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Best Cleanser For Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

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Clarifying Cleanser C2

Facetheory’s Clarifying Cleanser C2 contains both glycolic acid and salicylic acid to deep cleanse your pores and clear up breakouts and acne. It's a cream cleanser so it doesn't strip your skin and dry it out. Instead it leaves the skin feeling moisturised and hydrated. It's one of my all time favourites that I use three-four times a week. Facetheory says this cleanser is for oil and combination skin, but it's also great for dry and damaged!

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What is it?

An AHA/BHA resurfacing cleansing cream specially formulated for oily and congested skin. A powerful trifecta of alpha and beta hydroxy acids clarify and purify the skin while gently exfoliating. It can also be used as a glycolic face peel.

How I use it

I’ve been using this cleanser for about 2 years. I use it 3-4 times a week as the 2nd step in my double cleanse (at bedtime) directly after oil cleansing. I also use it as a peel in my at-home facial —I apply it after steaming, leave it on for 5 minutes, followed by AYSWE Ultra Age-Defying Mask.

Why I love it

My go to pickmeup! This cleanser always brightens my skin tone by reducing surface scars and hyperpigmentation marks caused by sun damage. I love that it doubles as a peel or daily cleanser, and the mandarin scent smells luscious!

Skin Type

Suitable for oily and acne-prone skin types who are prone to clogged pores. But, it also works for normal to dry skin.


£11.99 - 180ml (£20.99 x2 180ml)


Facetheory products are vegan, cruelty-free, British made and free from; parabens, silicones, PEGs, SLS, SLES, and mineral oils.

The active ingredients in this cleanser are:

  • Glycolic acid (4%)

  • Salicylic acid (2%)

  • Lactic acid (1%)

Full ingredient list:

Aqua, dimethylisosorbide (sugar based solvent), glycolic acid (4%), apricot kernel oil, cetyl alcohol (naturally derived non-drying coconut fatty acid), glyceryl stearate , salicylic acid (2%, BHA), polyglyceryl-6 stearate (emulsifier), sodium glycolate, sweet almond kernel oil, avocado oil, lactic acid (1%, AHA), glyceryl caprylate, sodium lactate (salt of lactic acid), polyglyceryl-6 behenate (natural emulsifier), cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose (plant-derived thickener), xanthan gum, sodium salicylate (salt of salicylic acid). Scented version contains citrus nobilis (mandarin) peel oil

*This product contains alpha hydroxy acids that increase your skin's sensitivity to the sun, so should be used in your pm routine.




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