Clarifying Cleanser (C2)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid.

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    • 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

4.57 Average

310 Reviews


This product is great value for money. It leaves ur skin feeling smooth after the first use. It is also surprising that it does not dry your skin, In fact it moisturises! Really pleased, thanks facetheory!


I've had a really bad hormonal breakout recently, it has been painful and itchy. I decided to try this cleanser and the toner and have seen a gradual improvement which I am really happy with, my skin feels a lot smoother and while I do still have some breakouts and redness the painfulness has gone and the overall state of it has definitely improved.

Amber Mcleod

I love this product

sian davies

What a great product. It has really helped my cystic acne, when all else had failed. The mix of glycolic acid and salicylic acid is working a treat. Being conscious of single use plastic, I love the glass bottle, but I would give the user the opportunity to buy without the pump as this can be reused and would reduce waste. Maybe just a metal lid which can be recycled and the pump used from the previous bottle.


I’ve used this Product for over a year. I find it as affective as an exfoliater but very gentle


Absolutely awesome, leaves your skin feeling so clean, soft and fresh, without any dryness, would definitely recommend it.


Lovely product in glass bottle which gently removes dirt, make up and dissolves dead skin to leave your face fresh and smooth.


I absolutely love it! My skin looked amazing right after first use, it’s really gentle but does the jobs as well, skin feels so soft and fresh after using

Rengin Turan

It's a perfect product, came so fast & does not dry your skin! Highly recommended!

rachael mount

Definitely making a difference to my blemishes in just a week so i will keep using to see if the effects continue

Gemma Kray

Fantastic product! I normally use after I have removed my make up at night applying and leaving on for a couple of minutes. Then I rinse and my skin feels so soft afterwards! Skin looks noticeably less red and angry. Very pleased with this product :-)


When I received this cleanser I thought it was a foaming one , but it wasn’t , I was unsure at the start using it because I have very congested and acne prone skin , but I am so happy with this cleanser , it’s softened my skin , after I cleanse my skin feels soft , clean and fresh and no residue left on skin . I think the exfoliating ingredients has also helped brighten my complexion and helped with my congestion , I can’t recommed this cleanser enough for people with acne prone oil skin .

Rebecca Fairclough

My complexion has definitely improved over the last couple of weeks since using the cleanser. My nose is less oily and my cheeks less dry. I have also used the cleanser as a leave on spot treatment which has reduced their appearance quite quickly. Though my skin is overall less dry it does feel tight after use so I have upped my moisturiser. I cleanse twice a day and have only felt need to exfoliate in over 2 weeks.

Tracey Hardy-Smith

Love this (and so does my husband...) it just works - simple and effective, I've used this for over a year and would recommend it to anyone who has a tendency towards blackheads/whiteheads etc. Feels soft on my skin and leaves it feeling very clean but not tight - I now especially love the glass bottle....would really appreciate it being sold in bigger bottles

shelley pandya

What a great product. Unscented. You can see the result from the first use. Skin feels cleaner, clearer and brighter. I will be reordering.

Tosho Hristov



It feels slightly greasy when washing. I’ve seen no change in my skin tone, texture or condition. No idea what’s meant to happen but I won’t be bothering with this anymore.



Perfect for combination skin - removes oils and impurities and leaves skin feeling smooth


I’ve had pimply/blackhead type bumps on my forehead for as long as I can remember, tried many different cleansers over the years and nothing improved it, it finally went away after using this product! I thought the bottle was quite small but it’s actually lasted 3 months. Would defiantly recommend!

Carmen Clark

I'm not one for using lots of cosmetic products... only very basic facewash and moisturiser and I'm guilty of not taking care of my facial skin every day, but now I'm over 40 I decided I need to start taking better care of my skin. I have combination skin with some thread veins on my cheeks and edges of my nose, large pores on my forehead and in the winter I do get dry skin if I leave it to it's own devices. I bought the clarifying cleanser to try to help my thread veins and improve the overall look of my skin. I've been using it for about a month now, and yes I have remembered to use it pretty much every morning and follow with a Facetheory moisturiser both are very pleasant and easy to use. I like how the product goes on. It's not soapy, it doesn't foam, and it's not oily. Unlike other cleansers I've (rarely) used where you use them on dry skin, I like using it on wet skin, it is easier to apply and I do it while washing my face in the morning as part of the same procedure. The product is easy to remove and my skin does feel thoroughly clean afterwards. My skin feels very soft and supple and the look of my skin is greatly improved since I've been using it. The thread veins will take some time to go away, I know that but hopefully this is a step in the right direction. I think I look and feel younger. I am blessed with few fine lines or wrinkles for my age, and I hope this combined with some other Facetheory products will keep it that way. I just placed an order for another 2 bottles of this cleanser as I love it so much.

Alex Patience

I love this so much it has cleared my skin up loads!! My red marks are starting to fade

Louise Jardine

Love this cleanser, I’ve been using for 2 weeks and have seen a noticeable improvement in my hormonal spotty skin. Redness and spots are reduced around the chin area and skin looks brighter and feels comfortable.

Claire O looney

Really really happy with the cleanser. Have been using one week now and already seeing a huge improvement in my skin. Would absolutely recommend.


The pump dispenser doesn't work at all so i have to open the bottle everytime to get it out but I'm quite happy with the cleanser itself because it leaves my skin purified and very soft. The mandarin fragrance is also a lovely extra touch I enjoyed.

Hi Anon Sorry about the dispenser, please contact us for a free replacement :) Jamie

Danielle Paul

This product is amazing!!!! I apply a small amount to my face, leave for a few minutes, then rinse. My skin has never been so soft and I have hardly any spots left. The ones that I do have are small and disappear without any hyperpigmentation in a few days. I even use it as a spot treatment and dab a little on directly to the pimples overnight. Wake up to see that the pimple has shrink without any redness. Thanks Facetheory!

Alison King

This cleanser is great. Has made such a difference to my skin. So much clearer and brighter.



Great product! Honestly, tried every single cleanser. I am the happiest with this one ❤️


It took abit getting used to swapping from my usual cleanser but I'm so glad I did. My skin feels really fresh after using this.