Ever since I began using more sulfate-free products, I noticed my skin (and hair) have been thanking me for it. I was excited to try Skin Perfection’s Clarifying Cleanser ($22) when Marta handed it to me because for one, I’ve noticed that people who have reviewed their line have generally had a good experience, including Marta with their 10% Glycolic Acid Cleanser and Lisa’s positive Skin Perfection round up review. Plus anything that is meant for clarifying purposes, I’m game.

This organic cleanser says it’s formulated for, well, pretty much every skin type — oily, acne prone, combination, mature, sun damaged, or normal skin types with fine lines and wrinkles, and prone to breakouts.

Uhh. So I guess since we’ve covered all bases, it’s safe to assume it will work for my combination, sometimes acne-prone skin, right? I thought I couldn’t go wrong, especially since the grey cleanser contains impurity-extracting, pore clearing charcoal. After a couple weeks of using this day and night though, I can’t say I’m entirely sold.

It does have its strong and weak points. I can say that it is a gentle, non-irritating wash that didn’t leave my skin stripped or dry. What I felt like it didn’t do for me though was really clarify or even alleviate the little breakouts that were popping up, even though they say this cleanser includes their “Anti Blemish Essential Oil Blend” with tree tea oil and lemon to “banish acne!” Banished my acne was not. I gave it a few more tries but in the end I just felt like it was just “eh.” Not a terrible cleanser by any means since I felt like it did give me a clean rinse, but just nothing remarkable.

Which is a little surprising to be honest, since it does have a fairly impressive ingredients list, including organic rooibos tea, an ingredient taken by South Africans for centuries as an all-purpose cure from allergies to HIV-AIDS. Organic olive oil is good for general skin health, carrying twice as much CoQ10 as that of antioxidant green tea, which it also contains. cocoamidopropyl betaine also lifts dirt as a mild germicidal agent. For acne issues, willowbark extract contains salicylic acid, which is a natural exfoliant used in many acne products. We also find anti-microbal panthenol which I was certain would help my breakouts as well.

I guess I just felt like I had that brighter, more covetable results with Dermophysiologique’s Cleansing Milk, which I thought made my skin look more dewy, whereas I feel like my skin was a little more mattified with this cleanser. I’m also thinking my mid-20s skin needs a little more breakout-fighting power than someone who is dealing with more anti-aging issues, which this could be better suited for. I am going to keep using it to see if anything improves significantly. I’ll keep you all posted!


Organic Aloe, Organic Rooibos Tea, Organic Olive, Cocoamidopropyl Betaine, Emulsifying Wax NF, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, MSM, Organic Jojoba Oil, Decyl Glucoside, DMAE, Organic Green Tea Extract, Vitamin E, Sodium Hyaluronate, Activated Charcoal, Organic White Tea Extract, Organic Lichen Extract, Organic Black Willowbark Extract, Panthenol, Vitamin C Ester, Xanthan Gum, Anti Blemish Essential Oil Blend.