Acne Daily Clarifying Cleanser
6 fl. oz. for $27
Last Updated:03.19.2015
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:Yes
Review Overview

This pricey water-soluble cleanser is medicated with 2% salicylic acid, yet in a cleanser, this anti-acne superstar’s benefits are rinsed down the drain before they can work. Granted, if you’re using this with a Clarisonic cleansing brush, its contact with skin will likely be longer than if you were cleansing with your fingers, but ultimately you don’t want to leave the cleansing agents this contains on skin for more than a minute or so, or you risk a dry, tight feeling.

The same brief contact with skin comments for salicylic acid apply to the vitamins and botanical (plant extract) ingredients in this cleanser. They look good on the label, but really don’t do much in a cleanser. Although far from a must-have product for acne-prone skin, this cleanser is a good, albeit expensive, option for normal to oily skin, breakouts or not. It works well to remove makeup and rinses without a residue.


Formulated with salicylic acid, this acne-treating cleanser helps clear and prevent new acne blemishes from forming by gently exfoliating to unclog pores and help dry excess sebum. Enriched with vitamins and botanicals, this comforting, foaming cleanser helps reduce the appearance of redness and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.


Active Ingredient: Salicylic Acid 2.00%, Other Ingredients: Aqua (Water), Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Glycereth-2 Cocoate, Glyceryl Stearate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Acrylates Copolymer, PEG-18 Glyceryl Oleate/Cocoate, Portulaca Oleracea Extract, Camellia Oleifera Leaf Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Water, Nelumbo Nucifera Flower Extract, Panthenol, Butylene Glycol Tetrahexyldecyl  Ascorbate, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hydroxyphenyl Propamidobenzoic Acid, Hydrolyzed Jojoba Esters, Hydroxyethylcellulose, 10-Hydroxydecanoic Acid, Lactic Acid, Xanthan Gum, Sodium Hydroxide, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Methylisothiazolinone, Fragrance, Alcohol, Disodium EDTA-Copper, Pentylene Glycol

Brand Overview

Clarisonic At-A-Glance

Strengths: Cleans skin well; unique technology unlike other cleansing tools; waterproof; easy to use.

Weaknesses: Expensive.

The brush head of the Clarisonic (and all of the various iterations, such as the Mia) vibrates at exceptionally high speeds (300 oscillations, or back-and-forth movements, every second). The design and timing of this the movement is unique to the brand, unlike spinning, oscillating head models. Why does this matter? A spinning brush head, such as those you can find on many brands selling similar tools, has a greater risk of causing irritation to skin. The question is, is the Clarisonic worth its cost? Does the expense mean you'll get significantly cleaner skin? Is Oprah Winfrey on to something by naming this device one of her favorite things? Read our review of the Clarisonic system to find out!

For more information about Clarisonic, call (888) 525-2747 or visit www.clarisonic.com.

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One of the best acne cleansers I've ever used!

This acne cleanser is one of the best acne cleansers I've ever used! It actually cleans, softens, moisturizes and clears my skin! My skin is NOT dry after rinsing the cleanser off my face and I have seen a great reduction in the # of blemishes on my young skin. The cleanser has vitamins, antioxidants and soothing ingredients to comeback redness and dryness. (Yes, I've done some research on the ingredients). It is a great acne cleanser and it smells good too. Try it, I'm pretty sure you'll <3 it.

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