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breakout control

invisible, antibacterial treatment

This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment, to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin.Learn More

This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment, to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin. An Azelaic Acid derivative helps control oil production for improved skin tone and texture. Tea Tree and antioxidant Zinc Sulfate also help soothe the skin. Contains Colloidal Silver, known to help eliminate bacteria and control acne. Formulated without artificial fragrances, colors or parabens.Learn More

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This fast-absorbing gel contains natural antibacterial agents, including Lactobacillus Ferment, to help clear and prevent breakouts without over-drying the skin. An Azelaic Acid derivative helps control oil production for improved skin tone and texture. Tea Tree and antioxidant Zinc Sulfate also help soothe the skin. Contains Colloidal Silver, known to help eliminate bacteria and control acne.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
gluten-free
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
vegan
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
paraben-free
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • Wipes out acne-causing bacteria.
  • Helps regulate oil production.
  • Helps calm redness brought on by breakouts.

how to use

Apply a thin layer and allow to dry. Use all over the face and under your prescribed Dermalogica moisturizer.

quick tip

Can be applied all over or to zones experiencing breakouts and congestion.

ingredients

Water/Aqua/Eau, PEG-8, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Lactobacillus Ferment, Potassium Azeloyl Diglycinate, Zinc Sulfate, Colloidal Silver, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Oil, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Polysorbate 20, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Aminomethyl Propanol, Phenoxyethanol, Limonene, Linalool, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of medibac clearing product system

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

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mediBac clearing®

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

The MediBac Clearing® system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne while addressing the needs of adult skin. Most products and treatments for acne are designed for teenage skin, making them too harsh and irritating for adult acne sufferers. MediBac Clearing® controls acne without compromising skin’s integrity, which means skin is clearer and healthier.

how it works

Dermalogica’s MediBac Clearing® system is formulated specifically to treat adult acne. Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the main factors that contribute to acne.

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4.0

(based on 29 reviews)

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1.0

Does nothing

By 

from South Carolina

Comments about breakout control:

Does not work for me but maybe it will for you

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
3.0

completely ineffective

By 

from NJ

Comments about breakout control:

Just one more thing to put on your face that doesn't do anything. Acne vs. booster ACNE is the hands down winner!

 
5.0

This is the one..

By 

from GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout control:

If it happens and I have some breakout on my face, this is the product I use. Just little bit at evening...and in the morning the pimple is dry and gone. Love it !

  • How old are you?:
  • Over 65
 
5.0

I love this product

By 

from Upstate New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout control:

This product is amazing it doesn't 100 percent stop you from getting an occasional pimple. But t is the first product that I have use of the tons of prescription and topical treatments that actually prevents breakouts when using it everyday!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
4.0

Would buy again

By 

from Milwaukee

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout control:

Used for hormonal acne, I'm 33 and needed some relief. It really helped!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Product for Adult Acne

By 

from Chicago, IL

Comments about breakout control:

As a woman in my mid-30s, I'm struggling with acne for the first time in my life, which is mortifying. I am also super fair skinned, so when I get pimples they are firetruck red and incredibly loud and noticeable on my face. Even when the pimples have been cleared, the redness lingers for several weeks. I had switched away from using my regular Dermalogica cleanser recently due to budgetary constraints, and my acne got out of control on my face all around my chin and mouth. I bought this product on recommendation from a Dermalogica consultant, and it is the best money I've spent on my face, of any facial product I've ever bought. Within only a few days I could start seeing an improvement, it works SO FAST. It also reduces the redness in the affected areas, and helps to clear and heal them faster. I started putting a thin layer on the entire acne-prone area, not just on the pimples themselves, and it also started clearing out blackheads and whiteheads immediately. I am on a super tight budget, so of course I was hesitant how much this product cost, but a little bit goes a long way so I think the bottle will last me quite a while. And honestly, it is the only product I've used that has made an immediate and drastic effect on my acne. Now I'll be switching back to my Dermalogica cleanser as well, and while the products are expensive, I know first hand they are worth the money.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This gel is amazing!!!

By 

from California

Comments about breakout control:

I am no prone to acne at all, but I had a very very bad hormonal reaction after receiving the depo birth control shot last year. I've had very bad cystic acne that would just not go away. I used dermalogica in the past, but took a break from the brand. Nothing else worked on my skin except this brand. I use the UltraCalming kit since I am prone to dry skin along with this serum, and it has been working wonders on my face! Ive been using this serum for about a week now and the redness and hard bumps from the cystic acne have gone down completely! Cant wait to see what my face will look like in a month! Highly highly reccomend this product if you're struggling with cystic acne. It's a very calming serum and does not burn.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Only this product can control my acne breakout

By 

from Japan

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout control:

I've never used Dermalogica products until I tried it at a spa recently. The therapist gave me a sample of this to try at home as I've been having acne problems recently. I've never had acne problems until now when I'm in my late 30s. I went to a dermatologist and they have me dalacin which didn't work and my skin gets red from benzoyl peroxide. So i tried this and it works amazingly well. There is no redness and it effectively controls the acne growth without scarring or dryness. I've been using it for a month now and have ordered a second bottle as it comes in a small bottle. I also use the clay cleanser with this and like the minty feel on my face which seems to cool down the face and reduce irritation and redness after shower.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works brilliantly

By 

from NYC

Comments about breakout control:

Breakout control works very well on my occasional pimples. It works by drying out and minimising the appearance of pimples. I use it during the day and overnight as well. Does not stain sheets, clothes or towels either.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Extremely disappointed by this product

By 

from Buffalo, ny

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout control:

I used this product as a recommendation by a dermalogica representative to help clear my hormonal breakouts. It caused even more breakouts all over my face, even in spots I never had breakouts before. The price I paid for this small amount was too expensive considering it did nothing for my breakouts.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

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  • Q:

    How much of the breakout control product should I use for the entire face?
    Asked on 12/21/2017 by Lynn from Tidewater, Va

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello Lynn,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use the size of a pea to dime for the whole face. Be sure what you apply is a thin, clear layer.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 12/22/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I use the entire medibac line and have started including breakout control and oil free matte into my regimen. However, I notice my face still very shiny after going through the steps and applying makeup. How can I incorporate everything I'm using for morning and evening?
    Asked on 12/12/2017 by Schelle from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I advise you to add a hydrating mist, like Multi Active Toner. The skin needs oil and water to be healthy. It can produce its own oil but it cannot produce its own water. Therefore, if you hydrate the skin, you can balance it out and reduce excess oil production.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 12/15/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    can I use the breakout control gel and oil control lotion together and if so how to I do so for the best results?
    Asked on 9/15/2017 by Jordy from Jacksonville beach, Fl

    1 answer

    • CUSTOMER CARE

      A:

      Hi Jordy,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Breakout Control as a spot treatment on breakouts only. Oil Control Lotion is a moisturizer for the entire face.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 9/18/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hello,
    Would you recommend this product for treating cystic acne around the jawline? Or would the special clearing booster work better?
    Asked on 8/10/2017 by Antonia from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Antonia,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night. I personally love it for large areas.

      Special Clearing Booster should be applied to individual breakouts only, with a q tip. It contains Benzoyl Peroxide, which can sensitize certain skin types.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/15/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Hi there!
    I'm in my thirties with adult acne and dehydrated/sensitive skin. I've been doing a bit of research and want to get an idea of order of operations/application for some of the items I'm looking at

    Step 1: Clearing Skin Wash (Day and Night)
    Step 1b: Daily Microfoliant (Night) - Is this done with the clearing skin wash or as a substitute at night?
    Step 2: Ultra Calming Mist (Day and Night)
    Step 3: Breakout Control (Day and Night)
    Step 4: Barrier Repair (Night)
    Step 5: Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate (Night)

    Want to make sure I'm applying this correctly to be most effective as well as want to make sure i'm not duplicating efforts with any of the products.
    Thanks!
    Asked on 3/26/2017 by Jen from Durham, NC

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      For best results, try these steps:

      Morning
      Clearing Skin Wash
      Ultra Calming Mist
      Breakout Control
      Super Sensitive Shield SPF 30

      Evening
      Precleanse
      Clearing Skin Wash
      Daily Microfoliant
      Ultra Calming Mist
      Breakout Control
      Ultra Calming Serum Concentrate
      Barrier Repair (as needed)

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 3/27/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can I use this with my moisturizer and Tea tree oil/Vitamin C oil?
    Asked on 2/24/2017 by Dburk from New Jersey

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use a thin, clear layer of Breakout Control on breakouts as needed. Apply it under moisturizer. This product contains tea tree oil.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 2/28/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can the Breakout Control be used in conjunction with the Overnight Clearing Gel or should it be used separately?
    Asked on 2/15/2017 by AW from VA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Breakout Control during the day and Overnight Clearing Gel at night.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 2/16/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Can this product be used in conjunction with the ultracalm series that I'm currently using? And if so... when do I apply it as a spot treatment- before or after moisturizer? Is there a series that this cannot be used with?
    Asked on 1/18/2017 by Nikita from Oakland CA

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Nikita,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes Breakout Control is amazing for sensitive skin with acne. The only time you cannot use this is if you are taking medication from a doctor to prevent acne.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/19/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Why is there a warning regarding the silver? If you have an open pimple, are you suppose to not use this product? This product was recommended to me today , but I read the instructions first and saw the warning.
    Asked on 12/26/2016 by Lynn from PA

    1 answer

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      A:

      When used as directed there are no safety concerns over the use of Breakout Control which has been reviewed for safety by a certified assessor that has a background in Toxicology.
      Dear Lynn,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. The use level of the Colloidal Silver is very low in the formula and functions strictly as an anti-microbial booster.

      There are cases of Argyria (blue man) associated with ingesting large quantities of CS. This is ingestion and cannot be equated to topical application.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 1/9/2017 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    In the "medibac clearing skin kit," does the "oil controlled lotion" act as a moisturizer for daily use?
    Asked on 10/14/2016 by IBC from Lincolnshire, IL

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Oil Control Lotion is a night moisturizer. You can use Oil Free Matte SPF 30 during the day.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 10/17/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
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