Rated 4.19 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review THE BEST CLEANSER
I have been using this for a little over a week. My skin has never looked so good in my life. I suffer from cystic acne along with hormonal acne around my time of month. I have 0 break outs. It's even clearing up my scars! One thing to keep in mind: keep this out of your eye area! My eye area was alittle red and dry after getting this near my lid on accident. But other than that I will probably never stop using this!!!
Most Helpful Critical Review Irritated my skin SO BAD!
I have acne prone skin that is super oily, so I was super interested in trying out this cleanser. I use their gel product and love it! I assumed that I would feel the same about this cleanser; WRONG! After only using this for 2 days my face was literally feeling and cracking. My chin and cheeks were so dry and irritated that it hurt to touch my face or put any kind of product on it. I immediately stopped using the cleanser once my skin started reacting poorly to it yet my skin still isn't completely back to normal; that was 3 months ago. I don't tend to have super sensitive skin, but this absolutely destroyed my skin. I'm still having issues with my skin flaking and being dry, which I have never dealt with before using this product. If you have sensitive skin; DO NOT use this! Even if you don't have sensitive skin, I would stay away from it. I have never had a product cause such a bad reaction to my skin.
Reviewed by 27 customers DRIED MY SKIN OUT
Emily from USA
I bought this cleanser because I've tried everything from CeraVe, Clearasil, Clean & Clear, Neutrogena, Ver$ed, Mario Badescu, Belif, etc. and NOTHING worked on my oily acne-prone skin. I had high hopes because this had 5% Benzyl Peroxide whereas most drugstore products have 2%, and claimed to absorb oil. However, after using this in conjunction with the Ver$ed Dew Point Moisturizing Gel-Cream and Mario Badescu Drying Lotion for 1.5 months, I have seen no improvement WHATSOEVER in my acne; but instead noticed that my skin is now extremely dry, especially around my mouth, chin, and eyebrows. I mean super noticeable, tight, flaky patches that no matter how much I moisturize will not go away. Thanks to this cleanser, my skin is now dull, dry, and beginning to show signs of WRINKLES (and I am a teenager, mind you). Beware if you try this product, because the dryness did not occur until about a month of use.
(Also, ignore the "$" in Ver$ed, because for some reason Ulta will not let me type the correct brand name)
Wish it did more
Mini from Minnesota
This cleanser is okay, but for a cleanser with benzoyl peroxide designed for acne treatment I expected it to be stronger. It's incredibly gentle, to the point that my face still feels a little oily after using. I guess if you have super dry, acne-prone skin this might work well for you, but if you're oily I'd try something else
Made my skin itch
Jenn from Texas
I used for about 2 weeks and slowly noticed I would itch unbearably around my neck and jaw. I think it's the peroxide in it maybe... other than that I had no issues. It didn't make me break out or over dry my skin. Just the itching from peroxide.
Megan from Minneapolis
I've had significant acne my whole life and I have tried a bunch of different cleansers. This one is pretty average in comparison to most. Yes, it's cheap, but so is CereVe's normal to oily foaming cleanser, and the ladder one you can pick up at most drug stores.
Simple yet effective
Maddie from Boston, MA
This is a great benzoyl peroxide cleanser with a simple, non-comedogenic ingredient list. I use this anywhere from 1-3 times a day, leaving it on my skin for about 30 seconds before washing it off. I have been using this consistently for 2 weeks and I am already seeing a clear improvement. BP works great if you have inflamed, active acne lesions- pustules, papules, and cysts. This will not work as well for whiteheads or blackheads (try Salicylic Acid and/or Glycolic Acid for that). Leave-on BP treatments tend to irritate and dry out my skin, this one is gentle and effective for me. I am really glad I purchased this and will be re-purchasing once I run out. Miracle product for me, to be honest.
L. B from FLorida
I have had hormonal acne around my mouth and on my chin for the last 4 years tried Acutane, birth control, antibiotics and nothing worked like this face wash with the spot treatment. Ive used it for about a month and my face is completely clear. It doesn't dry my skin out too much maybe because ive used strong topicals before but if it does get too dry I just skip morning wash and skip a day with the spot treatment. It has saved my skin and I couldnt be happier.
Bye bye hormonal acne
Baby soft skin from Fresno California
I did notice that my bumps and my hormonal acne have decreased in size and little to no breakouts. It does dry out skin so I would advise a good moisturizer. I also use Andalou Naturals pumpkin honey glycolic mask once a day weekly at night. Using both change my skin dramatically. My skin is better now in my mid twenties. Just for reference I have oily acne prone skin.
:) from ca
this is a mediocre face wash. honestly nothing very special about it, it doesnt give me a reaction or break me out, which is good. so its ok.
KBeauty from Michigan
I never had acne in high school, but once I graduated I would constantly break out on my chin and around my mouth. Apparently that's called hormonal acne and I always used to use the Neutrogena pink grapefruit sudsy gel wash but I would still break out. I switched to this and my skin has been so clear! I thought I'd never get rid of that acne but this has done it. I use this in the morning and a very gently cream cleanser at night.
Changed my life!
shey from mcallen, tx
yes! buy it & try!!! might not work for everyone but it worked wonders for my skin!!
Breakouts and Milia
maddy from VA
I finally found something that helps keep my Milia at bay. I have somewhat sensitive oily skin. I do not get many pimples per say. I mainly struggle with cysts and milia. This product works great. I have been using it every night for a couple months. It is a drying product but I use a vitamin C serum and Mario Badescu facial mist to combat the dryness.
Never using another cleanser again
Esme from Maryland
This cleanser has done wonders to my skin I haven't had and breakouts since I been using it and when I started using it my acne was pretty bad I been using it for a couple months now and my skin has been acne free
Allie from California
Good for me
Lifesaver for my mid-30's face
Frogwild 31 from Monroe, LA
I've been using this face wash since Aug 2019 and I'm on my 4th bottle of this product. As I've gotten older, my face has gotten more oily and summers in Louisiana do NOT help. I was so broken out summer 2019 that I was afraid i was going to have to get prescription face wash. Then I remembered how well my face did with this line of products when they were prescriptions but now are over the counter. I started with the gel but my actual face just never felt clean. I had been using a salicylic acid face wash for years and I needed something stronger and discovered that this line had this face wash accompanying their acne gel. It took about 3 weeks before my face finally cleared up, but IT CLEARED UP and I was soo happy. I was concerned about it drying my face out and it has a little on my cheeks but it's nothing that some additional moisturizer can't help. I actually use more moisturizer after this product like how you should but I never did b/c of how oily my face would get/feel. I'm very very happy with this and super relieved it's also affordable.
I love this face wash for acne
dannyg from Johnson City TN
This face wash is perfect for cystic acne. I usually don't get cystic acne but apparently mica in makeup can cause cystic acne thats why I switched to mac foundation and powder. I was using proactiv which works perfectly but I couldn't afford it so I found this product and it works just as well. I will definitely buy this product again it.
This helped a lot.
smash from Oahu
This helped with cystic acne. I use this with an exfoliating scrub three times a week, and my skin has cleared up.
Stunning results FAST
Panda from TN
Absolutely amazing product if you have cystic acne!!!! I am shocked!!
Caused acne instead of clearing it
KK from MN
Dermatologist recommended that I use a benzoyl peroxide wash. I used to use Panoxyl, which I found to be too drying, so I decided to give this product a try. After using it for 4 weeks, I am tossing it in the trash. I expected that it would dry out my skin, but it didn't. I expected that it would control my acne, but instead it made it worse; it caused painful cystic acne along my jawline, neck, and around my nose.
CLEARS MY HORMONAL ACNE !!!
KC from NYC
Love this product gently clears my stubborn jaw acne and dark marks !! I pair it with the Neutrogena Stress Acne Toner !!!! Omg !! Great !!!
great for acne clearing
mads6 from Kentucky
This has undoubtedly been a major key factor in helping diminish my acne! I had a sudden outbreak of all kinds of pimples a few months ago and thought my skin would never get back to the normal skin. I am twenty-five and have never suffered from pimples before so I wanted them gone ASAP. While this does take time and consistency, it has helped clear up the pimples and now I only get about 1-2 a week (probably because I can't help but pick at them!) whereas before I started using this I was waking up with 1-3 new ones per DAY! I do have some what sensitive skin and found this can be irritating around my eyes but does not irritate anywhere else on my face. I use this twice a day (morning and night) and follow up with witch hazel and lotion in the morning and rose hip oil at night. Amazing product! BEWARE though because it will bleach anything it gets on! Use a white wash cloth/towel.
THIS IS AMAZING!!!!
Dana from Alabama
This product is a lifesaver! I started to get some bad acne and this cleared it right up! It is amazing for sensitive and oily skin which I have! This is amazing for people who have acne or are just looking for a face wash that prevents it. Definitely not switching!
I'll never switch
Morgan from USA
I've never had a face wash that truly controls my acne!
Denise from New York
Helped clear my Acne i would definitely buy again
Nothing like it
Morgan from Fayetteville, AR.
I have extremely acne prone skin, cystic acne too, and this is the ONLY over the counter cleanser that helps clear it. I will admit, it does sometimes irritate my skin but I feel like the result is worth it. And I always make sure to moisturize well afterwards and I'm fine. It dries out acne like a charm.
Good for my sensitive skin
Malethyst from Jacksonville, FL
I have used Proactiv, Proactiv +, and Panoxyl. I prefer this one as it is the least damaging to my skin. I use it in combination with their retinoid ointment. I use the cleanser every other day. I still get minor acne rarely but this helps a lot. I'm sure if I used it every day it would clear my skin more. This cleanser does dry my skin slightly but I just use a hydrating primer and my skin no longer looks dry. It does not have a strong smell. It does not foam or lather, if you are looking for that.