Clarifying Cleanser (C2)

with Glycolic Acid, Salicylic Acid and Lactic Acid.

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    • We're making more! This product will ship on Thursday 8 November
    • Triple cleansing power with glycolic acid (4%), salicylic acid (2%) and lactic acid (1%). Research shows that topical application of AHAs like glycolic acid and lactic acid exfoliate skin. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which exfoliates by penetrating deep into the pore.
    • Great for oily, congested, blemish-prone skin - We've made sure that this cleanser is powerful enough to get to work on more oily and congested skin. The ingredients will help unblock pores and reduce redness while gently resurfacing the upper layer of your epidermis. You can also use this cleanser as a face peel - simply leave on for five minutes and then rinse away for a really deep cleanse.
    • Less irritation - We use an amino acid called Arginine that is actually great for sensitive skin and dermatitis. Glycerin and sweet almond oil provide gentle hydration.
    • Natural - This product is paraben-free and doesn't contain sillicates, polyethylene glycols (PEGS), mineral oils or polluting microbeads - and is not tested on animals (cruelty free). We manufacture all of our products in the United Kingdom to exacting standards. The scented variant has a small amount of 100% cold-pressed mandarin essential oil for a fresh citrus fragrance.
    • Concentrated and long-lasting - A pea-sized amount of cleanser is enough to wash your face in the morning and evening. 150ml usually lasts our customers around two months.

    All you need to cleanse oilier skin.From clogged pores to reapplying make-up every ten minutes, oily skin can be frustrating. That’s why Cleanser C2 is specially formulated to tackle excess oils, giving you balanced and even skin.

    My daughter swears by this and it keeps her acne away and calms her skin down.

    Clare Jarvis, March 2018
    Skin type suitability

    Combination / Combination to Oily skin.

    Active Ingredients
    An amino acid - we use it to to adjust the pH of this cleanser. However - unlike sodium hydroxide it also has great functional benefits. Studies show that patients with dermatitis treated with 2.5% arginine hydrochloride ointment showed a a continuous increase in skin moisture - making it great for a cleanser.
    From anti-aging to hydration, avocado oil has it all. With antioxidants, vitamin C, and vitamin E, it’s everything you need to soothe irritation and slow the signs of ageing.
    Glycolic Acid 4%
    An alpha hydroxy acid (known to its friends as AHA), glycolic acid help exfoliate skin cells by breaking down the bonds that hold them together. Not only does glycolic acid exfoliate, it also reduces the effects of ageing.
    Lactic Acid 1%
    An alpha hydroxy acid lactic acid exfoliates cells on the surface of skin
    Salicylic Acid 2%
    A beta hydroxy aci, salicylic acid resurfaces your skin to leave it soft and bright.
    Sweet Almond Oil
    A non-volatile, non-fragrant, non-irritating oil extracted from the seeds of almonds which makes a great emollient. It's a source of skin-repairing ingredients including triglycerides and oleic, linoleic, and myristic fatty acids.
  • Splash your face with warm water. Apply a pea-size amount and massage in. Leave a minute and rinse with more warm water at body temperature.
  • Aqua, glycolic acid (4%), cetyl alcohol (naturally derived non-drying coconut fatty acid), prunus armeniaca (apricot kernel) oil , glycerin (vegetable), prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil , l-arginine (amino acid), glyceryl monostearate SE (emulsifier), stearic acid (emulsifier and surfactant from coconut), salicylic acid (2% bha acid), lactic acid (1% aha acid), xanthan gum (rheology modifier), persea gratissima (avocado) oil, sodium levulinate (preservative derived from sugar cane), sodium anisate (preservative derived from star anise), citrus nobilis (mandarin orange) peel oil (gently scented ONLY)

  • pH3.50
    Packaging Amber glass bottle
    TextureMedium viscosity cream cleanser.
    Sulphate / SLS-free

4.58 Average

288 Reviews

Louise Jardine

Love this cleanser, I’ve been using for 2 weeks and have seen a noticeable improvement in my hormonal spotty skin. Redness and spots are reduced around the chin area and skin looks brighter and feels comfortable.

Claire O looney

Really really happy with the cleanser. Have been using one week now and already seeing a huge improvement in my skin. Would absolutely recommend.


The pump dispenser doesn't work at all so i have to open the bottle everytime to get it out but I'm quite happy with the cleanser itself because it leaves my skin purified and very soft. The mandarin fragrance is also a lovely extra touch I enjoyed.

Hi Anon Sorry about the dispenser, please contact us for a free replacement :) Jamie

Danielle Paul

This product is amazing!!!! I apply a small amount to my face, leave for a few minutes, then rinse. My skin has never been so soft and I have hardly any spots left. The ones that I do have are small and disappear without any hyperpigmentation in a few days. I even use it as a spot treatment and dab a little on directly to the pimples overnight. Wake up to see that the pimple has shrink without any redness. Thanks Facetheory!

Alison King

This cleanser is great. Has made such a difference to my skin. So much clearer and brighter.



Great product! Honestly, tried every single cleanser. I am the happiest with this one ❤️


It took abit getting used to swapping from my usual cleanser but I'm so glad I did. My skin feels really fresh after using this.

lauma jankevica

Amazing product !Leaves my skin su0er smooth and clean ideal for combination to oily skin

Fiona McAulay

I only just started to seriously pursue a skin care regime and I chose face theory because they help create a personalised regime and on their recommendation I bought this cleanser and whilst I have only been using it for a couple of weeks. I'm certainly seeing a difference, my face looks fresh and clearer, and for someone who suffers from breakouts and has oily skin that is a very welcome change. Will definitely buy this product again.


wonderdul product, would buy again.

Abagael Paley

This product is amazing! I have tried so many different products to try and get rid of my spots and nothing has worked until I tried this! I would say my skin started clearing up after a week- so don’t be frustrated if you think it’s not working after a couple of days. I use it morning and night and use the gel moisturiser afterwards to stop my skin from drying out. My skin still isn’t completely clear yet but I haven’t been using long- maybe just over a week. It’s amazing! And definitely worth it for the price as it’s super cheap too! My spots are in my t-zone are but mostly on my chin/mouth area. I have oily skin too so my pours are BIG- if you’re having the same problems/have the same skin as me I 100% recommend this product! I can’t wait to try out more products for my skin from here.

Tulay Kaygisiz

Roz McGhee

Started using this cleanser along with antibiotics for cystic acne. My skin feels less oily and spots are less inflamed and sore. So far I'm pleased with this product.

Deirdre McCann

Brilliant cleanser, does what is says! Great price.



I've only been using this for just under 2 weeks, and I only use it at night. I love the texture - gentle but a definite sense of something exfoliating. I'd been using a different brand prior to that and my skin had got a bit lumpy and felt less clean. This product seems to be reversing that. It looks brigher and clearer.


Good cleanser but i found that needed to add moisturiser straight away or my skin would turn very dry quickly . So manageable. But maybe not for me long term.


Great as a gentle exfoliator!

BJ Greenaway

Used to using soap to wash my face I'm probably not using correctly I apply with hands on dry skin then rinse with water


I like this. I wasn’t sure what to expect as it was like a cream but a little does go a long way. My skin feels really clean and smooth after using.

Beverley Robinson

Very pleased with this cleanser and enjoy using it. Natural and subtle mandarin fragrance, and the texture is nice too. Will definitely purchase again.

Amanda Livesley

Excellent product. Cleared up a breakout within a couple of days.

Sarah Clement

This lightly exfoliates and doesn't irritate. I was looking for a replacement for my more expensive Obagi 2% salacylic acid cleanser, and the only thing I really miss is the cooling effect of that one. This doesn't tingle or cool - it just feels like a nice creamy cleanser.

Zuzanna Kiklica-Kieblesz

Jessica Sewell


Only using for 2 weeks but so far so good! Gentle exfoliation and pores are definetly cleaner and smaller. Delighted !!

Tierney Kavanagh

Amazing- really turned my skin around and it looks clearer, brighter and smoother. Will be repurchasing. Also love the fact it doesn’t test on animals!!


This cleanser is lightweight but effective. Face feels tingly and really clean after use. I've definitely noticed an improvement in skin tone and clarity.