Review: Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub

Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub
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Clear and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub is an over-the-counter exfoliant.  It can help remove dead skin cells, smooths and softens the skin, and leaves skin looking brighter.

Clean and Clear actually makes many different Morning Burst facial scrubs: Morning Burst Detoxifying Facial Scrub, Morning Burst Shine Control Scrub, Morning Burst Skin Brightening Scrub (just to name a few).

Considering all the options, it's a bit confusing to know which product is which, but this review is for the basic Morning Burst Facial Scrub.

You'll recognize it by its orange tube.

And, although Clean and Clear is an over-the-counter acne treatment line, this particular product does not contain any acne-fighting ingredients.


About $5.99 for a 5 ounce tube

Where You Can Buy It

You can find this scrub at cosmetic shops like Ulta, at many drug stores, and at big box stores like Walmart and Target.


  • It's inexpensive.
  • The exfoliating beads aren't harsh or rough, and are actually surprisingly gentle.
  • It leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth.
  • The cooling tingle feels extra nice.


  • It lacks in acne-fighting ingredients.
  • If your skin is overly dry or sensitive, this scrub may sting.

Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub Full Review

I have been amazed at how many people tell me that they use the Clean and Clear Morning Burst Facial Scrub. I finally decided that I needed to try it out for myself to see what all the fuss was about.

And I can see why lots of people like it.

First, it's not a super harsh scrub. The exfoliating beads are gentle, and don't feel like they're tearing the skin up when you're massaging it over your face.

The way it lightly foams up when you emulsify it is nice too. It makes you feel like you're getting your face super clean.

And you can't beat the cooling tingle it gives your skin, either.

After the scrub is rinsed away, the skin feels soft, smooth, and refreshed. I didn't even need to put a moisturizer on afterwards because, although my skin felt clean, it didn't feel stripped or over-dry.

Here's the kicker, though. Even though Clean and Clear is an acne treatment line, the Morning Burst Facial Scrub isn't an acne treatment product. Most people who use this particular scrub are surprised to learn that it contains no specific acne-fighting ingredients.

This doesn't mean it's a bad product; you just have to be aware of its limitations. As a scrub it can help exfoliate and soften the skin but it won't do much, if anything, for acne or blackheads. If you're looking for an acne-fighting scrub, you may want to try the Clean and Clear Blackhead Eraser Scrub instead (it contains salicylic acid).

Instead of relying on this scrub as your only acne treatment, you could easily add it into your OTC acne treatment routine. For example, use it in conjunction with an OTC benzoyl peroxide product.

Be careful, though, if your skin is dry or irritated from any other acne treatment, prescription or over the counter. The Morning Burst Facial Scrub is fairly gentle, as far as scrubs go, but if your skin is already sensitive that great cooling tingle can easily turn into a not-so-nice stinging sensation.

Also, I found that if I used it every day, as directed on the package, it was too much for my skin. Instead, I scaled back to a three times a week usage and my skin was much happier.

All in all, if I were on the market for a basic scrub I'd say this one is a keeper. The price is right, the citrusy scent is yummy, and it leaves the skin feeling super smooth. Just rely on this product alone to clear your acne.

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