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Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action PerfectaWash — How I Came To Love Clearasil Once More

As a teenager, Clearasil and Noxzema seemed to be the most important skincare brands in the entire universe — they were like Batman & Robin, battling the evil blemishes threatening the tranquil existence of my pubescent skin. Once I hit my ’20s, however, my skin’s behavior normalized and acne became more of a rare and sporadic inconvenience, minimizing my need for harsh daily treatments. As my skincare needs changes, so did my knowledge of the different brands on the market, their marquis products, their function, and the technology they employed. Rather rapidly, Clearasil became a relic of my adolescent past, the skincare equivalent of the scrunchies and butterfly hair clips I had once feverishly worn. Sure, I occasionally purchased a spot treatment tube but, beyond that, the brand became something I associated with pimple-faced teenagers.

Since delving into the beauty business, I’ve revisited the Clearasil brand countless times and rediscovered why I fell in love with it in the first place. Still, I found that most of its offerings (even new products with gentler formulas) were too harsh for my often dry and sensitive skin, a reality I lamented since, on those occasions when I suffered a bad breakout (whether due to stress or hormonal changes tied to my menstrual cycle), I really wanted something that would obliterate the problem quickly and inexpensively.

Imagine my surprise, then, when I tested the new Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action PerfectaWash ($19.99 for starter kit at CVS, Walgreens, Wal-Mart, and Rite Aid) expecting it to overdry my skin and, instead, fell madly in l0ve.

See, since I don’t break out that often (knock on wood), I tend to overreact dramatically when my skin erupts in protest. Rather than following all the steps I know to take, emotion tends to override logic and I senselessly overload my skin with astringent cleansers, toners, pore cleansing masks, and spot gels. The final result: pimples appear even redder, skin gets painfully dry and, at times, I’ll actually tear my skin and wind up with an open wound.

It seems many women have the very same frantic reaction to unwanted skin intruders, which explains why Clearasil released the PerfectaWash, a sensor-activated dispenser that releases the ideal amount of cleanser for a thorough wash. By taking care of the portion control aspect of the skin cleansing routine, you don’t have to worry about stripping the skin of its moisture.

The Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action PerfectaWash starter kit comes with the actual dispenser (a white and silver device that’s sleek and modern so that you’ll actually enjoy having it on display) and two 5 oz. bottles of facial cleanser: Superfruit Splash and Soothing Plant Extract. The bottles themselves simply have to be flipped upside down and slipped into the top of the dispenser. And, since the dispenser is already equipped with the batteries need to activate the sensor, all you have to do is place wet hands underneath the silver dispenser and wait for a sizable drop of the cleanser to land on your palms.

Next, you  can rub the cleanser  in between hands to create a nice lather and massage the skin thoroughly for about a minute,  then you rinse your visage with warm water and pat the skin dry.

If you use the PerfectaWash twice daily, you should see an improvement in your skin’s condition rather rapidly (in about 1-2 days). Zits may not completely disappear within this time frame but their size will shrink markedly and redness will be reduced, making it easier to camouflage them.

But (and yes there is a but) here’s the key factor: after cleansing, you’ll want to moisturize skin but do not, under any circumstance, apply another anti-acne treatment — not even a spot treatment. You may be tempted to apply a dab of pimple medication atop blemishes, but resist this urge. The 2% salicylic acid concentration in the face wash constitutes enough of an acne treatment.

If you rely on a Clarisonic to cleanse your skin, simply place the moist brush head underneath the Perfecta Wash dispenser and then massage skin with the Clarisonic as you normally would.

Since I don’t suffer from acne-prone skin (knock on wood), I only use the PerfectaWash when I feel a break out coming on (at least one eruption tends to occur when “that time of the month” arrives) but, if you do struggle with acne, you could use this product on a daily basis. Either way, it will help to relieve your woes.

And that, ladies, is how I returned to Team Clearasil.

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