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Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% 200ml

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The Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% is a simple yet effective dual cleanser and exfoliant designed for effortless cleansing and skin renewal.

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4.6 of 397 reviews

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I love that this cleanser has an exfoliation factor for the days I can’t be bothered exfoliating! Didn’t cause any breakouts, made my skin glow!

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i find u use alot of this product each time you use it but cleans out the pores and prevents breakouts on oily skin
  1. Love!


    I love that this cleanser has an exfoliation factor for the days I can’t be bothered exfoliating! Didn’t cause any breakouts, made my skin glow!
  2. Love

    Chanelle j

    I use this every few days. Really deep cleanses the skin and leaves it soft.
    Gently scrubs away built up skin
  3. Really great


    This cleanser is soooooo good, really cleans my face. However I've been using it daily which has been a little harsh on my face so it really is only to be used every couple of days or whatever.
    When used correctly this cleanser is the best. I love all skinstitut products and will def keep using them.
  4. #1 Best Cleanser Ever


    Fantastic product. I can't believe it's so affordable (Skinstitut is rapidly becoming my go-to brand for everything for my oily and sun-damaged skin). It feels lovely on the skin, quite gentle actually but it clears skin like nothing else. No tightness, no irritation, and it lasts for ages.

    Also it's important to me that the brand is vegan and cruelty-free, so thank you Skinstitut!
  5. Good for sensitive yet acne prone skin


    I have incredibly sensitive skin and most face washes leave me skin feeling tight and itchy, but I love this. I have acne prone skin on my jaw so I feel like I'm getting a proper clean with this stuff without getting the irritated after effects
  6. Just got another one!


    I have been using this cleanser for around 10 months and it finally ran out. This cleanser will not dry up your skin and make it feel tight. I love the glycolic acid in it. I like to leave the cleanser on the face for a few minutes once in a while and it's like a chemical peel.
  7. Not bad


    It's not bad but did not find any difference. Skin cuticles gentle wash is the best.v
  8. Perfect cleanser


    This product was recommended for my teenage daughter and she loves it. We have seen results since using it
  9. Less is more


    Great cleanser with effective results for oily/ acne prone skin, however I find sometimes using less and rubbing in more gives better results.
  10. This is great


    At first I didn’t notice a difference and with having sensitive skin I was scared of using it. But I decided I need to give it a go. I try and use it about 3 times a week and the next day my skin is so soft. Really does a good job at getting rid of dead skin.
  11. it's really cleared up my skin


    Have been using this for around 4-6 weeks and it has been amazing for my skin. Less breakouts and doesn't leave your face with that tight feeling after cleansing. I've been using this cleanser in conjunction with the gentle cleanser from Skinstitut and my skin has absolutely loved me for it. This cleanser really surprised me as it's soft so you don't think it will be a deep clean but it's really cleared up my skin.
  12. Transformed my skin


    I have finally found my holy grail cleanser. This cleanser has seriously transformed my skin, I frequented break outs on my chin and after using this regularly my skin has finally calmed down and I break out far less frequently. I am ingredient nerd and always check out the ingredients before purchasing a product because I have acne prone skin and I easily become congested. The gentle exfoliation of this cleanser means I’m keeping acne at bay, and maintaining beautiful glowy skin, this cleanser is a must have for acne prone skin.
  13. Highly effective.


    Great texture and highly effective! Skin was left looking smooth and radiant.
  14. Gets the job done


    I wasn't quite sure about this product, having read the stunning reviews I places an order. The results were instant, my skin looked fresh and had a nice glow about it. You know something is working when people comment asking if you've been on holidays, when all you've really done is adjust your skincare routine.
  15. A must have for oily skin


    My skin is super oily and using this a few times a week has helped balance the oil my skin produces
  16. If you want soft skin purchase this


    This cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean, super soft and hydrated
  17. Must have


    Literally the best cleanser I have used. Using this range and particularly this cleanse has made a massive improvement on my skin that had mild acne
  18. Great


    Great cleanser with effective results for oily/ acne prone skin
  19. Must have


    I have been using Skinstiut for a year now and have noticed massive improvements, my pores are smaller and skin is soft
  20. Soft Skin


    I received this as a sample and I think I'll purchase the full size. It was a gently exfoliation, left my skin feeling really soft and not too drying. Very happy.
  21. Nice Cleanser


    I had this product as a tester a couple of times and it really does the job. It’s a great cleanser and lasts a long time. I use it sparingly when I need a gentle exfoliation. I would recommend others to try if wanting to keep your skin fresh and renewed.
  22. Simple and effective


    I got this cleanser in a sample one day from Adore and I have been using it every night in the shower since. A gentle and efficient cleanser, leaves my skin feeling clean but not stripped. This cleanser you only need a tiny amount and it will comfortably do your entire face. Worth every cent, it will last you such a long time!
    Highly reccomend for anyone with oily/combination skin!
  23. Didn't help with my mild hormonal acne or do anything


    I have breakouts which are most likely hormonal as I'm 23 years old now (female). It is mild, just a few spots, and I've started breaking out on my jaw recently and this cleanser didn't help with that. I started this cleanser on the 1st of august and it's been 3 weeks of use now and there has been no improvement in my skin. There's still blackheads and I still get papules. Also the cleanser has poor consistency, it's like broken up jelly, but that doesn't matter.
  24. Love this product!


    I've been using this cleanser in conjunction with the gentle cleanser from Skinstitut and my skin has absolutely loved me for it. This cleanser really surprised me as it's soft so you don't think it will be a deep clean but it's really cleared up my skin.

  25. Great cleanser


    After getting a sample from AB of this product I decided to buy some. I have sensitive skin but have had no issues with this. It is quite thick so I only need to use a pea-sized amount. Great product and great value for money
  26. Excellent product


    This is a very good product, it doesn’t dry out my mature skin. Only a small amount is needed , so it lasts for months. Economical and gentle on skin.
  27. Great for oily acne prone skin


    Have been using this for around 4-6 weeks and it has been amazing for my skin. Less breakouts and doesn't leave your face with that tight feeling after cleansing.
  28. Great Product


    I have recently been having a lot of breakouts since having my son, and nothing was helping me and since using the Skinstitut Glycolic Products my skin has cleared up and kept the breakouts to a bare minimum.
  29. Great cleanser


    The Glycolic Cleanser 12% is great. My routine is to use the Skinstitut Gentle Cleanser, I find this very good for removing make up including my mascara, it's nice and gentle and easy to wash off with no residue. I then follow up with this, the Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% and go over my forehead, cheeks and chin when i feel they need it. It’s a great combo
  30. Good everyday cleanser


    This is a nice cream based cleanser that cleanses without drying out the skin.My skin feels really nice after using it. The only downside is I don't like the tea tree oil in it
  31. Clearer skin


    This cleanser is excellent.

    I use a pea sized amount and it cleanses my whole face and neck. I have found since using this product my pores are less clogged and I have had less breakouts.

    I have already recommended this to my friends and sister.
  32. fabulous


    This is definitely slightly more expensive, but worth it for the great quality! I love to use this before bed.
  33. No more pimples


    I wasn’t sure whether this would help my hormonal pimples (more like cysts). After using it everyday for about 2 months now along with glycolic scrub twice a week, I’ve had no pimples. It’s an amazing product and will definitely repurchase.
  34. Love this product!


    Great product, does exactly what is says it will. Does wonders on my skin. Made a huge difference in every way!
  35. Awesome


    i find u use alot of this product each time you use it but cleans out the pores and prevents breakouts on oily skin
  36. not a fan


    i dont like this cleanser, i find it leaves a weird texture on my skin and doesnt help reduce my acne at all,
  37. Summer Holy Grail


    In summer, my skin is often congested and oily from sunscreen, makeup, and sweat. As the second step in my cleansing routine, this cleanser helps clear and brighten my complexion without drying it, which is very important in summer. It can leave your skin a little red or tight afterwards, so I do recommend moisturizing or spritzing your f face immediately afterwards.
    As with all products containing glycolic acid, wear sunscreen daily if using this.
    Also be aware of layering glycolic acid products- they can be drying if layered and so you want to only be using one or two at a time AT MOST. Used in conjunction with hyaluronic acid, skin oils, and hydrating masks for best results.
  38. A little does not go a long way


    Guy aged 20 with normal skin. I had been using Dermalogica's Special Cleansing Gel for a year prior to buying this. The Dermalogica cleanser was a foaming gel that I found effective in cleansing the face with only a little product. Heard great reviews on the glycolic scrub by Skinstitut, so I bought this as well to try out. Unfortunately it is not foaming and I found that I have to use a lot of product to properly cleanse my face and neck - definitely not 'pea-sized.' This cleanser does leave my skin feeling smooth, but I feel like I have started to get random pimples more than usual. Because glycolic acid is an exfoliant, I feel like it stripped my skin of oils forcing it to produce more oil than normal causing my random breakouts. I still have half a bottle left and will finish it, but I will not be buying this again. I do recommend the scrub though!
  39. My staple skincare


    I use the range of skinstitut as my stape skincare and love them! I alternate between tis cleanser and the other cleanser, using the glycolic cleanser when my skin is needing more love and is more 'clogged' or problematic. This cleanser leaves my skin totally clean (makeup free) and is smooth and tight.
  40. Great to clear blackheads!


    I have tried many different products to help clear the blackheads on my nose; this is by far the best! (Especially once combined with the Glycolic scrub)
    Only downside is that I like a cleaner to do everything (including taking my make up off) and I can’t use this on my eyes, but other than that, it’s great!
  41. amazing


    It is very hydrating as it penetrates deeply into the skin and leaves a lovely scent afterwards. Such a must have for those with problematic skin!
  42. Awesome


    i love using this particularly when my acne is getting rather bad and it clears it up after a few weeks, great for oily skin aswell
  43. Pretty good, brightening but drying


    I got a deluxe sample size from Adore Beauty and have been using it 2-3 times a week. It definitely makes my skin feel smoother and look brighter but it is a little drying so be mindful of that before purchasing.
  44. Breakout reduction.


    I've been using Skinstitut Glycolic Cleanser 12% for about 2 months now and i have seen a tremendous reduction in breakouts. I cleanse my face morning and night and leave the product on for around 2 minutes before rinsing, toning and moisturising. Highly recommend!
  45. Amazinggg


    Actually works. Gently cleanses skin and hasn’t helped clear my acne
  46. My go-to cleanser for years!


    I love this cleanser. After suffering from breakouts as a teenager and well and in truly into my adult years, this is the only cleanser I've found to be consistent in keeping my breakouts at bay! I buy it time and time again.
  47. Best Cleanser


    I have been using this cleanser for 2 years now it is hands down the best cleanser I have ever used. It takes off my make up and leaves me feeling clean. It has helped with Melasma and its the only thing that has completely gotten rid of my acne
  48. Favourite


    This cleanser is my all time favourite. It is so versatile.
  49. Quality glycolic cleanser


    Creamy, effectively exfoliates without causing dryness. I use this one every few days, when I need to exfoliate more thoroughly, otherwise I use the lactic acid cleanser
  50. Fantastic


    Gently removes dead skin. Doesn’t dry. Well priced.
  51. Amazing cleanser


    This cleanser is amazing, I received some samples of this and I fell in love. I have noticed an improvement in my skin tone and texture. It is not drying. Definitely will be buying this
  52. Holy Grail


    My skin is oily and this cleanser helps so much with reducing oil production. Love it
  53. Holy


    Omg this cleanser is a match made in heaven for my previously oily skin. Well, oily no more ! I’m stoked to say that this cleanser has done my skin wonders and I will be using this product for a long time to come
  54. The Best


    Such a good and effective everyday cleanser! I have oily skin and this has helped reduce oil without over drying
  55. Works


    I have been using this cleanser for years and I still LOVE it
  56. This and made a big difference to my skin.


    I've been suffering from hormonal acne following pregnancy and breastfeeding and struggled to find any products that were safe to use and actually worked. I’ve been using this for 2 weeks now and have noticed a big improvement in my skin and reduction in spots.
  57. Good for t zone


    I have an oily t zone. I use this twice a week on my t zone only. I used to use it every night on my entire face but it really dried out my skin. Would be good for people with oily skin
  58. Nice but very drying


    I have dry skin and I find this dries it even more even when I use it once a day only

    May need it try it every second day but sometimes a thick moisturizer will help afterwards
  59. Great cleanser


    This cleanser is great! I'm always trying new cleansers and will be purchasing this one again. It's a really big bottle and lasts so long. I have combination/oily skin and this cleanser has really helped with my minor breakouts, doesn't dry my skin, and leaves my skin feeling very clean and soft. Highly recommended if your looking to try a new cleanser at a decent price :)
  60. Love this!


    I received a tester of this product and have since purchased the full size product as I love it so much. it leaves my skin feeling so refreshed and clean, and I feel like it helps to brighten my complexion too. It's tingly without feeling like it's too much, and I look forward to using it each time. I would definitely recommend this product!
  61. Love


    This cleanser is amazing on my skin. As I have pcos I get extremely bad hormonal break outs and this cleanser really helps to clear it up quick as well as reduces the breakout. I went without this cleanser for 2 months and it was definitely noticed. Been using for 1 week and already can see dramatic improvements!
  62. The best


    I have suffered from melasma for about 10 years and tried everything. This cleanser makes my skin clearer and brighter. My skin is smooth and hydrated. Combined with the even skin serum, morning and night it has really worked and it is so well priced
  63. Great for T-zone


    This product worked almost immediately after use. I have dry combination skin, but very oily and acne prone on the t-zone area. The ingredients are very effective and free from nasties. I am very impressed with this and will be re-purchasing as it really does work!
  64. Worked straight away


    Recently I have been suffering from very oily skin and after doing some research decided to try this cleanser. After only using am & pm for 2 days I have already noticed a dramatic difference in how much oil my skin is producing. If it continues this way this will be my forever cleanser!
  65. Gentle product


    I received a sample of this in my latest Adore order. Scrub is great on my sensitive skin and does not dry it out.
  66. Basic Cleanser


    I use to use this often as a basic cleanser, probably best for younger skin. I use in the shower now and my husband uses it.
  67. good cleanser


    I use this on alternative nights with the gentle cleanser. I have combination skin with breakouts. This doesn't dry my skin too much (but make sure to use a moisturizer) and it helps me with acne. It has a bit of a gritty texture which I feel exfoliates my skin. Overall a good cleanser.
  68. Okay product - unsure if it has helped with acne


    This is an okay product. It has quite a milky texture and does not foam. I have not seen a difference in my oily skin/acne but it is cleaning my skin quite well.
  69. Good scrub didn't dry out my skin


    Scrub felt nice, a little grainy, after use my skin was smooth and soft. I was worried about the product drying out my skin as I have sensitive skin but it didn't. Highly Recommended
  70. Soft and gentle


    This cleaner is a really nice addition to my morning routine. It doesn’t have any exfoliating beads in it however once you have dried your face, you can feel just how soft it’s left your skin.
  71. Amazing!


    I use this with the skinstitut gentle cleanser as my second cleanse each night. It works wonders at clearing my skin, and it honestly feels amazingly soft afterwards. The only thing I would say is that is can dry out your during winter if overused so I just tend to use every second night, and make sure to add a hydrating product in to my nighttime regime. Another product of Skinstitut I can’t live without!
  72. Great for blocked pores


    I received this as a free gift (love Adore Beauty!!). I found after using it over a couple of days it made my dry skin feel quite tight so I gave it to my 13 year old son who has blocked pores around his nose. It was really effective and probably suits oily skin or oily T-zone rather than drier skin.
  73. My skin has never been better


    Love my skin care regime with skinstiut. The glycolic cleanser leaves my skin feeling so clean after a long day. My skin is very oily and becomes quite congested. This cleanser has changed my life!
  74. Definitely Worth It!


    I don't say this often but this would still be a bargain at twice the price!

    A little goes a long way and it works! Fresh clean skin. No redness and no irritation. I have so many issues with cleansers on the market where the "cure" is worse than the complaint.

    I've sensitive skin and have issues with perfumes but this agrees with me just fine! Teamed up with Rosehip oil, vitamin A serum and moisturiser at night and I've never felt so fresh!
  75. Great in combination with the scrub


    I recieved this as a sample and I would buy again. I use it in combination with the Skinstitut scrub, which I use 2-3 times a week. This is great on on the alternate days - still a thorough cleanse but not too harsh.
  76. Fantastic for the price


    I have been using this cleanser daily for about a year on my oily skin. I have noticed a big reduction in break outs, I only really get them hormonally now much less severe then before. This cleanser leaves my skin feeling clean but not tight or stripped of all natural oils, I love this for the price and it lasts a really long time! I will continue to repurchase.
  77. Hands down best moisturizer for dry skin


    This is hands down the best moisturizer I have ever used. I have naturally dry skin and prone to excema. Leaves my skin soft and smooth every time
  78. Good for blemishes


    I have acne prone skin and this cleanser helps to clear up my skin. I use it every evening and I can already see the difference. Definitely recommend.
  79. Really good for oily/combination skin


    I use this product during the summer months when my skin becomes quite oily and greasy and i find it really helps manage the excess oil over the hotter months of the year. It can be strong if your skin isn't too oily, so i only use it a couple of times per week. Would recommend to anyone with combination/oily skin issues or even acne.
  80. Great cleanser


    A really good cleanser with a good percentage of glycolic acid. Leaves my face feeling soft, i have only been using it for a week so i havent seen too much of a difference when it comes to my pigmentation issues, but nevertheless a really good everyday cleanser
  81. Love it


    After several years of trying several different facial cleansers, I think this is one I will stick with! I found no change to my skin with many other (more expensive) brands, but this definitely seems to be helping keep my skin clear. Very happy with Skinstitut!
  82. amazing


    this worked wonders clearing my congested skin and any breakout i have
  83. going on to my third bottle

    Olivia (adore beauty staff)

    This is such a great cleanser for people who have congested skin but don't want that real drying tight effect when cleansing. I am not oily I would say more normal slightly combination and this cleanser does not dry my skin out at all but it really helps to reduce the appearance of my congestion and keeps my pores clean! I love how its a cream not a gel and you literally only need a pea size so last ages
  84. Great cleanser


    I use a few of the skinstitut cleansers and they are all equally amazing. They really clean your face and pores. I always feel so fresh after I use them. Only once a week though!
  85. So good


    I suffer from blackheads and after using this they have minimised drastically !
  86. Refreshing cleanser


    Really great exfoliant to be used every second or third day.
    Wouldn't recommend if you have sensitive skin.
    Great for removing the dirt and grime off your face and feels like it gives a deep clean!
  87. Great cleanser


    This is very good for acne prone skin. Best part is it doesn't completely dry out my skin right after using it (as a lot of anti-acne cleansers do). It makes my skin feel smooth and soft.

    The only down-side is that I hate the smell. It smell very chemical-y.
  88. Great Product


    Absolutely love this product! Always leaves me with clean and hydrated skin. Excellent for removing makeup and oil as well
  89. Effective cleanser


    I was using the L-Lactic Cleanser for a while, and as I was still breaking out I looked into the Glycolic Cleanser which was said to be good for breakouts. So far I like it, and I like how it has teatree for its anti-bacterial properties. I think so far it's been effective and I would recommend it to people who have blemish prone skin.


    This is such a good face wash!!! it makes my skin feel so clean and soft, it definitely gets all the dirt out and even helps clear my acne I love this so much
  91. Love it


    Love this product!! Have been using it for years and it always makes my skin feel so smooth. I also love using it when my skin is feeling dry and bumpy and just in need of a good scrub
  92. Great cleanser for acne prone skin


    Great cleanser for acne prone skin. Helps exfoliate and deep cleans leaving my skin very smooth
  93. Quality product that offers results!


    I have combination skin and I tend to get large block pores on my nose, chin and forehead. I have been using this product in the shower every second day for about 6 months and my pores have drastically reduced. I use in conjunction with a retinoids sebum and my skin feel so soft and smooth.
  94. Good exfoliating option


    for my sensitive skin, this cleanser is a good option for exfoliation rather than having to use scrub because I have acne prone, sensitive skin. Overtime, I didn't really see the result, but gave 4 stars because it didn't irritate my skin and a great feeling when it touches my face
  95. Excellent exfoliator


    I am in my early 30s and use this product twice a week. I don't think it has helped clear any breakouts however it does seem to help with getting rid of dead skin, ease some congestion and fade scaring.
    I regularly use quite a few products with strong actives so prefer not to use this more than twice a week so I don't over do it.
  96. Perfect for combination skin


    I received a small sample of this product and after using for a few days I fell in love. It makes my skin feel so smooth and left it so clean. I purchased a bottle and was amazed how quickly it cleared up my temperamental skin. I have sensitive skin and I thought this product wouldn't be for me but so far I have been loving it. My skin is clear and using the cleanser once a day has made my skin feel great.
  97. Amazing!


    I’ve always been one to constantly switch cleansers as I’ve never loved love any. Acne prone, oily congested skin.
    Love this, removes make up and leaves skin clean but not dry or tight. Defiantly been helping keep breakouts at bay too.
  98. A must


    I got the small tube of this and loved it straight away. Im mid 30’s and have relatively normal skin. Bought the big one and wouldn’t be without it. Straight away your skin feels fresh after use. Sometimes I use it to give my feet a scrub too. If you leave it on for a little bit it works harder. A little goes a long way. Great value.
  99. I use this everyday without fail


    Skin type: combination
    Skin concern: Dull, Dry skin, blemishes on jaw line
    I love this! I use it daily (& I double cleanse at night if I wear make up that day) & it leaves my skin feeling so fresh!
    I put the cleanser on with wet hands while my face is dry & I find this is the best way to really buff off my make up! I had a lot of blackheads on my nose before starting this cleanser & the glycolic scrub which are no longer there!
    Wouldn’t recommended to those with sensitive skin but perfect for everyone else!!
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