Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Cleanser's light, gel-like consistency and pleasant light scent make it a favorite with users who have oily or acne-prone skin. They say it clears up their blemishes and leaves their skin feeling soft, smooth and clean. Although this product draws some expert criticism for its inclusion of artificial fragrance and the potentially irritating cleanser sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, it's far outweighed by positive user feedback.
Gentle even for acne-prone skin. Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Cleanser contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid known to cut through oil to cleanse pores and exfoliate skin -- but skin care expert Paula Begoun of PaulasChoice.com says this ingredient doesn't stay in contact with your skin long enough to be effective. Still, hundreds of user reviewers say the Phisoderm wash clears blemishes, cleans thoroughly and removes makeup too, with little irritation or drying of their skin. Overall, this product is an excellent choice for those with oily and acne-prone skin.
Feels good on your face. Some acne cleansers verge on the medicinal, but users say the Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Cleanser has a light, gel-like consistency, pleasant light scent, and leaves your skin soft, smooth and clean.
Skin care expert Begoun notes that one of the cleansers in this product -- sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate -- can irritate all skin types. It also contains artificial fragrance. Still, most acne-prone users are very happy with the results they get. "I finally felt like I had a balanced complexion," says a tester with Real Simple magazine, which chose this product as a favorite budget-friendly facial cleanser.
Skin care expert Paula Begoun gives Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash a poor rating due to its inclusion of sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, a cleansing agent she says is too drying and irritating for all skin types.
Review: Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, Paula Begoun, April 2, 2013
2. Real Simple
Real Simple readers select Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash as one of their favorite affordable facial cleansers, saying the salicylic acid "helps to clarify skin without flaking."
Review: Best Budget-Friendly Facial Cleansers, Lori Bergamotto, Not Dated
Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Cleanser gets high ratings at Drugstore.com, where more than 120 users give it an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Most say it's easy to use and effectively clears blemishes within days.
Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Cleanser, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of May 2014
More than 50 users at MakeupAlley.com give Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash a rating of 4 lipsticks out of 5. They say it cleanses thoroughly and clears up acne without causing irritation. Some say it can be a bit drying, though less so than other acne washes.
Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of May 2014
More than 120 reviewers at Amazon.com give Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash an overall rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars, saying the gentle cleanser clears up acne. They praise the formula for being affordable, but wish it was easier to find in stores.
Review: Phisoderm pH Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, pH Balanced, 6 fluid ounce, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014
About 30 users at TotalBeauty.com give Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash a rating of 8.5 out of 10. They say it cleans skin thoroughly, removing all makeup in the process. Several say it effectively clears acne.
Review: Phisoderm Anti Blemish Gel Facial Wash, Contributors to TotalBeauty.com, As of May 2014