I have been religiously using the Evologie Stay Clear Cleanser ($32) for the past four weeks or so, and I am on the fence with my results. While it definitely cleaned my face, it fell short on a couple key points for my skin.
I just turned 41, and I have some skin issues aside from simple aging. I have combination skin, which isn't uncommon. I have been prone to breakouts in the last couple of years. They are frequent, painful and almost cyst-like (though not technically cystic acne). I also have a blotchy, uneven skin tone and some redness. So these were issues I was specifically looking at when trying this product.
I used the Stay Clear cleanser twice a day, in the morning and again at night. As it turned out, I was getting a pretty good sized pimple when I started, and it went away without ever fully running its course; I was very pleased with that. I have since had zero breakouts in the weeks I have been using this product. Another effect I noticed was my redness dissipated almost immediately, though it didn't last. Within an hour or so, the small reddish "patches" on the tops of my cheekbones seemed to poke through, which disappointed me. This cleanser has azelaic acid in it, which is said to control acne and rosacea. Also, I did feel a slight dryness to my skin; Evologie claims that one will have Ph-balanced skin that will not feel dry. Lastly, and surprisingly, I discovered that after washing and patting my face dry, I had a "matte" finish to my skin. I use a moisturizer that is water based but have never experienced this before. I have no feelings either way about this — at first, I thought it might be a nice effect, as I sometimes do get shiny with or without makeup on.
I did check on a few of the ingredients Evologie used in this cleanser to see what benefits they have. They mention lycopene, which is a good thing; topically, it has some nice benefits for the skin. Lycopene is a big player in aiding cellular functions (such as stimulating collagen production). It acts as a shield on the skin against the environment. Aside from a number of other ingredients, one that caught my eye was cocamidpropyl betaine — among many uses (foam booster in shampoos, thickener in cosmetics), it has antiseptic properties. I liked this; this is probably why I have not had any breakouts, along with the azelaic acid.
In all, I liked this product — I would give it 3 out of 5 stars; had my redness gone away for a longer period of time (until the next washing?) and had I not experienced the slight dryness, I would give 5!