Walgreens Acne Treatment Gel vs Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10 Review

Hello all! Today I am reviewing two drugstore products: Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10 and the Walgreens Acne Treatment Gel.Both products is similar in terms of having the same active ingredient, and  both can be found in drug or beauty supply stores. Here’s how the products look below:


On the left, Walgreens Acne Treatment Gel and on the right, the Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10.

The Walgreens’ product is stated on the packaging to deliver similar results as the Clean and Clear spot treatment. Both spot treatments contain 10% Benzoyl Peroxide, an ingredient found in many acne-fighting products. Benzoyl Peroxide works to dry up the acne pimple and kill off the bacteria inside of it. Both products are white and have a light cream consistency. I’ll list the product information of each product below:


Walgreens Acne Treatment Gel:

Price: $4.49 at Walgreens

Description: This gel goes to work fast and deep into the pores where pimples begin. Benzoyl peroxide has been prescribed by doctors and dermatologists for years. Now it’s available without a prescription.

Buy: http://www.walgreens.com/search/results.jsp?Ntt=clean+and+clear+persa-gel+10


  • Affordable
  • Treats acne fast (2-4 days)
  • Really good with treating the under the surface type pimples and newly-formed pimples


  • Bleaches favric easily
  • Can bedrying at times
  • Leaves acne scarring
  • Leaves white film if not rubbed onto the area well



Clean and Clear Persa-Gel 10:

Price: $6.99 at ULTA, $9.99 at Duane Reade

Description: This water-based formula is recommended by dermatologists for its ability to penetrate the pore with 10% micronized benzoyl peroxide and stop breakouts before they become visible.

Buy: http://www.ulta.com/ulta/browse/productDetail.jsp?productId=5258


  • Affordable
  • Not overly drying
  • Treats acne within one week


  • Takes usually a week to see results
  • Leaves acne scarring
  • Leaves white film if not rubbed onto the area well

Final Thoughts:

I think both products are great! They both help fight acne and reduce pimple size. I do prefer the Persa-Gel over the Walgreens’ version only because the Persa-Gel 10 does not bleach any fabrics like towels, pillow cases, clothes, etc. The Walgreens product did bleach majority of my towels and pillow cases, which was really annoying. Despite the fabric bleaching, the Walgreens product did treat my acne faster than the Persa-Gel 10.

I recommend the Persa-Gel 10 if your breakout isn’t severe, and you’re not in a hurry to treat them. I recommend the Walgreens Acne Treatment Gel if your breakout is really bad, and or you want fast results. Please note that because benzoyl peroxide can dry your skin,. Only use it on affected areas, and follow up with a moisturizer and sunscreen (if you apply the product in the daytime).

If you have sensitive skin, or your skin gets irritated easily, I suggest to only use maximum strength benzoyl peroxide if your suffering with severe acne all over your face or on those specific annoying pimples. Also, for sensitive, acne-prone skin, I recommend applying the spot treatments in the evening to reduce the risk of irritation. If irritation occurs, discontinue use immediately.

Let me know your thoughts on both products in the comments below!



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