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Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer

BY CLEAN & CLEAR #74 in Facial Moisturizers

4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars53%
  • 4 Stars27%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars5%
  • 1 Star2%
4.24 / 5 based on 8,316 Reviews


CLEAN & CLEAR® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer combines oil-free moisture with a proven acne-fighting ingredient. It can help to moisturize dry skin while treating and helping to prevent breakouts. It leaves your skin feeling soft and smooth.

Recomended for:

Skin Need: Dryness, Pimples


  • After you've cleaned your face, and your pores, you're ready for the finishing touch.
  • Yes, this moisturizer, but it also has acne-fighting medicine in it, so go easy.
  • Apply a thin layer over the affect area. Do this once a day for the first few days, then gradually increase to 2-3 times a day if needed or recommended by your doctor.
  • But be smart. If your skin starts to dry out or peel, reduce your use to once a day, or even every other day.


Salicylic Acid (0.5%)
Water Dicaprylyl Ether Cetearyl Alcohol Glycerin Neopentyl Glycol Diethylhexanoate Dimethicone Dicetyl Phosphate Ceteth-10 Phosphate Methyl Gluceth-20 Menthyl Lactate Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate Steareth-20 Sodium Hydroxide Steareth-2 Fragrance Neopentyl Glycol Diisostearate Lecithin Xanthan Gum Disodium EDTA Magnesium Aluminum Silicate BHT


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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  • What's the best moisturizer to use if you have oily skin/...4 Answers
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Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer
Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer
Reviews (8316)
Q&A (119)
Media (271)
  • "I love this product! It works wonders on my dry skin. I apply right after the shower and it makes my face so smooth." in 85 reviews
  • "I first bought this a couple of years ago when my skin was acting up... I've since repurchased 4 or 5 times. It's so lightweight and lively on the skin. I have sensitive skin myself, dry cheeks and oily t-zone, and I find it truly moisturizing and mattifying. My husband actually loves it too. He has quite oily skin but says it feels tight after washing his face, so he pops a bit of this on and he loves it. Basically it does exactly what it says on the tin. The only downside is that it doesn't contain SPF, so I wouldn't use it in the mornings, but it's A-OK for night time! " in 55 reviews
  • "This product is great for the winter when my hands dry out all the time. I was introduced to this by a friend when I forgot my moisturizer for a trip and after that, theres not much else that I'll want to use for my body. My face is very sensitive, so I don't use it there as much, or really ever." in 49 reviews
Nataly B.
5 reviews
I wish I could give this product zero stars. This product is full of acne inducing ingredients. The first time I put this on my face it felt really weird and became drying on my skin. A few weeks later redness began to appear on my skin in the weirdest places like the sides of my nose and my forehead. Sadly I disregarded these warning signs and continued using the product especially for new pimples that would form. Furthermore, I caution anyone who has normal skin or combination skin,or even those who are looking for an acne cure please stay away from this product. I went from having normal  skin with no redness and  a few hormonal breakouts to tomato red sensitive skin with cystic acne. ( I was using various other Clean & Clear products while I was using this. I will review the other products as well)
julia B.
49 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I love this product. This is what I use every time I go to put on makeup. I usually always put it on after I get out of the shower. I love it. It does make my face clean and clear. I high recommend this! It definitely gives my face a good clean feeling to it. I love this brand overall but I’ve stuck with this moisturizer for a long time!
Gisela R.
Covina , CA
28 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
This is my HOLY GRAIL moisturizer! I have been using this moisturizer since i was 16 and it had never done me wrong!
Its great for oily/dry skin, and the salicylic acid in it helps to keep your face clear of acne. I definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a good acne fighting moisturizer that is light weight and doesn't feel heavy on the skin. This product layers very well with other products, and it has a nice fresh feeling once its been applied. Its is also budget friendly, but everyone please always use the three day rule when trying ANY products, cosmetic or health, if your skin doesn't like some thing you'll begin to see signs within 3 days, don't ignore them, hope this review was helpful !  Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer
Myah A.
395 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 4
I really like this moisturizer. Its super gentle and light weight. Its not harsh at all. Its also affordable. It definitely did meet expectations. The packaging was what drew me to it. I know that sounds weird but its true. the packaging was very simple and gentle looking (if that makes sense). It did not disappoint and i def recommend it.

Cristina F.
New York, NY
45 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I really enjoy using this moisturizer. It is perfect for acne-prone skin as it contains acne fighting Salicylic acid and a bunch of other good ingredients for your skin. I find that it is better for morning use because it is light and refreshing and has a bit of a tingle, and it also leaves your face feeling very smooth and hydrated, which sometimes is hard to find in acne-treatment products. Overall though, I love, and I’m running a little low so it may be time to repurchase
Paige L.
3 reviews
One of my favorite moisturizers! Keeps my skin soft and clear. I haven’t had acne or even a pimple in months! The best place to buy this is Walmart, since it’s the cheapest. It is the third step in Clean & Clears Healthy Skin Routine. Even better? Clean & Clear is owned by Johnsons & Johnsons, one of my favorite soap brands ever! It is also a very good price for it’s size.
Taylor K.
Conroe, TX
118 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
I use this every night after I wash my face with the clean and clear face wash. I love this moisturizer, it goes on super smooth and doesn't clog my pores or make my skin feel oily. It is a little on the thinner side, but if you want it to feel more thick you can just apply more. I also love how this has salicylic acid in it, I rarely ever get breakouts and I don't have a very extensive skin care routine. I just wash my makeup off in the shower with the face wash and then moisturize with this! If my pores are feeling clogged I will add in the astringent. I typically purchase this moisturizer at the grocery store or drug store, and it is very affordable. I have normal skin, not too dry and not too oily, not very prone to breakouts. I will continue to purchase this product as long as it keeps my skin feeling great! I would recommend this moisturizer to anyone looking for an easy skin care routine. 
Brittany H.
7 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I LOVE this moisturizer! I have combination skin,so my face gets oily in certain areas. That's why I love that this is oil-free and helps prevent acne. It has like a cooling sensation when it's applied to your face. Very soothing. It's a great choice for anyone with oily/combo skin or anyone that struggles with acne or maybe even just has a little zit from time to time. Excellent moisturizer,excellent price!
Katelyn J.
Prairieville, LA
68 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 2
This product Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer has been a life saver all summer. My skin has been so dry and living in the south it has been super hot. I love that it’s oil free, because sometime my face can be oily and dry. I love that it also helps and treats in prevention of any type of breakout or pimples. Not only that but it has acne medication in it while treating your skin it doesn’t forget to moisture which it leaves so skin feeling super smooth and soft. This is definitely a product that I would recommend to any preteens or teenagers super affordable and lite on the skin.
Errin B.
3 reviews
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1
I used Clean and Clear as a middle schooler just starting to deal with acne. When I started to notice more bumps on my face as a college student, this was the first thing I tried. I felt that the product really helped to clean my skin but only if I continuously used it. I am also starting to look for products that are slightly less chemically based and that is the reason I gave it four stars.
Yacine S.
Newton, MA
7 reviews
Did you find this product helpful in clearing your stubborn blemishes?
Katie W.
Springfield, OH
29 reviews
Did this help treat acne, as well as moisturize your face?
April Y.
Great Falls, MT
31 reviews
Does anyone know if they still make this? I've been looking for it for awhile.
Taylor S.
Lafayette, IN
93 reviews
Does this help acne at all?
Alexandra  H.
Bridgeport, TX
29 reviews
Is this moisturizer good for oily skin?

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Clean & Clear® Essentials Dual Action Moisturizer
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