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breakout clearing foaming wash

deep cleans and purifies skin

This breakout fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck ... wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.Learn More

This breakout fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck ... wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.Learn More

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breakout clearing foaming wash

This breakout fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck ... wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.
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

  • Salicylic Acid dives deep into pores, clearing dead skin cells and trapped oils to help wipe out existing and future breakouts.
  • Formulated with 8 botanicals including Tea Tree, Lavender and Camellia Sinensis, known to gently soothe and calm irritated skin.
  • Orange Peel Extract revives, energizes and refreshes.

how to use

Morning and night, lather a small amount 
in damp hands, then rub over face, neck, chest ... anywhere you want to wipe out dirt and breakouts. Keep out of your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.

quick tip

Can't remember to use your face wash? Keep it in the shower!

ingredients

Active ingredient: Salicylic Acid .50%. Other ingredients: Water/Aqua/Eau, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Acrylates/Beheneth-25 Methacrylate Copolymer, Polysorbate-20, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Oleanolic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Enantia Chlorantha Bark Extract, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Spiraea Ulmaria Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Porpyra Umbilicalis Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Rhizome/Root Extract, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol.

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 clear start product system

A system of powerful, technology-driven formulas that deliver fast-acting, multitasking results for breakout-prone skin.

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clear start

A system of powerful, technology-driven formulas that deliver fast-acting, multitasking results for breakout-prone skin.

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
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
cruelty-free

how it works

Created by the skin health experts at Dermalogica, Clear Start™ is a system of powerful, technology-driven formulas that deliver fast-acting, multitasking results for breakout-prone skin. Formulated without artificial fragrances or colors, Clear Start™ combines the best of science with nature to fight breakouts without stripping the skin. Every product contains active breakout-fighting ingredients and soothing natural botanicals that keep skin clear, hydrated and balanced.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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breakout clearing foaming wash
 
4.5

(based on 59 reviews)

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    (44)

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    (6)

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    (5)

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5.0

LOVE IT SO MUCH

By 

from Orlando, FL

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

I use this product to help now that my acne is gone it keeps it away and it's a gentle non harming cleanser that makes me feel refreshed each time

 
5.0

I love this product

By 

from London

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

This foaming wash really helped clear up my skin and cleared up any scars that were on my face! I will be purchasing again

  • How old are you?:
  • Under 18
 
5.0

Great results

By 

from Sussex, England

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

I use this face wash twice a day, and the pore control scrub once a day, makes blackheads less noticeable and helps spots heal faster, skin is clearer than ever and doesn't feel dried out :)

  • How old are you?:
  • Under 18
 
5.0

I will be buying this again

By 

from Leeds

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

This face wash is amazing if you have problem skin like mine, i am prone to acne and have breakouts often. I could tell a difference after the first time of using this face wash and it dried my spots and cleared my skin after the second time of using. Really lovely product and made my skin feel amazing too! I will definitely be buying this again and again.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
2.0

I honestly don't know ??

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from Los Angeles, CA

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

A "skin expert" at Ulta Beauty recommended that I use this product along with the microfoliant to help my skin. I have been using it for the past 5 days now, and my skin has gotten noticeably worse. Where my skin was once smooth and clear, pimples have bursted out of nowhere. And I don't know if my skin is just purging since I just started to use it, or if it is normal to break out when using a new cleanser, but either way IT IS NOT HELPING. MY OLD SKIN CARE ROUTINE THAT CONSISTED OF DRUG-STORE PRODUCTS WAS WAY BETTER. I WANT MY MONEY BACK.

  • How old are you?:
  • Under 18
 
5.0

Best skincare range of all time!

By 

from Melbourne, Australia

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

I have been using this for years now and love it! Tried out a new (expensive) skincare range recently to change things up and my skin was worse than its ever been! I didn't want to leave the house. I switched straight back to dermalogica and within a week my skin had cleared up again. Love this product, wouldn't use anything else!

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

My face now looks 10x worse!!!

By 

from Wantage

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

My skin was fairly red before with a few clustered and unsightly breakouts across my cheeks and on my chin, but no breakouts on my forehead. However, after using this product a couple times, I suddenly have a forehead dotted with spots which I am NOT happy about, and the same spots on my cheeks and chin have remained - having read the amazing reviews I was expecting to wake up with clearer skin, but instead look like I belong on a pizza board. Clearly you should not buy if you do not have cystic acne.

 
5.0

I will difently buy this product again.

By 

from Puerto Rico

Verified Buyer

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

This product have help my daughter breakout to be eliminated. Great product.

  • How old are you?:
  • 35-44
 
5.0

Best Acne Treatment

By 

from Marquette Mi

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

I had been using proactiv for years, and as soon as I stopped using it, my face started to break out. The day that I started to use the Clear Start system, my face already looked clearer. Now, after my 2nd week of using it, my skin is clear. Five Stars.

  • How old are you?:
  • 18-24
 
5.0

I love this

By 

from Nottingham

Comments about breakout clearing foaming wash:

I have been using this product since I first tried the sample. it is amazing at cleaning my face without feeling dry. It helped clean my skin and breakouts are reduced noticeably. my whole family noticed a big difference in my skin and how clear it is now.

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  • Q:

    I was wondering if I have to use anything after the foam wash when I use it for my body (chest, back). I'm using a Nivea moisturiser and Thayers Witch Hazel toner on my face after the foam wash however nothing for my body. Is there anything I should use, for example lotion?
    Asked on 4/23/2018 by Trisha from London, UK

    1 answer

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      A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion morning and night.

      Kind Regards,

      Bernadette

      Answered on 5/7/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the percentage of salicylic acid?
    Asked on 3/14/2018 by Daniel from England

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      A:

      Hello,

      It contains .5%

      Thank you

      Answered on 3/30/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Trying to figure what is best for my teen...she has more dry skin. This winter has even had a small spot of eczema show up on her cheek...but better after a few days of good moisturizing. but she has some acne on her forehead and black heads on her nose. She wants completely clear skin but I've been afraid of the harsher washes and stuff her brother with oily skin used. But again want her skin clear. She does use a cleanser currently and spot treatment some with tretinoin
    Asked on 1/7/2018 by Bariga from Martin, ga

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      A:

      Hi Bariga,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. She should not use any exfoliants when using tretinoin.

      Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 1/9/2018 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    My 15 year old son has been using this product, plus the emergency spot treatment, for about a week. He seems to have broken out more. Is this normal? I wasn't sure if the product was clearing out his skin or if this is a reaction to it. He doesn't like having more acne, but he will still use it if it is going to get better.
    Asked on 10/2/2017 by Pam from Lincoln, NE

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      A:

      Hi Pam,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is normal to purge in the beginning. However, he should follow his cleanser with moisturizer to keep the skin balanced. I recommend Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 10/2/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    What is the difference between this and the other acne face wash?
    Asked on 8/7/2017 by Emilyrose from Alabama

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      A:

      Hello Emily Rose,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clear Start is for teen acne which is caused by puberty and genetics. It has a fast healing time. MediBac is for adult acne which is caused by hormones, stress, genetics, pollution, lifestyle, etc. It has a slow healing time and is also affected by aging.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

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

    When can I expect to notice a difference?
    Asked on 3/9/2017 by Ally from Howell, Nj

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      A:

      Dear Ally,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Everyone's skin is different so it is hard to say. Teen acne can be caused by puberty and genetics. No topical product will reverse puberty or change genetics. Therefore, the acne may not go away 100% but it can definitely be managed. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be patient and persistent with the products. Be sure to use them every morning and night for consistent results and healthy skin.

      Kind Regards,
      Bernadette

      Answered on 3/10/2017 by Anonymous
  • Q:

    Does my daughter need to, or should she, wash the make up off of her face first before using the cleanser?
    Asked on 11/28/2016 by Jennifer from Minnesota

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      A:

      Dear Jennifer,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash is not for the eyes, so it cannot remove eye makeup. At Dermalogica, we recommend everyone preforms a nightly double cleanse. The first step is always Precleanse (safe for the eyes and removes makeup, oils, debris, etc), followed by the prescribed cleanser. In other words, your daughter can remove her makeup with Precleanse first and follow with Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 11/29/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Can I use this product during pregnancy?
    Asked on 11/2/2016 by Y from israel

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      Dear Y,

      Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Please do not use this during pregnancy, as it has Salicylic Acid.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 11/3/2016 by Bernadette from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    Hi, My son don't have any breakout yet, he is currently 12 years old, can he still use this line of skincare, or have you any good recommendations? ,
    Asked on 5/2/2016 by samsamly from UK

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    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question. This is for teenage acne. If you are concerned about maintenance, please try Special Cleansing Gel and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 5/3/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
  • Q:

    identify thr contra indication listed for this product
    Asked on 3/4/2016 by samia from South Australia, Australia

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    • A:

      Hello,

      Thank you for your question. Please do not use Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash if you are pregnant or nursing. Please also avoid this product if you are any oral or topical acne medications.

      Kind Regards,
      The Dermalogica Team

      Answered on 3/7/2016 by DermalogicaSkinTherapist from Los Angeles
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