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LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin Face wash for acne prone skin

LHA Cleansing Gel: Our Best Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 167.
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Exfoliating gel cleanser decongests pores, smoothes skin texture, and brightens skin

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Product Details

LHA Cleanser is a targeted exfoliating cleanser featuring a conditioning surfactant and a 12% concentration of key ingredients combining lipo-hydroxy acid, glycolic acid, salicylic acid, glycerin, and sorbitol to remove excess oils and makeup, while decongesting pores and brightening skin. Formulated for aging skin prone to breakouts, this deep cleansing gel gently refines the appearance of congested pores and helps to reduce blemishes without drying the skin.

  • Features a blend of salicylic acids to address breakouts and visible signs of aging
  • Delivers even exfoliation to unclog congested pores
  • Removes excess oils and makeup
  • Paraben-, soap-, fragrance-, dye- and alcohol-free
  • Suitable for oily, combination, and aging skin types

How To Use


Twice daily, apply a small amount of this exfoliating cleanser onto a wet face and neck using a 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, follow with a SkinCeuticals corrective product or moisturizer.

  • Science & Proof

  • Science

    Aging skin prone to breakouts has a unique set of needs. As skin ages, it experiences a natural loss of moisture and slowdown in the cell turnover cycle, which may cause excess dead skin cells to clog pores and result in breakouts. However, many traditional blemish fighting ingredients have the potential to dry out skin. This can exacerbate the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

    Effective daily cleansing and exfoliation can help decongest pores and remove excess sebum and dead skin cells. Designed specifically for oily, combination, and aging skin, LHA Cleanser combines a blend of exfoliating and hydrating ingredients to address blemishes and visible signs of aging at the same time.

Key Ingredients

  • LHA (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid)
  • Glycolic acid
  • Salicylic acid

A lipo-hydroxy acid, LHA exfoliates the skin, decongests clogged pores, refines the skin’s surface, and has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effects.

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aqua / water / eau, coco-betaine, propylene glycol, peg-120 methyl glucose dioleate, sorbitol, glycerin, glycolic acid, triethanolamine, sodium laureth sulfate, sodium chloride, disteareth-100 ipdi, salicylic acid, capryloyl salicylic acid, menthol, disodium edta, steareth-100

Physician Insight

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Your skin will thank you for using this three acid cleanser that Ph balances your skin so that you receive the best efficacy from the other products in your regimen. I use it morning and night.

Dr. Patti Flint – Patti Flint, MD

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST FACE WASH EVER You know when someone says if they could give this product more than five stars they would? Well, I’m that person. I have tried EVERYTHING and this is it. I have spent hundreds on the perfect skin care regime and all I needed was this face wash. It’s literally a game changer. I never had acne and then I hit 28 and BAM out of no where I got so much hormonal acne and this saved my face. I’m so disappointed that it is sold out. So I would take one star off for that because it’s literally sold out everywhere online and in stores. WHEN WILL IT BE RESTOCKED!?? I’m scared to see what will become of my face without it!! PLEASE RESTOCK IT!! Nowww!!
Date published: 2019-09-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from High Quality Acne Cleanser I have been a faithful user of Simply Clean Cleanser for Oily Skin, however, I started to get a breakout so I decided to give this a try, and I am so glad that I did. I have read all of the reviews, and I disagree with some of the comments made about the bottle, and the leakage. I have had no issues at all. After I am done with it, I place it on a holder leaning against the wall with the bottle/cap facing upwards toward the ceiling,This is a cleanser that after 1 use, my acne cleared up, skin doesn’t feel overly dry, and overall my skin looks and feels good. I think that anyone who is facing acne should try this product, you will be very satisfied with it.
Date published: 2019-01-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love the product but not the new packaging! I have used this for years. I have aging acne prone skin and this is the best! I am disappointed in the new packaging. We need a pump bottle for this product. I transfer it into another flip top travel bottle. The new packaging results in more product than you need coming out with each use. This leads to waste. It appears to me that the company repackaged it so you would use more and buy it more often. That is very frustrating from a loyal SkinCeuticals customer, especially when the products are already pricey. P.S. confused about the Nickname. Trying to post my review using same nickname I used for a review I just posted on another product and I cannot use the same nickname.
Date published: 2018-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Product // Poor (new) packaging My skin has always been very sensitive and in the past it has been difficult to find a product that checks all the boxes for me. It is such a relief to have found a product that works so well. It cleanses thoroughly and without drying or irritating and foams up just enough, but not too much. I've used this cleanser for a little over two years and continue to be happy with the result. I use it in combination with the LHA toner (great product as well). I will say that the new tube packaging has been a huge disappointment. Its very difficult to manage how much comes out and it leaks quite a bit. Please repackage in the pump bottle! I wish I would have kept one of the old bottles to transfer it into.
Date published: 2018-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Everything I need in a cleanser I have a consistent history of acne prone skin and I've tried everything under the sun from medications to topical. This cleanser is the only thing that has ever worked on my skin! It keeps my breakouts at bay, but doesn't over-dry. I love using this cleaner with the LHA toner, the combination packs a punch that my skin desperately needs! The only down side is the company recently changed the bottle to this tube-type thing and it wastes a TON of product no matter how your store or pour it. I'm really hoping it's just this one particular bottle, otherwise I'll be pouring the contents into a bottle instead.
Date published: 2018-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Love the Product, Hate the Bottle! I started using this product in September on recommendation by my Aesthetician and the product is a good cleanser (be aware it doesn't smell great, though) The problem is with the bottle. The product is thin, and it leaks out of the cap because of the gravity bottle. Having the opening on the bottom means that a lot of the product is wasted, and with the price that's hard to stomach! The packaging is horrible, and reading the reviews it looks like it was changed to this a year or so ago. I see now that it's not available - I'm hoping that it's because you're changing bottles! It is really wasteful right now.
Date published: 2019-04-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cleanser for combination/oily skin Hands down best cleanser I have ever used. It actually removes all of my make-up without making my skin look dehydrated. It does not take much, just a small drop goes a long way. The 8 ounces lasts a long time. I have tried many department store brands along with other skincare companies that are pretty popular these days. None of them remove all of my make-up and clarify my skin like LHA Cleansing Gel. My info: I am 46 years old and have occasional breakouts. My skin has become more dry in the winter months in the last few years.
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Almost too lightweight I first got introduced to this product while getting a facial at a salon. Before this product, I've been just using drug-store products and they never seem to work after a while so I tried this product. I love this cleanser, it is so nice and soft and will hopefully last a long time. I only gave this product 3 stars because it is very lightweight and delicate, too delicate. I started to realize that most of the cleanser was almost gone because it was leaking out of the top! You have to be really careful when opening it and setting it down. I was very disappointed at what bottle they decided to use. Leaked almost half of it.
Date published: 2017-11-25
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