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clearing skin wash

breakout clearing foam

Foaming cleanser helps clear skin and reduce visible skin aging. Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid, stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and smooth away dullness that contributes to visible skin aging.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 skin and reduce visible skin aging. Salicylic Acid, a Beta Hydroxy Acid, stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles and smooth away dullness that contributes to visible skin aging. Menthol and Camphor help cool the skin. Contains extracts of Balm Mint, Eucalyptus and Tea Tree. Skin is left clean and prepped for optimal absorption of Active Clearing 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.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA


  • 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.


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.

game changer


I'm going to go ahead and paste this review for every dermalogica product I own. I was experiencing terrible chronic breakouts on my cheeks and forehead, not to mention I've had blackheads and whiteheads on my nose and chin that you could see from space since I was 15 (I'm 27). I started using the precleanse balm, clearing skin wash, toner, and pure light/pure night am/pm moisturizers since July. My skin has never felt and looked this great. My forehead/cheek acne completely cleared up (minus the occasional hormone-induced chin pimple), and I finally can't see my pores anymore. I only use a little powder foundation now (to get rid of some shininess). It is liberating. I had tried the solodine antibiotic from my dermatologist, washing my pillowcases/towels/makeup brushes constantly, drinking as much water as possible, probiotics, etc, and none of it really helped that much compared to these products.



best exfoliating cleanser


strong but yet gentle on sensitive skin



my skin has never been clearer


i love this cleanser and the one i keep going back to. makes my face so clean everytime and its super clear. i get compliments all the time on how great my skin is.

New Jersey


This is my go to item


I buy this constantly ever since it was recommended to me by a dermatologist probably 20 years ago.

Chevy Chase, MD


love this product


this product keeps my skin in check. i havent used anything like it and it doesnt dry out your face like most acne cleansers.

New Jersey


Love the product but not the packaging


Let me start by saying that Dermalogica has been my favorite skincare line for nearly 3 years now and the majority of my products are from this brand! I haven't had any issues with the products, and haven't had issues with packaging until the last time I ordered this cleanser. It did take over a month or so for me to realize that there was a small crack on the lid that the gel has continuously (albeit slowly) seeped out of and left my counter a mess. Every time I have to touch the bottle my hands are left sticky. I figured it was a one-time issue but whenever I received the sample size of this, the same thing happened but I noticed it quicker this time. I love that the bottle isn't a pump, so it's disappointing that I'll have to look elsewhere for cleansers in the meantime.



Blemishes? What blemishes?


My husband and I have BOTH been using this product. (Him as a body wash, Me on my face) and the DIFFERENCE we have seen!!!! Wow!!! I love the way this product FEELS and I love the results I'm seeing. My skin is breaking out less and the blemishes my husband was having are clearing up as well. This is a WONDERFUL product.



Totally worth it


I bought this product on a whim. I seen videos and all talking about how good it was. So I bought it and I'm glad I did. It works great. I just bought my second bottle.

Lakeland, FL


Awesome product!


Great daily acne face wash. Even keeps my skin clear around menstruation. And it smells great with no skin burning.

Clarks Summit, PA




My skin has been problematic lately. I was breaking out around my chin and on my cheeks which has never happened before. I tried it on a whim and I loveee it! I used the oil control lotion and the overnight gel and it works WONDERS. My skin is totally clear now after a month.




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Hi, I've just turned 30 and I have suddenly developed for no apparent reason. My skin is very oily and I think this may be due to dehydration? I have spots over the cheeks and chin most, if not all through the month. Skin is also feeling tight and is oily as soon as I wake up. Is this the best to clear my skin or would it dry it further? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. We recommend using Special Cleansing Gel, MultiActive Toner and Skin Smoothing Cream to help balance your skin and regulate oil control. Thank you, The Dermalogica Team


I have blackheads in my ears. Can I use the clearing skin wash to wash the outer ear where the blackheads are ? Can I also use it to wash behind the ears ?

Evelyn Lester

Hello, Please see a skin therapist for extractions in the ear area. Thanks


Can you use the clearing skin wash on the front of the neck as well as to wash the outer ear ?

Evelyn Lester

Absolutely! Yes, you can use Clearing Skin Wash on the face and body to address acne prone skin.


Hi, I am wondering if I should use this face wash versus the Dermal Clay Cleanser? I have pretty oily skin, and adult acne in the forms of small bumps under the skin around my forehead, hairline and somewhat on my cheeks. Is it beneficial to use the Clearing Skin Wash in the PM and Dermal Clay Cleanser in the AM, or no? I use the Precleanse in the evening. Morning and Night after washing my face I follow with the Multi-Active Toner and MediBac Clearing Oil Control Lotion. I use the Sebum clearing mask 2 x 3 times per week. Thank you!


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, try Dermal Clay Cleanser, Multi Active Toner and Oil Free Matte SPF 30 in the morning to control oil all day. At night, try Precleanse, Clearing Skin Wash, Multi Active Toner and Overnight Clearing Gel to treat acne and clogged pores. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I have combination skin. I have an oily t-zone, with many blackheads. My cheeks are dry and don't breakout often. My skin also gets dry patches no matter how much moisturizer I put on. I've tried so many different products and would just like to narrow it down to a few. Would this work for my skin? If not, would you be able to recommend a skin care regimen for me?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Special Cleansing Gel, Multi Active Toner, Breakout Clearing Booster and Active Moist to start. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Is this cleanser safe to use for dry skin with acne? Mainly my acne is hormonal. My breakouts are on my forehead along the sides of the forehead down to the sides of my face to my chin and jawline. I already use the Breakout Control once a day. Should I use that twice? Should I use the Clearing Skin Wash along with the Breakout Control or would that be too drying for my face? Not seeing any improvement on my breakouts.

ANB 86

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of adult acne. You can use it morning and night. Breakout Control is a spot treatment that can be used morning and night on breakouts only. You may like Active Moist as a moisturizer. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I suffer from daily breakouts in the chin area and also whiteheads on my forehead every other day. Is this sallyic acid cleanser compatible for me to help unclog pores and dry out those areas? Thanks


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, this cleanser is great for a full face of acne. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Will this product increase sensitivity to light?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Be sure to use an SPF every day, like Oil Free Matte SPF 30 and you should not have any issues. Kind Regards, Bernadette


I have recurring hormonal acne on my chin, but the rest of my face is normal. Which daily cleanser is best for me?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. If you only have breakouts in one area, please try Special Cleansing Gel and a spot treatment like Breakout Control. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I'm 23 years old and I've started to get red painful spots on my chin and cheeks. The spots are leaving marks on my face. I have never had acne. Can you please recommend the best product/s?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You should use a spot treatment, since you are only breaking out in certain spots. Breakout Control is an acid-free spot treatment that is non-drying. However, it is very effective. Apply a thin, clear layer to breakouts. Use it under moisturizer, morning and night. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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