The acne treatment that won’t dry skin out

Here’s what our Review Crew® had to say about this moisturising, matte-finish concentrate.

BEAUTYcrew Beauty Editor / July 07 2020

The product

Managing oily, acne-prone skin often means relying heavily on a myriad of active-rich skin care products that can leave skin red, dried out and scarred. 

Avène Cleanance Comedomed minimises the need for excessive amounts of products, pairing a potent anti-acne concentrate with a hydrating matte-finish formula - it’s like a serum and moisturiser all-in-one.

The concentrate helps to limit the reappearance of blemishes, blackheads and excess sebum, and contains milk thistle oil, helping to restore balanced skin, reducing the appearance of blemishes and preventing future breakouts. 

Our panel of Review Crew® testers put this moisturising acne treatment to the test.

The panel

Beauty Crew sent Avène Cleanance Comedomed to a panel of women aged between 18 and 35, who identify as having oily, acne-prone skin.

The lowdown

Here’s what the Review Crew® loved about Avène Cleanance Comedomed.

How it kept breakouts at bay: Our members were really impressed by how effective the treatment was at keeping oncoming breakouts at bay, with some members noting a reduction in the size of pimples compared to the pimples they usually get.

How hydrating it was: Reviewers really liked the hydrating formula, saying it was a welcome change to traditional drying acne treatments they’d tried in the past. A few of our reviewers with oilier skin were able to use the treatment in placement of a moisturiser, helping them to minimise their routine.

The way it faded scarring: RC members noticed a reduction in the visibility of their acne scarring, helping to unify the complexion: “I’ve definitely seen a slight difference, active acne has lessened, scarring from previous acne have lightened.”

The verdict

“I have been using the Avene Cleanance Comedomed morning and night for two weeks now. It was enough moisture for me to use as a full-time moisturiser but if you have dry or dehydrated skin, you might need to add another hydration layer on top. I have acne-prone skin and breakouts in all areas of my face and lean towards the oily side. I found this product really helped to calm my skin and reduce texture from previous breakouts.”
Stephanie P
REVIEWcrew® Member
“In the short amount of time I’ve been using this, I’ve definitely seen a slight difference, active acne has lessened, scarring from previous acne have lightened. The one thing I really love the most, unlike most acne treatments this does not dry out the skin at all. Will definitely recommend it to my friends!”
Cassandra D
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I've been using this product for about 2 and a half weeks now. I have noticed a significant reduction in how many blemishes and blackheads I've been getting. My skin feels quite hydrated after applying this moisturizer. The texture of the moisturizer is smoothe when you put it on your skin and dries quite quickly. I would highly recommend this product for people that have oily/blemish prone skin.”
Josephine C
REVIEWcrew® Member

Like the sound of this moisturising anti-blemish concentrate? Read more Avène Cleanance Comedomed reviews.

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Avène to Pacific Magazines’ BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This average star rating is based on 20 reviews and is correct as of 29/6/2020

Main image credit: Bauer Media

Briar Clark got her start in the media industry in 2017, as an intern for Marie Claire and InStyle. Since then, her keen interest in fashion and beauty has landed her gigs as a Digital Content Producer and Beauty Editor with titles like Girlfriend, Refinery29, BEAUTYcrew and beautyheaven. She loves the way seemingly innocuous topics like skin care and style have the ability to put a smile on people’s faces or make them think about themselves a little differently. A big believer in self love and experimentation, Briar has made a point of becoming the Australian beauty industry’s unofficial guinea pig for unusual treatments and daring hair trends. When she’s not testing out the latest beauty launches, Briar is big on broadening her horizons, mostly in the form of food but she’s also partial to travelling to new destinations both near and far (and of course, allocating an extra bag to bring their best beauty offerings home with her).