Teens, Tweens and Clearasil

Disclosure: I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Clearasil. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

It is hard for me to believe, but I am raising a tween. Which I realize isn’t even a real thing, but it is still really clear to me that my daughter is on the cusp of teen-hood and all that brings with it.

One of the things I have talked a lot about with her is all the changes her body will go through. We read through the book The Care & Keeping of You and have spent time talking about proper hygiene. And this is the part where I admit I have failed one of the major lessons of caring for yourself.

Until recently I barely ever took my makeup off at night and didn’t really care for my skin. I usually washed my face with some sort of cleanser when I took a shower, but that was the extent of my skin care. And let me tell you. My late 30s have not been good to my skin. In fact there have been times where my breakouts where worse than when I was a teen. I have gotten a lot of it under control simply by cutting out gluten, but I really wanted to model better habits for my daughter.

She is just starting to experience the very beginnings of acne so I know now is the time to start good habits. We are trying to start together and I think our skin is super thankful to us.


Lily thought this would be a very funny way to pose with the products since we don’t allow her face on the blog

We have been using  Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash and Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash. It is funny because I remember Clearasil from my teen days, seeing them constantly mentioned in my Teen Magazine. So it totally made sense to me that I would use this product with my own daughter. I can trust a product that has been around as long as I have.

Clearasil Ultra Rapid Action Gel Wash is made for acne prone skin and dealing with breakouts while Clearasil Daily Clear Hydra-Blast Oil Free Face Wash is a gentle, every day cleanser. It is funny because Lily strongly prefers the gel for its texture while I really enjoy the face wash and how it leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized. And while Lily still has pretty good skin, I love that she is creating habits of taking care of herself that will serve her well when her hormones really kick into full effect #holdme

I am thankful Clearasil makes such affordable products that are easy for young people to use. Honestly, there is no way I am going to get Lily to commit to some 5 step skin care process, but Clearasil makes caring for acne super easy. Both the gel and face wash show proven results quickly. And knowing that there is only one step involved in combatting acne gives me confidence that Lily can keep on top of things without too much harping.

The teen years are rough enough without struggling with acne. I am really hopeful that by starting good skin care habits now, we are minimizing how much she will have to deal with skin issues as she gets older. Fingers crossed!!




  1. Sarah B. says:

    Good luck! Mine skin went cray-cray at age 35. Teenage skin pales in comparison! I’ve had to go the Proactiv route, which is working wonders but is much pricier than Clearasil. :(

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