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Review of Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10

Product Review: Clean & Clear Persa-Gel 10

Back in junior high, my girlfriends and I used to have slumber parties galore. We watched blockbusters like Teen Wolf and bonded over the slathering of "zit cream" to heal our overactive hormones.

Fast-forward to present day. I'm still kind of obsessed with Teen Wolf and those darn pimples have resurfaced yet again. I guess some things never change.

When it comes to spot treatments, I think I've tried them all: creams, gels, concealing treatments, sulfur, salicylic acid...etc. While all skin types will respond differently, benzoyl peroxide seems to do the trick for me, so I decided to give Clean & Clear's Persa-Gel 10 ($4.70) a whirl. Here's what I thought:

  • Consistency — You know how some creams seem to just sit on the surface, never feeling like they've totally sunk in? Not this product. Somewhat of a cross between a light cream and a soft gel, I loved the non-greasy formulation that easily blended right into my irritated pores. It dried very quickly and left a pleasant "it's tingling so it's working" type of sensation.
  • Price — Who can beat it? What a great bang for your buck.
  • Drawbacks — With repeated use, my skin became rather dry around the application areas. I highly recommend using just a dab on an existing breakout or as a preventative measure for problem areas. Also, the product dries with a white residue, so you might consider using it in the privacy of your own home or diluting it with moisturizer if you're going out in public.
  • Overall Performance — Dryness aside, it worked wonders by shrinking out existing pimples, reducing redness, and preventing new breakouts from forming. And the effects are long lasting, too. I could feel this amazing product working its magic throughout the day, long after I had washed my face.

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angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
Bella Donna...You sure know your stuff! I have a hard time finding BP in 2.5% these days or even 5% OTC. It's like the acne cream won't sell unless it's 10%. I also was on Ziana but switched to only BP and good exfoliating since only using Ziana wasn't preventing breakouts.
angelfromlsu angelfromlsu 7 years
Bella Donna...You sure know your stuff! I have a hard time finding BP in 2.5% these days or even 5% OTC. It's like the acne cream won't sell unless it's 10%. I also was on Ziana but switched to only BP and good exfoliating since only using Ziana wasn't preventing breakouts.
JaimeLeah526 JaimeLeah526 7 years
I like salicylic acid much better too. This stuff dries my face so badly.
robinesque robinesque 7 years
I try this a couple of days before my period. You know, when you feel the pimple under the surface? Excellent! I also prefer a salicylic acid or a glycolic peel. Even better!
terryt18 terryt18 7 years
Ditto the store brand comments. Just as good, ie same % active ingredient and few $$ cheaper. Still, I prefer salicylic acid. Or better yet, tea tree oil works wonderfully on my skin. I just had one of those cystic zits on the side of my nose and it's almost gone after just 2 days of using Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish stick, which has willowbark, tea tree, juniper oils and caledula. It's about 8 bucks at Walgreens. Or you can buy a good sized bottle of tea tree oil for under $6 and a bottle of witch hazel for $2. Use the witch hazel to dilute a bit of the tea tree oil and make your own concoction that works well too. At least it does for me.
terryt18 terryt18 7 years
Ditto the store brand comments. Just as good, ie same % active ingredient and few $$ cheaper. Still, I prefer salicylic acid. Or better yet, tea tree oil works wonderfully on my skin. I just had one of those cystic zits on the side of my nose and it's almost gone after just 2 days of using Burt's Bees Herbal Blemish stick, which has willowbark, tea tree, juniper oils and caledula. It's about 8 bucks at Walgreens. Or you can buy a good sized bottle of tea tree oil for under $6 and a bottle of witch hazel for $2. Use the witch hazel to dilute a bit of the tea tree oil and make your own concoction that works well too. At least it does for me.
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Good to know but I'll stick with my Pro Activ spot treatment...
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 7 years
You know Bella, irritation and dryness's the drawback of using 10% BP (benzoyl peroxide. 2.5% or (even 5%) does a fairly good job, but you need to up the quantity. That's why I switched to 2.5% BP application at night.Even topical meds like Ziana and Benzaclin use 2.5% BP (with retinoid or clindamycin of course). when it comes to BP, more isn't necessarily better. BTW, did you know P. Acnes (the culprit in question) NEVER gets resistant to BP over time, unlike clindamycin, erythromycin et. al!! :PYou could use a mild AHA/BHA based moisturizer to combat the flakiness.. Sorry about the gushings.. can't resist sharing zit-info that works with fellow victims of acne :D
Bella-Donna Bella-Donna 7 years
You know Bella, irritation and dryness's the drawback of using 10% BP (benzoyl peroxide. 2.5% or (even 5%) does a fairly good job, but you need to up the quantity. That's why I switched to 2.5% BP application at night. Even topical meds like Ziana and Benzaclin use 2.5% BP (with retinoid or clindamycin of course). when it comes to BP, more isn't necessarily better. BTW, did you know P. Acnes (the culprit in question) NEVER gets resistant to BP over time, unlike clindamycin, erythromycin et. al!! :P You could use a mild AHA/BHA based moisturizer to combat the flakiness.. Sorry about the gushings.. can't resist sharing zit-info that works with fellow victims of acne :D
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I'm the same as foxie. I have much better things I use now that do way better.I used this in high school with good results though... :ponder:
Merlin713 Merlin713 7 years
I'm the same as foxie. I have much better things I use now that do way better. I used this in high school with good results though... :ponder:
kahribar kahribar 7 years
Interesting pros and cons from everyone, thanks for all the input!
emalove emalove 7 years
I remember using this when I was in high school, it made my face incredibly dry and flaky.
Jude-C Jude-C 7 years
I used to swear by this stuff as a teenager. It worked really well for me.
kelliegonzo kelliegonzo 7 years
i used to use that too, it was the only thing that would work for my awful breakouts. but i found a better version that's cheaper and doesn't dry all pasty. its the equate (walmart brand) called Medicated Acne Gel. it has the same 10% active ingredient and it's less than $2!!
CYL CYL 7 years
this one never worked for me :P
brittanyk brittanyk 7 years
I have to stay away from benzoyl peroxide. It really irritates my skin. First it turns red then it dries out and gets flaky. Ick. Oh well.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
I can't use products with SA or BO.
Francoisehardly Francoisehardly 7 years
I used CVS medication once. It dried out my skin and I had to go to my Grandparents' wedding anniversary/renewal of vows with dry flaky skin. Oh, what fun. I should mention I have naturally oily skin. I stay away from BP and luckily other things work for me.
foxie foxie 7 years
Before I realized using animal-tested products was SO horrible, I tried this stuff out. It didn't get rid of my zits, just made them surface quicker... and then I'd pop them, because who can resist??
OHmeetsBK OHmeetsBK 7 years
Will definitely be trying this!
soulight soulight 7 years
I love benzoyl peroxide for getting rid of zits. CVS even has a store brand that works just as well if your even more of a bargain shopper. ;-) It's good to know that you don't have to break the bank to have nice skin.
Shopaholichunny Shopaholichunny 7 years
Ooo Thanks Bella!
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