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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.
Certified vegan by PETA
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.

I would buy it again


I use it morning and night. I always do the double cleanse to get extra smooth skin. Slowly clearing all the pimples i have on my face



Really Disappointed


Honestly since purchasing, my skin has been breaking out everyday. At first I thought it was just a purge but after almost 2 months of using this product, my skin is even worse than before I started using this cleanser. The pimples I am getting are also causing scaring which is really upsetting. Will not be using this any longer



great for clearing acne and great scent!


this product works like magic! it cleared my skin up and i have combination oily skin and prone to acne. this product is super great i would highly recommend to any age group!

Santa Maria, CA


Love but want to change bottle design


I love this product and use it everyday. It doesn't irritate my skin and leaves it feeling very refreshed. However, I am extremely disappointed with the design of the bottle. The cap manages to constantly leak and lots of product is often lost. This is expensive!!! I want to utilize all of it. It is basically impossible to travel with, and I'm constantly loosing product in the cap. Please change this design. I think all of the bottles should be more functional.

New York


Good product


I have been using this product for over 8 yrs... i highly recommend it when you have acne issues.

Madison, In

I've been using this for years and love it


I use it every morning..it's SUPER concentrated so you only need half the size of a pea

Wilmington, DE


Cleared my skin in a week


Adult acne, hormones went crazy when switching contraceptive pill and couldn't get my skin back to normal, this has cleared my skin within a week, amazing cleanser.





Finally after years of searching for a cleanser to help with my acne I finally found this! I've seen a huge difference in my skin. I know they say it is r for hormonal acne but it's definitely been helping mine on my jawline!

South Carolina


The Best I've Used


My skin was covered with cysts when I bought this skin wash. Within 5 days I was clearing well. Within 2 weeks they were gone. Today, 2 months later, the lingering deep red marks are fading. I've never been free of them.

Northampton MA


Great cleanser


I use the clearing skin wash twice a day and absolutely love it. It doesn't dry out my skin and I've noticed a significant improvement in the severity of breakouts.

Toronto, ON



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Hi, I have a full face of acne but not exorbitantly, like 4-5 pimples on my forehead, 2-3 on each my cheeks and 6 around the mouth. Am I a candidate for the clearing skin wash or it would be too strong? Would the special cleanse be good enough? I'm in my 30's


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Special Cleansing Gel in the morning and Clearing Skin Wash at night. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, for my skin it was recommended to use a ph balanced cleanser as I have multiple breakouts and congestion. What is the ph scale on this product?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. All of our cleansers are pH balanced to the skin and fall in a 4-6 range. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hello, I would like to check there are no retinoids in dermalogica clearing face wash?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. There is no retinal in Clearing Skin Wash. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I am having trouble deciding between Clearing skin wash and Dermal clay cleanser. I have somewhat oily skin. And due to hormone medication Ive started taking recently, I've started getting breakouts on my chin and cheeks. I already use precleanse, hydramist, active moist, sebum mask. Please advice


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Dermal Clay Cleaner is for an extremely oily face. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. You can use one in the morning and one at night if you have both concerns. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Does this help with acne scarring

Taylor Bragg

Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. There are two types of acne scars. For texture scars, laser treatment is your option. For post inflammatory hyper pigmentation (PIH), which are dark marks left behind from acne, you can try Daily Microfoliant, Charcoal Rescue Mask and SPF. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Can I use overnight retinol treatment whilst using this cleanser?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Special Cleansing Gel with Overnight Retinal Repair instead . Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi There - I have been getting breakouts on my chin and forehead over the past couple months. Mostly whiteheads and cystic pimples under the skin. Would this facewash help?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This cleanser is for a full face of acne. Try Sebum Clearing Mask or Overnight Clearing Gel if it is just on the forehead area. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Is this product safe to use during pregnancy?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please check with your doctor since this does contain Salicylic Acid. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I've had constant mild acne since 15. Have tried antibiotics, would this be the best product to recommend?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this cleanser if you have a full face of acne and are no longer using antibiotics or similar prescriptions. Be sure to follow with a light weight moisturizer, like Active Moist. Kind Regards, Bernadette


Hi, I am looking for suitable Dermalogica product for my skin, I am 26 year old and I get spots on my face 2-3 times in a month My skin gets oily and sometimes too dry, I don't know if I should be using medibac clearing product for breakouts in case it dries my skin out. Could you please help me in choosing right products for my skin. Thank you


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. If you only have sporadic breakouts, you should not be using products designed for a full face of acne. Rather, keep your skin balanced, clean and healthy with products like Special Cleansing Gel, Multi Active Toner and Active Moist. If monthly breakouts still come about, you can spot treat them individually with Breakout Clearing Booster. Kind Regards, Bernadette


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