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clearing skin wash

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.
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.

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.



POOR RECOMMENDATIONS for my teenage daughter


My daughter has been using this for months along with the break out control and clear water gel. Her skin has only gotten worse. When I called for advice I was told to add the daily microfoliant and the sebum clearing mask, nothing has changed. I was making an appointment with a dermatologist when I decided to do some investigating and saw the slew of negative reviews about the clearing skin wash and realized this is most likely the culprit. I am disappointed that a representative was not knowledgeable enough to pick up on this and that my daughter has needlessly endured an already distressing situation and we are now out $120 as well.





I have been dealing with acne since I was a young teenager. I have gone through the phases of it being really terrible, and then clearing up. I have very oily, acne prone skin. I used the clear start kit for several years as a teen and into my early twenties and had amazing results from it. However, I grew out of that as my skin became too used to it. I have tried all kinds of products and I heard of the medibac kit. Since I had such good luck with dermalogica before, I thought this adult acne kit would be just as amazing. That is absolutely not the case. I used this face wash, the oil control lotion and the over night clearing gel for 5-6 weeks. Within the first couple of days my face broke out worse than I have ever experienced. I was using the kit every morning and every night, religiously. And every day when I woke up, I had more acne. And not just small pimples, but huge cystic acne that would not go away, all over my chin and cheeks. I stopped the kit for about a week because it was drying out my skin too much and I just used a basic cleanser and kit. My face really started clearing up. So I thought I would slowly add the medibac kit back into my routine. After the FIRST time of using this wash again, just this face wash, my face broke out in brand new cystic acne. I used it one time daily for a couple more days, and every day had more acne. So this face wash was obviously the cause of my break outs. I would definitely never suggest this wash to anyone. I really wanted to love this wash and was so excited to try it. Now I'm just patiently waiting for the damage it has done to be repaired.

Cincinnati, OH


A staple in my skin care routine


I recently switched to Dermalogica products to help combat my adult acne and just a week of using this cleanser I can already see a difference! I can't wait to see what changes it makes with long term use!

Columbus, OH


Terrible product


This face wash made my face break out even more, I dont remember having this much acne since I was a teenager. A waste of 60 $




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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


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.

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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

Is this effective for backne?


Hello, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes you can use on the the face, neck, back and chest. Kind Regards, Bernadette

What is the pH level of this cleanser?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is pH balanced to the skin, so it falls in a 4-6 range. Kind Regards, Bernadette

Is dermalogica aware that a ph of 4 and above makes this product virtually useless? "As far as skincare products go, Salicylic Acid (SA) is pH dependent requiring an acidity level of 4 or lower to effectively exfoliate and treat acne at its maximum capacity. Anything higher reduces its potency"


I've been using for two full months now and am still seeing it possible it's too harsh for my skin? Any recommendations on what cleanser to switch to?


Hello , Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I apologize for your negative experience. Clearing Skin Wash is for a full face of acne. If your acne persists, it can be due to internal or external factors that trigger breakouts for you. Kind Regards, Bernadette

I was just wondering what's the percentage of salicylic acid concentration is used in this cleanser?


Hello Nat, Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. This cleanser contains .5% Salicylic Acid. For your reference, the full ingredient list is at the bottom of the product page. Kind Regards, Bernadette

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