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Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

What it is:A gentle, oil-free exfoliating lotion for dry or combination 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 flakes and refines pores to reveal a clearer complexion. The cool, refreshing formula removes dead cells from the surface of the skin helping moisturizer and makeup to apply evenly.
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Questions & Answers for Clinique Clarifying Lotion 2

Question
Does the 13 oz one have a pump?
i have the smaller one and the screw off top annoys me
asked 4 years, 10 months ago
lynneee
(Fresno, CA)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
the ones available from sephora don't seem to have pumps but when i purchased from a clinique counter i was offered a pump if i bought the largest size
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
laurenvnj
(Nornern NJ)
answer 2
While it doesn't have a pump, the 13.5oz size IS the "best value". The 16.5oz size doesn't have a pump, either; it has three small holes in it, but with the way the flip-cap is designed, it will eventually break and then the product will evaporate. The 16.5oz is more expensive-per-ounce, too!
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
amethystbeauty
(Hampton Roads, VA)
answer 3
I have it and it does not.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bling4ruby
answer 4
I sometimes pour the contents of a smaller bottle into the larger one with a pump.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
swampbaby
answer 5
i think they no longer make the one with the pump, but you should double check on clinique web site
answered 4 years ago
juliab76
(california ventura)
answer 6
yes it does have a pump if you purchase a value set during holiday season. (just not at sephora)
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
amyyyl
(Vancouver,BC)
answer 7
No. it has a screw-off top as well. Yeah, I agree, it's annoying.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
loug
(Hunlock Creek, PA)
Question
Do I wash this off?
Do I just leave this on my skin after I apply it, or do I wipe it off with some warm water?
asked 1 year, 8 months ago
Caseypup1
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I leave it on and apply my night cream immediately after applying this toner and haven't had any problems.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
fnnickname
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 2
It does not get washed off. It is like a face toner.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
GalaxyGirl111
(Easy Bay, CA)
answer 3
No. Apply with cotton pad or ball and let the skin absorb it. Do not wash off.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
socal05
(Buena Park, CA)
answer 4
No do not wash this off. You just use a moisurizer afterward. Cliniques Dramatically Different Moisturizer is recommended because they sort of go together but you regular moisurizer should be fine. I sometimes use my Aveeno and its good too.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
lux1983
(Paramount, CA)
answer 5
Nope! Just wipe with cotton ball and apply you moisturizer and sunscreen!
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
almostasanchez
(Ca)
answer 6
Leave it on.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
connors
(Hanford, CA)
answer 7
This stuff does not get rinsed off.
answered 1 year, 8 months ago
LikeSilk
(Alexanddria, VA)
Question
scent
Hello
I tried travel size of clarifying lotion 2 and was satisfied and decided to buy a bigger version. So I bought the 16.foz. But now I am using it, the scent is too strong. It's almost like rubbing alcohol directly to my skin. I had no problem with the travel size..it didn't smell this strong. Do you think maybe I got a old one or something? Or is it suppose to smell this strong?
asked 4 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(Glendale, CA)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
Its probably cause the opening at the top it bigger than the travel size. If you still have your travel size bottle you could clean it out and pour some of the big one in there or if you threw out the travel size go buy a new bottle at a drugstore. They have empty small bottles there for carry-ons when you fly.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
rebec
(Topeka, Ks)
answer 2
It's probably not an issue on how old your product is-- just try not to smell it straight out the bottle or when it is just saturated into the cotton pad. Don't think about it :) it's really not strong or overwhelming.
answered 4 years ago
corinafilipina
(NYC!)
answer 3
The smell is definitely strong. Do you use the moisturizer afterward? This helps calm the smell down and keeps your skin from feeling dry!
answered 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 4
That could be or also since it's a bigger bottle there is more of the scent because there is more of the product.
answered 4 years ago
destinyheather
(New York)
answer 5
It smells pretty strong, maybr because it's a bigger bottle, and there is more product inside it sems like it smells stronger.
answered 4 years ago
juliab76
(california ventura)
answer 6
I also started with a travel size and then upgraded to a bigger one. In my experience the product has a little bit of smell but it is not overwhelming. Could it be that you're applying more of the product ( since the oppening of the bottle is bigger)?
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
docinho
(Los Angeles)
answer 7
It has a scent but it isn't overwhelmingly strong to me., and any scent seems to disappear within a minute or two.
answered 4 years, 2 months ago
jaebea
(Sacramento, CA)
Question
Does it cost breakouts?
I use number 2. I have oily T zone and am normal on cheeks.
but i also have acne (pimples, blackheads,whiteheads)
Could this cost breakouts?
asked 3 years, 3 months ago
cryzzz22
(Vancouver)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
Answers
answer 1
I used this for many many years and found it to be a good mild, chemical exfoliant. Unfortunately, in recent years it started to irritate my skin and cause breakouts, even when I tried the milder versions so I gave it up. Point being, results will vary person to person and even over time.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
alencon
(Toronto, ON)
answer 2
I also have an oily t-zone and normal cheeks. I use this twice a day as part of the 3-step system, and so far, it hasn't caused any breakouts. I do have acne around my forehead, though, but it actually seems to be helping. I'm not sure what the effect of using this alone will be, though, because I kind of use all three products to balance out my skin.

The face wash really cleanses my skin and removes oil, this helps really get all the little impurities off of the surface, and the moisturizing gel helps with the dryness that tends to be caused by the first two.

And because breakouts can be caused by dry skin, if this is drying your skin out, it may result in breakouts. Just be sure to use a good moisturizer if it's making your skin dry. (But not too oily, as a really oily moisturizer won't help with your already oily t-zone.)

P.S. When I use the gel moisturizer, I pat my face dry afterwards so that there's a super thin coat on my face. Otherwise, I get oily and I'm right back where I started. I really hope I helped, and good luck!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
beautynaut
(Waynesville, Missouri)
answer 3
This didnt cause me to breakout when im using it with my clinique acne solutions moisturizer (which has benzoyl peroxide) and a regular moisturizer to actually moisturize and calm my sensitive skin. But i cant use strictly salicylic acid to clear up my acne (it wont do anything which then makes me break out more). I have to use salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide in my daily routine together. Maybe thats how your skin is too. Keep in mind though benzoyl peroxide can dye fabrics like your towels and clothes if you dont put on a sunscreen or moisturizer afterward to dilute it a little. If you use both of these ingredients together make sure to use a good moisturizer and moisturizing cleanser cause the two ingredients together can be drying.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
rebec
(Topeka, Ks)
answer 4
It made my skin breakout more than usual.
answered 3 years ago
sam123two
answer 5
No, but this was explained to me.. If you do not properly wash face - use makeup remover and exfoliator, all that gunk stays in your face. So you are piling more junk on top of old makeup. So, this product will clean the face from the inside out. Breakouts will occur if you are inconsistent with your routine!
answered 3 years ago
trixielamour
(King of Prussia, PA)
answer 6
In my case it has helped to improve breakouts!
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
jlbabc01
(Elizabeth, IN)
answer 7
No it does not cause acne. It actually helps regulate the oil in your skin, usually in the summer my face is greasy like a frying but this helps keep my skin matte. And it doesn't dry your skin out either so Its safe to use in the winter.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
pinkgirl86
(Paterson, NJ)
Question
clarifying lotion 2
Is this the same thing as a toner?
asked 1 year, 3 months ago
joannemariem
(annapolis, md)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
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answer 1
yes, its the toner.
answered 1 week, 6 days ago
LiddoPrinCess
(toronto, Canada)
answer 2
Yes
answered 5 months ago
kellynchi
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
I thought it was, but it's not. It's more like a acne treatment thingy.
To me it doesn't do good at all for my acne, it irritates my skin.
answered 8 months ago
ihateit
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 4
I wasn't sure, but it is. I've always thought of it as a toner but I looked up the definition of a skin toner. What I found was that a toner is a, "lotion or wash designed to clean the skin and shrink the appearance of pores, usually used on the face." That's pretty much exactly what it is.
answered 10 months ago
funinhawaii
(Honolulu, HI)
answer 5
I would say this is the same thing as toner without over drying like some toners do.
answered 1 year, 1 month ago
fnnickname
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 6
Yes, it's the same thing as a toner. They recommend washing with soap before, and using moisturizer after.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
nimperiale
(Longwood, FL)
answer 7
Yes it's a toner. Use after cleansing and before serum/moisturizer.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
ChicDabbler
(New England)
Question
Is slight burning normal?
I just bought this product and used it for the first time today. When I used it, it burned quite a bit, but then subsided to more of a cooling tingly feeling. I'm thinking this is normal since the main ingredient is alcohol but just wanted to make sure. Should I maybe switch over to 1 instead of continuing to use 2?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
ckid
(NY)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
When i feel like a "burning" it's usually only when its going over a really dirty part of my face or the problem parts of my face (if we're talking acne)
1 is for Dry
2 is for Dry Combo
answered 10 months ago
katiequuu
(Worcester, MA)
answer 2
If it burns each time you use it, switch to a milder version (1). If it only burns when your skin is exceptionally dry/messed up or you are having a break out, then your current version should be fine.

I was using the set for 3 cuz I have oily comb skin, but the toner 3 made my face hurt and flaky each time. The clinique lady recommended switching to 2, and now it is perfect. Occasionally when my skin is exceptionally dry or messed up, it hurt, but usually 2 is fine.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ChicDabbler
(Coraopolis, PA)
answer 3
A slight burning can be caused by menthol. First you should make sure, you use it the right way. This is not a toner lotion, but it's a treatment that comes right from the doctor's office. You only need one drop on a cotton ball for your face and neck (simply turn the bottle upside down on a cotton ball) and then you swipe gently over your face, only once on each area, like removing dust. Don't rub or move back and forth, that's too much! If you use the lotion the right way and you still feel it tingles too much, then simply switch to Clarifying Lotion 1.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Kris76
(Seattle, WA)
answer 4
When using this product I also felt a burning sensation. I am not comfortable with this feeling or the feeling that my face is being stripped. I have started to use alcohol free toners. I would suggest doing the same.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
dmarie
(Westchester, NY)
answer 5
The same thing happened to me and I often wonder if I should really be using 1 instead of 2. This was given to be as a gift and I don't have the option of exchanging, so I have found it beneficial to alternate using this toner before I wash my face and after. The directions say to cleanse after you have washed your face, but something the burning is uncomfortable when I do that. If I use this toner before washing my face, it feels only tingly. I have had good results from doing this, even though I'm not following the directions. I think you should try to exchange this product, but if you cannot do that, try alternating usage.
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
rosie45
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 6
I had the same reaction. The #2 lotion contains Menthol, which is most likely causing the burning as menthol can be a very irritating ingredient to a lot of people. Switching to #1 should alleviate the burning. The "Mild" version does not contain alcohol or menthol, but does contain Salicylic Acid.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
HotCurry
(OH)
Question
Pump included?
In the past when i purchased this product from a different retailer, a pump was included. Is there a pump included in this one also? I found it to be very helpful and I wasn't using too much product.
asked 5 years, 4 months ago
Mlkurtz
(Fresno, CA)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The soap has a pump.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
vanille
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
Yes the pump is included.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
pherson
(Winter Haven Florida)
answer 3
THE LARGEST BOTTLE USUALLY HAS A PUMP. JUST KEEP YOUR OLD PUMP BOTTLE AND REFILL IT WITH NEW CLINIQUE...I DO.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
gloriousdee
(chicago, il)
answer 4
NOT IT HAS NO PUMP
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
marielicious
(GARWOOD, NJ)
answer 5
no this one doesn't include a pump.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 6
No I didn't have a pump on this product. I remember in the past it had a pump too.
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
stephmarie
(Coquitlam, British Columbia)
Question
How is this product on dark skin?
I am black with combination skin (mostly dry except in the t-zone where I am oily) and am looking for a gentle cleanser/toner without an bleaching agents
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
Anonymous
(brooklyn, ny)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi,
We have the same type of skin and I've been using this product for about a year now and I love it! It doesn't bleach your skin but it does exfoliate your skin. Causing dry or dark patches to go away. It may seem as if your complex is getting lighter but it's only clearing your complexion. I hope that this helps...
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
cutee1
(Texas)
answer 2
I am dark-skinned, of African ancestry, and this product works great for me.
answered 3 years, 4 months ago
pherson
(Winter Haven Florida)
answer 3
WE ARE JUST ALIKE. I USE : EXTRA MILD SOAP. AND # 2 LIQUID CLEANSER AND CLARIFYING LOTION. I USE DRAMATICALLY DIFFERENT MOISTURE LOTION. A.LSO AN EXFOLIANT AT TIMES. THIS LINE IS GREAT FOR AFRICAN AMERICAN SKIN.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
gloriousdee
(chicago, il)
answer 4
ITS VERY SOOTHING AND REFRESHING PROMESS WILL NOT DRY YOUR SKIN AND IT HAS NO BLEACHING AGENTS
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
marielicious
(GARWOOD, NJ)
answer 5
i have dark skin and it works fine but the smell in unbearable! it reaks for about 2-3 min. I would highly reccomend the brand Botanics skin toner. It works fine on dark skin and i love it!
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
caitybabe
(CA)
answer 6
My cousin uses it all the time and has been forever. She's black with combination skin and she loves it.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
briannem
(Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Question
Dispenser top?
I'm looking for the size of the toner that also comes with the push down dispenser top? They do not sell it in the stores near me anymore but I wonder if the larger lotion that is only available online comes with that certain dispenser? Has anybody ordered this one and could tell me?
asked 4 years, 5 months ago
AllyV
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I have the biggest size of Clinique's clarifying lotion and it does not have a top like that.
answered 3 years, 9 months ago
bling4ruby
answer 2
They discontinued the pumps. I bought one in October 2007 (it came with the toner) and I LOVED it. It eventually broke (it still works, just not as good) and I've looked everywhere in order to replace it with no luck including eBay. They just don't make them anymore unfortunately. Hope this helps!
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
luvinpundik
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 3
I think they stopped making the one with the pump.
answered 4 years ago
juliab76
(california ventura)
answer 4
The ones with pumps only come in holiday sets. I think now is the only time that you can buy the ones with pumps. They're selling holiday sets right now because it's close to Christmas. You should be able to find a holiday set in any Clinique Store. Good luck~!
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
charls
(New York, NY)
answer 5
I got the top you are talking about at a department store (Nordstrom?). The bottle is fits is a 13.5oz, but with a bigger top than the one at Sephora. I have been buying the product and pouring the liquid into the bottle that fits the dispenser top, as I have not found the proper bottle (with bigger lid) at Sephora. I would try the dept stores and ask for the particular lid.
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
pdxpeaches
(Portland, OR)
answer 6
its not something they make anymore unfortunately, sometimes they'll come back out with it during events in a set at clinique counter, but i think they may still sell the one with the pump online on sephora but idk if they still have it in stock
answered 4 years, 4 months ago
ahiru
(sacramento)
Question
over drying
using product for 1 week now..along jawbone feels rough and neck area starting to itch and beginning to see redness
asked 4 years, 8 months ago
Chris101
(Douglasville, GA)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
Type 2 maybe the wrong one for you, it goes with your skin type. I would have someone in skin care at Sephora help you find the right skin type product. They have one for oily, very oily, and mild.
answered 4 years ago
neeq79
(Milwaukee, WI)
answer 2
You may be using the wrong # for your skin. Also I noticed when I first began using this line my skin got a little worse before it got better. As if the impurities in the skin made it look worse as they were being drawn out. After a week or so my skin looked amazing and felt great too!
answered 4 years ago
stellar514
(Bradenton, FL)
answer 3
Do you use the dramatically different moisturizer right after? Highly recommended.
answered 4 years ago
Anonymous
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 4
Try using every other day and always follow up with a moisturizer.
answered 4 years ago
destinyheather
(New York)
answer 5
you should not use this because it sounds like you have really sensitve skin to this. You probably got an allergic reaction, that's why it's so itchy. Use some 1% hydrocortisone cream to stop the itch. Maybe you should try the very dry clarifying lotion.
answered 4 years, 7 months ago
Pineapplebaby
(Tarzana, CA)
answer 6
skip the toner. When the same staff at the Sephora store who helped me saw my skin, they freaked! Told me to use the wash and moisturizer but no toner. Your skin is not responding well to it and you'll make it worse. You've been burned.... that's why it itchy and red.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
dulce24696
(Boston< MA)
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