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Logo of Clearasil
Owner Reckitt Benckiser
Country United States
Introduced 1950
Previous owners Ivan Combe
Procter & Gamble
Boots Healthcare International
Website Clearasil

Clearasil is an American brand of skin care and acne medication, whose products contain chiefly benzoyl peroxide, sulfur & resorcinol, triclosan, or salicylic acid as active ingredients. Clearasil has a wide range of products both for rapid and sometimes slow acne treatment and for everyday prevention. The products are marketed to customers worldwide.

Founding and History

Clearasil was invented in the United States in 1950 by Ivan Combe with the help of chemist Kedzie Teller. At this time, it was the first dermatological brand created specially for younger skin to fight against pimples (acne). The active ingredients in the original product were sulfur and resorcinol, similar to the pre-existing adult acne product Acnomel.[1][unreliable source?] Combe used the popular ABC television show American Bandstand to help promote the product and its superior smell.[1] In 1975, Wolfman Jack signed a contract promoting the product Clearasil Acne Ointment.


In 1961 the brand was bought by Richardson-Vicks.[1] In 1985 Richardson-Vicks was acquired by Procter & Gamble together with Clearasil. In 2000 Clearasil moved to the Boots Group portfolio. In 2006 Boots Healthcare International was purchased by Reckitt Benckiser.


  1. ^ a b c "Clearasil". Retrieved 19 July 2016. 

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