I bought the 3-Step System plus the supplementary spot gel. I used this religiously for 5 weeks. Whilst my spots were under control, I was still dealing with around 6-8 active spots.
This stuff is great, it smells lovely, it is gentle, the ingredients are good. I will try the bar next time purely because I hear it lasts longer and therefore better value
This isn't lotion, it feels like an alcoholic toner and the Clinique counter lady described it as a gentle exfoliant. She was right, after using this with a cotton pad I always see a layer of dry skin coming off. It is more gentle than an exfoliant wash which are harsh and tearing on my skin.
It does sting a little, especially on active spots.
You need to use a lot of this for any moisturising effect at all. It is so drying, I couldn't smile! I won't buy this again, I replaced this with Cetaphil in my regimen.
I used this after the clarifying lotion before the moisturiser and sometimes during the day. It stings A LOT. I didn't find it any more effective than Clean and Clear or Freederm spot treatment, apart from it is far dearer.
To conclude, I do like Clinique as a brand. I will be buying the clarifying lotion and the soap bar when I run out.
I asked the counter lady for a tester amount but she claimed not to have any, which has forced me into a very expensive trial and error situation! I am going to try to return the moisturiser.