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Glycolic Exfoliating Cleanser/Face Scrub (E1)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Pumice.

Vegan ✔ 365 day guarantee ✔ Cruelty-free ✔ Paraben-free ✔

    • We're making more! Orders containing the SCENTED version of this product will ship on Thursday 20 June.
    • Sulphate-free AHA/BHA exfoliating cleanser with glycolic acid and salicylic acid . Tiny pieces of pumice and crushed walnut shell provide a very gentle exfoliation without the harmful environmental effects of microbeads.
    • If you would like a stronger acid cleanser, you may want to check our Clarifying Cleanser C2.
    • Great skin feel - Skin feels cleansed, purified, fresh, and soft and without any redness. Can help reduce appearance of enlarged pores and fights and cleanses blockages. Look brighter, more energized. E1 is great to use daily.
    • Natural - This product is paraben-free and doesn't contain sillicates, polyethylene glycols (PEGS), SLS, SLES, mineral oils or polluting microbeads - and is not tested on animals (cruelty free). We manufacture all products in the United Kingdom to exacting standards. The scented variant has a small amount of 100% cold-pressed mandarin essential oil for a fresh citrus fragrance.
    • Concentrated and long-lasting - A pea-sized amount of cleanser is enough to wash your face in the morning and evening. 200ml usually lasts our customers around two months.
    • Updated packaging - Now in easy to dispense tubes.

    Our best-selling cleanser.Available unscented or with a hint of mandarin for a great citrus smell, Exfoliating Cleanser E1 is full of skin-scrubbing, cuticle-caressing ingredients to leave your skin feeling bright and refreshed. Glycolic acid (2%) salicylic acid (1%) and just the right amount of ultra-fine grains remove surface oil and dead skin – without causing redness and discomfort.  It's perfect for combination skin or oily and acne-prone skin. It's sulphate-free - and with no nasties too.

    My fave cleanser! The skin feels just so clean and refreshed. Its gentle on my skin too so i dont have to worry about irritating it. Love the mandarin scent, very subtle.

    Karolina Mysliwiecka, March 2018
    Skin type suitability

    Most skin types from combination to oily and acne-prone skin.

    Active Ingredients
    Glycolic Acid 2%
    An alpha hydroxy acid (known to its friends as AHA), glycolic acid help exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the bonds that hold them together. Not only does glycolic acid exfoliate, it also reduces the effects of ageing.
    Pumice Stone
    Tiny pieces of natural pumice stone that will gently exfoliate your skin.
    Salicylic Acid 1%
    A beta hydroxy acid (known to its friends as BHA), salicylic acid resurfaces your skin to leave it soft and bright. And while it’s powerful stuff, the 1% formulation in Exfoliator E1 keeps things light and gentle.
    Willow Bark Extract
    Bark with big benefits, Willow Bark Extract is an anti-inflammatory that cleanses your skin and unblocks your pores.
  • Splash your face with warm water. Apply a pea-size amount and massage in. Leave a minute and rinse with more warm water at body temperature.
  • Aqua, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate (surfactant derived from sarcosinic acid), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, cetyl alcohol (fatty acid), stearic acid (fatty acid), glycolic acid (aha acid), glycerin (humectant), salicylic acid (beta hydroxy acid), xanthan gum (rheology modifier), glyceryl caprylate (emollient), pumice (ground), juglans regia (walnut).

  • pH3.75
    TextureMedium viscosity cream cleanser with exfoliating grains.
    Sulphate-free / SLS-free

4.62 Average

434 Reviews

laura cade

Ive ordered this previously and loved it as my skin is so much clearer. However, the packaging has changed and I really don't like the fact that its in a tub rather than a tube. Its just a faff now and having long nails, anything in a tub is just a pain as most of it just ends up under my nails. Its also a smaller amount of the product than previously supplied in the tube which was disappointing

Barbara Czyrwik

Fantastic product - I can feel that it works and it's quite strong but gentle on the skin. My skin feels so soft and smooth. I have a very sensitive skin so I use it only twice a week and try not to keep on my face for too long otherwise it stings afterwards. Very sustainable - only need a small amount for it work , great value !

Liz Scadden

Really enjoying using this. Leaves skin feeling super smooth and I thought it was very fairly priced for the size of the tub - its lasting me ages!


A good scrub with gentle exfoliation, haven’t experienced any skin tears from the walnut as I thought I would.

Rakhee Sharma

I have brought many products from Face Theory and they have been exceptional. Unfortunately, this product didn't meet the mark. The scrub dried out my skin and caused a reaction in certain areas of my face. I used it with the N10 Serum and the combination didn't work. I have used the products by themselves and still, they flare up my skin. I just think this product isn't right for me but could work well for others.

Hi Rakhee Sorry to hear. If you drop us a line at help@facetheory.com we can arrange a free return and a refund for you. Jamie

Cayleigh Harman

It’s just lovely sick feels amazing. And it’s perfect for very sensitive skin


Love this face scrub, leaves you feeling super clean and dead skin cells removed.


I have textured skin and I have always struggled with this, nothing seemed to work until I came across this product, my skin is so much better. it still has its days of breakouts but this face scrub helps so much. now on my 3rd bottle. thank you facetheory!


worked well on my face helped clear it up and used very liberally

Sandra van der Heijden


Have only been using once a day for a few days and already my face looks and feels clearer and smoother


Dawn Tafla

It does what it says on the jar. Soft, smooth skin. However because it has oil I might just use in winter months. Love this Product x

Léa Scurti

Very good exfoliant. My skin feels amazingly smooth after using it. It didn't have a tremendous effect on my acne but my skin is so much smoother and glowy. And it's nice to know that I'm not putting carcinogenic chemicals on it! I definitely recommend.

Chloe Dillon

Used this 2 days and my skin is amazing. When i get a face wax i come out in tiny spots that disappear after a week or two. Its been 2 days and they are gone. My skin is glowing i rate all of facetheory product's 5*!


Only used this for around a week but now started to see my skin look and feel better

Clare Evans

The product has a good texture and makes my skin feel thoroughly clean - I notice the difference once I've cleansed my face with it in the morning. The pumice is a helpful element as I use this as an exfoliator as well. The only reason why I'm not giving it more is because I haven't used it for long enough yet but very happy so far.



I have been using the product for 2 weeks and my skin looks and feels smoother, better complexion, clearing up uneven skin tone. Brilliant product.


This product is not for a daily cleanse. I’ve used it for two days and it really dried out my skin to a point where it felt really sore. So I think it should be classed as an exfoliator and not a cleanser

Sorry to hear it was a little strong for you - do drop us a line at help@facetheory.com for a refund or exchange.

Meabh O

Helen Ansell

Left a lovely smooth and glow to my skin

Diana Magee

At first, I wasn't sure about this scrub. The particles in it aren't fine at all and I felt like I wasn't getting much of a 'scrub' effect. However, after my first time using it, I was hooked! I use in the shower every 2-3 days and I literally dip the tip of my finger in a couple of times and it's enough so this jar will last eons. The glycolic acid is gentle, but effective leaving me with the smoothest skin I have ever felt. I feel my complexion is brightening and evening out, too.

Emma Fleming

I love this. I have sensitive skin and find it impossible to exfoliate my face without irritating it and causing it to react and become awfully red. This buffs away dead skin cells, but doesn’t dry out my face. It is gentle enough to use 3 times a week for my sensitive skin. My skincare and makeup apply really well after exfoliating with this. My new favourite exfoliator-100% repurchasing.


This scrub has a lovely fresh scent, leaves your face feeling fresh and clean. Highly recommend.

Ricardo Noel

Lovely scrub makes my skin feel super soft.

Mesha Hyde

Nice gentle scrub and you don't need much. Doesn't scratch your face off like others. Use it once every couple of days and keeps my skin clear and soft. Use as part of a skin care routine :)


Amazing scrub. Highly recommend this. My skin is baby soft after using it

Natasha Thomas

I just love this stuff! Unsure whether it does anything but I love applying it to my skin and feeling the little exfoliant beads rub against my skin. Plus smelling gorgeous!


I have combination skin, which is also sensitive and it was always difficult to find a scrub which dealt with the oily parts of my skin without irritating it. I am so glad i found this! My face feels clean, and its not harsh on my skin. Will definitely buy again!

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