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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 4.5 out of 5 by 191.
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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.

Learn more about LHA (Caproloyl Salicylic Acid)

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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 4 out of 5 by from Amazing product but terrible packaging If you struggle with breakouts like me you need this cleanser!!!!! My dermatologist recommended this product to me after I started to breakout and I decided to take the plunge and buy the product and I am so happy I did. Within a week my face looked too much better and I got my confidence back! However, the packaging of the product is horrible. The product spills out of the bottle and you end up wasting so much of it:( I really don't understand why this isn't packaged better especially for the price.
Date published: 2020-07-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great but the packaging is horrible I just recently bought this cleanser and while I love the product and it has done wonders for my skin the packaging is horrible! I’ve had it for a few days and already a significant amount has spilled out into my hands and then into the sink. It’s very hard to control the amount you want to get out of the bottle cus if just pours out. I had to purchase a pump bottle for it because I don’t want to waste such a good product down the sink. I would buy again only if they changed the packaging.
Date published: 2020-07-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great cleanser, AWFUL packaging This is my second purchase of this cleanser. It is very effective, but the packaging is a deal-breaker. A large amount of the tube ends up on my counter, or worse, inside my bag when I try to travel with it. I've tried positioning the tube in different ways without success.Very disappointing because it really is a great product.
Date published: 2020-07-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from NOT WORTH THE MONEY UNTIL PACKAGING CHANGES Y While this cleanser is hands down the best cleanser I’ve ever used and has controlled my hormonal acne, I give it only 2 stars — I run out of it twice as fast because it is constantly leaking out of its packaging. I’ve seen other reviews too about how this is a great product but is such a waste because of the packaging. I ordered this in hope the people writing the reviews just got a flook order but nope, they were right. I bought this cleanser last week and it’s already half way gone because of the leaking and I can’t even figure out where the leak is coming from!! I will not be purchasing this product again because of the leaking and for what the cost is with this issue. it’s such a bummer that this is my favorite product but is a waste.
Date published: 2020-06-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best.Cleanser. Ever! I absolutely love the cleanser! It’s effective without being drying. A little goes a long way. The only thing that kept me from giving 5 stars is the packaging. It pours out too fast and you get more than you actually need. I’d like to see this as a pump package.
Date published: 2020-06-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Seems to be working but smells I bought this cleaner a few weeks ago and have been using it since. It seems to be working well, I haven’t had any big breakouts while using like I had prior. The only thing that i struggle with - and I think it’s weird I haven’t seen any other reviews about this - is the smell. I think it’s great the product is free of any fake fragrance, but my cleanser smells like stale cigarettes. Is this normal?? I purchased from Skinceuticals directly.
Date published: 2020-05-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate- Not Good This cleanser feels tingly when you use it, so it feels like it is working. I still had acne while using this cleanser. I finally went to an acne specialist and she recommended that I stop using this product because it contains Sodium Laureth Sulfate as an ingredient. This ingredient is listed as a "3" moderate chance of causing acne. I'm glad I stopped using this product, it is expensive & does not help with Acne!!
Date published: 2020-05-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best cleanser I've EVER USED! I bought this a few weeks ago and have never loved a cleaner more. It feels like it enters and flushes out every pore and leaves my skin feeling so refreshed with almost a minty/menthol feeling (which feels sooooo clean). I've had adult acne since I was 21 and this is the best product I've found for it. The only reason it is four stars instead of 5 is that the bottle itself does indeed suck, as other reviewers have mentioned. I'll probably buy a new bottle to put it in at amazon or walmart! Which is annoying and totally fixable by the company but will not stop me from buying this magical product. Worth every penny (but fix the bottle!!!)
Date published: 2020-05-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Fast! Wow! All I can say is this product has given me my skin back and my confidence. I used this product for 3 days morning and night and it cleared my pesky forehead acne that I get around that time of month. I could not be happier with this product. It can be slightly drying so start with washing your face with it once a day, and increase as tolerated.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Cleanser I absolutely love this cleanser. My face feels fabulous after using this gel. The only thing I don't like is the container. Because it's not a thick gel, you have to be extremely careful because it comes out so quickly, giving you an over abundance of cleanser.
Date published: 2020-04-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Blackheads be gone! I am now on my second bottle of the LHA cleanser and it will forever be a part of my skincare routine! I have acne prone skin and also had a lot of blackheads on my nose. My skin is almost completely clear and I have almost zero blackheads on my nose now! IT IS AMAZING!!! I recommend it to all my friends. The price is great for the large size!
Date published: 2020-04-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Horrible packaging I completely agree with many others who are disappointed in the packaging of your LHA Cleanser. I too love the product however the leakage of the cleanser is very very frustrating and disappointing! I have invested in many of your products which are costly so to lose a portion of a product each time you use it may force me to look for another line of products. I should not have to re-bottle this product along with the toner (yes the design of this cap will also leak). I use your Retinol, CE Ferulic, Hyaluronic Acid and B5 Gel to name a few. It is a shame that I need to explore other skin care lines for a simple packaging defect.
Date published: 2020-04-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from eh The product packaging is definitely poor as some reviewers mentioned - a pump is probably best to combat this for that size of cleanser. The cleanser also contains sodium laureth sulfate, which used to be in a lot of shampoos and cleansers but a lot of products these days don't contain them due to widespread knowledge that it is drying. I found that the cleanser was okay - nothing revolutionary but worth mentioning that it is drying. Disappointing from such a reputable skincare company like Skinceuticals.
Date published: 2020-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Best to clear skin. Worst packaging still I have been using the LHA cleanser for over 8 years. It's thick gel and menthol added make sure my skin feels completely clean and free from daily dirt and makeup. During dry season, I use exfoliating scrub with it to ensure my skin glows. At 43 years old, I know what does and doesn't work for my skin. This works. I use a regimen of Skinceuticals for my face, neck and chest. I'm constantly complimented on my glowing and clear skin. The only negative, the product packaging. It's terrible. Terrible. They've changed the bottle, still leaks. I don't mind paying for quantity products. I do mind when the packaging leaks my purchase. Skinceuticals: FIND ANOTHER PRODUCT MANUFACTURER. I shouldn't have to re-bottle this each time I buy another LHA cleanser. I'll continue to use your products. Please find a solution.
Date published: 2020-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loving it Loving this facial cleanser. I have been using it now for about a month and it is now a staple in my skin care routine.
Date published: 2020-02-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Cleanser for Adult Acne! I've been using this cleanser for about 3 months now, and it has GREATLY reduced my hormonal acne and the occasional pimples that come up on my face. If I feel a pimple coming up, cleansing with this 2x per day greatly reduces the size of the pimple or kills it all together. I HIGHLY recommend this product!! I know it might be a little costly, but the product is rather large, so it lasts a long time. For example, one purchase should last you 3 months - I know mine has.
Date published: 2020-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Terrible Packaging My daughter's derm recommended this product and it costs more than I woud normally spend but my dear 18 year old is suffering with acne so I made the purchase. So much comes out the second the cap is opened, way too much is wasted. I see others have said the same and year after year nothing has changed...wondering if anyone even cares. Waste of our money for sure!
Date published: 2020-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Now I know why this was in high demand! I bought this product finally a month ago I wanted to wait until the whole kit was available but I couldn’t risk it going out of stock again. This cleanser paired with the lha toner and the b5 gel is a skin game changer! This hidden under the skin pimples are gone just after a few weeks. I’m so very happy with this product! Reasonably priced too!!
Date published: 2019-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing product! This has been THE ONLY product that has cleared up my acne. I love the tingling sensation. Also a little goes a long way. I am on my 3rd bottle.
Date published: 2019-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Holy Grail Absolutely the best cleanser I have ever used, hands down. I have extremely problematic/combo skin and this has CHANGED MY LIFE. Add in Blemish + Age Defense if you struggle with acne and you have a little slice of heaven in your bathroom.
Date published: 2019-12-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from When will this product be restocked? This is a great cleanser that has worked wonders on my skin. My only complaint is that it has been out of stock for over a month now. Can you please give us an update as to when you expect this product to be available again?
Date published: 2019-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Yet another Skin Ceutical product I love After two washes this cleanser has stopped my forming cystic acne in its tracks. I’ve had cystic acne through my 20’s and the only other thing that had worked was taking medication, which I don’t like to rely on. The nodules usually form before the start of my monthly cycle and they last for up to 2 weeks, and sometimes leave what looks like bruises; it’s that bad. This face wash added to my regimen seems to be the cure for my cursed skin. I’m only on my first bottle but I notice instant results: clearer skin, less congested pores, no more giant nodules, improved texture. I am so happy I found this face wash! Yet another Skin Ceuticals product that has helped my skin, I hope they keep this product around forever because this is the only face wash for me.
Date published: 2019-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from KEEPS ACNE AT BAY This is the only face wash that's EVER worked for clearing my skin! I am so excited it is back in stock and can't wait for my order to arrive at home. I have broken out so much without this cleanser in my routine. I would give the cleanser 5 stars but I am giving 4 because I am upset with how long it was out of stock for!!?? I think the packaging is fine, just store it in a way that the lid faces up. By the way, my review is real.. I always question reviews on product sites but this cleanser literally is amazing and has genuinely helped me. Please try it if you have sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Date published: 2019-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best cleanser I absolutely love this cleanser. It's the only thing I use to wash my face and I rely on it to be my go to wash because it really really works for my oily acne prone skin. Having it out of stock is killing me. Packaging is bad but it never stopped me from adoring the product as it is so worth investing in your skin care regime. Please don't ever drop this from the line of cleansers!
Date published: 2019-11-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from When will this come back in stock?? This is the only cleanser that has ever worked for my cystic aging skin. Even though the packaging is awful and leaky, the product is amazing. Maybe they are changing the packaging and that's why it's out of stock? I need it soon - pleeeeeeeease bring it back!
Date published: 2019-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Favorite Cleanser Absolute favorite cleanser- please bring back and keep it in the line
Date published: 2019-10-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please restock I have been waiting for this item to be replenished for over a month now. I rely on this product to maintain and prevent problems with my skin. Please provide an update on when this will be back in stock. I’m sure I’m not the only unhappy customer.
Date published: 2019-10-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!! This is the only face wash that worked for my hormonal cystic like acne!! Can be a bit drying so make sure you use a good moisturizer! so sad that its out of stock, PLEASE RESTOCK
Date published: 2019-09-30
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Best Cleanser WORST Packing Why is it taking so long to fix this packing? I actually hesitated to buy because of the reviews and thought “Its skinceuticals - the packaging can’t be that bad” . Its actually worse than I could imagine. There are complaints about this packaging that go back over 1 year. It’s the worst packaging on a beauty product I’ve ever purchased. It leaks everywhere. I lost a significant amount of product the first day before I used it because I stored it right side up. Ok no biggie -so I figured to solve that I’ll just store it upside down. However, it still leaks everywhere. There is no control over how much comes out when dispensing in your hand. It leaks all around the black spout and then runs down the bottle every time you use it. This would get 5 stars if you change the packaging. I do absolutely love the cleanser- I have sensitive skin and have had no irritation and have noticed a huge difference in my skins congestion. Unfortunately I WONT purchase again until you change the packaging. It’s so frustrating especially from a brand with a great reputation like skinceuticals.
Date published: 2019-09-29
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
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