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Clarifying Cleanser (C2)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid.

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

    • Triple acid 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.
    • Natural - this product is paraben-free and doesn't contain silicones, 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.
    • The unscented version of this product has a distinctive smell of lactic acid which can smell slightly medicinal to some people.

    Clarifying Cleanser is our best-selling cleanser. Clarifying Cleanser C2 is specially formulated to tackle excess oils with three acids giving you more 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
    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, 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 acid, 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, glycerin (humectant from rapeseed), glycolic acid (4%), glyceryl stearate SE (emulsifier), salicylic acid (2% bha acid), sodium glycolate (salt of glycolic acid), polyglyceryl-6 stearate (emulsifier), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil, cetyl alcohol (naturally derived non-drying coconut fatty acid), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, lactic acid (1% aha acid), sodium salicylate (salt of salicylic acid), glyceryl caprylate (emollient), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, sodium lactate (salt of lactic acid), polyglylceryl-6 behenate (natural emulsifier), cetyl hydroxyethylcellulose (plant-derived thickener).

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

4.61 Average

784 Reviews


I have been looking for a cleanser for my back as I have started getting bacne. Whenever I did a search for 'cleansers for bacne' this item came up however when looking at the item it seemed that it was a facial cleanser. I decided to try it anyway and it has been the only cleanser that has significantly reduced the appearance of the spots on my back and my back looks a lot clearer. My only downfall is the size of the bottle, it is small and I am sure it will run out quickly which is unfortunate.

Sara Thompson

Really lovely product - leaves skin feeling so soft and supple



For over a decade I have struggled with my oily acne prone skin as I came to the conclusion my hormones are really imbalanced, foods highly affect my skin and it’s only in a short few years that the public have become more aware of good skincare and finding what suits you is tough. I’ve tried a million things that are said to essentially annihilate your acne that just didn’t. Then I met this complete beauty! It is important to note I paired this with the glossier solution (acid exfoliator). But essentially I no longer have any annoying dry skin around my nose that physical exfoliators couldn’t get rid of. I don’t have any more acne around my mouth/chin area which has always been a massive problem for me! I still get the occasional spot on my cheeks but it’s a drop in the ocean to what I’d usually have to deal with. Considering I no longer use physical exfoliators but use these products, my skin is no where near as red and inflamed and I think this is one of the reasons I don’t see anywhere near as many spots on my face anymore. A lot of hyperpigmentation has been reduced as a result of not having as many skin problems and my skin being able to heal. Genuinely so overwhelmed by how good this product is and if it were suited to every skin type I’d recommend everyone try it!


This is a good cleanser. I wouldnt use it alone as just one cleanser though. I use it when i double cleanse so i use an oil based cleanser first which i take off with a damp towel then i use this cleanser. It does well in taking off my eye makeup. After using a toner, just slight bit of make up comes up so its not a bad cleanser. I havent broken out with this so thats good. I have used better cleansers in the past. I did mainly want to try this as it has all 3 acids in which i havent noticed many cleansers having. Its a still a good affordable cleanser and for the money i think it is worth it.



Amazing cleanser. Does not strip skin but feels like a great exfoliation every time.

Madeleine Bradley

This cleanser is okay... Doesn't remove make up very well and I have had some break ours since using the new product... I'm not too keen on the smell and it does burn your eyes. I would definitely buy the toner and moisturiser again but wouldn't buy the cleanser again sorry!!

Sarah Butler

I love this cleanser. I use it twice a day and my skin feels cleaner than ever before. My complexion is clear after 3 weeks of use.

Anna Lewinska

Maria Sokolova

I very much enjoy this cleanser whi

elise mckeever

Sara Mazaheri Khameneh

I've been using it for a week so far and although I don't notice an improvement yet, it has brought my impurities to the surface. You can definitely feel the acids working, the way it tingles. I'm not sure it's ideal for people with sensitive skin though.

Melessa Matthews


Really liking this product! At first the pump on the bottle did not work however I got in contact and was sent a replacement quickly! I have acne prone skin and feel like this has made a difference and has cleared my skin a lot. Excited to see results after continued use.

Shereen Al-Jaff

I like it, but I wouldn't order the scented again. It's a bit overwhelming.


Smells absolutely amazing and my skin feels so fresh and clean after it’s washed

Stephen Webber

I have had problem with my facial skin for years. I have been searching for a product to help, for many years. I can at last say that I have finally found something that actually works. The results are amazing. I would highly recommend this product & I will certainly be using it for years to come. I will definitely be ordering the retinol product to help with the scar tissue. Many thanks indeed!


Very good! Skin looks more clean!

Giulia Nuti



Myself and my partner have noticed a vast difference in my completion since using this product. The Face Theory team are very fast in responding to any issues and are very willing to help with resolving the issues very professionally! Which is great as I ordered 2 of this product and only received the one (it wasn't their fault but replaced the product promptly). I've had a great experience with this company and great customer service! :D

Ruvimbo Nkomazana

Works amazing. Can see the difference already.

Elena Sofianu

I will order it again for sureeee

Sofia Pesic

It is soft on the skin and my skin has completely cleared within about 2 days of using this. It leaves my skin looking fresh and feeling soft

Sofia Vasconcelos

It really soothed my skin texture, it feels much softer to the the touch, more bright and no traces of dry skin (even though my skin is oily, most products would dry my skin out). Love it, can't live without it! And the quality-price racius is amazing.


I am a medium (black) skin toned lady, with severe hyperpigmentation. Game changer! Using this as a face mask has changed my skin for the better. At first I bought it to use as cleanser and I felt disappointed because it didn't give me the squeaky clean feeling that I am used to with cleansers, so I had to go back to my old cleanser. I then started using this as a mask and wow wow wow...my skin in glowing, my tone has improved dramatically and my spot outbreaks have SIGNIFICANTLY reduced and I am now so much more confident without make up. If you find that this doesn't clean you skin the way that you are used to, try this as a face mask (I tend to leave it on for 10 minutes, but seek advice first) and then wash off. My only con is that I wish Facetheory would give a little more advice on the various ways this can be used and how long you can leave it on for. This will be a permanent in my skincare routine.


Effective cleanser with a nice smell


Fragrance pleasant and mild, really effective on blemish prone skin


I have psoriasis and acne prone skin. Best cleanser I've used and I've been through them all. The only thing that has really kept my acne down which will allow me to work on the scarring.

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