Our Rating: 3 stars

Reviewed by Hazel

I’m very particular about cleansers because for me cleansing is the most important step to achieve clear skin. Aside from deep cleansing, they should hydrate the skin and leave it reasonably moisturized with minimal residue. So I was interested when TIA asked me to try Medik8 PoreCleanse Gel ($35 in the shop) because it sounded like it was made for me – it’s a pore-refining and exfoliating cleansing gel with several ingredients that combat acne and other oily skin problems, without leaving the skin dry. I do have oily-combination skin and visible pores so I tried this out for a month.

Medik8 PoreCleanse contains a number of AHAs and BHAs, namely L-mandelic acid, salicylic acid, L-lactic acid, yogurt extract, mangosteen peel extract and raspberry fruit extract. It claims to remove bacteria, oil and dirt from the skin; counteract the effects of hard water and maintain hydration; enable the skin to better absorb the active ingredients from your serums and creams; and provide hassle-free cleansing. It is free of parabens, sodium laureth sulfate (SLES) and other irritants.

I was a bit uncomfortable to use the PoreCleanse because it was in gel form, as I’m used to cream-based cleansers. It has a mild, citrus scent and it lathers well. I used it day and night and I found that it does hydrate well and leaves a veil of moisture after washing it off, as opposed to the squeaky-clean feel of my other cleansers. It did remove oil and dirt from the face, but I had to use cleansing oil for my makeup (which I always do anyway). The cleanser is good for pore-refining because of its exfoliating properties, but the results were not dramatic – though I don’t expect a cleanser to magically shrink my pores. Overall, this is a good cleanser for oilier skin types, who would appreciate the added hydration and exfoliation. I still prefer cream-based cleansers which are more soothing for my combination skin.

Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Cocamidopropyl Hydroxysultaine, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Lactic Acid (L), Mandelic Acid (L), Salicylic Acid, Garcinia Mangostana (Mangosteen) Fruit Extract, Yogurt Extract, Sodium Chloride, Rubus Idaeus (Raspberry) Fruit Extract, Yucca Schidigera Root Extract, Citrus Nobilis (Red Mandarin Orange) Oil, Citrus Aurantifolia (Lime) Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Citrus Grandis (White Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Sodium Hydroxide