Expert Anti-Blemish Cleansing Foam
5 fl. oz. for $5.49
Last Updated:12.17.2014
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This is a basic, but very good, gentle water-soluble cleanser for all skin types. It is fragrance-free and works well to remove excess oil and makeup. There isn’t anything about this cleanser that makes it preferred for blemish-prone skin, but it’s not a cleanser those dealing with blemishes shouldn’t consider, either. Note that the willow bark extract this contains cannot prevent blemishes as claimed; at best, willow bark can reduce redness, but it cannot exfoliate or kill acne-causing bacteria.


Formulated with willowbark extract to help prevent blemishes. It gently clarifies your skin without drying, leaving it soft, smooth and refreshed.


Aqua (Water), Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Sodium Chloride, Glycerin, Salix Nigra (Willow) Bark Extract, Sodium Citrate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Citric Acid, Phenoxyethanol, Styrene/Acrylates Copolymer, Sodium Benzoate, Methylparaben, Sodium Hydroxide, Tetrasodium EDTA, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice Powder, Tocopherol

Brand Overview

Boots At-A-Glance

Originating in England, Boots is named after founder John Boot, and it already had a worldwide presence before its 2004 pilot launch in the U.S. retail market through select Target and CVS drugstore. (Note: Boots is no longer available at CVS.) Its success in these stores led to a full-scale launch in spring 2007. Boots has been part of England's cosmetic history since 1839, and now over 1,500 freestanding Boots stores dot the British landscape. Of course, history has its place, but Boots, on the basis of their longevity, believes that it offers consumers the best products full of quality ingredients and also at a value price. Although it's true that Boots' price point is lower than many drugstore lines (at least those whose products make similar claims and have the same target audience), their line consists of some impressive options, but also contains some areas that left us wanting for more.

Boots’ sunscreens tend to be good, but be aware that some have SPF ratings below the benchmark SPF 30+. Although there are dozens of moisturizers available, you’ll find that many are indistinguishable from one another in terms of their formulas. While there are many great options for sensitive skin among the Boots’ line, there are much fewer choices for those seeking impressive anti-aging formulas due to the lack of beneficial ingredients.

Boots does feature antioxidants, peptides, and retinyl palmitate (a form of vitamin A not to be confused with pure retinol) in many of its products, but they tend to be present at less than impressive, or jar packaging compromises their benefits to skin due to light & air exposure.

You'll find some great options for cleansers, scrubs, sunless tanners, and treatments for dry, chapped lips, all at fair prices, and that's good news. (There are also quite a few impressive makeup products at surprisingly inexpensive prices.) Check our reviews for the products that shouldn’t be missed (as well as the less-than-impressive options).

For more information about Boots, call (866) 752-6687 or visit www.boots.com.

Note: Boots No7 and Botanics brands (only) are sold in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart stores. In the U.S., most of the lines can be found at Target, Walgreens, and Ulta. As of August 2015, Boots has been acquired by Walgreens.

Strengths: Inexpensive; outstanding options for sensitive skin; good sunscreens; some impressive makeup products.

Weaknesses: Occasional use of jar packaging; some formulas with limited amounts of beneficial ingredients.

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Broke out into hives using this product.

I've been using Dove's Unscented/Sensitive Skin soap on my face for 6 mths. I was shocked to see that she gave Dove's Sensitive skin bar a "POOR" rating & after seeing that, I decided to switch to a new wash she claimed was "BEST" , so I chose this one. I kept noticing a red spot on my cheek after I would get out of the shower. I assumed it had to be this new product, and once I switched back to Dove, the problem went away almost immediately. Maybe I have to reconsider her expertise after all.

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Nadia B
Just what I needed

I love this product. I have sensitive, dry, acne prone skin, and I am extremely sensitive to niacinamide. This product does what it's supposed to. It cleanses (I use it with my foreo luna), without causing irritation or dryness, and it is under $6! Just so you know this product has been reformulated and no longer contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is a plus for me because it can by drying.

Reviewed by
Sophia B.
Excellent product

This product is works great for blemish problems because it contains 'willowbark extract' which is the natural extract of 'salycilic acid'. It is just as effective, gentle and more affordable.

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