Clinique Acne Solutions Review

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Editor Rating:
3.2 / 5.0
Rating: 3.2/5.
By: Brittany Kline


  • Deep cleanses to clear clogged pores
  • Helps fight acne blemishes
  • Repairs damage caused by previous acne breakouts
  • Helps prevent future breakouts

All data for this product review has been collected from independent tests of Clinique Acne Solutions. Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed. All information herein is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate at the time of publication.

Featured Ingredients

Salicylic Acid– exfoliates dead skin cells and unclogs pores to eliminate acne blemishes.
Benzoyl Peroxide – unclogs pores and kills acne-causing bacteria.

For a full list of ingredients click here
Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam: Water, Glycerin, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Sucrose, Disodium Phosphate, Arginine Cocoate, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Cola Nitida (Kola) Seed Extract, Caffeine, Algae Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Sea Whip Extract, Peg/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Sodium Hyaluronate, PPG-6 Decyltetradeceth-30, Lactobacillus Ferment, Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine, Longifolene, Acetyl Glucosamine, Capryloyl Glycine, Perilla Aldehyde, 10-hydroxydecanoic Acid, Polyquaternium-7, Beta-Caryophyllene, Phospholipids, Sodium Stearate, Sodium Salicylate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Chloroxylenol

Acne Solutions Clarifying Lotion: Water, Alcohol Denat, Nylon-12, Butylene Glycol, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Caffeine, Sucrose, Glycerin, Acetyl Glucosamine, Sorbitol, Sea Whip Extract, Barium Sulfate, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Silica, Disodium Edta, Benzalkonium Chloride

Acne Solutions Clearing Moisturizer:  Water, Cyclopentasiloxane, Butylene Glycol, Ceteareth-20, Dimethicone, Sucrose, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Extract, Hordeum Vulgare (Barley) Extract / Extrait D’Orge, Acetyl Glucosamine, Lactobacillus Ferment, Poria Cocos Sclerotium Extract, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Gentiana Lutea (Gentian) Root Extract, Helianthus Annuus (Sunflower) Seedcake, Saccharomyces Lysate Extract, Astrocaryum Murumuru Butter, Acrylamide/Sodium Acryloyldimethyltaurate Copolymer, Myristyl Alcohol, Glycerin, Zeolite, Algae Extract, Linoleic Acid, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Caffeine, Cholesterol, Tocopheryl Acetate, Bisabolol, Longifolene, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Hyaluronate, Beta-Caryophyllene, Propylene Glycol Dicaprate, Capryloyl Glycine, Quaternium-22, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint), Perilla Aldehyde, Caprylyl Glycol, Isohexadecane, Xanthan Gum, Disodium Edta, Chloroxylenol, Phenoxyethanol, Titanium Dioxide

Side Effects and Directions

The active ingredients in this product can lead to dryness, redness, and irritation. Make sure to follow the directions precisely. Individuals with sensitive skin are advised to conduct a patch test prior to use.

Use each of the three-step products twice daily. Wash first with the Cleansing Foam, then apply the Clarifying Lotion. Finish with the Clearing Lotion.

In-Depth Review

Clinique believes that eliminating acne from your face doesn’t have to mean neglecting your skin. The products in Clinique’s Acne Solutions starter kit use the popular 3-step configuration of a face wash, cleansing toner solution, and after-repair serum — but with secondary ingredients to keep the active ingredients from being too harsh. The Cleansing Foam cleans the skin of surface impurities so that the Clarifying Lotion can exfoliate and unclog blocked pores, while the Clearing Moisturizer prevents future breakouts and repairs damage done by existing breakouts.

The interesting thing about the Clinique Acne Solutions starter kit is its ingredients list. The concentrations of active ingredients in each of the three steps are surprisingly high — quantities that rival some entry-level clinical solutions. Clinique’s application of this acne-fighting powerhouse is still reasonably gentle. Clinique says that despite the high concentrations of ingredients, the Acne Solutions system won’t dry out your skin if used properly.

Clinique’s formula also targets excess sebum production to prevent one of the leading causes of breakouts. The Acne Solutions starter kit also helps eliminate bacteria to prevent future breakouts. It’s a practical solution that helps get rid of the acne blemishes already on your skin and then prevent future breakouts from occurring. Extended use is necessary to maintain results.

Check out our anti-acne product comparison chart to see how the Clinique starter kit compares to other products on the market.

All data for this product review has been collected from independent tests of Clinique Acne Solutions. Individual results may vary and specific results are not guaranteed. All information herein is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate at the time of publication.


(5.0 / 5.0)
  • Reduces superficial acne and keeps deep acne from forming
  • Exfoliates to keep pores clear and blemish-free
(4.5 / 5.0)
  • Eliminates acne-causing bacteria
  • Formulated for sensitive skin to help keep pores clear
(4.3 / 5.0)
  • Designed by dermatologists
  • Visibly reduces acne in less than a week
(4.1 / 5.0)
  • Detoxifies while balancing hormones
  • Reduces deeper acne to prevent future breakouts
(3.6 / 5.0)
  • Reduces excess sebum production
  • Addresses the hormone imbalances that result in acne

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