Gentle Clear Triple-Action Acne Serum

Gentle Clear Triple-Action Acne Serum


Skin type: Breakout-prone, sensitive skin

This milky-gel serum with 0.5% salicylic acid improves the appearance of breakouts in just 3 days. With 24-hour hydration, it is formulated with soothing succinic acid to resurface skin and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone.

  • Improves the appearance of breakouts in just 3 days
  • Contains Salicylic Acid to clear acne and prevent future breakouts, including mild breakouts, whiteheads and blackheads by sluffing away dead skin cells and clearing clogged pores
  • Formulated with succinic acid that soothes, hydrates and resurfaces skin
  • 93% of consumers trust this serum to clear their breakouts/blemishes without irritating their skin
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin


This milky-gel serum with 0.5% salicylic acid improves the appearance of breakouts in just 3 days. With 24-hour hydration, it is formulated with soothing succinic acid to resurface skin and improve the appearance of uneven skin tone. 90% of consumers felt more confident in the sensitive, breakout-prone skin after using this serum. Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivity including dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier.





  • fragrance free

    Fragrance free

  • paraben free

    Paraben free

  • wont clog pores

    Won't clog pores

  • Hypoallergenic


  • 5-signs

    Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivity




Gentle Clear Triple-Action Acne Serum
Gentle Clear Triple-Action Acne Serum Ingredients



Active Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 0.5% 

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Coco-Caprylate/Caprate, Gluconolactone, Propanediol, Sodium Hydroxide, Succinic Acid, Panthenol, Niacinamide, Lysolecithin, Sclerotium Gum, Zinc Gluconate, Pullulan, Xanthan Gum, Pantolactone, Citric Acid, Silica


skincare routine step 1 washing with cleasner morning and night

Cleanse skin with a gentle yet effective CETAPHIL facial cleanser

Start your skincare routine with CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEAR Clarifying Acne Cream Cleanser, a gentle salicylic acid cleanser designed for sensitive, breakout prone skin. This soothing cream gently deep cleans your skin, removing pore-clogging impurities while helping to treat and prevent breakouts. Apply it to dampened skin and gently massage. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.

woman washing her face to help with acne prevention

Treat acne breakouts and marks with a salicylic acid serum

​ Use CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEAR Triple-Action Serum to treat your sensitive, breakout prone skin. Treat and prevent breakouts while improving the appearance of uneven skin tone. This milky gel-serum soothes the skin and provides 24 hour hydration. After cleansing the skin, apply a thin layer to the face.​

woman with clean and clear skin after washing her face

Immediately follow with a moisturizer to lock in hydration

Follow up with a moisturizer that's suitable for your skin type, such as CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEAR Mattifying Acne Moisturizer to strengthen the skin barrier and moisturize the skin for 48 hour hydration. This acne treatment moisturizer helps to clear breakouts and prevent new breakouts from forming, while also helping to relieve acne-related redness and irritation.



Rated 3 out of 5 by from Pretty good but sensitive skin be careful! I was excited to receive an acne in product in a gifted box box because I have had acne for most of my life! This product has awesome acne fighting ingredients like salicylic acid, succinc acid, PHA, niacinamide, zinc and prebiotic. It is also fragrance free and oil free! I usually get a few white head pimples around my mouth and this product did an excellent job clearing those up quickly! I will say this product can be very drying if you have sensitive skin so I wouldn’t recommend using It too many days in a row. I was able to manage the dryness and breakouts by using a very heavy moisturizer! Definitely check this out if you have acne!
Date published: 2022-08-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentle! And it works great! I have had pretty good skin these days but a few times over the past couple of months I have used this, and I love it! It’s not drying or irritating, which is surprising but true. It feels silky but not sticky and it absorbs quickly, leaving the skin soft. There’s no sting or burn but somehow it cleared up any minor hormonal breakouts I’ve gotten, in less than 24 hours. There’s a lot in this tube, so it’ll last me a long time. It has no noticeable smell either, which was a relief. I also don’t believe it can bleach clothes or bedding, which is a huge plus! I would recommend trying this product! This review was incentivized and honest.
Date published: 2022-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So much serum! The ingredients are great! Its things i already like to use on my acne, plus i love that its from cetaphil! I will say the packaging confused me a bit because i originally thought it was a cleanser of some sort due to it coming in a tube but, now i love that the serum is in a tube versus a wide glass bottle like the others i own. Makes it more affordable, less likely to break & easy to put on my shelf & not worry about it falling down or getting knocked over. Its a good, medium,weight/ thickness serum for acne prone skin. I can't really tell how well it works for MY skin yet but i do like it! I would definitely keep this on hand for myself after i use up this first tube!
Date published: 2022-10-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gentle but Effective I’m always in the hunt for great acne clearing products that are fast, effective and won’t cause my face to be super irritated. This product doesn’t have a scent so if you have sensitive skin that’s a win win. I used this product In the AM before applying my makeup and in the PM after removing my makeup , etc … overall I’d say it’s super effective and gentle doesn’t cause irritation what so ever after using for a week or so I noticed my face was primarily clear and also I’m not sure if it’s this product or what I’m using in general but I will say my face seems to be a lot softer as well as clearer.
Date published: 2022-07-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cetaphil Fan! I have been a huge Cetaphil fan for a long time now! Ever since I realized that expensive products with ingredients weren’t worth it and were actually doing more harm than good on my skin. Cetaphil has helped so much with my hormonal acne because it’s simple ingredients and no fragrances has been a perfect fit for my skin type. This serum is now going to be a new staple for me in my skincare routine. The only thing I would say like any salicylic acid is that you have to hydrate your skin after applying because it does dry out the skin but it wasn’t anything out of the ordinary! Love this product!!
Date published: 2022-09-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from I'm a licensed esthetician and I'm sensitive about Usually when estheticians see Cetaphil products they run for the hills, but I had truly had hope for this product. I loved the ingredients and the texture of this. Salicylic acid, BHA's and PHA's are all great products for clearing the pores and clearing acne. However, this product didn't do any of that. Serums only work when they're able to penetrate exfoliated skin. But even after a gentle exfoliation, this product still did not penetrate below the surface of the skin. I used it for eight days during a bad breakout and it did nothing. I had faith in this product and it did not deliver at all.
Date published: 2022-08-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty good Admittedly I have tried things from this brand in the past and was not a huge fan. They just didn't work well with my skin type. I was pleasantly surprised with this though as it helps a lot. I started using it as soon as I received and noticed a difference in my breakouts in about a week. It is a thin formula which is nice so it is not heavy on your face. My only complaint is it seems like you have to use a lot to get the areas covered. Considering there was a noticeable difference in my skin I would recommend. I would just say that I wish the bottles were bigger or less needed to be used.
Date published: 2022-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wifey Approved I love getting free samples of products to try out but once in a while I get to share with my wife. She has acne prone skin (I do not) so when I received the Cetaphil Gentle Clear Triple Action Serum, she was excited. I have told her she uses too many harsh products to clear up her acne which only leaves her skin dry and irritated. She agreed to use JUST this one serum (obviously with a cleanser and moisturizer), but with no other products to see how her skin reacted. And y’all…. Her skin cleared up and it was not dry AT ALL!!! It was gentle and effective even during her period which we know can be a tricky time for skincare. It’s now a staple product in her everyday skincare routine. Thank goodness she trusted me!
Date published: 2022-09-01
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