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breakout clearing foam

Foaming cleanser helps clear oils and bacteria on breakout-prone skin. Slough off impurities and dead skin cells with Salicylic Acid, a beta hydroxy acid that stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and prevent future breakout activity.Learn More

Foaming cleanser helps clear oils and bacteria on breakout-prone skin.Learn More

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clearing skin wash

Foaming cleanser helps clear oils and bacteria on breakout-prone skin. Slough off impurities and dead skin cells with Salicylic Acid, a beta hydroxy acid that stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and prevent future breakout activity. Naturally antiseptic extracts of Balm Mint, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree help eliminate breakout-causing bacteria and congestion as Menthol and Camphor help cool inflammation. Skin is left clean and prepped for optimal absorption of MediBac Clearing(r) treatment ingredients.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
gluten-free
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
vegan
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
paraben-free
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

benefits

  • Clears away excess oil without stripping skin.
  • Helps prevent future breakouts.
  • Soothing botanicals help calm irritation.

how to use

Perform the Dermalogica Double Cleanse that begins with PreCleanse. Work a pea-sized amount into a lather in wet hands. Apply to dampened face and throat, massaging in circular motions while concentrating on areas of congestion and oiliness. Avoid eye area. Rinse thoroughly with warm water. Follow with Skin Purifying Wipes and prescribed MediBac Clearing regimen.

quick tip

Establish a cleansing routine morning and night to enhance acne-fighting benefits.

ingredients

Active ingredients: Salicylic Acid .50%. Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Melissa Officinalis Leaf Extract, Angelica Archangelica Extract, Echinacea Angustifolia Extract, Allium Sativum (Garlic) Bulb Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Eucalyptus Globulus Leaf Extract, Salvia Officinalis (Sage) Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Extract, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel Extract, Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel) Extract, Ophiopogon Japonicas Root Extract, Echinacea Purpurea Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Lactic Acid, Algae Extract, Menthol, Sodium PCA, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Camphor, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Phenoxyethanol, Butylene Glycol, Benzyl PCA, Disodium EDTA Copper, Citral, Limonene, Geraniol, Citronellol.

Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.

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part of medibac clearing product system

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

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mediBac clearing®

Clearer skin starts now: bring the four contributing factors of acne under control.

The MediBac Clearing® system works to treat, clear and prevent adult acne while addressing the needs of adult skin. Most products and treatments for acne are designed for teenage skin, making them too harsh and irritating for adult acne sufferers. MediBac Clearing® controls acne without compromising skin’s integrity, which means skin is clearer and healthier.

how it works

Dermalogica’s MediBac Clearing® system is formulated specifically to treat adult acne. Each product, with its unique acne-fighting and clearing ingredients, is designed to be layered upon the skin to provide around-the-clock, maximum control of the main factors that contribute to acne.

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clearing skin wash
 
4.6

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Ratings Distribution

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    (236)

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    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (15)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Effective (3)
  • Soothing (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Adult acne (3)

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4.0

I would buy this product again.

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from st louis

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Results

  • How old are you?:
  • Under 18
 
5.0

Treats acne – won't dry out skin

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from Bay

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I reeaaaally love this face wash. 1 – It doesn't dry my skin out. I have oily skin, but somehow many sali based face washes tend to leave my skin tight afterwards. That just makes it a little itchy and red which is not good for acne! I have never experienced that with this wash. It leaves my skin oil free and soft! I love the balance. 2 – A little goes a long way. I do not need to put much on my hands to get enough suds to wash my entire face. This product is at a medium price point for a fase wash but it will last you awhile!! 3 – I love that it is not filled with additional fragrances. It is a medically geared face wash and yes.. it does smell like it. Not bad, but not 'pomegranite fushion wash' with 500 additional chemicals. The smell is decent and doesn't make me feel like I'm putting unnecessary things on my skin. I plan to purchase this wash continuously even if I do change my products up that I am using afterwards. 10/10 will be purchasing again!

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I will being buying this product from now and forever!!!

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from Dothan,Alabama

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I've been dealing with adult acne mainly from my hormones being out of wack, but this cleanser is like gold. My face has never looked this good. After just 3 days of using this I can tell a major difference in my skin. My blemishes are clearing up and my overall appearance of my face looks healthy. I'm absolutely in love with this product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

I love this product!

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from Georgia

Verified Buyer

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My skin in so fresh and healthy

 
5.0

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this product!

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from Kaneohe, HI

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I received this product in a sample size from my esthetician. I was having a major adult acne breakout, my face HURT. It hurt to smile, very uncomfortable. In just TWO days of using this product, with the precleanse product, I noticed a MAJOR improvement in my skin. It's so gentle and doesn't have a strong odor. 100% recommend this to anyone struggling with adult acne.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

This stuff is magic

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from Antigua, Guatemala

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I can't stress enough how amazing this stuff is. I've always struggled with acne. Ever since the 2nd grade. Yes you read correctly. The second grade. Most of it has always been hormonal. Hormonal acne is extremely hard to get rid of. I've tried literally everything and none of it worked. After using this product once, I saw overnight results. The acne that I had started to get smaller and smaller until it was totally gone. Now I've been using this for a couple weeks and I can actually go without makeup. My skin has a glow and my pores and almost completely invisible. Plus, I started using this stuff on my back, which had just recently started to break out extremely bad. Everything is almost GONE. GET. THIS. STUFF.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

Great for cystic type acne

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from Bakersfield, CA

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Comments about clearing skin wash:

Clears and cleans your skin without drying it out.

  • How old are you?:
  • 55-65
 
5.0

Super freakin amazing

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from Long Beach, WA

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I've struggled with acne for a long time. I have tried many different treatments and all were ineffective, so when my girlfriend told me she was going to buy a sample kit and I just about flipped!! I eventually opened up to the idea because it's not like my acne could have gotten much worse. Turns out, it's amazing. Yes, it's expensive but it's worth EVERY. FREAKIN. PENNY. Highly suggest. Very natural product and no fragrance!!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
3.0

Worked well in the beginning

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from South Carolina

Comments about clearing skin wash:

My face cleared up quite a bit when I began with this, but within a week I broke out again. I've been using for a couple of months now and have seen minimal results, but I'm still hoping.

  • How old are you?:
  • 25-34
 
5.0

Amazing!

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from Lansing, MI

Comments about clearing skin wash:

I have struggled with acne my entire life and nothing has helped clear it up as well as this face wash! Not only does it clear my acne but it doesn't dry out my face or burn it with harmful chemicals.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

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  • Q:

    Hi, I was hoping to get some help deciding whether or not this product is right for me as well as a suggested daily regime for my skin type.

    I'm 23 years old and fair skinned. I get occassional pimples (one or two) on my forehead and chin. Recently, however, I've noticed a lot of congestion on my chin/around the corners of my mouth - a bunch of whiteheads and some blackheads which are definitely visible and making the area turn red. I also have quite a bit of blackheads on my nose (always have) but I'm not as concerned about this as I am the area around my mouth. I have some tiny flesh colored bumps on my forehead but it looks pretty clear for the most part. I wouldn't say I have a "full face of acne" but I've always heard that people who suffer from congested pores should use a product daily containing salicylic acid.

    Any advice would be much appreciated!
    Asked on 1/24/2018 by Desperate for clear skin from FL

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. You may prefer Special Cleansing Gel to cleanse, Daily Microfoliant to gently exfoliate and Calm Water gel as a light weight moisturizer.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/24/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is it safe to use during pregnancy?
    Thanks
    Asked on 12/10/2017 by maria from Northampton, Ma

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      A:

      Please do not use this product during pregnancy as it contains Salicylic Acid.

      Answered on 12/12/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is the medibac products safe for use during pregnancy?
    Asked on 10/22/2017 by TD from undisclosed

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please avoid Salicylic Acid and retinol while pregnant. You can safely use Breakout Control and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 if you are interested in using MediBac products. You can also use Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Prep Scrub.

      Answered on 10/23/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Been using this product for 3 weeks and still breaking out. Does that mean the product is not working for my skin type?
    When i wash it also doesnt dry out my pimples any faster than if i was using a nonmedicated cleanser.
    Asked on 9/18/2017 by Fixmyskin from New york

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. It is important to be patient and persistent with acne products. It can take time to manage acne. Additionally, there are so many internal and external contributing factors that must be addressed. Finally, it is normal to purge in the beginning. Be sure to follow with a spot treatment and light weight, oil-free moisturizer.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 9/19/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Will the oils in this product clog pores or cause additional breakouts?

    Most acne products are oil free.
    Asked on 8/29/2017 by Myskinhatesme from New york

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This cleanser contains botanical oils such as tea tree oil that are antibacterial to the skin. It is for a full face of acne and will not clog pores.

      Answered on 9/20/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Will the oils in this product clog pores?

    Would clear start hydrating lotion be a good match with this cleanser?

    Or would a regular face lotion with 0.5 salicylic acid suffice for night time use?
    Asked on 8/27/2017 by Latoya from New york

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      A:

      Hi Latoya,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. If you are an adult with a full face of acne, you may prefer Clearing Skin Wash, Multi Active Toner and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 (AM) or Oil Control Lotion (PM).

      If you are a teenager with acne, you may prefer Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/28/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    DOES THE PRODUCT PRODUCE A RICH LATTER? LOOKING FOR A PRODUCT THAT LATTERS ALOT WITH ALOT OF FOAM?

    DOES THE PRODUCT CAUSE PURGING?
    SINCE I INCLUDES TWO ACIDS: SALICYC AND LACTIC

    AND PRODUCT IS NOT LABELED NONCOMEDEGENIC, I ASSUME BECAUSE IT INCLUDES OIL. ACNE PRODUCTS ARE USUALLY OIL FREE.
    Asked on 8/15/2017 by LATOYA from NEW YORK

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      A:

      Hello Latoya,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is designed for a full face of acne. If you have a full face of acne, Clearing Skin Wash is ideal. If you have sporadic breakouts, Special Cleansing Gel with a spot treatment like Breakout Control is best.

      It contains tea tree oil, for its antimicrobial properties. Tea tree oil is fantastic for acne prone skin. We do not use phrasing like noncomedogenic because what may cause your skin to breakout can be different from what causes someone else to breakout. We do our best to keep out ingredients that will irritate the skin, clog pores, etc.

      This cleanser does exfoliate with Salicylic Acid and Lactic acid. Acne skin tends to require more exfoliation to combat the buildup in the pores. Purging is normal for certain skin types but is temporary.

      To use, simply use the size of a pea with lots of water so that the product may foam.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 8/15/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I was just wondering, since this product causes purging, how long does the purging phase last? I have been using it for 2 weeks
    Asked on 7/27/2017 by Paige from Pittsburgh,PA

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      Hi Paige,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Everyone is different. It may take a few weeks for the purging process may stop. It is important to be patient and persistent with acne products.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 7/28/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    I was wondering if this product cause purging and how long it lasts before it starts to improve? because I have been breaking out more where I usually break out and was wondering if my skin is probably purging
    Asked on 7/21/2017 by paige from Pittsburgh, Pa

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      Hi Paige,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. That being said, if you have a full face of acne and are using Clearing Skin Wash and your face is purging, this is normal. Please allow a couple of weeks for your skin to adapt to the potent sophistication of the formula.

      If you only have mild, sporadic breakouts, Special Cleansing Gel is ideal. If you have a full face of oil (and not much acne), Dermal Clay Cleanser is best.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 7/21/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Is this product safe to use during pregnancy?
    Asked on 7/6/2017 by Ashley from San Antonio, TX

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hi Ashley,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash contains Salicylic Acid. This is not recommended for use while pregnant. Please check with your doctor to be sure.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 7/6/2017 by Anonymous
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