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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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Recent reviews on Clear Start products

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming WashDermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

Good introductory product

This product really did help clear my skin when I was starting skin care. I did find that my skin felt soooo dry after using it. I would just use something super hydrating and oil-free afterwards and it was fine then.
Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask 50mlDermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask 50ml
Dermalogica Clear Start Blackhead Clearing Fizz Mask 50ml

Great for cleaning open pores and blackheads

I have open pores on nose and this product keeps them clean and feeling good. I use twice a week only on nose and ever since haven’t been noticing congestion/!
Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating LotionDermalogica Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion
Dermalogica Clear Start Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion


I have very acne prone and oily skin and this moisturiser was just what my skin needed. Super hydrating yet has a very light feel to it and doesn't clog my pores or cause me to break out any further. Only taking a star off because the scents a bit odd for me but at that price point and for dermalogica its worth the odd scent :')

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