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Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser 200ml

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Skinstitut L-Lactic Cleanser is a medium intensity, gel based cleanser that provides gentle daily exfoliation. Suitable for all skin types, especially dry skin.

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4.6 of 672 reviews

93% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Foams well!


Received as a deluxe sample and have been using every morning. It is a strange orange sort of colour but little fragrance. It foams up really well but is not stripping and skin doesn't feel tight after. I would purchase again as an "active" cleanser though I do prefer the Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanser if I had to choose. You can feel your skin getting a deep clean and no issue using Vitamin C afterwards.

Most Helpful Criticism

Not for me

Vanessa T

Had high hopes for this but within two days my skin started to peel and is now flaky and dry. I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin either. After using the cleanser I would go about my skin care routine, immediately after toning,'my skin started to sting and burn. This product may work for some but it isn't for my skin. It does smell amazing, texture of the cleanser I think should be in pump bottle, once you open the lid everything is dripping
  1. Gentle at home cleanser - perfect for sensitive skin


    Great gentle cleanser if you still want some hydroxy acids - did not irritate me at all with dry, sensitive skin
  2. Foams well!


    Received as a deluxe sample and have been using every morning. It is a strange orange sort of colour but little fragrance. It foams up really well but is not stripping and skin doesn't feel tight after. I would purchase again as an "active" cleanser though I do prefer the Medik8 Surface Radiance Cleanser if I had to choose. You can feel your skin getting a deep clean and no issue using Vitamin C a...
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  3. Face routine staple product


    I use this morning and night as part of my skin routine. I have oily skin and find it helps balance out oils as well as keep breakouts at bay.
  4. My favourite cleanser EVER

    Karly Henley

    The best cleanser. I find this is the only one that brightened and fresher my face. Have been using it for years!
  5. Very disappointing dried my skin out

    Ellie Price

    I wanted to try this cleanser on the basis on the reviews and what it is meant to do as a cleanser. I have combination skin and thought it would work it well but after a week of using the product my skin developed dry patches became itchy and was very uncomfortable. I threw the rest in the bin such a waste. After 4 days of stopping using this product the dry patches are still there
  6. Not for me

    Vanessa T

    Had high hopes for this but within two days my skin started to peel and is now flaky and dry. I wouldn't say I have sensitive skin either. After using the cleanser I would go about my skin care routine, immediately after toning,'my skin started to sting and burn. This product may work for some but it isn't for my skin. It does smell amazing, texture of the cleanser I think should be in pump bottle...
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  7. Cleared my acne so well


    This really improved my skin when I was dealing with really angry breakouts. It’s definitely one of my favourites and I will continue to use it forever. It’s amazing!
  8. Incredible for acne


    Genuinely obsessed with how much this cleared up my skin. I get really stubborn pimples basically all over my face and this helps a lot. I recommend it to everyone!
  9. Perfect for a deeper clean


    This is my favourite cleanser for when my skin needs an 'extra strong' clean - e.g. heavy make up after a long day. Personally, it would be too harsh/strong for me to use daily, however it's perfect for when my skin needs a deeper clean. It's a fantastic price point also. Will definitely repurchase.
  10. Such a difference

    Mia Schofield

    I recent switched cleansers to this and I’ve never seen a faster and bigger difference in my skin
  11. Used for 3 years

    Jenna Oosterkamp

    I love this product, I used to have really bad acne and this cleared it right up, I only ever get 1 or 2 breakouts around that time of the month and that’s it thanks to this cleanser, it makes my skin feel so clean and evens out my skin tone, I’ve been using it for three years as a secondary cleanser and it’s amazing, it was recommended to me by my dermatologist.
  12. Great cleanser

    Tara Colledge

    Another great cleanser from them. Bottle is huge too it lasts forever
  13. Good


    It makes my skin feel so smooth. Definitely i will buy this product again
  14. Gentle


    I found this cleanser sod and beautiful on the skin . Does not dry out my skin and it has a lovely scent . I sometimes double cleanse with this one and the skinstitut gentle cleanser first .
  15. Refresh my skin


    I got a 50ml of the cleanser as a GWP in my recent Goodie Bag. I think it's very suitable for my oily skin and it's very clean. But my husband's skin is relatively dry, and it will be super dry after using this product, so it is suggested to buy another gentle cleanser for normal to dry skin.
  16. Dried out my skin


    I wanted to love this. Great price and I’ve had other great products from the brand. But sadly this completely dried out my skin. It felt tight and itchy and I developed dry skin patches over my face. I had to stop using with still haps of product left. Sorry to say I would not recommend.
  17. Lactic Cleanser


    I started with the smaller size and fell in love with how clean and soft my skin felt after using it. After a while, it became quite drying so I only use this when I have a major breakout. A little goes a long way so it is good value for money also.
  18. Bit strong


    Not too excited about this product, found it a bit too strong and a little irritating for me
  19. 2 in 1 product


    This is a really gentle 2 in 1 exfoliating and cleanser product. I typically rub it in and then leave the product on for a few minutes before washing it off. The exfoliation is very gentle and effective.
  20. Very heavily fragranced


    This product's fragrance is overpowering and sickly and lingers long after washing your face. I would not have purchased if I'd noticed this in the ingredients list as artificial fragrances trigger my migraines and cause skin sensitivity so if you are sensitive to fragrance I'd skip this one :(
  21. lactic cleanser


    I enjoyed this wash off chemical exfoliant treatment. It is quite nice to use on sensitive skin, but I used it every other day to be safe. Definitely have noticed a reduction in pimples over time.
  22. Cleanser and exfoliater in one.


    This product is great it is a cleaner and mild exfoliant in one. It is a lovely product and it is non drying and gentle on sensitive skin.
  23. Very drying


    This cleanser made my skin feel very dry and tight, even if I put on a moisturiser straight after. My bf used it as well and said the same thing. Would not repurchase.
  24. Leaves you squeaky clean


    I don't use this as my daily cleanser but rather, I just use it when I have a breakout on my face. I feel that it's been really effective in that sense. It lathers up so nicely so a little goes a long way. The reason for 4 stars is because it leaves your skin feeling squeaky clean, which you may like, but I don't particularly.
  25. New fav!


    Great cleanser, gentle but deep cleansing. Leaves my skin beautifully clean and glowing. Love the smell too. Wilk keep using definitely
  26. new favourite cleanser


    Got this as a sample and will definitely be purchasing the full size. Leaves skin feeling clean (but not dry) and soft.
  27. Decent


    I liked this cleaner, but felt I needed something stronger for my skin. A good but gentle exfoliant.
  28. Favourite cleanser


    The price is right, it’s gentle and cleanses so well, I have much clearer skin (I have chin bumps and in between my brows) and they all cleared up I am sold, will be buying Again
  29. I love this!


    I love this cleanser so much. You only need a tiny amount, so it lasts a long time. Leaves skin feeling really fresh and clean, ready for a moisturiser or serum. I've definitely noticed less breakouts since I started using this about a year ago.
  30. Good cleanser but a bit dry


    Skin will feel soft and smooth after cleansing, but slightly dry. I believe this cleanser is more suitable for oily-normal skin than dry skin.

    I would give it 4.5 stars
  31. must have


    I love this cleanser. It leaves my skin refreshed and I've had minimal breakouts since I started using it. Definitely helps the skin become glowy. Very reliable purchase, and lasts for ages!
  32. A gentle introduction to acids


    I had a bad experience with a Glycolic Acid toner before which frightened me off all AHAs.

    This is so gentle and I use it daily. I feel like my forehead was noticeably smoother after a week which had a slightly bumpy texture before. A few pimples on my cheeks came to head quicker than they usually would whereas previously they would just remain dormant deep below the surface where I ...
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  33. Cleared up my blackheads!


    Amazing everyday cleanser.

    I have suffered with blackheads and clogged pores on my nose for as long as I can remember. I have trialled almost every product on the market that is aimed at blackheads and not one of them has had any effect.

    After just one week of using this product there is a noticeable difference. The blackheads on my nose have reduced incredibly, and my n...
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  34. My go-to cleanser


    This cleanser is my absolute go-to. I have been using this cleanser for the last 6 months and it cleared up my hormonal acne and really keeps those breakouts at bay. It is gentle enough to use on somewhat sensitive skin (although it may take a week or so to adjust to the cleanser) and I really recommend. It also has a lovely fragrance to it as well which is an additional bonus!
  35. Smooth skin


    I purchased this after it was recommended to me on live chat and have used it for about a week. My skin feels so smooth and soft but I find I do need to pair it with a hydrating moisturizer as it can be a little drying.
  36. Great for dry uneven skin


    I received this as a sample and have fallen in love. I have dry, uneven skin thanks to rosacea. This wash left my skin clean and soft, and ready for my serum and moisturiser. Will definetly purchase it again.
  37. Go to


    This is my go to cleanser currently. Has not irritated or dried out my skin, removes make up well.
  38. Helped me a lot


    When I had really bad acne, I could really count on this to help clear it. It works so so well. I use it every night to cleanse my skin and it works amazingly. This skincare brand has transformed my skin forever!
  39. Great nightly cleanser


    Mu nightly ritual is to remove makeup/suncreen with my face halo, then lather with this. Although my skin is dry, I find this great for penetrating top layer of dead skin cells so that my hydrating products penetrate.
  40. Smooth skin


    I received this as a bonus gift. A little goes a fair way, makes my skin feel so smooth. Definitely will be buying the full sized product once this runs out.
  41. Excellent and lasts ages


    I can use this everyday, and it is wonderful and I have no flare ups or break outs. A really gentle cleanser, and it lasts ages.
  42. Love this


    I am using this together with other Skinstitute products, Gentle Cleanser, Even Blend & Rejuvinate 15, to enhance the treatment I am receiving for hormonal pigmentation.
    I have noticed a marked reduction in both the darkness and the size of the area affected by the pigmentation.
    These products are fantastic, and the price is very reasonable.
  43. Great basic cleanser


    This cleanser does the job, has actives in it and doesn’t make your skin feel stripped.
  44. Best Cleanser Ever.


    Yes, definitely a big call but 100% in my opinion correct. :) I have been using this cleanser for over a year now and continue to reorder. I have tried many in the past from such brands as Alpha-H and asap but I keep coming back to this product. It isn't too harsh and removes make up so well. Sometimes a double cleanse is needed depending on how much make up I have on that day. Whenever my friends...
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  45. A little goes so far!


    I received this in a bonus gift and am so impressed! You only need the the tiniest bit and it lathers up so well. My skin feels really smooth a hydrated.
  46. Bargain price and with results


    Awesome for removing make up, doesn’t leave skin feeling tight after washing it. I have slight psoriasis on my face and it doesn’t irritate it or make it worse. I’ve gotten 2 friends and my mum onto this cleanser and it’s an all round winner!
  47. The cleanser you didn't know you needed.


    This cleanser was recommended by my facial therapist whilst my skin concern was oiliness and acne-prone, and this is honestly one of the best cleansers out there - much better than common brands you would see in Mecca Maxima, Sephora etc.

    It doesn't foam up and give a drying result but rather stays in a gel texture that easily glides over the skin and leaves your skin feeling settled...
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  48. Gentle and effective


    I love this cleanser. I use it after I have a shower and it makes my skin feel so nice
  49. Gentle Soothing Cleanser


    This is a nice gentle cleanser that is great for daily use as it cleanses without drying. It has a refreshing scent and is soothing to use. I'd definitely use this product again.
  50. Fantastic


    I wanted to change skincare brands as I wasn't getting the results I wanted. Reading reviews galore and researching brands was tough, but I loved that Skinstitut was about results and not pretty packaging (although I quite like the packaging)! At first I wasn't sure how I'd enjoy the gel type cleanser this one is, but quickly I realised that it washed away makeup and didn't leave my skin dry. Afte...
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  51. Nice cleanser


    A good, gentle gel cleanser. Was a little afraid about it containing lactic acidosis, but my skin reacted well.
  52. Grear cleanser


    This is an effective gel cleanser. I was concerned about the acids in this because I use active serums and was worried too much would irritatr my skin, but it did not at all. I experienced no unpleasant sensation, redness or irritation even when I used an acid serum afterwards.
    This cleaned my skin well without stripping it or drying it out.
    It's smells fruity. I massage a pea size amo...
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  53. Value for money


    This bottle lasts forever! I've been switching between a few skinstitut cleansers and I like this one the best. Its gentle whilst still containing lactic acid which I love. The consistency and smell are also a massive plus.
  54. Worked for my Acne


    I was suggested of this by Australian laser, initially i thought i got ripped off however i did not notice good change in my skin and acne. I stopped getting acne really soon after using this plus it does clean my skin very well. I cant say it helped with evening out the tone or anything but didnt make it worse either. Been using it since one year and ordered another one too - 200 ml lasted me a y...
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  55. Good gentle cleanser


    This is a good gentle cleanser option if you have dry skin but are not a huge fan of cream cleansers. I find my skin feels cleansed afterwards without feeling tight or dry.

    You definitely need to make sure you follow the instructions and only use a pea-sized amount.
  56. gentle and effective cleanser


    On my third bottle, it will always be my go to, so inexpensive for the quality. Always leaves my skin clean and fresh
  57. Such a good cleanser


    I found this didn’t dry me out, seems to work well. I like how it’s a 2in 1 kinda. It smells kinda funny but I got this as a deluxe sample and I will buy when I run out.
  58. Gently exfoliates


    This cleanser is in a gel form but contains a chemical exfoliant so it’s a good way to exfoliate your skin if you don’t want to use a harsh scrub
  59. Gentle exfoliator option for more sensitive skin


    With fairly sensitive skin, I've reacted in the past to stronger exfoliants but found this one great to use 2-3 times each week.
    My skin looked brighter after a couple of weeks and it's an easy step to fit into your routine, being a wash off cleanser.
    Would definitely buy again!
  60. Great cleanser


    Really nice cleanser, feels refreshing, doesn’t dry skin out great for every couple of day use
  61. Such a great cleanser


    I am now on my third bottle of this stuff, feels so great on my skin! wouldn't go past this if youre looking for a great cleanser to compliment your skin care kit!
  62. Great product

    Melissa D

    After trying a lot of cleansers for my sensitive skin, I have found most of the skinsituit range to be really fantastic! This particular product has been a such a great purchase. I generally breakout due to hormonal changes, and I have sensitive mature skin. With this, My blemishes are less noticeable.
    My 12 year old daughter has also been using it as she has started breaking out with teen a...
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  63. Great for occasional use but avoid with sensitive skin


    This is a really lovely cleanser for occasional use - as it is strong! I have normal skin, and even this felt strong. However, I still really enjoyed it and will be using it occasionally when I have breakouts. I love every time I receive a sample from skinstitut as nothing from this brand disappoints!
  64. Great nightime cleanser


    My skin is super sensitive and often reacts badly to skin products. I used to use the gentle cleanser in both the mornings and evenings but found I needed to do double wash in the evenings in order to really clean my skin with it. I also tried using the glycolic scrub every few days and found it to be too harsh. This product has been the perfect in-between, cleans my skin thoroughly and doesn't o...
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  65. Best cleanser ever!!


    I have oily, acne prone skin and this cleanser is the best I’ve ever used!! A little bit goes a long way and my skin feels so fresh and clean without feeling stripped. I love it so much!!!
  66. A great beginner product to AHA/BHAs


    I am quite pleased with the results so far I have used this product for about a month now and I slowly introduced it into my skincare regime. I have noticed in general brighter, clearer skin. Given that you only need a pea sized amount it is very good value for money. The product smells nice too and is very gentle on the skin. I would definitely recommend to someone who has never used a chemical e...
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  67. Light gel cleanser

    Mrs Smith

    A must have cleanser. Light gel consistency, thoroughly cleans without stripping the skin.
    Have used Skinstitut cleansers for years and have not found a comparison for my skin.
  68. Skin feels clean

    Laura M

    Value for money for the size of the tube. Skins feels nice and clean without drying out. Has a nice smell to it. I feel like my skin looks smoother.
  69. Doesn't sting my skin


    I use a-lot of skinstitut products and this one lived up to my expectations of the brand. I have dry skin but this product doesn't sting my skin, smooths nicely. As others have said don't over use it or you will end up with pimples. I use it 2 times a week and this works nicely.
  70. Good cleanser


    Great cleanser, removes makeup very easily but a little to strong for dry skin
  71. Great


    This is great to use if you have active breakouts. I find it to be a little too strong during the winter or when my skin is just happy. In general I try not to use too many strong or active ingredients unless I need them. But when I am flying and traveling for work, I do love to use this one 2 times per day to keep my skin really clean and balanced.
  72. Excellent for dehydrated skin


    I have dehydrated skin, and as a result tend to get quite oily. I use the L-Lactic Cleanser as my second cleanser in my double cleanse, and it does a great job of gently exfoliating my skin, without leaving it feeling tight or irritated. I find it works better for my skin than the glycolic cleanser in the range, which tends to irritate my skin after use.

    Really great price point as ...
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  73. great cleanser


    Really love this cleanser, I find it helps to tighten my face as I follow this from the Gyloclic Scrub. I have been using this less and i find it can be a bit stripping. I still love it and think its a great for my dry skin.
  74. Works great


    First acid product i used and got the results I needed, very happy since i have dry sensitive, was worried about irritation but its never occured.
  75. Not for sensitive skin


    Nice texture but do not use if you have sensitive or dry skin. Resulted in pimples and flakiness.
  76. Fantastic


    very well priced and good size. This lactic cleanser doesn't irritate my skin and great for daily use on my skin
  77. Effective


    Gentle and non-drying. It cleanses thoroughly, even removing any makeup.
  78. Great for sensitive skin!!


    Was very worried with introducing acids into my skincare regimen (had chemical burns before) and this product works a treat! Never had any irritation on my dry sensitive skin. Highly recommend
  79. My favourite cleanser


    i have dry skin and my all time concern is dryness after cleaning it..but this is the only cleanser that suited me..very delicate on my skin..love it


    I used this twice a day every day and I absolutely love it. I have quite dry skin and this does wonders for it. Hands down my favourite cleanser that even makes me skin feel smooth after using it!
  81. Great cleanser gentle but effective


    I purchased full size after receiving a sample, it lasts a really long time as a little goes a long way, great for skin types that are a little more sensitive to harsher cleansers
  82. Good!


    I use this every night and it helps me remove excess makeup and has helped drastically with breakouts. Really glad I got my hands on this. Amazing!
  83. Gentle morning cleanser


    I found this cleanser nice and gentle to use, not too drying. I have oily skin and blackheads so I found it wasn't quite enough in the evenings, I would opt for a glycolic cleanser for a deeper clean but I found it perfect for the mornings.
  84. Acne prone skin


    I use this product a few times a week, alternating with the Skinstitut daily cleanser. Its part of the routine I use the manage my break-outs and works well with my skin type as it's not too drying.
  85. Lactic


    When my skin is feeling a bit sensitive, I'll skip the glycolic and harsher AHAs and use this lactic acid instead. Same resurfacing and soft smooth skin, less irritation
  86. Squeaky clean


    This is a nice deep cleanser. Makes my skin feel really clean but not dry
  87. This cleanser is lovely!


    I usually steer clear of foaming gel cleanses as they can be quite drying to my skin, however this is lovely and gentle. It feels nice and hydrating whilst getting the added benefit of a light exfoliation so it's a win win! Also has a lovely fresh scent.
  88. Cleansing


    Excellent cleanser, I tried the sample for 2 weeks and found it to deeply clean and remove every trace of makeup. I will be purchasing the full sized product.
  89. Effective and beautiful Cleanser


    Been using this for about a year now. It gets make up off effectively and leaves my skin looking clean and feeling fresh. Has a beautiful smell too! Great price for such a quality product
  90. Great product


    I love the Skinstitut cleansers. I use this on alternate nights with the gentle cleanser. It is also gentle but I need the lactic acid to help with my oily t zone.
  91. My semi-regular cleanser


    I used to use this up to twice daily, but found it contributed to drying out the particularly sensitive areas of skin. I have pared my use back to every 2 or 3 days and that seems to have reduced the irritation. Overall I do really like this product as one addition to my broader skin care routine. If you have sensitive skin it might take some trial and error to see if/how well your skin can tolera...
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  92. My best friend


    I was blown away by how amazing this cleanser is, it delivers on so many levels. After only one use I could see why so many people love this product, my skin is so smooth and supple. It’s effective and smells lovely, you only need a pea size amount so it great value
  93. Love this for everyday cleansing.


    I absolutely love this product. I use it twice daily in my skincare routine and my skin always feels so clean. Skinstitut products are so nice and very well priced compared to similar brands.
  94. Nice cleanser


    I received this as a sample and can say I was happy with the results, but can't comment on using this cleanser long term. But happy the way it made my skin feel in the short term.
  95. good but not for everyday


    This is a lovely cleanser, it feels soft and gentle on the face even tho it's exfoliating. I was using everyday and I think it was contributing to my face looking dull. I've cut it down to using maybe every third day after an oil cleanser, or just when I feel I've been wearing a lot of makeup or doing a heavy workout etc. This suits me better, and my skin is actually leaning on the oily side. Use ...
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  96. My favourite


    This cleanser is something special - it leaves my skin feeling beautiful and clean but never stripping or drying. I ran out and have been using other product but miss it too much!! You won’t be disappointed in this one.
  97. Not for dry skin


    I received this product in the Skinstitut starter pack, purchased from AB. I have combo skin, and unfortunately this product really dried my t-zone and cheeks out. The skin around my forehead was peeling and very itchy, I would NOT recommend this for people with dry skin. I prefer the glycolic cleanser from Skinstitut.
  98. Amazinggggg!


    I have never used acids before on my face so was really unsure of what to expect and with sensitive skin I was a little hesitant but glad I took the plunge. Super clean after using but not tight or uncomfortable, no pain or redness( the word acid made think I was going to be in pain), my pigmentation from acne is slowly fading even after a few uses, and my skin feels smoother and firmer. Can’t fau...
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  99. Amazing!!


    Love love love!
    Leaves your skin feeling super clean and removes every trace of makeup. Great value for price as a little goes a long way. I have acne and blackhead prone skin which have reduced significantly after just 2 weeks of using the llactic cleanser in conjunction with the glycolic acid scrub 14%.
  100. Fantastic for cystic pimples


    I started using this during a bad bout of hormonal cystic pimples. It seemed to really help with reducing them and preventing new ones developing. My skin feels so clean and smooth after cleaning with this, and it’s gentle enough to use as part of my morning and night routines. Combined with the enzymatic micro peel mask at least once a week, my pores are the cleanest they’ve ever been!
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