WA
I first bought this product about 9 months ago while struggling with some pretty bad chin acne. A sales associate recommended it. I applied it directly to my breakout area after cleansing and toning but before my moisturizer. It helped to clear my breakout, but the best part is I have not had a SINGLE breakout since applying a thin layer all over my face each morning and night. It has been a life saver and I would recommend applying this product twice a day for anyone struggling with acne for prevention!
Jasmine from Las Vegas, NV
This product just wasn't for me. It didn't do much but that being said it could be better suited for someone with a different skin type. My friend uses it and it works great on her skin type but it doesn't do much for mine.
Ashley M from Lakeland, FL
Helps dry up pimples and does not irritate my skin.
I love this!
Taylor from Ohio
So I use this after cleansing, exfoliating, toning and a serum and I've noticed since I've added it to my routine it just has helped so much with my oily, acne prone skin. I love
Jae from Chicago
Two words: Holy grail.
Great for everyday use in acne prevention
Jess from Seattle
I was recommended this by one of the lady's at Ulta. I wasn't getting much results as a spot treatment, so I stopped using it for a while. Then I read the directions, and it said I can use it all over the face day and night, that made a huge difference in controlling my breakouts. I already have prescription creams for spot treatments (I get very severe untreatable acne) so I like using it all over my face and my face feels even smoother than ever. Personally, I think you get more out of it if you use it twice a day all over your face. I'll be buying more since I ran out
LW from Ohio
Honestly it worked well but I am sensitive to scents and I just couldn't wear this during the day and your supposed to apply at a.m & p.m.
Gets rid of acne caused from wearing the mask
Mindaann from TX
I bought this in May, because the mask was causing clusters of acne all along my jawline and upper lip. I started using it, and for the first two days my face was very oily. But by the end of the week, the oily feel went down and my skin started to clear up. Even the small bumps I normally have are going away. I think the one issue with it, was that in the heat, even in the shade, I felt my skin burning a bit. My skin isn't irritated nor getting a rash, but it feels tight in the sun.
I would buy this product again and again
Stephanie from New York, NY
If I feel a pimple coming, I use this at night, and the next morning, no more pimple!
Jewel from N.C.
My face has gotten a lot better since I begin using this product!
I'm going to buy this product in bulk
Jamie from Holland, PA
I have used everything there is to use when it comes to acne. I'm 33 and started breaking out out of nowhere and then I found this gem. Breakouts OVER! And I use it on my BODY! It is fabulous.
BUYING THIS PRODUCT AGAIN AND AGAIN
Jamie from Holland, PA
This has literally helped my break outs over night. I have struggled with cystic acne for a year now and tried everything! But this little booster guy is phenom!! Thank you so much!
stayathomenurse from burlington,nc
At 71, I still battle breakout on my face, chin mostly. This wonderful serum dries them up without drying the whole area.
My skin cleared in 3 days
Kensie from Washington
This has been so good, doesn't leave a weird dry or film on the skin. Smells a little not fragrant, but it's not great. That doesn't matter however, it's done wonders , I had pesky little dry skin bumps and some pores and I have yet to have a single pimple pop back up , my skin has never looked better!!
Cleared my skin within a week!
B from Upstate NY
I was using a different (extremely expensive) brand for months and started to realize I was hardly getting any results at all. I used to use Dermalogica when I was working at a spa but when I left I stopped using their products. I am just so happy I started using this again! My skin has never been better!
It is not the best.
Acne from Los Angeles, CA
I tried this product, and did not notice a difference. I did not use it everyday, as this is considered a chemical exfoliant because of its acid properties. I was already red, but gotten more red with the product.
Courtney from Bloomington IL
This is a great acne product! I use this after every fave wash and it has definitely helped my acne!!
Is a daily routine must
Rosita from Harbor city
My daughter has super sensitive skin. After trying multiple brands and prescription lotions. We were doo happy to have been directed by one of your consultants to this brand. Its perfect.
My Favorite Breakout Cream
Tara from MI
It works great and spreads nicely like a lotion to get the best coverage of problem areas
smurray from Bozeman
This has been working so well for me! I have been using as a spot treatment and it cuts my BIG hormonal pimples time in half.
BROKE ME OUT DO NOT BUY!
Just a girl trying to live her best life from South Texas
I have adult hormonal acne and my skin was doing alright before trying this product. I just wanted something to help with the ocasional time of the month breakouts and when I applied this it made them multiply and I'm so upset. Would return if I hadn't lost the receipt. Total waste of money.
Did not work
Biss from Chicago
At all for cystic adult acne
A must have!
Alexis from Michigan
I wish the special clearing booster was not discontinued
Kris from Texas
I was skeptical about giving this product a try due to how sensitive my skin is to certain products and ingredients. However, I decided to give it a try as a replacement for the special clearing booster as an on spot treatment for my hormonal acne. I gave this a try for a good month but this product made my breakouts worse with cystic acne that I had under control until the use of this product. May be a good product for others but it's not for me.
Ava from Washington DC
I haven't seen a difference with my breakout with this stuff sadly. However I had a zit on my neck so to stop picking at it I put the cream on it then put a band aid on top; when I took the bandage off there was a nasty chemical burn that stung. Maybe it was the zit cream mixed with the band aid adhesive? But if anyone knows why this happened let me know!!!!! I still like this brand I just need answers.