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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
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 3 years, 9 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, 6 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 3 years, 7 months 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 3 years, 7 months 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 3 years, 8 months 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 3 years, 8 months 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 3 years, 9 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 3 years, 9 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 2 years, 10 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, 3 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, 6 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, 6 months ago
rebec
(Topeka, Ks)
answer 4
It made my skin breakout more than usual.
answered 2 years, 7 months 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 2 years, 8 months ago
trixielamour
(King of Prussia, PA)
answer 6
In my case it has helped to improve breakouts!
answered 2 years, 10 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 2 years, 10 months ago
pinkgirl86
(Paterson, NJ)
Question
Does the 13 oz one have a pump?
i have the smaller one and the screw off top annoys me
asked 4 years, 5 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, 2 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, 4 months ago
amethystbeauty
(Hampton Roads, VA)
answer 3
I have it and it does not.
answered 3 years, 5 months ago
bling4ruby
answer 4
I sometimes pour the contents of a smaller bottle into the larger one with a pump.
answered 3 years, 7 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 3 years, 8 months 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, 4 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, 5 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, 3 months ago
Caseypup1
on Clarifying Lotion 2
7 answers
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answer 1
I leave it on and apply my night cream immediately after applying this toner and haven't had any problems.
answered 9 months ago
fnnickname
(Scottsdale, AZ)
answer 2
It does not get washed off. It is like a face toner.
answered 1 year, 3 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, 3 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, 3 months ago
lux1983
(Paramount, CA)
answer 5
Nope! Just wipe with cotton ball and apply you moisturizer and sunscreen!
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
almostasanchez
(Ca)
answer 6
Leave it on.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
connors
(Hanford, CA)
answer 7
This stuff does not get rinsed off.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
LikeSilk
(Alexanddria, VA)
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, 3 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 3 years, 7 months 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 3 years, 7 months ago
stellar514
(Bradenton, FL)
answer 3
Do you use the dramatically different moisturizer right after? Highly recommended.
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
Anonymous
(Swampscott, MA)
answer 4
Try using every other day and always follow up with a moisturizer.
answered 3 years, 8 months 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, 2 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, 3 months ago
dulce24696
(Boston< MA)
Question
I've been using #1 but...
My skin is dry, not tight dry because I moisturize and try not to use overly drying products. I bought Clarifying Lotion #1 because my co-worker is a Clinique worker. I like #1, but in conjunction to my dry skin, I also get acne! Not bad at the moment, but enough that I don't know if number one can cut it anymore. I'm due for more lotion, I'm not sure if I should try 2 or not. Will this one dry out my skin? I tried the acne solutions and it was waaaay too drying for my skin. My skin flaked using that one, so I'm pretty sure that I need to keep using 1 or try two to help with my ance. What are your thoughts?
asked 3 years, 1 month ago
cteenynicole
(Upstate, New York)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
It really delivers on its promises.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
pherson
(Winter Haven Florida)
answer 2
I had the same problem with #3 and switched to #2 which works great for me. Maybe #2 might also work for you.
answered 3 years ago
pherson
(Winter Haven Florida)
answer 3
YOU MAY WANT TO TRY # 2 AND TRY THE TURN AROUND CREAM.
answered 3 years ago
gloriousdee
(chicago, il)
answer 4
My skin is very dry and flakes VERY easily, but #2 has always worked for me. I tried #1 once, but it felt "watered down," like it wasn't cleaning or clarifying enough, so I went back to #2, which I have been using forever. In addition, #2 has salicylic acid in it, which will help with your breakouts.
answered 3 years ago
angelal
(Mesa, Arizona)
answer 5
try using number 2 and put lots of moisturizer on at night and in the morning
answered 3 years ago
gwenygwen
answer 6
2 feels stronger without stripping my face. I went to 1 thinking that my face was getting sensitive, but I came right back to 2. It really does remove more dirt/makeup. I noticed a distinct difference when I used it on the back of my shoulders which are a bit oiler than my face. They are much clearer with 2. I think if you use an appropriate moisturizer with this you should be fine. I'm normal to oily in T-zone & never feel tight with this.
answered 3 years, 1 month ago
originallilmiss
(Eastern Tennessee)
Question
I have oily T-zone and normal to dry everywhere else
Should I use #2?
i know this is for dry-combination
and #3 is for oily-combination
I'm just combination
asked 2 years, 11 months ago
cryzzz22
(Vancouver)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
if i where you i would by the #2 product to dry out your t zone. otherwise it might be to drying for the rest of your face.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
burgi
(North Reading, ma)
answer 2
Hey there! I am the same way, I tend to be oily in my t-zone and have dry spots. I use number two because it works well with my skin, it doesn't cause dryness, but before I was using number 3 and that dried my skin out severly, I think 3 is for skin that is more on the oily side, hope this helps you,take care.
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
daria15
(san jose, ca)
answer 3
I have combination skin and find this works really well. I think the step 3 would be too over-drying! You won't be disappointed!
answered 2 years, 7 months ago
nander
(Denver, CO)
answer 4
I have same type skin and I use 2.
answered 2 years, 8 months ago
tamary
answer 5
Yes! Go with 2! I am normally a little dry around the cheeks etc, but can get a little oily in the t-zone and 2 was PERFECT!!!!
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
kittylove77
(Dallas, Texas)
answer 6
I have the same skin type and the number 2 has been working for me wonderfully.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
kstn
Question
Will this cause skin discoloration?
I used the clinique clarifying lotion 3 about 4-5 times but my mom thought the skin around my mouth was getting darker. i do have slight discoloration (like dark patches) around my mouth area. will this make it darker/worse or will it even out my skin in terms of color?

also, any advice on how to get rid of the dark patches?
asked 2 years, 10 months ago
beyoootiful
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I too have some discoloration on my face, so I can tell you that this product does not help nor make it worst.
You need to use SPF (at least 30) under or with your face foundation. Try a product that is a treatment/corrector for discoloration like Clinique's Repairwear Laser Focus Wrinkle & UV Damage Corrector.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
GalaxyGirl111
(Easy Bay, CA)
answer 2
I've been using this product for a long time and have never noticed and color change. I dont think you need to worry about it. However if you are have dark patches, Clinique does have a product for that that I have used and it works. Dark Spot Corrector. It's a little pricey but if you use a little bit a day on just the area you need, it should last a while and you'd get your moneys worth.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
lux1983
(Paramount, CA)
answer 3
I have been using this product for close to 10 years and have never had any discoloration. I am very fair and would notice any changes in skin color almost instanteously. I also started using this while I was competiting in swimming to help balance all the chemicals I surrounded myself with. Give it a go with a small bottle or sample first if you are still concerned.
answered 1 year, 10 months ago
iknowwhatilike
(detroit, mi)
answer 4
no this definitely doesnt cause any discoloration of the skin, as a matter of fact, makes you appear more radiant, and skin feels so smooth after!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
tamababy
(San Francisco, CA)
answer 5
This product cleans and refreshes your skin. It shouldn't cause discoloration issues.
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
beautibme
(Richmond, VA)
answer 6
I have used this for about a month and i havent had any dark patches or irritations of any kind (i have sensitive acne prone skin). I have also used #3 and #4 and didnt have any discoloration, however i absolutely did not like #3. Maybe your allergic to one of the ingredients or have sensitive skin. Also make sure your wearing a sunscreen of at least spf 30 cause the sun can cause dark patches, especially if it reacts to an ingredient in the toner or cleanser you use depending on the ingredients. For instance benzoyl peroxide can have a reaction to the sun if your not wearing sunscreen. What i would do is go to a sephora store and tell them whats going on and they should be able to recommend a product or give you a free sample of this. As far as getting rid of dark patches i absolutely love lancome's genifique concentrate. I've been using it for a week for my acne scars and its really helped fade them. There were some reviews i read people had used it for their dark patches as well, however it is expensive but its worth the money. Hope this helped, good luck!
answered 2 years, 6 months ago
rebec
(Topeka, Ks)
Question
Does this product help eliminate blackheads?
My main skin problem is blackheads around my nose and chin area. I have tried many different products to no avail. I recently bought Clinique's Skincare 3 Step routine 2, however, I didn't purchase it with my blackheads in mind. I'm hoping the answer to my question is, "Yes, this is the best product for blackheads!" but I'll gladly take any suggestions you have if this is not the case. Thanks!
asked 1 year, 4 months ago
Krickette33
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
I recommend that you stay away from this toner. The second ingredient is denatured alcohol which is very drying and causes your skin to produce more oil. If you're still looking for a toner, try a gentle, non-irritating one. I especially like Clarins toner.
However if you're looking for a product that will help improve your blackhead situation, you might want to look into a good exfoliator.
First Aid Beauty's Facial Radiance Pads are a good in-between product, they tone, exfoliate (with a light glycolic acid) and also provide antioxidants, plus they're affordable.
If you need a more serious exfoliator, I adore Peter Thomas Roth's Firmx Peeling Gel. This you would only need to use 2-3 times a week.
answered 11 months ago
Olivvy
(Brookyn, NY)
answer 2
This product does help to remove blackheads and other impurities face wash does not remove.
answered 1 year ago
fashionchick54
(suburb of Chicago)
answer 3
No
answered 1 year ago
lrlolo4
answer 4
If you use it on a regular basis, it will help minimize, but not get rid of blackheads.
answered 1 year, 2 months ago
MHB154
(Topeka, KS)
answer 5
black head are dirt. This product help clean you skin a little more than just soap and water. I've even used it for small cut.
answered 1 year, 3 months ago
connors
(Hanford, CA)
answer 6
The Clarifying Lotion will definitely help refine your pores to reveal a clearer complexion!
answered 1 year, 4 months ago
1877SEPHORA
(San Francisco, CA)
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 4 years, 11 months ago
Mlkurtz
(Fresno, CA)
on Clarifying Lotion 2
6 answers
Answers
answer 1
The soap has a pump.
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
vanille
(New Orleans, LA)
answer 2
Yes the pump is included.
answered 3 years 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 ago
gloriousdee
(chicago, il)
answer 4
NOT IT HAS NO PUMP
answered 3 years, 2 months ago
marielicious
(GARWOOD, NJ)
answer 5
no this one doesn't include a pump.
answered 4 years, 9 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 4 years, 11 months ago
stephmarie
(Coquitlam, British Columbia)
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