Rated 4.29 out of 5 stars
My skin type has historically been on the dry side, but as I have become older, it has gotten more combo, with oiliness in my t-zone, and enlarged pores and blackheads around my nose. I have extremely sensitive skin, so at my dermatologist's recommendation, I have been testing this product out as a mask just on the oily parts of my skin (t-zone) rather than an all over daily cleanser.
The texture had a fine grit, and I applied a thin layer to my t-zone, which hardened over the five minutes it sat before I washed it off. After removal, the corners of my nose felt slightly irritated (like a very mild stinging), which was resolved after applying my normal moisturizer, but they stayed red for a few hours despite the moisturizer. I had applied the mask before bed and the redness was gone by the next day. The instructions say you can apply it as a mask 1-2 times a week, but due to the redness, I found that I liked it best once a week.
As for the results- I was very impressed! Immediately I noticed that my blackheads were gone and my pores looked significantly smaller. I also noticed far less oiliness on my t-zone and my skin felt overall healthier and more balanced. These results seemed to last for nearly the entire week after using the mask as well. The first time I used the mask I had one minor breakout come to the surface, but I did not have that happen any subsequent times I used the mask. I also found that in the days after using the mask that my foundation went on smoother in the morning because it wasn't sinking into my pores as much. I ended up really liking using the mask on Sunday nights since it felt like a nice way to pamper myself before my work week. Plus, I enjoyed having the smoother skin on Mondays, since it meant I could sleep in a little bit later since I was spending less time on my makeup in the morning. Overall, I really enjoyed this mask and I would definitely recommend it!
I received this product for free in exchange for my 100% honest review.
This is a good cleanser but there are a couple caveats I've found that make it not right for me. I could see this being an amazing cleanser for the right person. This cleanser left my face feeling extremely soft and not overly dry. Normally, I use the PTR anti-aging, but with 2% BHA, it's too harsh to use twice a day so I use Tatcha at night. This Clinique cleanser is not drying, with only 1% BHA, so I was able to use it twice a day. Since I was already using a BHA product, I did not see a change in my pores but I could tell this was maintaining my pores well. This would have been a great way to replace my two cleansers with one if it worked for my routine. However, I did not like the addition of physical exfoliants in this product. This tiny granuals feel like sand and the combination of physical with chemical exfoliants can create a reaction for sensitive skin types. This combination is probably great for stubborn skin that need the physical exfoliants to allow the chemical exfoliants to penetrate the skins barrier (aka your skin never absorbs product). Additionally, this product did not react well with my moisturizer, PTR hyaluronic cloud cream. While my face felt extremely soft after cleansing, it made my face feel very tacky once I added moisturizer. My moisturizer has not reacted this way to any of the cleansers I use (Fresh soy, Fresh exfoliator, Tatch, PTR anti-aging, and Philosophy Purity). I don't know what ingredient it reacts to, but I would definitely try a sample before committing to make sure it plays well with your other products. Overall, you'll love this product if you don't have sensitive skin and if it reacts well to the rest of your routine. I received this product complimentary for testing purposes.
Joanie from New York
I've tried them all. Some good, some not so much. It's a miracle product. Such a difference in my skin. I smell it but it's not overwhelming.
Beachy1234 from Franklin TN
I have oily acne prone skin. I use this of a morning and then the clinique foam wash, toner, etc st nigjt and my skin looks so much better!
Jess from SC
The smell of this cleanser is a little strong, I don't like the smell, but the cleansing power seems good, I use it once a while.
Elizabeth1385 from South Carolina
My skin feels so much softer after using. I use it as a five minute mask everyday as the first step in my morning skincare routine and I have had Visibly fewer breakouts. It also doesn't overly dry out my skin.The only con for me is it smells like paint.
Olivia from Davis, CA
My skin feels smoother and softer after the first use. After a week my pores looked smaller and most of my blackheads disappeared. I have also noticed that I've had a lot fewer breakouts since I've started using this product.
sunnysyd from Chico, Ca
I just used this product and instantly noticed my pores around my nostrils/ under eye near nose were smaller than I started. THIS IS NOT A CLEANSER!! Wash your face first please before any exfoliating product! I have sensitive combination skin and I didn't feel dried out or inflamed at all after using this product so I definitely will continue to use this every week!(cleared blackheads for me) I used this as a mask for 5 minutes and then scrubbed it into my skin before rinsing off and finished with a wet washcloth to ensure everything got off and then also followed with the moisture surge toner, moisturizer, and Laroche Posey's Cicaplast to make sure my redness wouldn't flare up from the salicylic acid. Overall really like this product so far!!
Samantha T from Orange County
I've been using this for the last 3 weeks at first I was using it as a daily wash and then I started that my skin felt more oily so I started using it at a mask 2 sometimes 3 times a week and my skin just keeps getting worse . I used to have just black heads and an occasional pimple but now I have quite a bit of breakouts and my blackheads are more noticeable. I don't know what to do. I normally love everything from Clinique I also started using the lotion 4 in the last week .
Alexandra from East Syracuse, NY
My daughter and I both use it. Young and old it's a wonderful scrub for combination skin!
LizF from Long Island
This product is great. I felt like I was developing so many blackheads and unable to find a product that cleared my skin well. This scrub has a very fine "grit" and makes my skin feel so much softer! Love that I can use it daily without over drying and can use it as a mask as well.
lisa from Denver, CO
I looked up every ingredient on EWG and this product is pretty pure. I'm grateful for that.
However, the scrub is very gentle which is great if that's what your skin needs. I understand that too much irritation can cause acne to become worse. However, I was hoping it would be a little bit of a polisher for my rough patches and blackheads.
We shall see with repeated use.
Adam from Hammond, Louisiana
This product is great for removing blackheads. It's great as a cleanser/ scrub and as a mask as well. Will definitely buy again.
Nicole from Los Angeles, CA
I have tried Nuetrogena, Proactive, Cetaphil, many samples from Ulta for facial cleaners, and even other Clinique facial cleaners - this one is bar far the best. After repeated use, I have clear skin and people even compliment me on how great my skin looks!
If you only buy 1 thing, make it this!!
Lynette from Phoenix, AZ
I have seen a reduction in my large pores and blackheads since using this product. My skin is dry so I only use it every other day and scrub softly, leaving it on for the length of the shower. I always moisturize well. I'm very happy I came back to clinique. It is treating my allergic skin well.
Torrey.b from NC
I LOVE THIS SCRUB! I can't tell you enough how awesome this is! The #1 Mistake people make is YOU HAVE TO WAIT 2WK ! AcneCare clears what's visible &PULLS OUT what's underneath the surface! If your skin has dirt/oil in the pores it comes up as blemishes THENclears away to Reveal Lasting Beautiful clear skin &&after about 6/8wk just regular maintenance/oil control keeps your skin clear! Use this Every.OtherWash (Or E.O Day if yr SensitiveSkin) until Breakouts Clear; then 1x/week after that to keep breakouts away! I LOVE IT!! I Love musing with my VitCPowder/Scrubs//Super Good used as a Mask 1/2x/week!! 15/30min
Kai from MS
I have been using this product a few times a week for 2 weeks. The scent is very light and the formula is also light. It sorta reminds me of the Freeman's brand clay masks. I have not used it as a mask yet but i have been using it as a scrub and it makes my skin feel really good after usage. Your skin does have to be precleaned and bare to use this product!! It is not meant for a face full of makeup! FYI. For those who have mentioned it in the comments. I have noticed smaller pores and less sebum in heavy areas.
kt from Denver, CO
Pretty good calms breakouts but doesnt prevent
Your Serene Highness from West Coast
Hands down, the best in refining and making blackheads, etc disappear. My pores seem smaller after use. I use every day - once weekly as a mask.
Please- don't ever discontinue this product!!
Alysia from Chicago, IL
Just bought this a few days ago! I purchased the acne solutions line (foam cleanser, gel and moisturizer) a few months ago and felt like I saw improvement. I needed to find an exfoliator so wanted to try this! I like that you can use it as a mask and scrub! No big beads in it, but feels very exfoliating and I honesty feel super refreshed after using this! Better than other exfoliators I've used (came from using Hero cosmetics line & cera ve).
JennyJ from Victoria, Texas
Our 16 year old struggles with acne and blackheads. Seeing is believing!! We've been using this as directed and it's simply amazing. You can literally see the plugged up pores diminish. There is hope for struggling teens!!!
JG88 from Southaven, MS
The 7 day deep pore cleanser & scrub is the best salicylic acid treatment. This formula keeps my face clear, while assisting with breakout and blackhead prevention. I use this scrub 3 nights a week, and I'm pleased with results!
Ellie from Arkansas
This product is great and works well EXCEPT the unnecessary ingredients such as artificial coloring and additives…what is the point in adding the extra garbage?? If they fix this, it'll be my go to for years to come!
Sarah from Kansas City
Love this product, I've always had blackheads and large pores, mostly hereditary, and have struggled finding something that keeps my pores clean. I'm just happy I found this, it exfoliates and leaves skin smooth, I usually leave on a couple minutes before washing off.
Meh786 from Miami, Fl
Gives a clean finish
Britt from Acworth, GA
I use as a weekly mask. Makes my skin feel great.
Chate1 from CT
I hate spending too much on cleansing products but this really works. I have noticed improvement with blackheads on my nose and the exfoliating helps with dark spots too. I use it as a cleanser and as a mask where needed. Love it.