Rated 4.74 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Positive Review This is my go-to for my face
I have very sensitive skin that easily breaks out. I had a lot of cystic acne in my teens and I have a difficult face, to say the least. Previously, I used their 3step mild liquid soap. It was good but it didn't remove my makeup and didn't feel as refreshing. I use this exfoliating one while I shower and it removes my makeup and all the dirt. It leaves my skin feeling fresh and I feel my pores shrink too. It is good to use right before applying makeup as well. I definitely always have 2-3 bottles on me.
Most Helpful Critical Review Not the best for dry skin
I've been using Clinique skincare products for years, and have always been satisfied with them. I decided to give this cleanser a try to eliminate a step from my morning skincare routine. After a day or two of use (only once a day), I was happy with the results. My skin felt very smooth and clean. After a few more days of use (only once a day), I noticed that the skin around the corners my mouth and on my chin started to peel and look irritated. This cleanser was the only change I had recently made to my skincare routine, so I knew it was the culprit, and I immediately stopped using it. If you have dry skin, this probably isn't the cleanser for you since it's so harsh (at least not for daily use like advertised). It's not nearly as gentle as their liquid facial soap, which I have gone back to using twice a day as part of the 3-step skincare routine.
Reviewed by 92 customers Great Cleanser
Frenzy35 from MO
This is the second time I've bought this cleanser since June love it, will continue to buy.
My favorite scrub
Kworld from Virginia
As the time goes by I am getting pickier about my facial scrub. I like my scrub beads to be on the small side so that it can actually get into my pores to get dirt out. This does the job!
Very good cleanser and exfoliator, plan to buy again
Teaches kiddos from Virginia
I started using this exfoliator for the first time about two weeks ago. I use it once a day, in the morning. So far, I like this product much better than any other exfoliator that I've used. I have noticed that my skin has a more even skin tone and looks smoother. I like that this product is both an exfoliator and cleanser so it saves me time in the morning. The exfoliating particles are very fine so it doesn't feel harsh on my skin, but it is enough that I can tell that it is working.
Mycutie from CA
Love the way it makes my face feel, really smooth.
Trude from Rochester, MN
Best face wash I've ever Tried
Socalgirl from CA
This wash has a fine grit to it that buffs off dead skin cells and leaves my skin so smooth. I have tried many exfoliating face scrubs and this is by far the best I have ever tried.
Extremely worth every penny
Frenzy35 from Tuscaloosa, Alabama
This product is amazing, I'm from the St. Louis, Mo. area, but I've been in Tuscaloosa, Alabama for about a month now, I already have oily skin, but it seemed to be more oily here in Alabama, the minute I walked out the door my face feels like a greasy fry basket from Mcds. And well I was getting my hair done at Ulta and asked the one of girls for help there, told her I wanted an exfoliating for my face, told her what my face felt like she could tell what I was talking about she gave 2 options, she said she has the same problem and alternates between the 2 products, I choose this product instead of the $80.00 product, I know of the other product, but it has eucalyptus in it and I have an allergy to eucalyptus, so I choose Clinque. I'm so glad I did after the !st day I notice a difference and on the 2nd day I went swimming never did my face feel like greasy fry basket. So worth it and will buy and again and again.
THE BEST EVER
Kate from Wilmington, NC
I've been using this exfoliating cleanser for 2-ish years and it has YET to fail me! Sunburnt and peeling? CHECK! Heavy makeup day and your skin needs rejuvenation? CHECK! Super dry skin? CHECK! Doesn't dry your skin after use? CHECK - but you should still always moisturize after any exfoliation!
Like I legit buy 2 at a time to make sure I don't run out. And when the first is used, I go buy 2 more...
Just what I was looking for!
mom of 3 under 4 from Clarksville, TN
I went in looking for a specific exfoliant, but they were of course sold out. So I bought this out of desperation for a good exfoliating scrub. Boy, was I surprised! This stuff is awesome! In just 4 days I can see and feel a difference in my skins appearance and texture!
Kate from Michigan
I've only used it twice now but I already see my face is cleaner and has a glow about it. I love it. Clinique has always been great for my skin. Hasn't done me wrong yet!
Best cleanser ever!
Sam from Nebraska
Struggled with HORRIBLE acne through my pre-teen and college years and while I don't struggle so much from acne anymore my skin suffers from horrible texture problems. I found myself wanting to scrub my face everyday but who has time for that. This cleanser was the perfect cure! It washes and exfoliates in 1 step and gentle enough I can use morning and night! Take this from someone who has NEVER had good skin...buy this product! I hardly ever have hormonal pimples with this either! It's magic in a bottle!!
perfect morning cleanser
Healthy Curls from Portland, OR
I have tried this for makeup removal, but I needed a gentle exfoliating cleanser for my morning routine and this has been marvelous. I'm about to buy my 3rd tube of it. My skin is aging and tends towards dullness. It can easily be dry and cracked or oily with clogged pores depending on the products used and the time of year. This cleanser has made me happy through late summer, fall, winter, and now early spring. And I love how little of it I need to use each day! Definitely an HG product for me.
Yikes... probably on my 4th bottle
3169015mv from Seattle, WA
I have normal to dry skin but I wear make up everyday for work and creativity so I looovvee using this for my double cleanse routine.
I'll use a gentle cleanser for the main purpose of taking my make up off and then this to really clean my skin. I tend to get a lot of sebum When my skin is feeling flaky or gross for whatever reason, this is amazing to use by itself too.
If you kinda went to thru that drugstore St. Ives apricot scrub phase and liked that it exfoliated but was way too harsh - this is a great big girl replacement. It's more gentle but gets the job done and you need a lot less than you think.
If you're not sure about this, ask for a sample or buy one of those little pep start sample collections to try it out. Clinique works just as well with its own brand as with mixing with other skincare.
I consider this as pretty cheap compared to what else you might find in the store.
My go to cleanser! Helped clear my face.
Lo from California
I absolutely love this cleanser! My skin has gotten so much better after using this!
This saved my skin!
Cass from Utah
I used to use Murad and just accepted the fact that I was just doomed to have oily acne prove skin forever. My sister told me to try this and I'm glad I did!!! My skin has a problem exfoliating itself and this made my skin dramatically change. Now I have no acne and it's helped my skin look radiant!
TifV from SC
but nothing absolutely amazing either. It does have smaller exfoliating bits, which I liked because it didn't scratch up and leave my face reddened. Gentle and easy to use, but dried up some spots on my face. My skin felt clean and soft, and it didn't leave behind any residue. I have sensitive, combo, acne prone skin, and it didn't irritate it.
I wouldn't purchase at full price, but may repurchase if it's on sale.
Overall, not bad, haven't seen much of a difference in my skin since using it. Worth a try if it's on sale.
Sarah from Va
This is a really good product for me. It is a gentle and effective scrub. The price is decent and the tube is decent size as well. Leaves skin soft and exfoliated but not tight and stripped. I find the exfoliant bits stuck to the skin, it rises away easily.
Great for oily skin
Olivia from Salt Lake City
I bought this for my husband during the love your skin event. He has oily acne prone skin and really loves this face wash.
Liz from Connecticut
Had on the top shelf in my shower and inside the cap quickly became moldy. Uncomfortable using the product
My FAVE Exfoliating Cleanser!!
heartfulmom from Marietta, GA
So many exfoliators these days are too harsh, but not Clinique's Pep Start! It's so gentle, yet highly effective. This cleanser is perfect for morning showers. Nighttime moisturizers and treatments promote skin renewal, so morning cleansers need to be strong enough to remove old skin, yet gentle enough keep the new. Pep Start does this so well:) And it's affordable. (I was using Clarins which is twice the price.) WARNING: Be sure to take out or not put in your contacts before using this! With such fine exfoliating grains, they get caught underneath lenses and can scratch your corneas.
Gentle yet Exfoliating (AMAZING!)
Michaela from Idaho
LOVE THIS PRODUCT! I am an exfoliating maniac. I don't feel clean unless I am able to use a face scrub at least once a day and I've finally found something that actually exfoliates amazingly well without being too abrasive. You can truly use this everyday and not worry about becoming dried out. That being said, it works so well I actually only use it 3x a week because it actually works at exfoliating.
Very gentle on skin
Char from Columbus, OH
Great on my skin. Didn't dry me out and flare up my eczema.
Monika from Las Vegas, Nevada
This exfoliating cleanser is amazing!! It truly is gentle enough to use everyday while still being rough enough to get the job done. My face feels soooo smooth and it doesn't leave my skin feeling dry at all, I'm convince this is made out of magic!! I have combination skin and this product takes care of both concerns by controlling oil production and getting rid of dry peeling skin (that I usually get around my nose area) after use. It contains bamboo which is normally found in super expensive/high end products so the price point is perfect imo, if anything I'm surprised it's not more expensive (but thankfully it isn't!! lol). I will most definitely buy this product again & again & again!!!
Amazing face wash!
SW from Wyoming
Its pricey but worth it. A little goes a long way. Leaves my skin feeling clean, smooth and it doesn't dry out my skin. Great product!
Great exfoliating facewash
Liz from York, pa
I bought this while it was on sale during the love your skin event and now I'm hooked. Really a great product, leaves your skin looking amazing and refreshed. It's a gentle exfoliating fashwash but it leaves your skin very smooth. I would definitely recommend!