clear days ahead

fast-acting acne spot treatment


  • philosophy, clear days acne spot treatment


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our acne spot treatment helps rapidly clear and soothes the discomfort of bothersome blemishes for clearer skin.

what it does

  • antimicrobial formula immediately begins to eliminate acne-causing bacteria
  • salicylic acid penetrates pores to clear most acne blemishes
  • barrier rejuvenation complex helps soothe the redness and discomfort of blemishes

how to use

cleanse the skin thoroughly before applying medication. cover the entire affected area with a thin layer 1-3 times daily. because excessive drying of the skin may occur, start with 1 application daily, then gradually increase to 2-3 times daily if needed or as directed by a doctor. if bothersome dryness or peeling occurs, reduce application to once a day or every other day.

when to use: day, night

key ingredients

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philosophy: instead of focusing on what is wrong, focus on what is right and watch your days become clearer.
philosophy: instead of focusing on what is wrong, focus on what is right and watch your days become clearer.

complete your regimen

  • clear-days-ahead-oil-free-acne-cleanser
    acne treatment cleanser
  • clear-days-ahead-acne-treatment-and-moisturizer
    acne treatment and moisturizer
  • clear-days-ahead-overnight-acne-treatment-pads
    overnight repair acne treatment pads
clear days ahead is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 36.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Grandaughter lov Works very easily and easy to put in bag and go. Reordered after she tried from acne kit.
Date published: 2019-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Perfect! OMG. I am in my late 50's and going through puberty (haha). I have worse acne problems now than I did in my teens. I wanted to go to dermatologist, but hated that I needed an appointment to get referral from primary, have a health insurance deductible of $6000.00, plus would not be able to get to see dermatologist for at least 60 days. Soooo after reading the previous reviews for this product I thought why not give it a try. FANTASTIC !! My face started clearing up after 1 week. I used it everyday for 2 weeks now I only need as spot treatments. Time saver and Money Saver....Thank you Thank you Thank you.
Date published: 2018-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Non-drying acne spot treatment! I really love this acne spot treatment. I can put it on at at night and my acne will look better in the morning. It never dries me out, even if I put it on my whole face (I did this when I forgot my nighttime moisturizer while traveling oops). I like how it glides on and soaks in easily. I have already repeat bought this and will always have it on hand.
Date published: 2018-09-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Totally awesome!!! You'd think that once you hit a certain age blemishes would simply never appear again but, no they appear when you don't want them. The first time I used this I could tell it had begun to work. I've tried other products however they fail in comparison to this Clear Days Ahead. Just a dab is all you need. I'm in my 60's and I will be adding this to my Philosophy family purchases to have on hand for those uninvited blemishes. I highly recommend this especially for teens.
Date published: 2018-09-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE THIS I finally got rid on my acne with the CDA face wash, now I use this to keep any breakouts at bay. At the first sign of a pimple, I use this, and it never has a chance to fully develop into a pimple. It literally works overnight! Non drying, gentle on my skin too. Thanks Philosophy
Date published: 2018-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Fast I bought this for my son. We saw results overnight. I will definitely buy again.
Date published: 2018-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! This product works so well for my face clearing up my dark spots within days! The BEST hands down.
Date published: 2018-06-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This works wonders! I have just started having adult acne, especially on my face. I have used every product I could find, but they were too drying, too smelly, or they just didn’t work. When I found this, I was elated! It smells great, doesn’t dry my skin, and gets rid of the acne. It’s gentle enough to use every day. My kids are now using it, and they love it! Thanks Philosophy for this great product!
Date published: 2018-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magic in a pump! I have used the OACD cleanser for a couple of years and have been impressed. I still have a breakthrough blemish now and then, and when I do, a little dab of this magic stuff clears it up within a day. The level of salicylic acid is just enough to be effective without irritating my sensitive skin. I apply this in the morning, by noon the redness is gone, and by evening the blemish is no longer swollen. The next morning, it's gone. This is so much gentler than the drugstore or teenager products...and definitely more effective.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful spot treatment love that the product is clear, and not white. Does not leave any residual. Seems to really decrease the size of blemishes overnight. Even works well under makeup. I have ordered this twice already and will be ordering again very soon. I am a philosophy user for life!
Date published: 2017-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best spot treatment I purchased the "Clear days ahead acne trial kit" but this spot treatment is my favorite piece of package (the face wash is a close second). I always break out when my periods come, and it usually takes at least a week for the pimples to go away, but I applied the spot treatment onto my pimples the night they appeared, and I woke up the next morning and they were at least half the size. They were completely gone by the 2nd or 3rd day of using the spot treatment. This is by far the best spot treatment I have ever used to clear pimples. Would definitely buy again!
Date published: 2016-05-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally, a solution that works I actually had great skin as a teen and young adult, relatively speaking. The acne issues didn't start until my 30s. I do not have oily skin - in fact, very much the opposite. What I do have are issues with both cystic acne and milia (small bumps that are almost like a blackhead but you can't just dig them out - you have to get them professionally removed or over time exfoliate the skin off that lays on top of them) that frequently would get infected and turn into terrible deep whiteheads that took forever to heal, almost exclusively on my chin and jaw. I can't even tell you how much money I've spent on spot treatments to try to get rid of the acne once it shows up. I always figured that since my skin was so dry to start that no product would EVER work for me to control the acne before it starts, especially without totally destroying my skin, right? Wrong. A thin layer of this stuff across my chin and jaw (used more like a serum than an after the fact spot treatment) every morning before moisturizer provides just enough gentle daily exfoliation and pore clearing (without irritation!!!) that my acne has been reduced from a spot or two or more at a time ALL the time to maybe one to two spots per month, and even those are much smaller and don't last nearly as long as what I'm used to. I honestly hesitated writing this review for a long time because I was afraid I was going to jinx myself. I will include this product in my routine for as long as philosophy makes it.
Date published: 2015-06-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to fight Cystic Acne I am in my forties and have been suffering from cystic acne for over 30 years. My skin is very sensitive and very oily. Most OTC treatments wreck my skin. Philosophy's fast-acting salicylic acne spot treatment is amazing. I can dab a little on the spot where a blemish is first starting to form. By the end of the day it has reduced in size or is completely gone. And I can feel it working. I love the Clear Days Ahead line. It works and does not turn my face beet red from irritation.
Date published: 2014-12-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! This is the best spot treatment I have found! Works quickly, within 1-3 days. Tried other things, new treatments on the market and this one is still the best for my skin.
Date published: 2013-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It works! it works! it works! I bought a trial size of the clear days ahead that included the wash, spot treatment, pads and moisturizer for me and my 10 year old daughter to share. At 10, she has problems with breakouts on her nose (she must have inherited my oily, acne prone skin). at almost 50, I still have the occasional breakout. she has to use this daily to ward off break outs. when i have breakouts, i use the wash and then apply the spot treatmet (a.m.) and at night, the wash followed by the pads. Clears my skin up in "one" day. I also have a 19 year old son that has full blown acne and it has helped clear up his skin as well. My family loves this line. I've just purchased the regular size pads, wash and spot treatment for him to take off to college and another for my daughter and I to share.
Date published: 2012-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from gentle wonderful spot treatment this is the best spot treatment for when i have stubborn acne. it goes to work immediately and gets rid of any redness and dissolves away any stubborn white heads. one application of this and I am acne free.
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from good for sensitive skin i have sensitive skin and this product does not irritate my skin. it is very smooth and light weight and melts into your skin. great for problem spots of acne.
Date published: 2012-08-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from incredible! this spot treatment is magic! i have never had such quick results from an acne treatment.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from working great! this new treatment is clearing up my acne quickly! i love the design of the pump as well since the perfect amount comes out. it has a light, non-sticky feeling on your face. i am glad to see a non-benzoyl peroxide acne line, since i am severely allergic to that!
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing! I purchased the "clear days ahead" trial kit for my daughter and borrowed this spot treatment last night. no joke, the pimple that was there yesterday, is gone this morning!!! I think i'm going to have to order one of these for myself!!!
Date published: 2012-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from not just another spot treatment i ordered this because i am constantly looking for a new spot treatment. most of the time, i order them, get excited, and they never work for me. i decided to try this new clear days ahead spot treatment to try out the new line, and because i have such wonderful luck with philosophy products. i have a few tiny blemishes popping up that wouldn't go away, and i put just a tiny dab of this on them at night, and i woke up the next morning and the blemishes had actually gotten smaller!! i used it the next morning, and by the time i got home, the blemishes were all but gone. i never though i'd find a spot treatment that actually worked, but i finally did with this one!! please don't ever discontinue this :)
Date published: 2012-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing spot treatment This new clear days ahead line is terrific! I recently purchased my daughter the cleanser, this and the overnight pads. This spot treatment stops pimples in their tracks! When I feel a pimple coming up, even if it isnt visible, I apply this and its gone! My daughter just turned 11 and her skin is oily with breakouts on her forehead, this is perfect and easy for both her and I to use. Thanks to philosophy for more wonderful products!
Date published: 2012-04-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Get the Job Done! I’ve purchased this item several times. It truly works at having blemishes stay away. Minimizing the look of already existing ones and not having any show in the future. It’s great for on-the-spot treatment. It will not dry-out your skin. Depending how severe your acne is, I believe this item would work well for anyone with mild acne based on its ingredients.
Date published: 2019-06-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good I suffer from really bad cystic acne. This does nothing for that, but it really does help to reduce any breakouts I get anywhere else. I use this twice a day and feel it really helps to keep my skin clear, other than my jawline cycstic acne. Still trying to find a product to help with that.
Date published: 2018-08-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great spot treatment! This is probably the best spot treatment I have ever used. It isn't a miracle worker (no pun intended, philosophy!) but it is quite good. I usually try to apply it a couple of times during the day, and rather generously for overnight treatment, and a difference is generally visible after 2 treatments. That's a pretty great record! I would probably prefer a tube delivery system, but I can live with the pump. I will definitely continue to use it!
Date published: 2014-01-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the product, hate the new bottle I love this product - I've been using it for at least 5-6 years. I have been using this since it was originally called "On a Clear Day" It clears up pimples quickly and doesn't dry my 40+ year old skin. I really dislike the new pump bottle - this one is either broken, or I've run out of product in less than 2 months. A bottle use to last about a year for me.
Date published: 2013-11-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from clears up acne spots! i bought this because lucky me at 22 my skin now is getting cystic acne (i know gross). i have medication from the dermatologist to help and i only get them every once in a while, but i figured maybe a spot treatment would help. i notice that the next morning pimples will be down in size, but it does make my skin really dry. although i guess i'd rather have a little bit of dryness rather than acne. compared to other brands i have tried it at least works. people with oily skin everywhere would probably do great with this! The reason i only gave it 4 stars was because i always get too much with the pump so i feel like it's wasteful.
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from product fine but poor package design I had no complaints of the product except a little harsh. I just need a small dab once in a while when i get a pimple. This pump design does not allow for adjusting how much you want. I always end up with way more no matter how careful i am so i waste alot of the product.
Date published: 2013-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not Bad Ive just started to use this because I needed to finish up my old stuff, but I also havent really needed it until a couple days ago. Ive been using the CDA treatment pads & theyve been working great. Anyways I finally needed to use the spot treatment & I saw a difference in a couple days. It is gentle which I like. It does not dry your skin out.
Date published: 2012-11-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from works OK, not a miracle I thought I would try this system since I recently started breaking out quite badly due to stress. Overall, I'm not a fan of salicylic acid products and never think they work very well, but I thought I would try this out of despiration. The best thing about this is that it does not dry the skin out completely to the point where everything is a flaking mess. On the other hand, the results are minimal to average. It definitely is not going to work any miracles. If you only have occasional or mild acne, I would give it a shot. For me, retinol products seem to work better for my acne along with a little benzoyl peroxide. I don't plan to repurchase when this is used up.
Date published: 2014-01-27
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