Clean & (not so) clear

9.7.09

For about a week or so my skin hasn't been so great. I have had a couple of breakouts and felt like my skin has looked and felt too oily and shiny. I love the Boots cold cream I have been using but thought perhaps it is a bit too thick/rich to use every morning and night so I decided to try something else.

I thought I would give Clean & Clear a go and decided on the 'deep action refreshing gel cleanser' as I liked the sound of getting really clean feeling skin!
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2 days later my face feels like it has third-degree burns. There's an all over tightness similar to when I used Dermalogica and I have itchy, crusty patches all over my face but especially around my chin and cheeks.
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What am I going to do!! :'(
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I stopped using it as soon as I realised I was having some sort of reaction to it, but so far my skin doesn't seem to be improving and I'm scared that moisturising will irritate it even more!

I am going to my Cousins wedding on Saturday and I can't have a crusty face! *sob*

Has anyone else had any problems using this or other products in the range? I have only heard good things about it from other people!

V xxx

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44 comments:

  1. Oh no :( I've not been able to use these products at all without irritating my skin because the product contains Menthol which is not recommended for any skin type. Rosehip Oil would be great for settling the burnt feeling xx

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  2. Oh no, that sounds awful!Sounds like it was too drying for your skin. I would try getting Aqueous Cream or Double Base from a pharmacy(I use it for Psoarsis). They are heavy duty moisturisers that are gentle, don't clog your pores and are unscented so they won't irritate. Hope this helps x

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  3. I have been having the ultimate bad skin week my face has erupted and looks gross, I was going to try clean and clear but I might give the Neutrogena products a whirl as lots of bloggers have said they are good when your skin ends up crappy. Why not try Bubblegarms idea of a honey face mask as it apparently has antibacterial and soothing properties?
    xx

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  4. I'm sorry to hear this.
    Get yourself some E45 cream, that should calm it down and get rid of the dry skin.
    Hope it gets better soon xxx

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  5. I would try using manuka or organic honey. Back in February my skin was all dry and tight because of using panoxyl and I heard about honey and it honestly did wonders for my skin. My skin felt so soft after using it and it really helped clear up my skin as well. Apparently it's a natural moisturiser. I heated the honey in the microwave for a few seconds just until it's runny and easier to apply. Then I left it on for maybe an hour sometimes more sometimes less. I also add some lemon juice to the honey but you mightn't want to do that if your skin is very tight. You should check out acne.org that's where I heard about the honey. HTH x

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  6. Try the mask i just posted about babe xxxx

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  7. oh no :( that happened to me before with this clean and clear facewash and a face mask before maybe you could try sudocrem or e45or something?

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  8. That sounds awful! I hope you find something new soon that will help.

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  9. @danielle - ohh, i didn't know that! i had a feeling it would be strong but i thought a couple of uses a week might clear up some of the oily feeling. i guess not :(
    xxx

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  10. @liparazzi - thank you for the recommendations! i will have a look. xx

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  11. OOOH Ick! My cousin reacts to EVERYTHING and swears by Cetaphyl (Cetaphil?) which sounds quite chemically bit is really gentle!

    Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog - yours is adorable!

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  12. @shangri-la - yes great suggestion, thank you! i would defo give clean & clear a miss if you're already having trouble like i was. stick to something gentler! xx

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  13. @lauren - thanks, i hope so too! xx

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  14. @misslolz - great tip, thank you for taking the time to give me all that info! it seems honey is a popular suggestion! xx

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  15. @missglamtan - great thanks! xx

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  16. @suzannah - i am going to give sudocrem a go tonight and see if that helps, coz i have got some at home. it has helped with my spots before. xx

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  17. @michelle - me too hun! xx

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  18. @alison - i have heard some good things about Cetaphil.. but I have never seen it in any shops! I'm going to see if I can track it down.

    Thanks for your nice comment :) xx

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  19. I've tried the Clean and Clear blackhead clearing cleanser, which is supposed to be like a toner! Seriously it felt like putting acid on my face! I hope your skin clears up before the wedding!!

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  20. @holly - that is what this feels like.. acid! it's a joke, i'm so cross :'( i should just stick to gentle things, i never learn my lesson! xx

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  21. Nightmare! I have the most sensitive skin ever and have had this type of reaction to body shop products, lush products, witch hazel products you name it. I now swear by Mario Badescu unfortunately i cant get it over here and have to get it from New York and shipped over! But i will never use another product again. They have great powder you use under your make up for oily skin I use every day.
    hope ur better by sat! xx
    magpie-girl.blogspot.com

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  22. @vik - HQHair sell Mario Badescu, I have seen it on there before!

    http://www.hqhair.com/code/preview.asp?PageID=270

    xxx

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  23. oh no! I have super sensitive skin and find products like that way to harsh. I've been using the Neutrogena wave and it's brill. I also use La Roche Posay cleansing gel and Estee Lauder exfoliator. Last two are Expensive but worth it. If I'm having a really bad blemishes I put sudocream on them over-night and it clears them up.

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  24. @laura - i'm going to give sudocrem a go tonight. if that fails then i might cry! i feel like such an ugly mug :( xxx

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  25. Hi girl! thanks for your sweet comments in my blog! :)
    P.S. I'm your new follower!~

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  26. good luck then hope it works!!

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  27. I've never liked Clean and Clear- I find their products too harsh on the skin.

    As someone above said- try some E45 on your skin to calm it down :)
    xxx

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  28. Ouch, poor you!! I can only use the moisturiser in that range as everything else burns my skin too!! Go in The Body Shop and ask for a sample of the Aloe Day Cream. Its for very sensitive skin and the aloe soothes any sore or red skin. Its really gentle as there's no colour, fragrance or preservatives in it. You can just ask for a sample to try it and hopefully it will help!! x x

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  29. That Clean and Clear sounds very vicious. My skin is super sensitive and used to a bit breakout-y ...the one thing that sorted it out was Liz Earle's Cleanse and Polish. Wonderful wonderful stuff.

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  30. Aww nooo, i've not had any problems with clean and clear stuff but I guess we all react differently. I'm using boots tea tree and witch hazel foaming face washing at the moment and its great. Face feels really clean and its quite gentle. Use a flannel really gently to buff away the "crusty" parts of your face and then use a moisturiser, that should help :)

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  31. oh no this is such a shame! i use clean and clear and really like the products - not tried this one though. I agree they are a little harsh although i think my skin can take it! if i ever have really dry skin i use E45 cream - it's the only thing that doesn't sting. x

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  32. @sugar - woohoo, thanks for following! hope you like my blog :) xx

    @suzannah - i hope so too...:( xx

    @daisy - i thought this would be ok, but now i'm wary about using the whole range! xx

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  33. @jen - i will pop in there tomorrow and try some, thanks for the recommendation! i really appreciate it. xx

    @ondine - ah yes, my sister loves liz earle products! thanks for the tip! xx

    @butterfly - i feel like such a minger, lol. xx

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  34. @hele - i never thought i had properly sensitive skin but i'm starting to think i do! i once used dermalogica and this happened then aswell. from now on i'm sticking to..i dunno..baby wipes or something!
    :( xx

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  35. oh man! :-( you will not have a crusty face!! YOU ARE SOO PRETTY!!

    <3,
    Iva

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  36. Oh no! It should be better by Saturday but you have nothing to worry about-so GORG!!

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  37. @iva - honestly, it's really bad! i have been walking round with my head down all day :( xx

    @elizabethmarie - you are too sweet! :) xx

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  38. Hi cute Victoria:)
    Thank you for stopping by and leaving me a comment. My nail polish application is not so perfect on ym real nails these are gel so it is much much easier :)

    I have skin problem myslef and I am starting to believe it is down to washing powder alergy. I am using Cetaphil face wash (dermatologist perscribed this to me) it is amazing product and I know you should be able to get it from Boots. Also try to drink loads of water avoid ketchup and spicy food. I notice that when I eat loads fo cucumber and fish my skin gets better.
    I hope this helps:) xxx

    Have a great weekend pretty lady:)

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  39. @moni - thanks for your nice comments :) i am going to try Cetaphil, a lot of people have recommended it to me! xxx

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  40. Hey Victoria
    thank you so much for letting me know about hairhq! shipping from NY was a pain! Althou my boyfriend was over in Feb i made him bring back a full suitcase of all my requires products poor boy had to go in with a list! ;)
    thanks again!
    Vik.x

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  41. anything like this kills my skin. I use Kate Logan beauty products now and nothing else.

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  42. @vik - no problem at all. as soon as you mentioned the name i thought 'hmm i'm sure i have seen that brand somewhere before!' i think i once looked at the spot drying lotion :) xx

    @daisychain - i haven't heard of that brand but i'll have a look :) xx

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  43. I have sensitive skin and I've had major problems with Clean and Clear products in the past - they're just too strong for me.
    I find using E45 cream helps. And when in doubt I just revert to only using Simple products.

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  44. @lil - i love simple, will definitely stick to that or something similar from now on. xx

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