Clean & Clear® Advantage® Acne Spot Treatment

BY CLEAN & CLEAR #8 in Acne Treatments

4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars46%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars15%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star4%


  • The second you put it on, the powerful gel with breakthrough technology starts to dissolve surface oil on the skin.
  • With oil out of the way the clinically proven acne medicine can then penetrate pores.
  • The medication starts to clear pimples immediately, with maximum strength 2% Salicylic acid.
  • Pimples are reduced in size, swelling and redness, and the formula won’t over-dry your skin.
  • Voila! Pimple looks better. Now get out there and have some fun!

Recomended for:

Skin Need: Oil, Pimples


  • Because this is a medicine, it’s super important to start with clean skin.
  • So wash your face then apply a thin layer over your face. You can do this up to 3 times a day.
  • If your skin starts to dry out or peel, reduce your use to once a day. 


Salicylic Acid (2%)
Water SD Alcohol 40-B Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water Polyacrylamide Glycerin C13-14 Isoparaffin Cyclopentasiloxane C12-15 Alkyl Lactate Alcohol Laureth-7 Phenoxyethanol Cetyl Lactate PPG-2 Isoceteth-20 Acetate Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate Polysorbate 20 Phenethyl Dimethicone Fragrance Dehydroxanthan Gum Propylene Glycol Benzalkonium Chloride Ammonium Hydroxide Tetrasodium EDTA Butylene Glycol Capryloyl Glycine Sarcosine Cinnamomum Zeylanicum Bark Extract Cedrus Atlantica Bark Extract Portulaca Oleracea Extract


For external use only.
When using this product
- Skin irritation and dryness is more likely to occur if you use another topical acne medication at the same time. If irritation occurs, only use one topical acne medication at a time.
- Rinse right away with water if it gets in eyes

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Clean & Clear® Advantage® Acne Spot Treatment
Clean & Clear® Advantage® Acne Spot Treatment
Reviews (10,722)
Q&A (493)
Media (125)
  • "honestly i like this prodcut and it does help get rid of pimpples but it peels your skin and leaves the area very dry and if i put makeup over it it just looks ugly but it does what it says it would" in 51 reviews
  • "this worked wonders for me but i found after a while of using it stopped working for me?im not sure if i used it too much that my skin got used to it or what but it works great it didnt dry out my skin or anything and it did what it claimed to do!" in 47 reviews
  • "I used these clean and clear product when i have a big sting when applying but the next day is gone leaving a acne mark." in 40 reviews
  • "I put some of this on after my moisturizer at night and by morning the swelling has gone down and if i reapply the pimple will go away after a day or 2." in 37 reviews
  • "This is a life saver everytime I feel a big prople coming I put this one and boom next morning its gone its soo good and cheap" in 24 reviews
Katelyn A.
Springfield, MO
30 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Used this a couple times and it’s not bad!! I didn’t get this at full price and I probably wouldn’t get this at full price. It does just as good of a job as other spot treatments I’ve tried. I do think it has a strong and activated formula which is fine for my skin but anyone with sensitive or skin prone to dryness might be weary about the harshness.
Hannah G.
Wexford, PA
124 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I have had mild acne all my life. As an adult it has been frustrating. I should have outgrown it many years ago. But no. Since using Clean & Clear Advantage Acne spot treatment that problem is solved. I use a very tiny dot on spots at night and in the morning just a slight red mark remains. For me it is a great product and as I have very sensitive skin I was skeptical.
Anndrea C.
16 reviews
Purchased at: Target
This product is Okay. It doesn’t work the best but pretty god for the price. Stings a little when you put it on but that’s how all spot treatments are. It has good packaging but other brands have a better product.
Soraya B.
38 Bleecker street, brooklyn,ny
65 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: CVS
I use this allt because it used salicylic acid instead of benzoyl peroxide (I'm allergic to benzoyl peroxide). I appreciate the fresh feeling it has. It's definitely not harsh on the skin. For that same reason it's not that harsh on acne either for me but it's a good trade off in my case.
elaine l.
27 reviews
Purchased at: Target
I use this to dry out my pimples. There is a slight burn but it does its job okay. I would buy the white one next time. This gel is clear type.
kaylee w.
Gainesville, GA
169 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
Purchased at: Walgreens
this product works very well. it clears up any acne, or problem areas, it’s very gentle on the skin. is surpassed my expectations. the only thing i don’t like is that after using it for a while, it dries out, and irritates my skin, so i wouldn’t recommend using this more than a few days in a row at a time.
Michelle M.
59 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Walmart
Okay so this stuff works amazing but take heed when you read the Title SPOT treatment bc this product is for sore itchy red surfacing boils to the simplest little whitehead but only dab or apply dirrectly atop the blemish and not so much on the surround area at all! This gentle and effective pimple banisher sloughs off skin through acid, which eats off the layers of skin/debris blocking the pore which if left blocked allows the zit aka bacteria to fester and gain strength. So then you have two options: you can mash it and scar up your face popping it wuth your fingers or you can use this dermatologist used active ingredient based Bullet proof method knowing it is not intended for splotches of areas on your face but just SPOT on zits being sure to use this sparingly a few times a day just on the zits possible popping point. Its my overnight go to and doesn't cause flaky scabbed over blemishes before or after the duration when i apply makeup! but for immediate zit itch relief from bogus inflamed bumps buy neutrogena 5% hydro peroxide spot treatment. It works fast but may leave dry flaky skin and over time possibly cause picked pimples to scar.
23 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
Purchased at: Target
Not bad for the price. You definitely could find a better acne spot treatment for more money. If you have really bad acne, maybe consider looking into a stronger formulated spot treatment
Caroline E.
40 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I used for a couple months and didnt notice a difference. I went to my dermatologist and got a stronger spot treatment which worked better. 
Jamie S.
Rosemount, MN
51 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Purchased at: Target
Doesn’t really work well for my acne. Deep under the skin with no visible head to it. I usually use it just to keep it from getting worse.
Cheryl T.
Gulf Shores, AL
73 reviews
Did anyone experience dryness with this product?
Jana M.
Andover, CT
60 reviews
I know you can use this as a spot treatment and just dab it on the pimples, but can you put a thin layer all over your face to prevent new ones from appearing?
Marie T.
Houston, TX
232 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Is it worth the money since they're small?
Mackenzie C.
Holbrook, MA
101 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
Does this burn?
Blanca C.
182 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 5
Did it dry out anyone elses face where you applied it? I'm not a fan of this

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