Clinique Anti-Blemish 3-Step System Review - My Skin Savior

About two months ago now I began my journey with Clinique, I was at my wits end with my skin being so temperamental with little to no control over breakouts and when they would occur. I had tried almost every face wash on the high street, doctors creams and nothing seemed to have the desired effect, then I read about the 3-step system. Now, there are a lot of mixed reviews online, but in my mind everyone has different skin, and what may not work for one individual may work for another. So I took the plunge and headed to my local counter in John Lewis. 

After a conversation with the lady we agreed that with my super oily and very blemish prone skin, I needed the anti-blemish range. I began my months trial for the ever so reasonable £25,and in the trial you receive your three steps - Cleansing Foam, Clarifying Lotion, and All Over Clearing Treatment (It's a Moisturiser)

So 2 Months in, my opinion? By far the most amazing acne product out there! But being honest it wasn't all fun and games for some time, the lady did warn me that this product does make you skin worse before it gets better, and my goodness it definitely did! I was getting spots all around my mouth - which is an area I have never before got them. In addition these weren't your average run of the mill spots, they were deep sore spots that take forever to go and are impossible to cover up, but I remember being told this is the product working giving your pores a deep clean! I feel like this is the point where a lot of people give up on the system, as it is really a horrible phase, but I was determined that It was going to work for me and plowed on. Now at about the 3/4 week mark, to my delight, they all of a sudden disappeared. Unfortunately I am still suffering with the scarring from these but they are fading slowly but surely. I am now at a point where I do feel comfortable enough not to wear foundation on a day to day basis, which to be honest was my aim from all this, so I am over the moon!
I've now got my eye on a few more of the Clinique skin care range to explore the benefits of the brand!

Here is a quick in's and outs of the products within the range -

Step 1 - Cleansing Foam 
This removes any make-up your wearing in addition to any oils on the face, with one or two pumps at the most, I am able to do my whole face and neck area. I was a little apprehensive as to if it would actually take my make up off, but it really does with the added affect of leaving a lovely clean feeling to the face. It has no fragrance but does have a slightly medicinal smell to it which I love!

Step 2 - Clarifying Lotion 
With the ingredients of Salicylic acid and alcohol this acts as both a toner and an exfoliater. I've read that some people find that this drys their skin out, but for me with extremely oily skin this dry feeling is what I want. If you do have a spot it does sting a little but that sting lets you know its doing its job! The lady told me to apply it in a downward motion so that the optimum amount of product gets into the pores. Again it has a slightly medicinal smell. In addition, it is very important to give the bottle a good shake before use since the Salicylic acid tends to sit at the bottom. 

Step 3 - All Over Clearing Treatment
I have no idea why they call this a clearing treatment, its a moisturiser! As you may be able to see from the first image, I have no full size third step, no clearing treatment. For me, this was a pointless step, it was nor aiding or hindering the spot clearing process, so I've swapped it out for a bio-oil based moisturiser to help with my scaring. 

Have you tried anything from the anti-blemish range? Has it worked for you?

You can buy your trial here for £25, or buy just take a browse at their full range here.


  1. I've been meaning to try this for ages. I did last week however get the Clinique anti-blemish foundation and its a life saver for problematic skin! :3 xxx


  2. Clinique really does make some nice products. I have those deep sore acne come up on my face very randomly. I always get scars too, because I cant help but try to get rid of them :(.
    Glad to hear that this system is working for you though!

  3. It's such a great feeling when you find something that words for you! Have you tried the Oil Controlling mask from the range? It's fab!