When I bought this cleanser at Wal-Mart, it was on an impulse. If you are the type of person that goes into a store for one thing and come out with a dozen other things, then you know what I am talking about. Meet Clean & Clear Advantage oil absorbing cream cleanser. Let's take a look, shall we?
This product claims:
There are cleansers. And then there’s ADVANTAGE Oil Absorbing Cream Cleanser, the only one with POWDERPARTICLES™ technology that absorbs oil—even after you wash. The cleanser leaves you with a soft, powdery-finish that helps control oil so your skin stays less shiny all day.-Clean & Clear
It is a creamy white based cleanser that is in a tube with a flip-top cap and has 0.5% salicylic acid in it. Salicylic acid is a form of BHA (beta hydroxy acid) used to treat acne. It has a very sleek looking packaging and it is not the typical look of standard packaging that I see. This product is 5 ounces or 141 grams. I bought this one for $5.97, but most drugstores that I have checked have this product price ranging between $4.99-$6.99. If you look in the ingredients, you will see rice seed protein, which serves the purpose to absorb oil and menthol, which I guess is suppose to give the skin a cooling sensation.The scent of this product is mix between medicinal and menthol. I did not find it terribly overpowering as I have smelled worst. But the smell could have been better.
I replaced my usual daytime cleanser with this one for one week. You only need a dollop size amount. When applying it, it is very thick. It is has tiny micro exfoliating beads in it with a cooling sensation of menthol. If you have a popped zit, you want to be careful since it does have menthol. It could sting, speaking from personal experience with cleansers that have menthol in them. I massage it in and go to the sink to rinse. I look at my face and I still have most of the cleanser on! So I continue to rinse and rinse. It took 5 minutes to get this product completely off. When I was finally able to completely get it off, I pat dried my face and it did not feel tight or dry, but it also did not feel like it really cleansed my skin. So that was strike 1.
So I continued with my morning skincare routine and went about my day. I did not use any powder products or anything to control oil as I wanted to really test this product out. I was wearing makeup that day and oil broke through in hour 1. My t-zone was completely oily. I made sure I brought blotting sheets just in case and I just blotted the oil away. The same thing happened the next day. And that was strike 2. So I before I struck out with this one, I thought let me try this cleanser another way. I used it as a mask. I left it on for 15 minutes and rinsed it off. It worked better this way and oil did not break through until hour 3. I continued to do it this way for the rest of the week.
If you have this cleanser and had a complete fail with it, try it as a mask and see how it works for you. Would I buy this again or recommend it? No as there are other cream cleansers that are much better than this one and I would not recommend it.
- Cream-based cleanser
- The size of the product
- Very sleek packaging
- Works best as a mask
- Scent could have been better
- Does not control oil as well as it claims
- Takes a while to completely remove the product
- The menthol that is in it could be strong for some users
Have you tried this product? Let me know in the comments below!
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