Himalaya Neem Face Wash vs Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash


Clean and Clear is an international brand by Johnson’s and Johnson’s and the Clean and Clear range of products are available throughout the world. Clean and Clear products were a regular in my closet until a few years ago when I had bouts of acne. But, somewhere down the line, for reasons I do not remember, I abandoned them. Clean and Clear face wash and moisturizer caught my attention in the CSD canteen, where I had gone to fetch groceries. I was standing there for billing and a group of trainee pilot cadets swarmed over the Clean and Clear counter and almost emptied the entire rack. I was kind of surprised and amused thinking about how much metrosexualism has crept in today’s male species. Not that I am against well-groomed guys, but guys with threaded eyebrows are a sore to my eyes. I couldn’t resist not picking this up, and within a moment, the duo (the face wash and moisturizer I mean, not the pilot cadets), found its way into my cart.

Clean and Clear face wash


Clean & Clear is a line of dermatology products owned by Johnson & Johnson. The brand was originally developed by Revlon as a line of sensitive skin personal care items in 1957. The “Clean and Clear” name was based on products that contained no fragrance or dyes, and left no residue after rinsing. The original line featured shampoos, conditioners and facial skincare products. In 1991, Revlon sold Clean and Clear to Johnson and Johnson. In 1994, Clean and Clear adopted its current slogan, “Clean and Clear and Under Control”. Johnson and Johnson repositioned Clean & Clear within the market, focusing on acne; the products are similar to their Neutrogena line, but less expensive. Their primary focus is on skincare of young women but has extended their range to include products treating a wider range of conditions, recently launching a line of products “SOFT” focused on facial moisturizing. Clean & Clear is currently available in 46 countries. Source: Wikipedia.



Mild oil-free formula works in two days to give you Clean and Clear skin.

  • Removes oil, dirt, and other impurities.
  • Has a special ingredient, which prevents pimples, leaving your skin refreshed and clear without overdrying.


Wet face. Work facial wash into lather and gently massage onto face. Rinse well. For best results, use as often as required along with 100% oil-free Clean and Clear skin balancing moisturizer.


Triclosan, Lauryl Phosphate, Glycerin.


Rs. 38 for 50 mL (I got it for around Rs. 28 I think).


This is the best face wash that I have ever used. I am absolutely in love with this one coz it delivers what it claims. This 50 ml transparent bottle contains medium-consistency amber-colored face wash which is dispensed through a flip-flop top with very very mild fragrance that disappears when you work it on to your face. A very little amount is required to lather the entire face and boy oh boy!, the face is squeaky and I mean absolutely “squeaky” clean after pat drying. I was 100% sure that the face wash had cleared up even the tiniest speck of dirt and impurity from my face coz my face was really feeling fresh. There is one more area in which this face scores over the other ones available in the market and that is it does not form the much-hated oily cast that many of the routine ones leave behind. The sensation of having washed my face with Rin soap or powder detergent is also not there.


  • It has a very mild fragrance and the amber-color face wash is quite appealing to the eye.
  • It wiped off all dirt and grime from my face and my face felt so fresh.
  • There is no oily cast left behind after the wash.
  • Just a tiny amount is required to work up a lather, you do not need dollops of it.
  • The price is apt for the amount.
  • There is no dryness usually associated with such oil-free face washes.
  • No oily cast formation.


The flip-flop cap is a little bit difficult to maneuver and throw open. If you have long well-maintained or brittle nails, you have to be careful while opening the cap. Other than this, I cannot think of any negatives in this one.


Clean and Clear face moisturiser

People like me with oily skins are very wary of using moisturizers and there are not many brands coming out with moisturizers that cater to oily skins. I have used the Garnier moisturizer and it made my skin grimy and dull, Lakme did not work for me either, and so did a host of other moisturizers. I picked up this moisturizer along with the Clean and Clear facial wash and the flip-side of the facial wash mentioned that it was best to follow it up with the Clean and Clear moisturizer.

PRICE: Rs. 80 for 100 mL.


The 100% oil free formulation balances skin moisture and soothes dry areas.


Massage into face and neck.


Water, propylene Glycol, C12-15 Alkyl Benzoate, Cetyl Alcohol, Staryl Alcohol, Cyclomethicone, Stearic Acid, Propylene Glycol Isostearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Salicyclic Acid, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hydroxide, Sodium Isostearoyl Lactylate, Dimethicone, Disodium EDTA, Methylchloroisothiazolinone (and) Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance.

Clean and Clear


This is a water-based moisturizer and true to its oil-free claim, it is non-greasy and gets absorbed into the skin like magic. Since I had used this moisturizer after the Clean and Clear face wash, there were no dry areas as such on my skin. However, with certain other face washes, which parch up the skin, this moisturizer may not work that well to combat dryness. So, it is best to team up both the products together for a grime-free, oil-free, well moisturized skin. Also, this moisturizer feels pretty light underneath the foundation. One more brownie point for the reason that it does not break me out at all. I am using it as a staple and there are no zits whatsoever.

Also, I would like to point out here that Clean and Clear have come up with two distinct ranges, “Clean and Clear Oil Control Range” and “Clean and Clear Acne Clearing Range.” Those who have overactive sebum and acne-prone skin can try these two ranges for oil control and acne control.


There are no major minuses about this moisturizer that I can point out, although, I doubt whether the moisturizing effect is on the meager side. I need to team it up with my usual day cream and loose powder to brighten up my face.


Himalaya Purifying Neem face Wash


Soap-free herbal formulation that gently removes impurities and prevents pimples. Enriched with Neem, well known for its anti-bacterial property that kills problem-causing bacteria, and Turmeric, which effectively controls acne and pimples. Use regularly for clear, soft, and pimple-free skin.


Moisten face, apply a small quantity of Purifying Neem Face Wash and gently work up lather with a circular motion. Wash off and pat dry. Use twice daily. Followup with Himalaya Herbals Face Moisutrizing Lotion.

Use Himalaya Herbals Neem Face Pack once a week to rejuvenate and revitalize your facial skin.


Each gram contains: Ext Nimba 50 mg, Haridra 5 mg.

PRICE: Rs. 65 for 100 g.


This particular face wash with Neem and Turmeric is meant for all skin types, but especially so for oily skin because it claims to prevent pimples and that is not only the sole reason that I bought this one. I am a sucker for bright colors and this bright green face wash with a slight tinge of yellow drew me to it and you have to smell it to believe it, it smells so light and scenty, it is not akin to usual ayurvedic products, somewhat different, but very pleasant. But, the thing with this face wash is that it does not lather too much and more than a walnut size is required to work on the face and neck area. Also, there is this slippery kind of cast left behind that makes me wanna rinse my face again and again. Also notable is the fact that after pat drying, a slight yellowish tinge covers the face which catches light and gives the appearance of brightness to the face. The company must have added this color to show the “turmeric effect.” Those, who want their faces washes just to clean their face and do nothing else, would be averse to this yellow tinge. Personally, I liked it.


  • The lovely bright green color.
  • The mild but lovely fragrance.
  • I kind of like the yellow tinge that it imparts to my skin.


  • Although I like the lovely color of the face wash, the fragrance, and the smell, I do not like the oily cast that it leaves behind. It takes many splashes of water to take that off.
  • The yellow tinge due to the turmeric might not work for some people.
  • I am not sure whether the face was able to draw out all impurities from the skin coz I was busy trying to get that slippery feeling off my face and eventually had to use Clean and Clear face wash to do that.

Summing it up, Clean and Clear products are here to stay with me and contrary to what I thought, those cadet pilots were just a set of enlightened guys, who wanted clean and clear skin and that’s it.


100 thoughts on “Himalaya Neem Face Wash vs Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash

  1. my friend swears by clean and clear face wash..but i was reluctant to try it as i have combo skin and donno what would work..[she has extremely oily skin]…but now i am def gonna pick it up..u persuaded me… :-* :-* :-*

    1. its much much better than those oil-sucking face washes that dry up the skin Fathima….trust me, you should definately try this…it wont dry out your skin! 🙂

  2. I so wanted to like Clean and Clear. Didn’t suit me though..neither does Pears face wash – I thought probably its something to do with the gel base. Haven’t tried this one from Himalaya, like the facewash with itsy-bitsy beads in it 🙂 Hehehehee…though I am always complaining about the general lack of skincare in my husband, I give him strange looks if he even looks at a facewash in the shop!!
    .-= Radhika´s last blog ..New at the Chanel Counter – Lifestyle, Koramangala =-.

  3. Radhika, I am allergic to Pears soap, it burns my eyes, but Clean and Clear face wash suited me. BTW, I too snigger at guys who look at fairness creams and face masks……I must grow up and shake off my conservatiness I guess. 😀

  4. pathumol….earlier clean and clear was like a skin care mantra for oily skin people, but they have worked upon their things and made it suitable for all skin types. Bhagyam…..enikyu convince cheyan kalinjallo……. :-* :-* :-* :-*

          1. Gee…Rati……”Bhagyam…..enikyu convince cheyan kalinjallo” means “lucky, I could convince you”

            We all will teach you malayalam …gaalis first!

  5. I have used clean and clear face wash during my teenage days but I don’t remmeber anything about it now. 😛

    I used to like Himalaya face wash during my college days. I remember it used to give me very refreshing feel. I guess it is more suited for people with dry skin.

    Vague memories. 😀

  6. I currently use Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Face Wash for my acne-prone, oily skin. So far it’s worked really well! I don’t get a cast after I wash my face (probably cause I rinse with warm water), and it does a good job of controlling oil while not drying my skin out.

    1. Devika, I use cold water, probbly thats why I get that slippery cast….will try with hot water, but clean and clear is much more convenient. 🙂

  7. Hmmm……did you use the turmeric one Rati……do you like the smell…..mmmmmmmm…..but I do not really like the slippery feeling……….. 🙁

  8. wow u renewed my interest in clean and clear …..i think i will pick up this bottle of moisturiser too again
    used both earlier and they are really so good for ppl like us with oily skin…its just not a simple teenage thing….

    1. I agree with you Neha….they have revamped it for everyone I guess coz the face wash is not at all drying…they mentioned on the bottle that they have a “special ingredient” in the face wash that does not allow the skin to dry out. 🙂

      1. Loved the review Jomol.This is my favourite face wash.I more or less use this face wash regularly.Sometimes I try out other face washes just to break the monotony but I always keep going back to this wonderful product.I have dry skin but this face wash suits me perfectly.It does not not give my skin a stretched feeling at all and it never dries it out.Isn’t this surprising?I think people with dry skin also can safely use this product.

        1. Yeah thats what rs……I keep trying other face washes, but those dry up skin horribly (i have oily skin), but this one does not, guess its coz of the glycerin in it! 🙂

          1. Yes,Jomol.It does not dry out the skin like some other facewashes because I guess it has just the right amount of glycerine.

        2. The post reviewed two face washes-Clean & Clear and Himalaya Neem face wash.I was in a hurry so I forgot to mention the name of Clean & Clear in the above comment of mine.But I am happy to know that everybody understood which facewash I meant.

  9. I think I’m going to be the odd one out here. I have both and don’t like it 🙁 My cheek feels dry after I use the face wash and the moisturizer makes my face all the more oily. I’m still using the facewash at times but not the moisturizer.

    1. Really….oh……Priya, but have you looked out for the new clean and clear face wash….check out on its back and see whether they have mentioned this “special ingredient” which does not dry skin out! 🙂

  10. I have friends with oily skin who totally swear by clean and clear / Himalaya neem face wash but since I have dry-normal skin I never ventured into these…

    Nice review Jomol :yes: …I may just try the clean n clear one

    1. Hey HD, I just sometimes feel jealous of people who have dry and combination skin…..but clean and clear just works for me right, so I am at peace now…….. 😀

  11. Good you did this review Jomol…I used to use the earlier version of this face wash but it dried out my skin too much…stopped using it and my acne came back…Now I’m planning to get it again…Hope the “special ingredient” works this time 🙂

  12. hi jomol, presently usng the Fab india tea tree oil face wash esp for oily skin , quite happy with it xcept for d fact it makes my skin very dry…
    So my next purchase is clean N clear…

    1. Hey Sush, wast thinking of pickign that tea tree one, but won’t now coz I really hate the dry feeling after using face wash…….we can as well use Lux soap instead, hai na…..

  13. jomooool. i always loove reading you. :-*
    clean and clear face wash has never worked for me. somehow i feel that it doesn’t work on my skin at all! i loved the himalaya neem wash until i saw that it was drying me out. pity, because i really loved it. now whenever i need some neem goodness, i go for the foam version.
    your moisturiser pic is.. err.. rather unusual! O:-)
    .-= Rima Kaur´s last blog ..Beneath The Smiles =-.

    1. Thanks Rima 🙂 ………..Gosh Rima…..i thought nobody would notice it, I am feeling a little red in the face now……….you caught me 😀 . BTW Rima, there;s something in the new Clean and Clear which does not dry the skin out…you should try it out!

      1. Rati….next time I click a picture, I will think a 100 times before uploading it. 🙁 ….oh my God……i know what you are thinking and its like two dirty minds imagining things 😉

  14. Love the way you inject every post with atleast some ml of humour 🙂

    I have used Clean and Clear just once and found it good. But then I never went back to it..dunno why.

    For a quick clean face, I always stock up on Pears other than my usual cleanser trials.

    Maybe next time I could try this again instead of Pears.

    Btw, I did not understand the “unusualness” part of the pic. Sorry…Am I being a tubelight ?:-) ?:-)

    1. Thanks Poorni…….I am allergic to Pears, instead I use this face wash to wash off all makeup……Poorni….thank God…..you didn’t get the pic……I am so glad…BTW…are you married? 😉 😀

    1. 😀 😀 😀 .,….Wow Radhika….I can also use this point as an excuse….. :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :shutmouth: :quiet: :quiet:

  15. I started using clean and clear foaming face wash from last month after visiting this page….Its damn good….i hav oily skin which cause breakouts easily but now it feels so fresh and no breakouts….thanks alot for u people…

  16. Thanks for taking my word and trying it Sindhu…I am really really glad it worked for you…..and I am happy 😀 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 . Please stick on to IMBB and it will save you a lot of money with honest reviews. :yes:

  17. tx jomol
    such a nice review
    i was using clean n clear from past 3 years
    bt somehow i changed my brand to garnier men powerlight idk why

    u made me realize tht i hav done a mistake.clean n clear is far better n also very cheap.

  18. i just love reading your post, and your comments Jomol, and the mallu lines in between is super good since i understand it…and add one more to the Mallu base… 🙂

  19. Thanks for the detailed review and comments. I was using the Pears face wash and that has glycerin which makes my face glow like magic.. have been using it since school! past 10 yrs… and now they go and change it to a ghastly orange gel which drys the skin… ewwww… so i was in a fix, as to what to buy since I havent really tried anything else since so long ! and i wanted glycerin esp. cos i knew it helpd…. now, i know i must try clean and clear for my special ingredient 🙂 Hope it works for me !

  20. I was so excited to try this clean and clear one after the reviews… so got one yest itself. Sadly, it dint work for me. The smell is clinical, and so is the packaging. I dint care abt the packaging as long as the product worked for me… but after washing my face, i felt patches of dryness… like skin feeling stretched. Yes, it does have glycerin in the product, but it has many other chemicals in it [ phosphates, and so many parabens and acids and ethanols and pentasodium ] so the glycerin part is less compared to the chemicals. So, that reflects in the result. Skin felts clear and clean, not soft and glowing. I actually felt the squeakiness (in sound) while rinsing the product off. And the most worrying part is the thing written at bottom : Washing preparation containing organic surface active agents.
    While these are used for foaming purposes, they r generally found in detergents and shampoos. Maybe that is why I got the stretched kind of feeling. This face wash just cleans. thats all. nothing more. No softness, no glow, and leaves the skin feeling dry in places too. Nothing that makes me feel good abt it. I thot I found the one I wanted, but I guess i will Have to try another one now…

  21. actually i used himalaya face wash .. drycare face wash really nice for my skin and i want to use clean and clear but i dont know how it will works :aajanachle: :aajanachle: :preen:

  22. hi mine is oily face.i hav mild pimples and pimple marks on my forehead and cheeks.what cream do i want to use?help me!!

  23. hi jomol :cute: …….loved ur review!!!…i’m a 15 yr old girl n i started using face fashes jst about a couple of years ago….d 1st one i used was some stupid scrubs n then seriously started using himalaya..well felt vry comfortable with it but jst a couple of moths ago started bothering of black heads on my nose n then decided to use clean n clear…not much tym i’ve used iot but now i guess i’ve taken a correct decision. give me a suggestion i’m having a dry skin will it suit me?…n do i need to use the moisturizer along???

    1. 1 more question…. :blush: …how often shall i use it?? i mean daily….or once every 2 days?????… :ghost2: :preen: :nerd: :waaa: plz reply………………………!!!!!!!!!!!!! :waiting:

  24. First off i’d like to thank you gals for the wonderful job you’ve been doing here…i was sick and tired of reading those phoren reviews on never-heard-of products. :scream:
    i turned 25 recently….moved to another city for job. Like some teens i had a horrid complexion,skin problems and what not! But in college my skin really improved,(btw i’d used c&c facewash then but not very regularly) the zits were almost totally gone and life became beautiful…..now ever since i’ve moved, my skin started has acting up these little whiteheads have been making me mad…worse, strange lumps (cystic acne, i think)were developing on the sides of my face which was a problem free area even during my teen years…i think it is the water ?:)
    Anyway i purchased clean and clear facewash recently(i can’t seem to remember why i stopped using it in the first place!) and JOMOL i agree with you 100 percent that it is VERY EFFECTIVE…its been 3 days since i’ve been using it and there’s been a sea change in the appearance of my skin :high5:
    also i use badam roghan at night to fade away the blemishes(aftermath of acne)..i hope my skin clears out soon it is so embarrassing at this age :((

  25. hi all,
    i am 19 years old and am in love with this blog… :woot:

    and after seeing the clen and clear review. i started using it…its a really good facewash pocket friendly too :toothygrin: …… but i find that it makes my face darker 🙁 ..am i the only one or has some one else too felt this way?????????

    swarna. 🙂

  26. I have a combination skin.. im confused… i want a facewash which after i wash my skin will not dry out, niether shall it be oily , but it should be balanced moisturized…. so can ul suggest me still which one is best for me?

  27. iam facing severe oily skin problem, so i tired my face washes (lakme,ponds)in order to reduce oily skin these made me so black, but they had brought no change on me please suggest me & make my face oil free .

  28. Hi Jomol,

    I used to go through IMBB everyday to see new reviews. I have a combination skin and all facewashes are breaking me out. I have tried Pears, Clean and clear, Himalayas, Loreal, Garnier and god only knows which one i missed. Do you have any suggestions regarding the face wash that i can try ?

  29. I used to use this during my school days and then shifted to Himalaya during college. And now I’m in my early 20s. Some time back, I tried Clean and Clear again….and i got a couple of painful zits on my face the next day. It worked fine during school days, dunno what changed.

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