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Teenage skincare is often inexpensive but full of harsh, drying, artificial ingredients that can strip skin of natural oils and irritate hormonal acne further. When Dermalogica’s founder, Jane Wurwand, saw her own daughters enter their teenage years, she recognised that there were few gentle acne treatments to clear teenage skin.

The Clear Start range from Dermalogica balances medicated ingredients with soothing botanicals to deliver long-term results on teenage acne. With a system of eight effective products, from clay masks and overnight spot treatments to facial toners and acne face washes, the Clear Start range promises clear skin for teens and young adults.


What are the key benefits of the Dermalogica Clear Start range?

  • Skincare developed for teenage skin suffering from acne
  • Helps to clear congestion, whiteheads, and blackheads
  • Utilises medicated ingredients and soothing botanicals
  • Free from harsh and drying artificial ingredients
  • Can be used to clear face and body acne

What are the key ingredients used in the Dermalogica Clear Start range?

Instead of incorporating harsh and inexpensive ingredients as other teenage skincare ranges do, Dermalogica Clear Start relies on proven medicated ingredients and gentle botanicals to control sebum levels and clear clogged pores.

Salicylic Acid is a proven pore-cleaner that dives deep into the skin and clears out dead cells, trapped oils, and bacteria. It is one of the best ingredients for acne removal, as it clears congested skin and wipes out existing and future breakouts. Salicylic Acid is commonly used throughout the Clear Start range.

Botanicals such as Tea Tree Oil have antiseptic properties that help to keep skin clean and clear from blemishes and stop the spread of bacteria. Cucumber, Menthol, and Lavender are also used to help calm irritation and redness caused by active acne.


Who should use the Dermalogica Clear Start range?

The Dermalogica Clear Start range has been developed for teenagers and young adults who suffer from hormonal acne and want calming ingredients that still have dramatic effects on the skin.


How should the Dermalogica Clear Start range be applied?

Clear Start contains eight effective and powerful products to completely transform teenage skin. Start with Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, a facial cleanser that washes away dead skin cells, dirt, and excess oils. This acne cleanser unclogs pores, which in turn reduces breakouts, and is the perfect face wash for oily and acne-prone skin.


For a deeper cleanse, use Blackhead Clearing Pore Control Scrub several times a week to gently exfoliate the skin and help control shine. Follow with Breakout Clearing All Over Toner, which can be applied after cleansing or throughout the day to help control excess oils and revive skin.


Clear Start offers two acne creams: Oil Clearing Matte Moisturizer SPF 15 for extremely oily acne-prone complexions and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion for dehydrated acne-prone skin. Both work to rebalance skin’s moisture levels whilst fighting against acne.


Breakout Clearing Emergency Spot Fix is a must-have acne spot treatment for concentrated pimple removal. It uses Benzoyl Peroxide to kill bacteria plus Lavender and Tea Tree to calm skin irritation.


If you want an overnight acne mask, Breakout Clearing Overnight Treatment works as you sleep to fight breakouts, leaving you with less congested and clearer skin in the morning.

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Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

Good cleanser

Helps keep breakouts away and cleanses nicely without stripping moisture from the face. Packaging can make it hard to get product out towards the end of the bottle though
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Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing All Over Toner

Great for bacne

Confession: I don't use this on my face. I use it on my back.
I keep one in my gym bag and one in my work bag as I find if I don't wash/dry my back immediately after I've sweated I breakout. This has really helped keep it under control as an interim fix.
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Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

One of my favourite face cleansers!!!

Such a nice face cleanser, it made my face feel so nice and deeply cleaned and refreshed. It definitely does help to clear breakouts, but if you suffer from acne it’s probably not going to help much preventing things like cystic breakouts. It foams up so nicely and you don’t need a lot of product so a little goes a long way. Would define my start using again once my skin is cleared because I loved it so much whilst my skin was good. Would be excellent for teens with a few breakouts especially if used with a dermalogica moisturiser too. Even my younger sister loved it.

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