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special clearing booster

topical breakout treatment

Concentrated spot treatment to accelerate breakout clearing. This 5% Benzoyl Peroxide treatment helps control bacteria, reduce irritation and shield against free radical damage. Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors.Learn More

Concentrated spot treatment to accelerate breakout clearing.Learn More

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special clearing booster

Concentrated spot treatment to accelerate breakout clearing. Before moisturizing, apply as a spot treatment directly to breakouts: this 5% Benzoyl Peroxide treatment, fortified with Zinc Sulfate, Tea Tree and Sage, helps control bacteria, reduce irritation and shield against free radical damage.
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.
Certified vegan by PETA
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • Quickly dries breakouts.
  • Calming botanicals help soothe redness.
  • Helps regulate oil production to control future breakouts.

how to use

Before moisturizing, apply as a spot treatment to problem areas and allow to dry. Can also be used to boost clearing benefits of Oil Control Lotion, prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer, and other MediBac Clearing products. Apply every 6 to 8 hours as needed until breakout clears.

quick tip

Special Clearing Booster can be mixed with Oil Control Lotion or your prescribed Dermalogica Moisturizer to boost skin clearing benefits.


Active ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (5.00%). Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, PEG-8, Polysorbate 20, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract , Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Tilia Cordata Flower Extract, Centaurea Cyanus Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Hypericum Perforatum Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Nasturtium Officinale Flower/Leaf Extract, Arctium Lappa Root Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Leaf Extract, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Extract, Hedera Helix (Ivy) Leaf/Stem Extract, Saponaria Officinalis Leaf/Root, Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Cyclodextrin, Hydrolyzed Algin, Silica, Zinc Sulfate, Benzophenone-4, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Aminomethyl Propanol, Butylene, Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Caprylyl Glycol, Chlorphenesin, Phenoxyethanol.

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.

I love this product.


I sometimes suffer from adult acne. When I have a breakout, I use special clearing booster religiously. It does not dry my skin and it works! I might add that it works quickly.

San Diego, CA


I have used this product for many years.


I started using this product many years ago after it was recommended to me by the SPA I go to. I have continued to use the Special Clearing Booster throughout these many years. Sometime ago, it was discontinued. I was very disappointed because I felt that this product was the best on the market for breakouts. I was delighted to see that dermalogica was once again offering it for sale and I purchased it immediately. Thank you dermalogica!!!

San Diego, CA


Only thing that has worked for me


I can't believe how well this has worked! I use this booster twice per day and ONLY on the problem areas, not all over. After it dried, I would use the active moist cream. It did dry my skin somewhat, but nothing I couldn't live with. Now my skin is way clearer and my skin seems to be smoother too, bonus!

Milton, FL


It works but dries the skin, need to apply with care


It quickly dries up everything, what you want and what you don't want. Only to apply on spots, and even like that the small area you apply it to will feel carton like if you repeat for few days. It does its job fine, but need to be applied with care so you don't create another mess. I feel it's best to space its use in alternative days to give it time to work without being too aggressive to the skin. Maybe it works different for oily skin, mine is very dry so might be the reason why. Still good.

beijing, china




Do not use with sensitive skin. Breakout control works much better and is much more gentle. Will hard your skin if you are sensitive!



Best acne treatment ever


I'd tried every somewhat natural acne medicine out there with zero success. I'd developed terrible acne after moving to a new state / climate and discontinuing birth control. I didn't want anything that was tested on animals but I was getting desperate. I was embarrassed to be at work and was to the point of having to take sick days because I was so embarrassed to go to work with my terrible acne. I'd tried every Salicylic Acid product and also suffer products offered by companies that don't test on animals, with no success. FINALLY a friend suggested this Special Clearing Booster to me which was an absolute life (and job) saver! My skin will never be perfect, but it's amazingly so much better. I use this every single night, sometimes just as a spot treatment, sometimes all over my face. Yes, you need to exfoliate regularly but you should be doing that anyway for healthy skin. This product does have Benzoyl Peroxide, so I switched to white sheets and towels, though I'm not sure the concentration is strong enough to bleach linens. I recommend this product to everyone! I will die if they ever stop making this SCB! Dermalogica - please don't ever stop making this product! I will be buying this (and telling everyone about it) for the rest of my life!!



Part of my daily routine


I use this product all over my t-zone - right under my moisturizer. It works so well, I can't remember the last time I had a pimple. Love it!

Boston, MA


My skin would be horrible without it


It prevents pimples and kills any existing ones fast. Amazing product part of my regime to prevent pimples and have flawless skin



I highly recommend this product as a spot treatment


I use this as a spot treatment and it makes such a difference. Within a couple days the blemish and or breakout is gone. Love this product and would definitely recommend it.

Walnut Creek, Ca


Worked initially however very dry patchy itchy skin


I tried this product after I was using other demalogica products and was getting good results however my adult acne on my neck just would not clear. A Beaty therapist recommended as they use demalogica. Was great after the first use, but my skin has become very red, inflamed and irritated in the areas I've applied after a few more uses and more pimples surfaced. Are you able to assist on the best way to use this product without getting this type of reaction?




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I have both the Clearing Mattifier, Special Clearing Gel and Overnight Clearing Gel. In which sequence do apply them after cleansing in the Morning and at Night?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Clearing Mattifier in the morning after cleansing and before SPF. At night, use Overnight Clearing Gel after cleansing. Kind Regards, Bernadette


It's safe use during pregnancy ?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please always check with your doctor, due to the benzoyl peroxide. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Has this product been discontinued? If so, what is the recommended replacement? I have not had good luck with Salicylic Acid.


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, Special Clearing Booster has been discontinued. You may like Breakout Control or Breakout Clearing Booster. Kind Regards, Bernadette


How safe and effective is this product after expiration?

Randy Jo

Hi Randy, We do not recommend to use any item after it's expiration date. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Can you use this in conjunction with overnight clearing gel?


When needed I use a thin layer of overnight clearing gel on my entire face and then a small amount of special clearing booster on the actual blemish. It works great for me every time :)




me personally, i would replace the OCG with the Special Clearing Booster.


I alternate them


Yes, you may use both of these products together. Overnight Clearing Gel is applied all over clean skin at night and Special Clearing Booster is a spot treatment only to be used on breakout as needed for day and night.


Yes, this can be used with other products such as the overnight clearing gel. Use the booster for spot treatment during the day or right before bed, then follow up with the clearing gel before bed.


No I didn't. I used it every other day


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