Rated 4.3 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 635 customers Love the packaging
Leanna from Elk grove, CA
You press the bottom of the bottle to dispenser the product. You can control it by pressing slowly and releasing one drop as a spot treatment or as a serum all over
I love this so much
layne from US
This product is incredible. I have really bad acne and breakouts on my chin, and this cleared them up in less than a week. Love this. One of my favorites from this brand.
Maddy from Illinois
It great it helps with mask acne
Maria from Rochester, MN
I wasn't a fan at all. It broke me out even more. It was very drying on my skin but I already have dry skin. I did try it with serums and other oils to see if it was that. But even then, it was still the same. It broke me out even more. Unfortunately had to return it.
Diaz from Queens
My face broke up like never before due to me BC and I had bumps all over my cheeks... over night this helped. Don't know if it's for everyone but it truly helped me
doubled my breakouts :/
casablancas from LA
it worked for the first week but then my breakouts doubled/tripled. they would pop up right next to the original breakout (where i'd apply the product) so sad :(
Not a single change in my breakout!
Tamika from Chicago
I bought this produce along with the age bright clearing serum and didn't see a single change in a massive breakout on my forehead. I use the special cleansing gel and daily micro foliant everyday as well. I'm very disappointed in this spot treatment. I literally saw no change in my breakout, it was almost like I put water on the spot because I had no reaction, good or bad. Big waste of money for me.
This is the best
Jessica from Philadelph
Honestly I use this for a couple days in a really cleared up my bad spots quickly I love it it works it's great you need this on your dresser or vanity
Don't buy this
Cashmoney from Denver
Irritated my skin left it flaky when oily not for acne it made it worse and litchy.
Perfect for kids with hormonal acne
Michelle from MS
This is the only acne treatment that work for my 16 year old- and we've tried many. The difference when she runs out has proven how well this works for her, Her skin is virtually clear, with the exception of the once a month flare up.
Best Acne Treatment
C.K. from Seattle, WA
I really struggled with breakouts and when I switched to using Dermalogica exclusively this Breakout Clearing Booster was one of the products that helped my skin immediately. It cleared up my blemishes without drying out my skin. It is amazing!
dogmom3 from Nebraska
I have pale, sensative skin and after 4 days all my blackheads and clogged pores are clear. I have spent hundreds of dollars looking for something that would clear up my t-zone pores and this works plus I love the price. I bought the fizz mask too from the same company. Super fun and it helps.
Made it worse
Juliagulia47 from Cincinnati OH
My acne was slight and was just stubborn so I thought this would help as I love a lot of other products they have. Nope!!! It made it ten times worse and now I have acne all over my face!
Helps Mask Acne
Sue from Houston TX
Amazing product! Soothed and cleared cystic acne I kept getting from wearing a face mask. Try with the Clear Start Spray Toner. They've both been life savers for my skin.
melia from berwyn, PA
i use it every morning and every night and it helps so much. everytime i see a blemish i use it it is amazing i love it so much.
Acne from California
This product is great drys out pimples and doesn't dry out skin.
Always have on hand - use as a base to moisturizer
Linda from Seattle
Great for adult acne and teen acne! A must with mask use.
Did not burn worked amazing and cruelty free!!!
Smoothcriminal from Baytown Texas
I am so in love with this. I've gotten a major major breakout on my face frantically doing anything to get rid of my giant pimples but nothing's worked to stop the growth and irritation but this. I was expecting it to burn like Cliniques version of this but it didn't. I was surprised that it didn't burn and irritate or dry out my skin compared to its rival. When I woke up from putting it on at night the pimples were shrinking. Took about 3 days for them to flatten out cause they're giant giant pimples but I'm really happy it worked and doesn't smell like permanent marker. The best thing about it to me is it's cruelty free too, I try to only buy cruelty free products so we can stop experimenting on animals. So I highly recommend!!
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.