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How is this different from a cream/moisturizer?
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i wonder if it's a toner or Moisturizer? ?
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Can i use this product during pregnancy? The ingredients are not specified on the site.
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Is this stuff a facial cleaner? Or does it need to be used WITH a cleanser?


Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

What it is:A gentle, oil-free exfoliating lotion for combination and oily skin.What it is formulated to do:This second step in Clinique's 3-Step Skin Care System is a true difference-maker for great skin. Developed by Clinique's dermatologists, the smoothing formula whisks away pore-clogging oil and flakes to reveal a clearer complexion. It helps control excess oil to minimize breakouts and keep skin feeling clean.
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Questions & Answers for Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3

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Toner 2 or 3?
I have oily T zone (sometimes) but not-so-dry cheeks. I saw that this one is for oily T zone with dry cheeks, so i'm not sure if I should get 2 or 3. Or they don't differ much?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
hellobb
(Houston, TX)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
8 answers
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answer 1
i use number 3 its a great toner
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sefari
(Chicago,IL)
answer 2
By Clinique's definition, if you're cheeks feel "comfortable" (neither shiny or dry feeling) you are a skin type 3.
You should use Clarifying Lotion 3, but many people with skin like yours start with #2 and bump up to #3.
Also, clarifying lotion 2 contains menthol, which can be drying or irritating to some people, so just keep that in mind as well.
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
rachk19
(ft myers,fl)
answer 3
I'm oily all over and use this #3. At a Sephora store, they will give you a small sample of each to try if you ask! Maybe that would be a good start for you. I'm extremely oily and my skin (even tho I'm over 50) holds up very well with this #3 toner. You do have to get past the strong smell. But I do like this stuff and my skin responds positively to it.
answered 4 years ago
artemesia123
(Detroit)
answer 4
I have the same kind of skin. I used the purple #2 toner for awhile but I started breaking out in the beginning of summer and felt like I needed something stronger. I went with this one and I can't imagine using another one. It picks up so much more dirt than the #2 and it doesn't dry you out.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Pennsylvania)
answer 5
If you have acne I recomend three becuse it has salicytic acid in it and is very gentle. But if you just need a little oil control and what not get 2. But id your skin is sensitive you might want to try the 2nd one. Good luck!!!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 6
Start off with #2 and work up to #3 for better exfoliation after 6-8 months.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
caribou7
(Tempe, AZ)
answer 7
My skin sounds similar to yours-- oily t-zone and normal (neither dry nor oily) cheeks-- & I use #3. The product was first suggested to me by a Clinique consultant at a department store who looked at my skin and said that clarifying lotion 3 would be right for my skin. I use it daily and love it!
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
sundaygirl19
(New Jersey)
answer 8
Try No.2~ :)
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
AmberFish
(Castro Valley, VA)
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Not sure which one I am?!?
Ok so I bought the three step system a long time ago. I believe the lady at the counter said I was a 3. I don't have the set with me so I can't check >.<
But anyways, this stuff BURNS/STINGS when I put it on. So I guess I might be using the wrong one, but I'm so confused because I have no idea which one I could be!
My skin isn't really oily in the t-zone at all. Like it's not shiny or anything! And my cheeks are comfortable!
Like if I take a shower and get out and don't put cream/moisturizer on, it feels dry for like 10 minutes maybe, but goes away and feels comfortable for the rest of the day. So does anyone have the same "skin experience" as me and maybe can help me get the right one to replace the one I have now?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
hilarypf
(Whittier, CA)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
6 answers
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answer 1
go to clinique's website. there is a quiz you can take that will tell you the correct option
answered 1 year, 6 months ago
mdb412
(Raleigh, NC)
answer 2
If you go to clinique.com, you can click the "my skin consultation" link at the top of the page, then it asks you questions and uses your answers to determine which number and skin type you are.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
superlativity
(NC)
answer 3
Sounds to me like you need #2 toner. This stuff is for oily skin. It's very good for breakouts too.
answered 4 years ago
artemesia123
(Detroit)
answer 4
I would try the second one and if thats to harsh try the first. If there both to harsh they have one for sensitive skin too.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 5
Clarifying Lotion number 3 may be too much exfoliation for you right now. You might be better off with number 2 to start with and then "step up" to the number 3 later. Exfoliation is like exercise and you shouldn't start off with 50 sit ups, just maybe 5-10. Swap out the #3 for the #2 and you'll have better results.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
caribou7
(Tempe, AZ)
answer 6
hey!
im type three and i am oily in my T-zone and dry on the out side of my face durring the winter but i change to really oily in the summer. so it may be bause of where you live and the weather conditions. here is the website adress to Clinque so you can take the test online to fine out what type you are! its really easy and takes no longer than 3 minutes!
i really hope i helped because the 3 step system really help my skin and i want you to get amazing results like i did :)
good luck! http://www.clinique.com/cms/product/franchise/3step_system_mpp.tmpl#
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
mscaligirl14
(Southern California)
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Must use as part of 3 steps?
Do I need to use this as part of the 3 step system, or will it be just as effective used with another brand of cleanser and moisturizer?
asked 4 years ago
Lo1978
(Estero, FL)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
6 answers
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answer 1
I do not use a cleanser.

I use a Swissper's cotton pad and go over my face until the pad shows no dirt.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
andysmom
(MidSouth)
answer 2
I haven't used it with other skin care products. I did use it by itself (when I was too lazy to use the 3 steps) after I used a wet washcloth to remove makeup and I definitely saw the difference on the cottonball as well as the next morning. My skin didn't look as refreshed. It is best to use the 3 steps in my opinion.
answered 3 years, 10 months ago
chicana73
(Tacoma, WA)
answer 3
you can use a different cleanser, but i would advise to use the step 3 clinique moisturizer with this lotion, especially for this kind of skin, since it regulates my skin perfectly. i have tried other moisturizers, even from clinique also, but they always felt too much and too greasy
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
anoukmorgan
(brooklyn, ny)
answer 4
I use Philosophy cleanser, Clinique #3 toner and Clinique oil-free moisturizer and it seems just fine. I do not feel you have to follow the 3-step regime if you have a cleaner & moisturizer you like.
answered 4 years ago
artemesia123
(Detroit)
answer 5
Yes!!! I use this product and none of the other and I feel it works better!!! The cetaphil cleanser reminds me of the clinique one but cetephil works better for me!!
answered 4 years ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 6
it works well with the clinique cleanser...i use the facial soap (liquid) one, and my moisturizer is a different brand. if you have acne-prone skin, use a moisturizer that is oil-free and acnegenic
answered 4 years ago
sweetrain
(Toronto, ON)
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Reaction on finger tips?
I started using the 3-step system a few days ago. Everything is going really well, I can already see that my skin isn't as oily. I noticed today that my fingertips are peeling and really rough. It's only on the finger tips that I use to hold the cotton pad when I'm applying it to my face. I don't have sensative skin. Has anyone else noticed this? If you did, did it go away?
asked 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
on Clarifying Lotion 3
6 answers
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answer 1
you use a cotton ball
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
sefari
(Chicago,IL)
answer 2
I'm wondering how much your putting on the cotton ball, I myself have not had this problem but I do have very sensitive skin. I use enough to get the cotton ball wet but I don't saturate it in the product. I wish I could be a little more help for you
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
mamlovespink
(Wilkeson, WA)
answer 3
I never had this problem ... but you should try folding the cotton pad in two. i have been using it for years
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
g8sushma
(Brooklyn, NY)
answer 4
Yes, I have noticed this. It happened only when I was using the product more frequently than twice per day, to jump start the blemish-clearing process. Now that I use it only twice per day this no longer happens.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
totosnotinkansas
(Denver, CO)
answer 5
True
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
iprettyingrid
(Los Angeles, California)
answer 6
It's most likely that your finger tips are just being exfoliated, which is what this product is supposed to do, but I've never heard of anyone's finger tips actually peeling from this product.
You might just be using a bit too much product, remember not to soak the cotton ball when applying, and never put more on the cotton ball to go over your face again. You only need a little bit of this stuff :)
answered 3 years, 6 months ago
rachk19
(ft myers,fl)
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Pump
I seen a young lady on youtube review using a pump. Is this the pump version of the clinique toner or will I have to purchase that seperately? Thank you.
asked 5 years, 9 months ago
molovefive9
(Burlington NC)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
5 answers
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answer 1
The 16.5 size here on sephora.com has the pump-cap.
answered 10 months ago
totosnotinkansas
(Denver, CO)
answer 2
Is the young lady your talking about Juicystar07? (aka Blair) Well if you want to buy it with a pump you'll need to go to the clinique counter during the holiday season. At the cliniqu counter it is more expensive but comes with alot more year round. Hop this helped!!!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 3
The pump is great! The lady above is correct - the pump comes with the large size (it's HUGE) clarifying lotion. Right now, it's part of the "Home and Away" holiday set that comes in the silver travel bag. The kit is available at Clinique counters and Sephora for $59.99.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
sonanip
(Long Beach, CA)
answer 4
You can get the pump at any Clinique cosmetic counter for a couple of extra bucks with the purchase of any Clarifying Lotion.
answered 5 years, 3 months ago
CUsoon
(Anderson, SC)
answer 5
The toner I bought is not a pump. I'm not sure if they still make the pump version(My cousin bought one with a pump probably 4 years ago). The largest size may have a pump abut all the other sizes do not.
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
hester1989
(Americus, GA)
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Does the 16.5oz size have a different cap?
The picture of the 16.5 ounce size appears to have a different cap. Is it the one with the pump already in the cap that dispenses the product when you push down with a cotton ball?
asked 10 months ago
stephanie37
(Greensboro NC)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
5 answers
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answer 1
no
answered 3 months, 1 week ago
moeblush
answer 2
Yes, I don't like it as much as the regular cap.You waste too much product.
answered 7 months ago
Doxies
answer 3
Yes it does have a push pump
answered 9 months ago
reesepieces19
(LA ,Ca)
answer 4
This isn't the one with a pump. I personally think this bottle cap is better for better hygiene. You can still use a cotton ball with this.
answered 9 months ago
karry
(New York, N.Y.)
answer 5
Yes, the 16.5 oz size has the pump-cap.
answered 10 months ago
totosnotinkansas
(Denver, CO)
Question
is this an alcohol-free toner?
asked 2 years, 3 months ago
foreverablonde
(Newark, DE)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
5 answers
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answer 1
No, It does contain alcohol.For alcohol-free regimen Clinique has Mild Clarifying Lotion Alcohol-free
answered 1 week, 6 days ago
crimean
(NY)
answer 2
nope its not, probably contains a lot of alcohol
answered 9 months ago
andieyang
(Toronto, ON)
answer 3
No there is so much alcohol in it it will burn your eyes just smelling it. Smell some acetone nail polish remover, that is what this product is like.
answered 10 months ago
kriverb
(Eagle River, Alaska)
answer 4
Absollutely not! The first two ingredients are water and alcohol.
answered 1 year, 5 months ago
Anonymous
(Millington, New Jersey)
answer 5
Yes this product does contain alcohol.
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
jewel777
(CA)
Question
IS there alcohol in this toner?
asked 4 years, 6 months ago
sukiezw
(Allentown, PA)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
4 answers
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answer 1
Yes. But its not harsh or irritating on my skin.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 2
Yes and that is a good thing. Liquid products without some form of alcohol will sit on the surface of the skin and take longer to dry. The level of alcohol in this is very little and it's a special kind that is non-drying. It makes the product evaporate quickly, leaving the skin soft. Be sure to talk to a Clinique Associate to find the right level for your skin though.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
caribou7
(Tempe, AZ)
answer 3
there is witch hazel and a small amount (2% i think) of salicylic acid which helps zap any problem breakouts.
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
socaligirl95
(NC)
answer 4
Yes, there is alcohol in this toner. I will warn you, the bottle says "the tingle means it is working" and to normal skin it might be a tingle, but to sensitive skin, it could easily feel like stinging or burning. My skin is right in the middle as far as sensitivity goes and it is completely tolerable, but you should exercise some caution if you have a lot of sensitivity to alcohol. It is not drying though, so if that is your concern, you should be fine.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
momof2boys
(Eldorado, IL)
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Ha anyone tried the newly reformulated clarifying lotions?
Per the Clinique website, ALL of the Clarifying lotions have been "Dermatologist-reformulated to be comfortable, non-drying." I wondered if anyone had tried any of the new formulations and what they thought. Personally, I liked them the way they were and hope they still work as well. Non-drying usually equals breakouts to me.
asked 3 years, 8 months ago
totosnotinkansas
(Denver, CO)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
4 answers
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answer 1
I have tried the new clarifying lotions & find them to be less drying. The result has been fewer breakouts.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
penyfai
(Stow, Ohio)
answer 2
Yes they smell the same and feel the same. I dont see a real difference except maybe a bit stronger smell now that the question has been asked. I love my Clarifying Lotion 3 !
answered 1 year, 11 months ago
jewel777
(CA)
answer 3
I have VERY oily fair skin with minor acne and the Clarifying Lotion (3) helps keep the oil and acne under control without overdrying my skin.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
mv2331
(Orange County, California)
answer 4
I just bought a new bottle and haven't noticed any difference. It seems like the same product to me.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
mauriemcg
(Louisville, Ky)
Question
From Proactive to Clinique
I am using proactive and want to change to Clinique but, am worried about breaking out badly from changing over. I still breakout with proactive but not as bad as I was before it. I just wanted to know how long it generally takes for clinique to work and if people have had problems breaking out with it at first. I would be a number 3 because I do have oily skin.
asked 3 years, 9 months ago
xleahcarx
(Wausau, WI)
on Clarifying Lotion 3
4 answers
Answers
answer 1
My personal experience has been that the skin responds to Clinique within three days. Some products I have noticed an immediate improvement. You just have to try it and see but I highly recommend Clinique.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
penyfai
(Stow, Ohio)
answer 2
I've used proactive for few years when it first came out on the market and had great results for awhile until my skin no longer responded to it and began to breakout badly. So I stopped. For a while I steered clear of acne treatments dreading the thought of going through the purging stage again once I start another acne system. So, I can understand where you are coming from. I gave in 2 years ago and started using the Clinique 3 step system. (I'm number 3 FYI). For me, it took about a two weeks to go through the purging phase and my face started clearing up little by little. It's not a miracle worker. I still breakout here and there but it's minor pimples that comes during that time of the month or stress. In my opinion, the 3 step is a great all around starter acne system because it's fairly easy to use and not as abrasive on the skin as proactive. (I had major issues with the proactive because it would peel my skin) >.< In my opinion, you should experiment and see what works for your skin because not everyone's is the same. For me, I didn't really care for the Clinique soap, and the gel (in the 3 step system) so I switched them out with other products that suited my skin better and kept the Clinique clarifying lotion in #3.

Hope that helps!!!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
DaisyHearts
(Chicago, IL)
answer 3
You might... not becuse of Clinique but becuse of Proactive. Proactive adicts your skin to it so its hard to get off of it. It might be bad at first but id just stick through it.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
musame6
(Utah)
answer 4
I had good results very quickly with this when I started using it - like maybe a week or two? I tend towards oily skin, but I use this in combination with Clinique's oil-free moisturizing gel, and I rarely have breakouts. My skin feels soft and smooth, and I my t-zone is only barely oily by the end of the day. I think this is a great product!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
aggiemolly02
(Plano, TX)
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