Medik8 betaCleanse Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser

Reviewed by TIA Community Member on June 19, 2015


by Denise

Whenever I try out a new skin care product, I'm hoping to find the next great addition to my daily regimen. Medik8 has a reputation for creating good, effective skin care and Medik8 betaCleanse Exfoliating Foaming Cleanser ($37.30 for 150 ml, $11.11 for 40 ml) sounded promising. So, I looked forward to trying out Medik8's betaCleanse, a cleanser developed for acne-prone, oily, problematic skin. I'm in my mid-40's and although my skin isn't really "problematic", it still gets oily and is prone to blocked pores.

The cleanser comes in a plastic pump container that dispenses a palmful of soapy mousse with each pump. Right off, I noticed the foamy, textured cleanser had an odd medicinal scent that I didn't love. Perhaps this is due to the active ingredients, including salicylic acid, niacinamide and tea tree oil. While it went on nicely, it didn't remove the light powder makeup I wear. In fact, the cleanser really functioned more like an acne treatment product than a gentle cleanser. After washing, my skin felt treated, but not clean.

Following the first week of using this product, my face looked dry and tight—not good. I took a few days off to let my skin normalize a bit. When I restarted, it seemed like a couple of outer layers of skin had dissolved to reveal fresh, new layers of nice skin. My pores looked clearer, so I got a bit hopeful. With continued use, however, the new skin became super dry with a leathery-type texture. Hoping to balance things out, I began alternating nights with my BRAD Sea Minerals Cleanser ($45 in the shop) and increasing my daytime moisturizer. In the end, my skin began breaking out and became way too dry.

I think this product might really be geared more toward the teenage acne market. I could see it might be good for someone with very, extremely oily and severely acne-prone skin, but it just didn't work for me.