Rated 4.11 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review Ultimate HG cleanser
Skin 'profile': aged, reaction prone/allergic, oily/dehydrated, with 2 medical skin conditions that this does not irritate. IMO, it is suitable for all skin types. Cosdna ingredients list is totally clean. If you want in depth info on this product, intragoogle it on Snow White and the Asian Pear, which fully tests/compares/ evaluates AB/KB products. Cleansers wash away, fact. The bha in this is not sufficient to exfoliate...but it does restore the acid mantle, so that the rest of the routine is most effective. Your exfoliation comes from the leave-on products, like Cosrx blackhead power liquid. (Available on Ulta.) This cleanses effectively without stripping, leaves no residue, and softens mildly. Its core benefit is as a phenomenal prep for other products. Cosrx tends to be consonant with 'Paula principles,' that is no irritating fragrance and no alcohol. The 'Good morning' does not mean it is only an AM cleanser, but you will wish to use micellar or oil cleanse for the m/u at night. Just received a 24 piece anniversary goody bag. None of the cleansers (Bliss, Badescue, Dermalogica) remotely compare to the Cosrx. Another key point is that the size lasts forever, so it is incredibly cost effective. If you are adventurous or easily bored with skincare, and want to be on to the next best thing, this may be too much product for you. My first tube was from Memebox, which Ulta is now partially representing, and I had to get the second tube elsewhere online...but Ulta listens (I have touted this product in other user reviews) and now carries this first rate and cost effective product. Thrilled that Ulta is expanding Cosrx. This will be a forever repurchase.
Most Helpful Critical Review Dried My Skin Out
I was really excited to try this cleanser after I researched the ingredients, and I gave it the stars I did because of all the good ingredients, but I've found myself very disappointed with the result. When I used this for the first week, i found my skin feeling uncomfortable (a little bit stripped in a way that felt sticky, but when i touched my skin it felt soft and clean) until I used my toner. The next week I started to feel my skin getting drier and drier in my t zone, mainly on my cheeks near my nose and in between my eye brows. Most recently, when I used the cleanser before a clay mask, I had a severe reaction and those areas completely dried out. That made me decide to stop using the cleanser. This cleanser also lathers very intensely and at times is even foaming, which I didn't expect. I think this contributes to the drying and it makes washing the cleanser off very difficult. With more moisturizing cleansers I'm able to use a good amount and be able to wash it off just fine, but with this even when I used less pea sized amount it took me a very long time to get rid of all of the bubbles.
Reviewed by 97 customers hated this sm
uk from chicago
sucked. gave me so many white heads and i used this in the morning, it rly showed my skin texture and flaws. but it mainly just broke me out with white heads.
Best face wash I've ever used!
Stina from Texas
My favorite brand and face wash. The gel turns into a good foam
Started clearing up after two uses!
Boo from Florida
I bought as apart of the sample pack. I was shook by how quick it starting clearing up my skin. I have acne towards my jawline that never clears up. It's a mixer of zits and the painful pimples that form under the skin that can't be popped. I'm on day four of using this stuff and it's almost all completely gone! I'm also very prone to dry, inflamed, irritated skin when using products, although I would recommend using a moisturizer after this, my skin didn't really dry out like it has with most products. I also had no redness or irritation. My completion looks great after using this, it's very even-toned. Also, I only use about a pea sized dollop each time and it's spreads really well. The only downside to this product so far is that it doesn't have the greatest smell.
Not my favorite
Melissa from Brooklyn
It made my skin very dry, has a weird smell.
Not the best, very drying for my oily skin
Wawa from US
I have oily skin, and it fully dries me out. It also has a STRONG smell. Not a fan.
Gia from Bensalem
First of all, i love the smell, it isn't a strong smell of fragrance but it doesn't stink of chemical either. Secondly, it foams up wonderfully and leaves my skin feels comfortable and soft after washing~ what a great way to start mornings!
mamalandra from Atlanta, GA
this has become an essential part of my daily and nightly routines. it cleans well and doesn't leave my face too dry. it pairs nicely with any oil cleanser for double cleansing after wearing makeup or sunscreen.
My favorite face wash
Maddy from CA
This is a good face wash for day to day use. It always manages to fix break outs and I've never had problems with it drying my skin. If you wash your face twice a day I recommend using this once a day and using a more mild wash anytime after.
Nice gentle cleanser at a good price
KT from ohio
The smell is a little intense at first, but this is a really nice gentle cleanser. I tried this as part of the cosRX sample pack and I would definitely buy the full size of this product.
Myra from Carson City
This cleanser is gentle and leaves my skin feeling super soft and hydrated after use. I love that I can smell the tea tree but it's a little lighter and more sweet than astringent. So far it works wonderfully for both my Husband and me. I have normal to dry skin, and he is very oily and prone to cystic acne.
We will for sure be buying this again.
Dei from Bay Area
I bought this some time ago and I made the commitment to use the whole bottle until it ran out daily to see how my skin would feel. I have oily/combo skin and I used it mostly around summer. What can i say, it does the job and it feels really refreshing. There's nothing more than that. I don't really have puffy skin in the morning so I couldn't tell if it was soothing, but the cool effect was definitely noticeable. I didn't really like the smell it had, which might be too much if you have a sensitive nose, but I used less than I do with my other cleansers and it was alright. Go on and get it
Gentle on my sensitive skin
Skylee from Wv
I use this for my water-based cleanser after using a balm cleanser, and it is so nice. I've been using this cleanser for around 2 years, and it has never had a negative effect on my skin. I have combination skin and it is very reactive to harsh cleansers, so i was worried that this would break me out because of the tea tree smell, but it doesn't. I can't say it fixes skin problems because i use more than just cleanser, but it is a very effective part of my routine for sure.
love love love
izzy from ohio
I got this cleanser in the acne sampler pack and I was really hesitant to try it. I'm 25 and have always had acne. I have very sensitive, oily-combination skin. I was using only CeraVe products and while they did fine it was not preventing breakouts. This is the first cleanser I've used where I haven't had a single new breakout in the week I've used it. It does leave my skin feeling just a smidge tight if I let my skin dry before applying toner, but my skin seems to love it. It is foaming but it is pretty gentle, I don't feel a tingle or sting. There is that tea tree oil scent but it does not linger. Buying the full sized bottle now!!
Best cleanser ever used
Ccc from Detroit
Using this cleanser for more than a month now. At first I didn't liked the smell of it. It is has some kinda chemical smell, which only lasts for 4-5 seconds.. But it made my skin so soft after the first wash.. Loving my skin after washing my face.. this is my first product from this brand.. looking forward to try more..
Thefaunafables from Texas
Great price, not stripping, and really lovely light smell!
Wanted to love but didn't
Isabel from California
I purchased this product because I was looking for an everyday gentle cleanser but unfortunately when I use this cleanser it leaves my skin feeling tight and I immediately get tiny breakouts. I've used multiple times different weeks and still the breakouts pop up as soon as I use this. I tend to have acne prone skin so my skin just may react differently to this.
Broke Me Out
Julia from Michigan
I was so excited to try this cleanser. Unfortunately after a few uses I ended up with dry and broken out skin. After a trip to the dermatologist I found that this threw my moisture barrier and microbiome off so bad that I had to go on an oral medication to cure it.
Loving this cleanser
Jenn from Long Island NY
I use this in the all times of the day morning, after my workout, and before bed. It hasn't left my skin feel tight and dry.
It does have a slight scent and that scent is tea tree oil which I never was crazy about but it's growing on me
The tea tree oil is an ingredient but it's very low on ingredient list so it's not that typical overwhelming scent
Holy grail cleanser!
K. from Ft lauderdale, FL.
This cleanser came highly recommended from a friend I TRUST, & from its great score on the ThinkDirty app.
I have slightly sensitive combination/more on the oily side skin. I use this in the AM & as my 2nd cleanser for PM after a balm. My boyfriend, who has very oily skin, uses it AM/PM as well.
You only need a pea size amount & lathers so well! One tube lasted us both 4/5months, with all 4 uses daily!
I use this in combination with a few other COSRX products (AHA/BHA toner, hylauronic essence, oil-free moisturizing lotion) & my skin is @ it's best.
On the second tube now & still loving it! :o)
Makes a difference
Mg from Wilmington, nc
I started using this in korea & I noticed a big difference in my skin. This brand is fantastic!
Gentle staple to morning routine
Brown College Girl from Los Angeles
My skin: oily, not sensitive, not very acne-prone but sometimes get 1-2 pimples if I haven't washed my face or changed my pillowcase after 2ish days. (Nasty, I know, but I'm home most of the time now because of covid.)
I've gone through two tubes of this cleanser because it's consistently good for my skin. I think its pretty basic as a cleanser but that can be good depending on your skin needs. My face feels clean and supple after every wash--not stripping at all. And I mean, like, really supple. I use a salicylic cleanser for my PM routine but will use this one if I plan to use TO mask that night. The smell was weird at first but you get used to it (and my sister says it smells exactly like her tea tree oil. I wouldn't know but yeah). Lastly, amazing value: one tube lasts me at least four months because you really don't need a lot for it to foam up (I squeeze out half to 3/4 an inch per use). Totally recommend, even for sensitive peepers.
Not For Me
Jenny from Charlotte, NC
I really wanted to like this cleanser cause I love COSRX, but it just was not what I was expecting at all. I've never used a gel cleanser that foams up before so that was a surprise when I tried it. It also smells AWFUL. I'm so glad I got the sampler kit so I didn't end up with a regular size product that I would feel guilty for not using. It left my skin feeling tight and dry the one time I've used it. I also formed a cystic acne spot which I haven't had in a long time and this was the only new product that could have caused it. I have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin and COSRX usually does it for me, but this was a major disappointment.
Red, Irritated, Itchy!
Mosacha from Florida
I really wanted to love this cleanser as it has gotten great reviews on many sites. But everytime I use it, my skin starts to get red and splotchy and starts to itch. I thought at first it was due to me using it while on a beach vacation. But I've tried it a 2nd and 3rd time since and still getting the same reaction. Another note, this cleanser smells horrible! Thankfully it wasn't too expensive so don't feel bad about not using.
This is a DO NOT purchase.
Tink from Portland, Maine
I have combo, sensitive skin. I get breakouts during my period, and large pores, but generally pretty okay. I've been incorporating new products into my routine and this is a HARD no. It immediately dried my skin out - flaky and dull after three washes. I have some enormous, painful pimples from this face wash, that will take awhile for my skin to heal from. I'm planning on returning it, because I wouldn't gift this to my worse enemy.
Very good morning cleanser
Fal from Hot and Humid climate
I use a lot of heavy moisturizing products at night and this does a deep clean without stripping my skin.