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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.

My new go to face wash!


I love this face wash! It's light enough but makes my face feel super clean. I like there isn't a strong smell as well. I don't feel like it's harsh on my face like some acne face washes have been in the past!

Clinton, MS

Aggressive breakouts after a while of using


I have suffered with acne for a while and was hoping this wash along with a few other products in this line would help. I love Dermalogica products however i would be careful with this wash. Its very harsh and immediately my skin flared up with very nasty breakouts - after a few months of using i had hoped it may calm down but it seems this wash irritates more than anything. Im sure it works on some people but if you have sensitive acne skin- i would be careful using this product.

Devon, UK

I love this product


This product clears my skin so quickly! I feel like it protects my skin from toxins in advance...it's THAT good! I'll definitely buy it again

New York, NY

Best wash for break outs!


Love this cleanser for acne and clogged pours.

Hollis, NH


Only cleanser I'll ever use!


I've been using this cleanser every day for just over two years and the only thing that disappoints me is the fact I didn't try it sooner! I'm 23 and have been dealing with acne for nearly ten years and have tried nearly every product under the sun. This is my favourite cleanser as it does it's job and reduces my breakouts without drying my skin out. It is expensive but the 500ml bottle that I buy lasts me nearly a whole year as you only need a pea sized amount each use. Please be aware that for some people, within the first few weeks of using this cleanser your skin may get worse before you start seeing results, this happened to me but with further research I found that this process was normal and my skin was just purging itself from all the dirt and bacteria deep in my pores.

Lismore, Australia


I would buy this product!


I can't believe how my skin has improved. My family and friends compliment me on my great skin. Dermalogica is worth every penny.

Fort Collins, CO


This might be the product i use for the rest of my life


This face was is so wonderful. One of the greatest thing about this, other than the fact that it has giving life again, is the small portions needed. Whenever other products say "just need a pea size amount", it is wrong. But the skin wash only needs that amount and even then, I feel like I have used too much because I can clean my entire face and then some.





I have been using this product just over a month, and I still love it. I noticed a difference in my skin after one week of using it. It doesn't strip your skin, or leave it feeling tight and dry. It lathers really well. Highly recommend for acne prone skin, it even worked with my cystic. Exfolation is necessary with that skin type and the salicylic in this cleanser works really well.

Woodland Hills, CA


Best cleanser


My skin looks brighter and clearer! Also product feels and smells great.



Great for sweaty faces!


This product is great for those of us who get sweaty faces due to being in warm environments and/or working out. Love the fresh smell too

World traveller



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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

I've been using for two full months now and am still seeing breakouts...is 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

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!

Desperate for clear skin

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

Is it safe to use during pregnancy? Thanks


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

Is the medibac products safe for use during pregnancy?


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.

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.


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

Will the oils in this product clog pores or cause additional breakouts? Most acne products are oil free.


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.

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