Review: Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub

Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub is an over-the-counter treatment for mild blackheads.

It's the name that pulled me in -- blackhead eraser. What could sound better than that? Although I typically don't have too many blackheads, I had noticed a ton of tiny little bumps on my skin lately -- basically “baby” blackheads. So when I saw this product on the shelf, I knew I had to try it.

Besides, I love scrubs anyway and this one is fairly nice, if not basic.

It has a creamy white base with a reasonable amount of different sized blue beads. This isn't a scrub/cleanser combo, though, and it doesn't foam up. I use my regular cleanser first and then the Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub.

The squeeze tube is chunky with a wide base, and neutral enough that guys won't feel weird about buying it. But that wide base comes with a drawback -- it's easy to get a big glob with just a tiny squeeze, much too much for one use.

The directions say to massage over the face for 20 to 30 seconds. After about 10 seconds, though, the beads start to feel a bit harsh for my liking (not too bad, because I can keep at it). The scrub feels slightly cooling, but also stings just a bit.

But after rinsing it off … nice. My skin felt fresh and clean and super, super soft. I suppose the slight burning was worth it, but I'd bet this scrub would be way too harsh for someone with more sensitive skin.

In fact, I had to scale back use to two to three times per week, rather than the once daily use suggested on the bottle. It's just too aggressive for my skin to use more often.

One plus is the easy way the scrub rinses away. There's no funny residue left over. It does leave your skin a bit dry, but nothing a little moisturizer won't cure.

I'm not crazy about the scent, though. It's pleasant enough, clean-smelling, but nothing special. So I don't hate it but definitely don't love it either.

The label promises "fewer blackheads in just two days." Sounds great, but that wasn't my experience. True, my skin felt softer and smoother after just one use. But to really see improvement of blackheads, you need to use this product regularly for a few weeks.

Blackheads can be super tough to treat, though, especially the more serious cases. If you have a lot of blackheads or bumpiness, or if your blackheads are big, deep, or inflamed, don't waste time with any OTC product. A prescription medication (like topical retinoids) will probably be your best bet, so make an appointment with your dermatologist.

But if you have just mild blackheads, this is a decent bargain-priced product that works for both guys and gals.

Active Ingredient:

2% salicylic acid


About $6.00 for a 5-ounce tube

Where You Can Buy It:

At your local drug store or big box store.

I got mine at Target, but it's sold almost anywhere they sell cleansers and such. You can also get it online (compare prices).


  • It's inexpensive.
  • It leaves your skin feeling super soft and clean.


  • Definitely not for sensitive or dry skin.
  • Probably won't clear up a stubborn case of blackheads, and won't do much (if anything) for inflammatory acne either.

The Bottom Line:

If you have very minor blackheads and blemishes, and your skin isn't too sensitive, you might like this scrub.  More than mild breakouts or more widespread blackheads?  You won't be happy with this product.

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