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Clarifying Cleanser (C2)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid.

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

    • Triple cleansing power with glycolic acid (4%), salicylic acid (2%) and lactic acid (1%). Research shows that topical application of AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid exfoliate skin. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which exfoliates by penetrating deep into the pore.
    • Great for oily, congested, blemish-prone skin - We've made sure that this cleanser is powerful enough to get to work on more oily and congested skin. The ingredients will help unblock pores and reduce redness while gently resurfacing the upper layer of your epidermis. You can also use this cleanser as a face peel - simply leave on for five minutes and then rinse away for a really deep cleanse.
    • Less irritation - We use an amino acid called Arginine that is actually great for sensitive skin and dermatitis. Glycerin and sweet almond oil provide gentle hydration.
    • Natural - This product is paraben-free and doesn't contain sillicates, polyethylene glycols (PEGS), mineral oils or polluting microbeads - and is not tested on animals (cruelty free). We manufacture all of our 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. 150ml usually lasts our customers around two months.

    All you need to cleanse oilier skin.From clogged pores to reapplying make-up every ten minutes, oily skin can be frustrating. That’s why Cleanser C2 is specially formulated to tackle excess oils, giving you balanced and even skin.

    My daughter swears by this and it keeps her acne away and calms her skin down.

    Clare Jarvis, March 2018
    Skin type suitability

    Combination / Combination to Oily skin.

    Active Ingredients
    An amino acid - we use it to to adjust the pH of this cleanser. However - unlike sodium hydroxide it also has great functional benefits. Studies show that patients with dermatitis treated with 2.5% arginine hydrochloride ointment showed a a continuous increase in skin moisture - making it great for a cleanser.
    From anti-aging to hydration, avocado oil has it all. With antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E, it’s everything you need to soothe irritation and slow the signs of ageing.
    Glycolic Acid 4%
    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.
    Lactic Acid 1%
    An alpha hydroxy acid lactic acid exfoliates cells on the surface of skin
    Salicylic Acid 2%
    A beta hydroxy aci, salicylic acid resurfaces your skin to leave it soft and bright.
    Sweet Almond Oil
    A non-volatile, non-fragrant, non-irritating oil extracted from the seeds of almonds which makes a great emollient. It's a source of skin-repairing ingredients including triglycerides and oleic, linoleic, and myristic fatty acids.
  • 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, glycolic acid (4%), cetyl alcohol (naturally derived non-drying coconut fatty acid), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil , glycerin (vegetable), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil , l-arginine (amino acid), glyceryl monostearate SE (emulsifier), stearic acid (emulsifier and surfactant from coconut), salicylic acid (2% bha acid), lactic acid (1% aha acid), xanthan gum (rheology modifier), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, sodium levulinate (preservative derived from sugar cane), sodium anisate (preservative derived from star anise), citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil (gently scented ONLY)

  • pH3.50
    Packaging Amber glass bottle
    TextureMedium viscosity cream cleanser.
    Sulphate / SLS-free

4.59 Average

647 Reviews


This cleanser has cleared my skin. It tingles a bit sometimes when I use it but it leaves my skin feeling really soft and clean. I love it. Since using facetheory I havent had any new blemishes and all my previous scars continue to get lighter. Best face products I've ever bought.

Anya Kohler

I really like this cleanser. My skin feels soft and clean but not stripped of its natural oils after use. Highly recommended.

Kamile Zineviciute

I have been having acne/breakouts/blackheads on my forehead and chin for quiet a long time and since I was travelling for 6 months it made it absolutely worse from the sun burn and some thing feeling like allergic reaction. So I gave it a go to Clearifying cleanse a go since since it was with Glycolic acid and I heard very good things about it and let me tell you this, I have never wrote a review before, but I have to say It made such difference and I can feel my skin calmed down and less irritated and less blackheads/breakouts plus less pigmentation from the sun. I absolutely love It!!!

Damien OConnor

Great, get a tingly sensation so I know its working

Bobbie Burdett

**my other review sent before It was finished** I give it 3 stars because I haven’t had it long but I’ve been using it just under a week and have started seeing a slight difference in my skin.


Have been using this for two weeks and so far really impressed. Skin feels really clean without feeling dry and spots clearing up. Looking forward to seeing further improvements!

Benedetta Petraglia

I really like how it leaves my skin soft and clean even if I still haven't noticed any improvement with my impurities. Still it's a good product.


I think its very effetive

Rebecca’s Poulson

Excellent!!! Burns like a skin peel but the outcome is amazing, highly recommend but please do a skin patch test prior to use


Have been using this for just about two weeks and it works wonderfully- it prevents spots and keeps skin smooth and even without being horribly rough and upsetting my combination sensitive skin, even when using it twice a day. The mandarin scent is lovely without being too overpowering.


At first this was a little harsh on my skin, but I am really pleased I persevered for a couple of days as now think it is great and actually making a difference.

Louise Gibson

This has really helped to reduce my spots!


Absolutely love it. My skin has never felt and looked so good. Smooth bright and clear.


after removing makeup with cotton and makeup remover I started using this product. As instructed, I leave it to act for a minute. the skin pinches in some places, but slightly. I've only been using it for a couple of days, so I can't comment on its effectiveness. For now it has no negative points.

Hannah Hudson

Skin is looking great, it smells lovely too

Nicola Kelly

Brilliant product, will definitely buy again and will also recommend.

Olga Grigoriadou

It does a really good job. No matter how much I will clean my face in the shower, it will take off more of the make up. It’s incredible

Sofia Schönbeck

It makes my skin very soft and smooth. Will order again!

Lorraine Young

Amazing face wash, my skin has never looked so good, it actually glows!

Lucy Jordison

This is amazing! It keeps my spots at bay and works quickly!


Look forward to washing my face with this cleaner and my skins getting clearer by the day. Good for oily skin



Quick and positive improvements in face complexion. Would recommend

Ben Williams

Since using face theory my skin has been the clearest I think it ever has. The cleanser works wonders. I'd recommend getting the scented cleanser as the smell of the unscented one can be a bit off putting in the morning. The only down side I would say to any product from face theory is that you'll just keep wanting more (my collection has grown somewhat)


Sylivia Moyana

Chloe Buttery

does remove make up well and works as a cleanser but didn't notice a big difference in my skin and didn't have that FRESH feeling after using like i have with other cleansers before

Hi Chloe One tip on this which may help is to just leave it on for a little longer - the more time you leave on the more time the acids have to work. Do contact us at help@facetheory.com if you would like to exchange or refund. Jamie

Natalie Tata

Great product. Skin looks much clearer after just two weeks of use


Lucy Rhodes

Refreshing, gives smooth and radiant complexion.