Some reviewers say Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash can be a bit drying, but dozens of positive user reviews at Drugstore.com, MakeupAlley.com, Amazon.com and TotalBeauty.com tip the scale in favor of Phisoderm. The formula is designed for oily and acne-prone skin. Reviewers recommend this cleanser for clearing up blemishes and leaving skin smooth and soft.
Gentle for all skin types, even the acne prone. Although a basic, gentle cleanser such as Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash (*Est. $5.50 for 6 oz.) is suitable for all skin types, reviewers point to Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash as an excellent option for acne-prone or oily skin. It contains salicylic acid, a beta hydroxy acid known to cut through oil to cleanse pores and exfoliate skin. Some experts say salicylic acid in a cleanser is a waste because it doesn't stay in contact with the skin for long enough to be effective.
Still, dozens of users at Drugstore.com, MakeupAlley.com and Amazon.com say Phisoderm clears up their blemishes and leaves them with soft, smooth skin. Reviewers say it cleans thoroughly and effectively removes makeup with little irritation or drying effects. Paula Begoun criticizes Phisoderm's inclusion of sodium C14-16 olefin sulfonate, a cleansing agent that she says can cause irritation to all skin types. Users, for the most part, refute this notion, but the cleanser is best suited to those with oily skin.
Users like the washing experience. Reviewers say Phisoderm has a light gel-like consistency that feels "lovely" on the skin. The scent is light and pleasant.
Review Credibility: Excellent Paula Begoun relies on published scientific studies to rate skin-care products based on the safety and efficacy of their ingredients. She 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 Begou, April 2, 2013
Review Credibility: Good Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash gets high ratings at Drugstore.com, where more than 100 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 Facial Wash, Contributors to Drugstore.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Users at MakeupAlley.com say Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash has a light gel consistency. They praise the formula for cleansing thoroughly and clearing up acne without causing irritation. Some say it can be a bit drying, but others say it's not as drying as other acne washes. Of the 48 reviewers commenting, 83 percent say they would buy this product again.
Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, Contributors to MakeupAlley.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Reviewers at Amazon.com give Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash an overall rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars, saying that the gentle cleanser clears up acne. They praise the formula for being affordable but wish that it were easier to find in stores.
Review: Phisoderm pH Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, pH Balanced, 6 fl oz (177 ml) (Pack of 4), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2013
Review Credibility: Good Users at TotalBeauty.com say Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash 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 February 2013
Review Credibility: Fair FoxyVoxy.com, a beauty blog aimed at women in academia, praises Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash for being affordable but effective at removing all dirt and makeup. Blogger Voxy likes the formula despite the salicylic acid it contains, which she says is a waste.
Review: Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash, "Voxy", Nov. 24, 2009