Meet the serum that addresses multiple skin concerns in one go

Sensitive and blemish-prone? You’ll want to read this…

Content Producer / May 08 2024

The product

If you’re someone dealing with both sensitive skin and acne-prone skin, finding a skin care routine to cater for you can be a total nightmare. And trust us, we know the struggles. Because at the end of the day, catering for your sensitive skin has to trump fighting off the resurging adult acne. But we know that erring on the side of sensitive skin-friendly products doesn’t always mean hard-hitting formulas that will actually bust those blemishes. 

Thankfully, cult-loved Avène has gotten on the case for all the dual-issue skin sufferers among us, and have come up with a gentle, skin-loving (yet totally impactful) serum that’s equipped to address multiple concerns. The Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum is the latest in skin-salvaging serums. 

As a scientifically-backed formula, this gentle exfoliant has been carefully crafted with just 10 ingredients. Yep, Avène has ensured your skin will be carefully nourished and rejuvenated by leaving out any unnecessary ingredients. The non-irritant formula features skin-refining succinic acid, that’s even more impactful to blemish-busting than salicylic acid! 

The triple-efficacy formula is not only anti-acne (aren’t we all?) but also works to reduce marks left behind by breakouts. It even has anti-blemish properties, so any future breakouts you suffer from should be few and far between (and less aggravated as a whole). 

As far as we’re concerned, this nourishing chemical exfoliant is the holy grail when it comes to pore-refining properties. Working to stem excess sebum, the serum also ensures that your skin's texture and tone (think brightened and softened) are left better than ever. 

So, if you’re ready to make the skin-salvaging change, here’s what the REVIEWcrew® members had to say… 

The panel

BEAUTYcrew sent the Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum to a panel of young adults aged 18-35 dealing with acne-prone, sensitive skin. 

The lowdown

The texture-improving benefits: We’re pretty certain when it comes to using an exfoliant (chemical or not), you’re hoping to slough away stubborn skin and leave behind glowing, refined texture. And thankfully our REVIEWcrew® members were able to see such texture-improving results, with the mattifying serum stemming the drastic overproduction of pore-blocking oils and deeply drawing out impurities within your pores. From this skin-saving serum, our members were able to see improvement in their complexion, leaving them feeling (and looking) more radiant. 

The sensitive skin-friendly formula: Finding formulas that will do what they say and be kind to your delicate skin can be a nightmare. So our REVIEWcrew® members were ecstatic to find this serum has been specially formulated to be sensitive skin-friendly and hit blemishes hard. Our members enjoyed that the serum had been formulated with just 10 ingredients, leaving less chance of unnecessary ingredients causing irritation. 

The fast-absorbing nature: If there’s one thing everyone loves to see in a serum, it’s a fast-absorbing formula. Because really, who wants to play the pilling skin care game? Our REVIEWcrew® members found the lightweight serum easy to apply (tick) and of course (everyone's fave), fast-absorbing (tick). Not only that, but because the serum absorbed so easily the members found that it didn’t leave behind any greasy residue; just comfortable hydrated skin.

The verdict

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“Avène's skin care products are always gentle and provide the results that you want. With the exfoliating serum I knew that this would live up to my expectations. The exfoliating serum is targeted for those with acne, post acne marks and pigmentation and for those who want to improve skin texture. I have a bit of all three! I will get breakouts mostly around my chin, I have some pigmentation on my cheeks that I would like to get rid of and my skin texture is not as smooth as it can be. I want soft and smooth skin so I can feel confident enough going out without wearing makeup and if I choose to wear makeup I don't want my skin to look bumpy and rough. I apply the serum morning and night on clean skin. It's a lightweight serum that feels nice on the skin. I have already noticed some improvements since using the serum. The post acne pigmentation on my cheeks has lightened so they aren't as noticeable. It has controlled the oil levels of my skin, I have also noticed less acne and improved skin texture. I didn't notice the results right away, it took about a week to start seeing improvements. My final thoughts: a very good exfoliating serum, gentle, does what it says it does and it might take some time but you will see results.”
Pari L
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I have sensitive combination oily skin. I've never got on that well with AHAs, so I was skeptical when I was sent this serum. But it has quickly turned into a staple in my routine. The serum is very liquidy. It spreads over the skin super easily and absorbs fast. Once absorbed, I don't notice it on my skin except for my skin looking smoother and more matte than it normally would. The serum has a slight clinical scent but I dont notice it for very long after applying. Normally with AHAs my skin gets quite sensitive and red, but it has not with this serum. It has evened out texture, making my skin much smoother and redness appears to have decreased. Pigmentation has slightly faded and I am getting less breakout than normal. The serum comes in a bottle with a dropper applicator, which feels very luxe. I have already recommended this serum to family and friends.”
Ally B
REVIEWcrew® Member
“I recently tried the Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum, and I must say, I'm impressed! This serum has become a staple in my skincare routine for several reasons. Firstly, the serum has a lightweight and non-greasy texture, making it easy to apply and absorb into the skin. It doesn't leave any residue or tackiness, which is perfect for wearing under makeup or moisturizer. Secondly, the exfoliating properties of this serum are fantastic. The AHA formula gently exfoliates the skin, helping to remove dead skin cells and unclog pores. After using it for a few weeks, I noticed a significant improvement in the overall texture and brightness of my skin. Additionally, I have combination skin with occasional breakouts, and I found that this serum helped to reduce the appearance of blemishes and even out my skin tone. It's gentle enough for daily use but effective in addressing skincare concerns. Overall, I highly recommend the Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum to anyone looking for a gentle yet effective exfoliating treatment. It has improved the clarity and radiance of my skin, and I will continue to incorporate it into my skincare routine.”
Annabella B
REVIEWcrew® Member

Want to read more about this sensitive skin-friendly, exfoliating serum? Read more Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum Reviews here… 

The products for this Review Crew® trial have been provided by Eau Thermale Avène to Are Media and BEAUTYcrew for the purpose of trial and review by Review Crew® members.

*This combined average star rating for Eau Thermale Avène Cleanance A.H.A Exfoliating Serum is based on a combined total of 50 reviews submitted and is correct as of 8/05/2024.

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Emma Allcock began her career in the world of fashion and beauty in 2015, interning for various PR fashion houses. Naturally her love for style soon extended to beauty, and Emma landed firmly in the beauty and wellness world thanks to an internship-turned-role at local Australian fragrance brand Maison Blanche. One thing that remained consistent whether unpacking accessories or creating social content? Her commitment to an always-perfect manicure. Luckily, she’s since turned her talents to helping her readers achieve the same, writing about all things beauty and wellness. Emma is now a Content Producer for BEAUTYcrew, with her words and recommendations also appearing across beautyheaven. Emma loves the process of diving deep into the world of testing (and writing) about everything from haircare to fragrance. When she’s not slathering her skin in something new, she’s going for an early morning stroll to catch a stunning sunrise (coffee in hand, of course), because life’s all about that wellness balance after all.