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Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser Exfoliating face cream

Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser is rated 3.7 out of 5 by 34.
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Dual-action chemical and mechanical exfoliating cream effectively purifies while removing surface dead skin cells to refine texture, brighten skin, and clear acne blemishes

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Product Details

Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser is a dual-action exfoliating cream formulated with a 7% concentration combining salicylic, glycolic, and lactic acids and exfoliating pumice beads to efficiently remove dead skin cells, while purifying and clarifying skin. This gentle exfoliating cleanser dissolves pore congestion, smooths skin texture, and promotes skin clarity, effectively priming skin for at-home cosmeceutical use.

  • Dual-action mechanical and chemical exfoliating agents brighten skin and clear acne blemishes.
  • Clarifies the skin and smooths out rough texture.
  • Paraben-, sulfate-, soap-, fragrance-, dye- and alcohol-free.
  • Suitable for dry, normal, oily, or combination skin prone to breakouts.

How To Use


Once daily, gently massage a small amount of this exfoliating cream onto a wet face and neck with light circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with warm water and pat dry. If using in the morning, follow with a SkinCeuticals vitamin C serum and sunscreen. If using in the evening, following with a SkinCeuticals corrective product or moisturizer.

Key Ingredients

  • Salicylic acid
  • Glycolic acid
  • Lactic acid
  • Pumice

Extracted from the bark of willow trees, this beta-hydroxy acid unclogs pores while removing excess sebum and dead skin cells.

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aqua / water / eau, propylene glycol, behenyl betaine, triethanolamine, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, lactic acid, pumice, sodium chloride, phenoxyethanol, peg-100 stearate, zinc pca, glyceryl stearate, disodium edta, sodium benzoate

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Clarifying exfoliating cleanser is a great product for our acne prone clients. The mild mixture of acids are perfect for sensitive congested skin.

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Doesn't Live Up to the Original Formula It's hard to judge this product on its own merit when it's replacing a product ("Clarifying Cleanser") that was vastly superior to this one. The "Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser" is a good product (keeps my adult acne at bay), but the original "Clarifying Cleanser" was one of the best products I had ever used in my life. I used it for years, and it completely retextured my skin and returned me to the flawless complexion I had in my teens (I'm in my mid-30s now). The "Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser" is much gentler than the original "Clarifying Cleanser," and as a result, it's less potent in its skin-clearing and skin-retexturing power.
Date published: 2019-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very effective cleanser My dermatologist suggested this and I’m SO glad she did. I use a lot of different products from Skinceuticals and generally find them to be very effective. I started using the Lactic Acid cleanser about a year ago and it was great, but then I think my skin got used to it. This cleanser is amazing!!! It is exactly what my skin needed and I’m already seeing acne clearing and marks fading and just general healing going on. I never used the old formula that a lot of reviews reference so I can’t compare, but I love this. It doesn’t smell fragrant but it doesn’t smell bad. I think the smell is totally fine if it’s working like this!
Date published: 2018-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Product I've been using this product for years, but it's not as good as the original formula. I have to wash twice to make my skin actually feel clean. I miss the microbeads and the nice fragrance as well. It still works to clear my pores and to keep my adult acne and blackheads at bay, but I still miss the original formula. I'll definitely keep using it because I love Skinsceuticals products, but I still miss the old formula. Thanks for the great products otherwise Skinsceuticals! Love y'all!
Date published: 2019-04-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed!!!!!!!! I am not sure if the Clarifying Cleanser that I used was discontinued, but this is definitely not it. This does not feel like it cleanses. It does not feel like it exfoliates. It leaves a film on my face. This is the first time I have been completely disappointed in a SkinCeuticals product. I have used them for more than 10 years now.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolute skin saver I bought this product, despite seeing reviews about it not being "scrubby" enough. I found that it had plenty of grains in it to scrub my skin but not so much that it was injuring my skin. Within a week, the persistent acne on my jawline cleared up. A month later I went on vacation and did not take this with me. Within 2 days the acne started popping up again. This was the only part of my daily skin care routine that I did not bring. I brought another high end brand sample size scrub instead. Over the week the acne just kept getting worse. I got home and started washing with this twice a day again. 7 days later all the acne is gone and my skin is clear and looks so much better. I don't know what this was like "before" but this product is absolutely perfect just the way it is. My skin has never looked better and I will never use anything else.
Date published: 2019-08-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nothing like the old clarifying cleanser I respect that Skinceuticals removed the microbeads from their old Clarifying Cleanser, but this is a poor replacement. It doesn't feel like it cleans my face, leaves a residue, and smells terrible.
Date published: 2018-09-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Do not buy if wanting to wash off makeup! I bought this product with the intention to wash off my makeup at the end of the night. It clearly says on the packaging that it washes off dirt and make up ... It does NOT do this! My face still has mascara and makeup residue after using this cleaner - I am so disappointed. I have been using Skinceuticals for almost 5 years and have been happy with other products, but this does not work as advertised. I am hoping to get my money back so that I can buy what I have in the past.
Date published: 2019-04-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Loved the original version I was so devastated by the fact that the original clarifying cleanser was replaced. It was the best cleanser I have ever used for many many years. No other medical cleansers, otc cleansers, high-end cleansers could compare to the original clarifying cleanser. Please bring back the original formula if you truly care about your all-time loyal customers.
Date published: 2019-03-15
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