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Medik8 PoreCleanse Gel- reader reviewed

Our Rating: 3 stars


Paraben and sulfate free


Reviewer did not care for the cleanser’s gel texture
July 19, 2013 Reviewed by Hazel 2 Comments
An exfoliating cleanser that doesn’t strip the skin of its natural oils

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

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  • May 18, 2015

    by Amy

    I bought this product on Friday after attending a day spa.
    I was told it would help to clear my acne prone skin.
    It is now Monday, my skin feels dry and is very red and irritated. The product stings when I apply it to my face, as does the moisturizer.
    I bought the clay mask too. It's just as bad.
    So after spending close to $200 on these products I am a very unhappy customer who now has angry, inflamed skin!!!!

  • December 26, 2014

    by Alina

    (5 out of 5)

    I have been using this cleanser for about 6 months. I use it in the morning, because I am not fully comfortable using it at night on my stubborn, difficult to cleanse mascara. This past week, however, I had to travel and I forgot to bring the night cleanser, so that's all I had. I am happy to report that I did not miss the other cleanser and that Medik8 PoreCleanse worked just fine at removing my makeup (bb cream, eye shadow, Dior mascara and blush - I did have to gently rub my eyes to get all the mascara off - I know, a no no!).

    To help put my review into context, I am 44 with combination skin, acne prone on the chin. I am concerned about large pores and increasingly so about firmness. I chose this cleanser first and foremost for its antibacterial properties, then for its exfoliating properties and finally I liked the fact that it is soap free, and hoped that it won't dry my cheeks.

    First my pet peeves: my face has to feel clean, but not dry. I typically wait 10-15 minutes after I wash my face with a new cleanser before I apply moisturizer and if my skin start pulling, I stop using that cleanser. This one did not dry my skin, a very important feature in my book. I did not find it to be moisturizing, but did not expect that from a cleanser. I normally prefer gel cleansers, so that was a plus for me.

    Overall, I am very happy with this cleanser and feel no desire to try something new. I got almost no pimples on my chin while using it, a rare occurrence since my hormonal acne is typically unforgiving. I don't think it does much in terms of exfoliation, or at least not as much as my favorite exfoliation product, Innarah Treatment Solution. It cleans well while not drying my skin. That's all I want from a cleanser and this one delivers at an OK price point.

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