Clean & Clear is not cruelty-free

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Clean & Clear is not cruelty-free

Clean & Clear is not cruelty-free. They may test on animals, either themselves, through their suppliers, or through a third party. Brands who fall under this category could also be selling products where animal testing is required by law.

Parent company:

Johnson & Johnson

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  • Finished products tested on animals


  • Ingredients tested on animals


  • Suppliers test on animals


  • Third party animal testing

    Yes, where required by law

  • Sold where animal testing is required by law


Official Animal Testing Policy:

“We want you to feel good about how we make Clean & Clear® products. You can only do that if you have the facts. The fact is, Clean & Clear® doesn’t conduct animal testing of our cosmetic products anywhere in the world, except in the rare situation where governments or laws require it. At Clean & Clear®, we won’t ever compromise on the quality or safety of our products or stop seeking alternatives to animal testing.”

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The Truth About Clean & Clear's Animal Testing Policy

Clean & Clear is trying to minimize their animal testing by using words like “rare situation” and “seeking alternatives”. However, as they state in their policy, the fact is that they do test on animals “where governments or laws require it”. They also sell their products in stores in mainland China.

In order to sell in China, companies like Clean & Clear must pay to have their products tested on animals. Most likely, their products have been tested on animals in China, which means they can’t be classified as a cruelty-free brand.

Throughout their policy, Clean & Clear is trying to mislead customers. They repeat the word “fact”, implying that the fact is they don’t test on animals. Since they make an exception where required by law, and they most likely paid for their products to be tested on animals in China, this is extremely misleading.

They also don’t mention their suppliers.

From Their Website

Clean & Clear’s animal testing policy can be found directly on their official site. At the bottom of the page, you can find a link to their “Animal Testing Policy“. When you click this link, you’ll see the following:

From PETA’s List

Clean & Clear can be found on PETA’s website as a brand that does test on animals. Here’s a screenshot from their website:

About Clean & Clear

Clean & Clear is a drugstore skincare brand. They mainly offer products which target acne. Their products are similar to Neutrogena (not cruelty-free) but more budget-friendly. Both brands are owned by Johnson & Johnson, who acquired Clear & Clear from Revlon is 1991.

Is Clean & Clear owned by a parent company that tests on animals?

Clean & Clear is owned by Johnson & Johnson, a company that tests on animals. Not only is Clean & Clear not cruelty-free but neither is their parent company.

Is Clean & Clear sold where animal testing is required by law?

Yes, Clean & Clear is available for sale in countries with mandatory animal testing. This means that their products were likely tested on animals.

Is Clean & Clear certified cruelty-free by any organizations?

No, Clean & Clear is not certified by any organizations.

Is Clean & Clear vegan?

Clean & Clear might offer some vegan products, however because this company is not cruelty-free, we recommend avoiding any products they offer even if they are vegan.

How do you determine that brands like Clean & Clear are not cruelty-free?

Most brands don't publicly display their full animal testing policies. We contact brands directly with our questions in order to get their complete policy. If any brand states that they, their suppliers, or any third party test on animals, the brand is listed as "not cruelty-free."

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