Rated 4.48 out of 5 stars
I've had breakouts since middle school. As I got older, the breakouts changed, but I would get them. After tying a number of other products, I was introduced to Dermalogica. This was before the acne line was released. I was told that if I used the products in the order that I was told, it would work very well. If not, my skin would not be pH balanced and I would experience problems. I used the products and saw significant improvement. But, the lady that introduced me to the products was right. If I didn't follow the face wash with the multi-active toner, which is designed to help balance the pH in your skin, I would breakout and experience overly dry skin. My breakouts didn't clear up as much as I wanted them to, so I switched to the clearing skin wash, when it was released, to assist with the breakouts. My consultant suggested I use the multi-active toner after this product as well or use the wipes. I ended up using the multi active toner, but if I skip it even once, I will break out by the end of the day. Since I started using the acne line, my skin has been 100 times better. But be warned, if you are going to try to ad hoc your own routine together, you may not get the results you want.
I've been using this product religiously now for over a month and I've seen my acne only increasing. Due to the great reputation of this company, along with the recommendation of my dermatologist, I thought I would give it a try, in spite of the expense of the product. I have naturally oily skin and am prone to pretty much every type of acne, from whiteheads and blackheads to those big submarine varieties. When I initially began using this product, I had very high hopes, but found, much to my chagrin, that this product fell far short of what I was expecting. My breakouts continued with renewed ferocity and even got worse, as before I used this Dermalogica product I would typically only see major break-outs around that time of the month and now see new spots daily. Due to the adverse reaction I've experienced, I cannot recommend this product. However, while it is extremely expensive, after about a month and a half of consistent usage, I still have more than half of an 8.4 oz. bottle remaining, so there's something to be said for the quantity.
SJ from Arkansas
This is absolutely worth the price! I have dry skin, rosacea and acne. This helps a lot with keeping my skin clear, but my face never feels tight or dried out from it. It seems to help soothe the rosacea a little too. Do use caution around the eyes, it has a light menthol fragrance and feel which can make your eyes burn a little if you get it too close.
DJ from Tampa, FL
I've been using this face wash for over a month now and I have to say that my face is clearer and smoother than it's ever been. BUT! I experienced some MAJOR purging. my acne tends to be hard bumps under the skin and with that being said, the first time I used this, I had hard filliments coming out of my pores. I have a medium sized scar on my face and the pores around that area are enlarged. I've taken a black head tool to that area, pore strips, black head masks, and nothing worked until this cleanser on the first day! very gross but also very satisfying.
I was purging in my typical acne prone areas, but the "pimples" would disappear within a day or immediately pop and be gone. hence the purging and not actually breaking me out.
it took about 3 weeks for the purging to stop. l used some extra rounds of the Ordinary's 30% acid peel mask followed by a clay mask to help assist the purging effects.
I've had some bad acne most of my life and even after turning 30, that hasn't changed for me. this cleanser has really transformed my skin. I do use a vitamin c serum during the day and a retinol at night and this cleanser does not sensitize my face before going in with my actives. I use it morning and night.
I cannot say how this removes makeup as I use an oil cleanser to remove makeup and then this cleanser afterwards.
the cleanser does have menthol in it. my skin is usually irritated with menthol products, but this one does not irritate my skin at all. if you are sensitive to smells, it does have a mild medicinal menthol scent but I don't find that it lingers or bothers my scenes.
If you have the time and social calendar to give it a few weeks to work it's magic, then I would give it a try!
Danette from Houston Tx
Ive been using this for 3 weeks. My face is alot worse and burning. Im not sure if this is purging or not. Im stuck on to keep trying it or give up.
Chandra from Knoxville, TN
I have very sensative skin, and redness around my nose amd cheeks, but after using this for a week, my redness went away. Nothing worked for me, but after using this product, I was stunned. Now my daughter has very bad acne. We have tried so manyndodferent brands on her. She started using this, and at first, she broke out a little more. But, I told her to give it awhile before she tosses it out. Glad I did, because her face cleared up. It took her a month for her entire face to clear, but she wqs consistant with washing it day and night, also minimal makeup wear. Im so glad we found a formula that dinally works. We have tried so mamy brands, even top brands, and this is the winner!
Courtney from WA
UserMy acne ended up getting so bad. I had it as a teenager, and then it went away. Around the age of 25, it came back full force. I was so insecure, and tried so many face washes. I finally decided to spend the extra money on a good brand after doing a lot of research. AND THIS PRODUCT SAVED MY SKIN. I washed my face religiously every morning when I woke, and every evening before bed. At first, it seemed as though my acne was getting so much worse. But I was persistent. I started to get actually puss filled zits. But I started to pay attention to where they were forming, and I realized they were coming from my small white heads that were reluctant to go away before. I had some of them for months. Maybe even a year. And this product forced the sebum to the surface, causing those zits. Once they came to the surface and popped, they never came back. I am sooooo thankful I didn't stop when I first believed it was getting worse. It looked worse, BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY GETTING BETTER. Those stubborn white heads finally went away. I've heard people say that kind of skin purging only last a few weeks, but mine personally lasted about 6 months until almost all of the impossible white heads finally disappeared. I also use their multi active toner. Seriously a life saver. If your skin gets worse at first, DONT GIVE UP. Because i am soooo grateful that I didn't and that I stuck it through
Maria15cerv from ARKANSAS
This was my first time purchasing this brand and product face cleanser. I will say it was very very refreshing from day 1 using it and I'm so glad to say it still feels just as amazing as the first day I've used it. I have used it every morning and evening for the past two weeks and have already noticed improvements with my skin! I will continue to use this product for as long as it continues to work it's wonderful magic!
from Las Vegas, NV
Been using this face for many years. Does not dry out skin and great for sensitive skin.
Angie from Denver CO
This is the first time I'm repurchasing this face wash because it's the only thing that keeps my hormonal nodule acne at bay. I bought one of the larger bottles after getting a sample in a kit this plus a good moisturizer gets my skin radiant without needing much else. Plus it lasts a while since you don't even need a full pump to get a good enough lather to do your whole face and neck.
Alissa from North Hollywood
I really love this face wash. I feel like it helps prevent breakouts, without drying out my skin. Only downside is that it is pricey, so I try to mix it up and us other daily cleansers every other wash day.
Laterica from Louisiana
I love this brand. I was using the glycolic cleanser (love it) but wanted to try something new. I have breakouts every day now. I don't know if my skin is purging or if it's not for me. I will switch back to my glycolic cleanser ASAP.
coilybrowngirl from boston
i've been using this cleanser for several years now. i'm 30 and my skin has never looked better. i absolutely love how gentle yet effective this cleanser is. it keeps my skin clear from acne (with consistent use). i would highly recommend!
ReeseReese from MD
The best acne wash I have used. Hands down!
Allison from Kansas City
I have used Dermalogica clearing skin wash for eight years after being introduced by a Skin Therapist. I'm in my 30s now and still have combination skin with the occasional stress and hormonal acne (on my forehead and chin). Here and there I tried other more budget-friendly brands but nothing came close to 1) preventing breakouts and 2) treating existing breakouts like Dermalogica clearing skin wash. The formula doesn't feel harsh and doesn't dry out my skin like so many other cleansers. In addition to the cleanser, I use the sebum clearing mask as needed and Active Moist as my day and night moisturizer. I highly recommend the Dermalogica clearing line to anyone with adult acne.
Margaret from Wisconsin
I use this every day to clean my skin before soap and exfoliant. This cleans beautifully and leaves my skin feeling freshened and ready for a deep clean.
Flor from Seattle
I've been using this for years and I absolutely love it, it keeps my skin clear- o always get compliments about having good skin and I honestly owe it to this! Pricey? Yes! But so worth it and a little goes a long way so this lasts you!
Ana from Bakersfield,CA
I bought this as I am battling adult acne. I haven't finished my first bottle and already bought a second. I love how clean my face feels and the tingly feeling as I'm washing my face. My new go to face wash
DJ from Bristol, pa
I've been using the clearing skin wash for two years, it does not dry out skin. In fact, it makes it feel so soft and clean! It can be used twice a day when needed.
Sarah from Sacramento, CA
I've been using this for about 5 years now and I love that it doesn't cause me to have hives or dry skin or anything wrong. So I'm giving it 2 stars. But this product is very expensive and NEVER fully rid me of acne or adequately prevented/treated breakouts. I'm just gonna assume because it ONLY has .5%salicylic acid in it. But even though this was gentle in my skin that is pretty reactive to products, it never did as advertised. I finally switched to Murad (1.5% salicylic acid) and I feel breakouts diffuse after watching. Happy to finally be done with dermalogica. Didn't ruin my face, but didn't do anything to help.
Bunny from Oxnard
I use all dermalogica products for my skincare routine. I was using the clear start foaming face wash for months and loved it! I have hormonal acne and maskne, so it took a really long time until it started to settle down. I saw so many great reviews for this clearing wash specifically for hormonal acne so I was super excited to try it. My face is breaking out more than ever before :( I know that this is from skin purging and after some time it'll get significantly better, but my skin was almost completely cleared of acne and scars and now I have to start all over again and it's even worse :(( I can't wait for this to eventually work, I've always been insecure about my acne and this has caused my insecurities to sky rocket. I'm going to be exchanging this for the clear start foaming wash again. I'm happy for those it worked wonders for, and for anyone who is interested in trying this out please be mindful and prepared for either the best OR the worst. I wasn't prepared and it completely broke me
Alex from Long Beach, CA
I have dealt with adult hormonal acne for the past 7 years & I started using dermalogica three years ago. I LOVE all their products! This cleanser is gentle on my skin, leaves it glowing & fights/prevent acne well! Not going lie , I still get breakouts but I know the cleanser & other products I use speed up the process significantly & my breakouts are not as bad as before. My current night time routine is clearing skin wash, daily exfoliate, retinol cream & intensive moisture balance . Definitely recommend!!
Jonesy from Ohio
I love this. Best face wash. I see reviewers saying it made them break out, that can Happen when adding an active ingredient to help with acne. It's called skin purging. It pulls everything out from your skin so sometimes it gets worse before it gets better but I promise it's worth it. I don't have any blemishes any more!! 1000/10
Lexxie from Orange, CA
I really wanted to love this product, but it was just awful. It made my face break out in cystic acne that hurts so badly and I've never had acne like this before. Please save your money it's not worth it at all! I wish I never tried it.
April esthetician student from South Carolina
Work in to a lather leave on 30 seconds rinse completely
Banana from Florida
I'm now on my second bottle! That's how much i love this stuff. I had very oily, very breakout prone, very acne prone skin, and since i started using this wash everything about my skin has changed. I do breakout every now and then if my diet is lacking or if my period is near but using the cleanser helps the breakouts dry out impressively fast, and pimples that used to take WEEKS to disappear now only takes 1-2 days max! I use this along with the Microfoliant which has also helped with resurfacing and making acne scars lighter. I rave about this product to anyone with acne, it is definitely a game changer. I used this product right away, and didn't really give my skin time to get used to it so for the first 2 weeks i did experience some really bad breakouts but they disappeared as my skin started to become used to it, which for me is pretty normal and happens with anything new i apply to my face, it just takes some time for your skin to settle. Patience is key and with a balanced skin care routine this is definitely a gem for anyone who suffers from acne and as someone's who's tried every drugstore acne wash there is, this is by far the only product I've tried that i don't feel like i need to change out because it's no longer doing what it claims!
acx from nj
this was my first nice cleanser, and it didn't miss. the scent is amazing, and the way it makes my skin feel afterwards is even better. it feels soft, hydrated, exfoliated, and looks brighter. the cleanser i was using before striped my skin and was horrible for my dermatitis, so i'm so glad i switched to this. my only complaint is i've noticed some bumps on my jawline that are new, but this is a hotspot for my hormonal breakouts so i'm hoping it's not the cleanser causing this. too soon to say. haven't noticed much of a difference in my blackheads, but that's as expected:( just wanted a product that gives my skin a good cleanse and i definitely found it.