Rated 4.07 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review amazing! use with clairsonic even better!
i dont write reveiws im always one to just read them i made an account here to specifically write a review! ive struggled with acne for years now and i couldnt ever find a solution and after going to numerous dermatologists i became familiar with the response of "our hands and tied" thats not something you would want to hear having acne EVER!.... i used to live on the west coast and i moved with my husband to the east coast and my skin threw a complete fit kuz of humidity so i tried this on a whim just because philosophy has a good reputation on all of their products i wasnt expecting great results just because ive been let down for sooo many years with prescriptions,pills,topicals etc etc....anyway i used this and its really gentle especially when i use the pads it doesnt burn my sensitive skin at all...the face wash is great i get a very nice clean i use this with my clairsonic mia and i feel like i got every trace of dirt and oil my pores feel pure my stubborn skin had improved with just one use and by the second day my skin was already clearing up this product is literally a miracle i totally reccomend this product too anyone please philosophy dont ever discontinue this item you'll leave soo many of us depressed
Most Helpful Critical Review didn't work for me
I recently started to break out due to stress and I have a new love for philosophy products so I decided to give this a try. Prior to buying this cleanser I had already purchased the 'clear days ahead' moisturizer, treatment pads and acne spot treatment. I was seeing some results with those products so I got the cleanser thinking that using the entire system would work wonders. Unfortunately, adding the cleanser to my routine made my face dry, red and itchy. I have sensitive skin so I wouldn't recommend the entire line for people like me. I do still use the treatment pads and moisturizer at night, as well as the spot treatment as needed. I'm going to stick to the purity cleanser in the am and the microdelivery exfoliator in the pm. That is what seems to be working best for me! :)
Reviewed by 407 customers Great!
EC from California
This is a great cleanser for cleansing your pores! This my second time buying it. It does dry out your skin easily so moisturize after.
Absolutely in Love with this!
Dani from Richmond, VA
I've had acne for almost 20 years & this is the first facial wash that hasn't let me down. It truly cleanses, gets rid of acne & helps prevent breakouts. I can comfortably wear no makeup because of this skin care line! Thanks Philosophy!
Wish I could love it
L_Monty from Phoenixville, PA
I went into the store looking for another brand of face wash and had this recommended by an employee. I was changing brands anyway and it was the same price as what I was planning on buying so I took a chance on it, fully expecting to love it. The first time I used it, it did make a positive difference! My skin looked brighter and cleaner. The cleanser smells great and I like how it felt while I was using it. The next 2 days I only used it once a day and I did notice that my face felt a little tighter and more dry but didn't think much because my skin has a hard time with new products. After 2 days, I noticed I was starting to break out on my chin, cheeks, and forehead. I deal with some cystic hormonal breakouts on my chin around this time every month but these new breakout locations and in my normal places were not cystic but big white heads emerging- I have not dealt with this many in years. The only conclusion I could come to was that it was caused by this cleanser. I wanted to love it and I can see how it works so well for some, sadly this just wasn't meant for me to love. To anyone who is debating on buying this- don't let the bad reviews sway your decision. If it sound like it could be a good solution then totally go for it! Skin care is so specific to each person. The only way you'll know it's not for you is for you to try it!
Haven't used long enough, but...
Monique82 from North Carolina
I have been using this product for about 2 weeks. Honestly, it does dry up acne gently and help reduce the size of bumps. The second week in, my chin really broke out. My chin was already in the process of a break out prior to using product though. Now, my skin is starting to clear up again. I expected my breakout to worsen some when I first started using this. Neutrogena makes an oil-free 2% salicylic acid cleanser with aloe and chamomile. I felt this product did about the same as that product has for me so far.
the whole line is amazing!
cyndi from MD
the CDA line is the only thing that has helped my sons acne. he has had four different Rxs that did not work. i saw a major improvent instantly with this line
Love this product!
KPinkee from Minneapolis
I hit about 30 and started to suffer from adult acne. I tried so many different types of acne face wash, from Proactive to Cetaphil and this is the only stuff that keeps my face shiny, clean with zero zits! Love Philosophy!
Love This Acne Cleanswer
ultafan4eva from Bay Area
I found this product at Ulta and loved it, just beware if you super sensitive skin then it will dry your skin out along with the acne. It's good because it gets rid of the acne and bad due to drying your skin out but just use a moisturizing face lotion via the Philosophy brand and you are all set. :)
Don't waste your money.
Tc from FL
I only used this product 3 times and it made my face SO dry and irritated. It ruined my skin and I'm trying to get it back to normal.
Nita B from Los Angeles
This gentle cleanser has been my go to product for 3 years. People always give me compliments on my skin. It does a fantastic job of keeping pimples away.
My new cleanser!
Diane S from La Habra Ca
I just finished my first container and have ordered again. It would be great if you had a bigger refill size.
Definitely buy again
sunshine from NC
I use this product twice a day. Clears ance fast. Make sure to use a moisturizer
Great find !
CarrieAnne from Norwich CT
I bought this to have an everyday wash to put in rotation with my Murad exfoliating face wash and happy with my choice ! Only complaint is I still have leftover make up on face after using but this has a good CLEAN feel to it
Dried out my oily skin
Jasmine from Al
I dont consider my skin to be very sensitive at all , but this face wash dried my face out. I only used it twice and I now have dry patches on my face which i never thought could happen considering how oily my skin usually is.
Good for teens
Etoro from undisclosed
I brought this for my teens. It helped with their acne.
Savvy from California, Ca
I've been using this product for a little over a week, and I've already seen a big difference in my skin. My small bumps on my forehead are almost all gone. Helped clear my acne and is very gentle on the skin. Will continue purchasing.
Jacklyn from Las Vegas, NV
It helps with acne. Doesn't over dry and it feels fresh.
Mk from PA - Pennsylvania
I've spent a lifetime keeping rosacea and occasionally flare ups of cystic acne in check. Have used dermatologists treatments to no avail. The Proactive line use to work but no longer does. Tried the Philosophy acne face wash as it had great reviews. I really like it, helped my rosacea and evened out skin tone, prevents cystic acne which I'm so happy about. Leaves clean feeling to skin, not too drying except alittle on the nose but beats having the acne. Smells good too. Will continue to use and recommend!
Never buying another face wash again!
Ash from California
I had a friend recommended this product and I absolutely fell in love. This is the only product I have ever used that actually cleared up my skin and kept it clear. If you don't like to use moisturizer this product may not be for you. I used a gentle moisturizer after using this product and my skin has never looked better!!
Would NEVER purchase again
Jess from Cerritos, Ca
I am absolutely horrified by this product. It was recommended by the Ulta skincare app and I've never been more embarrassed of my skin in my life. I used it for ONE day and it completely burned my skin. My skin is so inflamed with the worst texture and what looks like a bunch of white heads. It hurts to touch. I went out to buy an aloe plant to help soothe the burning sensation. I was so stoked to try out this product, that I threw out the packaging and there's no way of me getting my money back. If I can give this product zero stars I would. 10/10 DO NOT recommend.
Clean and Fresh
NicklethePickle from California
I've used this product for 2 weeks now and it is amazing! It is gentle for sensitive skin and leaves my skin feeling soft and hydrated. I would recommend using this cleaner along with the prep pads to help clear ance.
Mjar from Minnesota
This cleanser has helped my combination skin so much! It's not drying but does the job well! I really like the scent as well too!
gracie19 from Texas
I just started using this product and it's already made a huge difference in my skin. I can't wait to try the other products in this skin care line.
raffy from VA
I buy this for my son, 23 years old) he has found this product to work well for him. He prefers the clear days ahead collection but it always seems to be sold out. I guess because it works!!! I have to buy items separately.
Would-be holy grail
Jaye from Pendleton, OR
I bought this before I made the conviction to be vegan/cruelty-free, and I adored this cleanser. I had horrible cystic acne on my cheeks and jaw, and this cleanser was extremely effective in clearing my skin up. When using this cleanser, my face was never so clear; I even started going out without makeup on. Unfortunately Philosophy is not cruelty-free as of writing this review and I had to stop buying it, but I was definitely impressed with this cleanser. I would have continued using it if it didn't contradict my ethics. If Philosophy ever makes the switch, this will be the first product I will buy.
Candii from Maryland
Been using this for 3 years now. Acne is under control skin is clear of blemishes