clear days ahead

acne treatment and moisturizer


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clear days ahead oil-free salicylic acid acne treatment & moisturizer helps clear skin, while delivering breathable, oil-free hydration for completely clear skin.

what it does

  • antimicrobial formula immediately begins to eliminate acne-causing bacteria
  • salicylic acid and oligopeptide-10 help keep skin clear
  • provides oil control for a beautiful matte finish

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: total clarity is when your head and your heart come together wanting and needing the exact same things. opposition and uncertainty disappear, and perfect balance is restored.
philosophy: total clarity is when your head and your heart come together wanting and needing the exact same things. opposition and uncertainty disappear, and perfect balance is restored.

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clear days ahead is rated 3.9 out of 5 by 30.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love This is the best acne line I've ever used! I've tried a lot and I'm loving this line. Face is smooth, no breakouts, less oily, and my pores are starting to shrink. I love it all.
Date published: 2019-02-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from best moisturizer for acne prone skin! This product has worked so well on my skin! Does not leave a greasy film or dry patches. I’ve tried so many moisturizer and this is the best one so far moisturizes my face and treats pimples. My ance had gotten horrible lately and has already been clearing up in just the short time I’ve used this product. Leaves skin feeling healthy!
Date published: 2018-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The most AMAZING acne treatment!! I have struggled for many years with oily, acne prone skin, and have tried just about everything on the market. The clear days ahead acne treatment is the most effective moisturizer I have ever used. It leaves my skin soft and smooth and exfoliates my skin gently, with little to no redness and irritation, unlike other treatments. I feel confident again, and my skin has never looked better. Thank you philosophy! Please don't ever discontinue this amazing product.
Date published: 2017-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great results! 19 year old daughter has had issues with acne for years and we have tried many products with minimal results. since we are both philosophy fans, i bought her this at my fav cosmetic store. she couldn't believe the results once she began to use it. she is so happy. her skin looks clearer, more evenly toned, and brighter after only a couple of weeks! great product! fyi: speaking of great products, i just saw here at the website that my favorite skin care product "miracle worker" (anti-aging face cream) is offered in formulas for normal, dry, and oily skin - with and without spf! i'll be shopping next week for another jar as i'm almost out! but i think the sales girl should have known this and advised. it really pays to stay connected to philosophy!
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from skin changer this is the most effective, awesome product I've never used for my mild-cystic acne. In a matter of two months, my skin is completely clear of all acne cysts. It's incredible. Hands down - the best Philosophy product ever! Much better than Hope in a bottle.
Date published: 2013-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Truly a game-changer for me I'm newer to using Philsophy products, and took a chance on this product for my adult (mid-30's), male, oily, bumpy, often with a zit-or-three skin, with some serious clogged pores. This product rapidly smoothed my skin, then greatly reduced the bumpiness, and the redness is fading (likely from the war on my face finally being settled? I hope) . It layers great under my sunblock in the morning, and the grain and texture of my face is looking so much better. it doesn't offer a tremendous amount of moisture, but 95% of the time this is no big deal, and I've been inspired to purchase most of the other products in the range. Seriously give this one a shot.
Date published: 2013-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from love this treatment and moisturizer when i am having issues with hormones and i start to have all kinds of break outs, i switch from my hope in a jar to this moisturizer. this are a must in my acne arsenal. it takes any sort of acne flare up and helps to tame it down in a couple days. the best thing about it is, it doesn't dry my skin out so I could use it everyday if i wanted to with no issue.
Date published: 2012-10-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!!! I have tried everything under the sun including accutane, paula's choice products, dermatologist skin care, all kinds of retin a, peels, scrubs, benzoyl peroxide..... and I swear this is the most effective, amazing product I have ever used. keeps my skin super clear and not dried out. may peel once in a while but not a big deal. my skin isn't red anymore from irritation of all the other products i was using and I feel more confident and happy. thank you philosophy. freaking amazing product. please never change it....although you can certainly improve the packaging. not great for traveling or even regular home use. opening too wide, but other than that, zero complaints. Thank you!!!
Date published: 2012-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good great product. Smells a little weird, but absorbs WAY better than the "on a clear day" moisturizer.
Date published: 2012-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! This is the best moisturizer and acne treatment I've ever tried! The cream is very lightweight, my skin breathes after applying it, and it leaves a very nice, soft, matte finish. I can say it has helped a lot with controlling acne breakout. I use all the products in the new Clear days ahead line - they are all wonderful.
Date published: 2012-07-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good for certain reasons If you apply this twice (extra application) on a pimple beginning to form, it can stop it. Also, this has cleared up the scaling skin under my eyebrows, which may have been psoriasis, but I'm not sure. Nevertheless, it cleared that up, and it has not reoccured. So this stuff does work to clear the skin of more than acne and makes it worth getting. The only downside is it does not control oil very well. It doesn't dry matte either, so the skin always feels slick with oil or moisture which I hate. The discontinued Hope in a Bottle was much better at creating a matte oil-free feel and noticeably reduced pore size on my nose. I wish a combo product could be created with all these benefits, hint, hint.
Date published: 2019-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product, needs better product design I bought this so I could switch up my moisturizers when I have active breakout on my face. I love using it knowing it has good skin properties to control my acne. It leaves my skin feeling hydrating, and never tight, oily, or irritating as most acne products. My biggest complaint with this is the bottle design. I find that because of the bottom lid design, the moisturizer is already coming out as soon as I open it. This is a nuisance because more product comes out than I wish to use and I end up wasting product. Perhaps a pump dispensing bottle would work better with this so that we can control the amount of moisturizer to use.
Date published: 2018-08-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from lightweight, acne fighting moisturizer this moisturizer is very lightweight, which is a benefit for my oily skin (dry skin will find this not moisturizing enough). in combination with a separate benzoyl peroxide (bp) treatment, this product works fantastically. it works well on its own to purge the impurities from skin, but bp keeps bacteria from growing and causing new acne. the only reason i can't give this product 5 stars is because the packaging is horrendous! as many people before me have mentioned, the hole of the cap is simply too large. it's really hard to squeeze out the right amount, and when the bottle is almost empty, product ends up going everywhere and a lot dries out on the lid. please, philosophy, fix this!
Date published: 2015-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from LOVED this moisturizer. I normally have problems with moisturizers sitting on the top of my face or feeling heavy on my skin / like they are clogging my skin.. I've also noticed a lot of moisturizers make my skin look overly shiny. (Even after double cleansing, right after I apply a moisturizer, my skin will feel clogged!# This moisturizer absorbed immediately into my skin, and a few minutes after application I noticed my face felt SO SOFT! I agree with another reviewer, Purity has not helped with my acne and does not cleanse my face well enough. As for helping with acne - - I noticed little change. I look more to my cleansers for that. But I will keep buying this moisturizer because of how easily it absorbed into my skin and the feeling afterwards, I really loved it. One more thing: I wish Philosophy made better openings for their bottles/merchandise. The cap did not work properly, product would come out all over the bottle once opened #it's a fairly runny consistency) and a lot of product was wasted drying in the cap. Even so, I would buy this again. But if they could make a new type of opening / bottle that would be wonderful.
Date published: 2014-09-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good at preventing pimples I have oily skin so i was looking for a moisturizer that doesn't make me break out. this one does that and it moisturizes my dry patches as well. my only complaint is that the hole in the tube is really big - some days when I'm in a hurry I waste product because it comes out so fast. if i'm careful it's okay but it would be better in a different style tube. that said, it does work well at keeping the breakouts down. i use take a deep breath most days because it keeps the oil away better and my skin is sensitive to salicylic acid when i use it a lot. but during *that* week i use clear days ahead at night to ensure no breakouts. it works great!
Date published: 2013-09-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from helping my skin i have been getting breakouts again recently, so I decided to try the clear days ahead line. the moisturizer is working really well. i don't think it's really moisturizing, but the medicine within is helping clear my skin. it is runny, so I think it needs to be packaged differently. i would start with using once a day in case it dries out your skin. i do try to follow up with take a deep breath to counter act any dryness.
Date published: 2012-10-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from works great this has made my oily/combination skin much more matte and it looks a lot healthier. the two reasons I gave this product only 4 stars is because it has a slightly odd smell (but maybe that's me and my sense of smell) and it is very runny and comes out of the bottle too fast. i wish there was another way to package it...maybe a pump bottle??
Date published: 2012-09-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from product rocks, packaging stinks This moisturizer works fabulously- very light, absorbs well, and stays matte. However, the packaging is horrible. the product is TOO thin/runny for the tube that it is in. there's very little "squeeze control" on the tube- the plastic is very thick and rigid. the hole on the cap is way too big for the consistency of the product. i'm a pretty careful person, and I've lost several blobs of product into the sink because the amount of pressure it takes to get the product to move to the cap and the size of the opening. this tube would be perfect for hands of hope or something thicker, but it is not suitable for this product. i'd rather use a different product than waste half of it due to poor packaging design.
Date published: 2012-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great product but horrible bottle This is a great product but the bottle needs to be changed! The design is not good because the opening is too big and too much of the product comes out and it gets wasted! Please change the bottle to a pump.
Date published: 2014-06-21
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
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Why change a good thing? When this went from being a gel formula to a moisturizing formula (as in too heavy for my sensitive skin), I had to trash my tube. The original formula I used 2 or 3 days a month and, bingo, my skin was like nothing ever happened. This is, while not as thick as Miracle or Hope products, too much for me. Sad, but I lost a good product.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Please bring back Hope in a Bottle This product is more gelatinous and wet in consistency, and feels slick on the skin most of the day (like oil). I prefer Hope in a Bottle, which is a satiny (less wet) lotion. Clear Days may fight acne and control oil, but the slippery wet feel on the skin is not what I want, so oil control is moot. It also has less salicylic acid (1%) versus Hope in a Bottle (2%), which suggests it is not as powerful for acne fighting. Even OTC products have 2% ! PLEASE BRING BACK HOPE IN A BOTTLE FOR THOSE OF US WHO NEED MORE MEDICATION AND A DRYER, MATTE FEEL.
Date published: 2014-06-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Old product maybe, smells rancid. I have been a philosophy gal for 15+ years. I have always had fab results! I have minor adult breakouts, but when I do, I use my Clear Day wash and it calms back down. I so wanted this to work. It may have worked if I was able to continually use it. It smelled like old garbage. I thought it would dissipate, but the smell lingered. I threw it away after a few days. I don't know if I got an old product, or what, but it was repulsive.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Does nothing I use purity a lot but it never does anything for my acne and thus I started looking at the treatment line, I got the whole set of the clear days ahead hoping it would clear my skin, it worked a little. Took months for it to work and it was too many steps and my skin felt nasty at the end, too many products on the skin is too much for my skin no matter how much they said it would help. I then found hope in a bottle and it was great, one step thats it and my skin felt great afterwards. It was like this product yes, but it was better because it was stronger, while this bottle only has 1%, hope in a bottle has 2% and it does make a difference. It has become a hassle to try and find hope in a bottle because philosophy discontinued it, they need to have more then one type of acne treatment. Not everyone's skin works the same and doesn't react to the same methods. If you do read these reviews, philosophy, look at amazon's reviews for hope in a bottle. They all want it back, I want it back it has been the only treatment that has worked for me out of clear days ahead and many more!
Date published: 2014-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Ehhh Only Philosophy product I don't like. I know it says oil free, but this makes my skin super greasy. I have pretty dry skin so for a product being too greasy it says a lot. It didn't help with my mild acne and instead made it worse. I'm really a fan of the cleanser from this collection though and I've been using it for quite some time and had awesome results. Skip this and just get the cleanser.
Date published: 2014-05-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from wanted to like it but couldn't I'm 40 with sensitive, acne prone skin. I've been using clear days ahead cleanser this summer (and I'm happy with it) and wanted to give this moisturizer a try. i really wanted to like it. a little goes a long way and it absorbs quickly. i like the way it glides on. however, in less than a week, i had pimples all over both cheeks and i normally don't get acne there. the only thing i changed was using this moisturizer instead of hope in a bottle. so, this product did not work for me and was returned. luckily i've still got hope in a bottle to fall back on.
Date published: 2013-10-01
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