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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 553 reviews

94% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

Great for skin clarity


I alternate this with the gentle cleanser and have really noticed an improvement with my skin texture and clarity.

Most Helpful Criticism

Daily beast


This is the bees knees. Great daily cleanser that is not too harsh on my skin. Gives it a good ol clean and makes it look super good afterwards.
  1. Great for skin clarity


    I alternate this with the gentle cleanser and have really noticed an improvement with my skin texture and clarity.
  2. Daily beast


    verified purchaser
    This is the bees knees. Great daily cleanser that is not too harsh on my skin. Gives it a good ol clean and makes it look super good afterwards.
  3. Gentle and exfoliating


    verified purchaser
    I have combination skin that is prone to breakouts and have always struggled with adult acne. I use this cleanser in conjunction with other Skinstitut products as a daily cleanser and is an important part of my skincare routine To gently exfoliate. The tube lasts for ages too!
  4. Love this cleanser


    verified purchaser
    I have both the L Lactic cleanser and Glycolic Cleansers by Skinstitut. They are both so effective and not too expensive.

    I love the texture and smell of this cleanser and it keeps my skin in order by controlling oil production. Everyone was raving about these cleansers which is why I tried them. Love!
  5. Good everyday cleanser!


    verified purchaser
    great value! I use it once a day in the morning. It leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing. Smells nice too.
  6. skinstitut


    lactic acid is great for dealing with my long term acne texture in my opinion. it works well without drying my skin out. would recommend this for even somewhat sensitive skin.
  7. Purchased again & again!


    I love this cleanser. It's not stripping and my skin feels really great after. The scent is not overpowering and is quite mild too.
  8. Long time favourite!


    verified purchaser
    Started using this product back in 2015 and haven’t looked back since!
    Always leaves my skins feeling soft and leaves my skin glowing!
    Would 100% recommend this product.
  9. A good gentle exfoliant


    verified purchaser
    This has been a good gentle exfoliant for both myself and my partner who both have sensitive skin. I am on the dryer side, while he has combination oily and dry with acne and tendencies for eczema if he over dries his skin. This is a good balance. It does tingle a little bit but no dramatic reaction like redness or anything. We have found our skin is more supple with use and have both had less bre...
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  10. LOVE this cleanser!


    verified purchaser
    I have just repurchased after going through my first bottle. I love it! It has made my skin more supple and reduced my need for chemical exfoliant. I use it once a day in the shower, it goes on easily and removes all makeup. It leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing. Highly recommend!
  11. Best cleanser


    I’ve been using this cleanser for about a year now and I just keep going back to it! I have combo skin plus at the time of purchasing my skin was going through a pretty rough time dermatitis wise and this cleanser was recommended to me by a beauty therapist! Have never looked back! The bottle is huge and lasts so long you get more than what you paid for!
  12. Cleared my Sensititve Skin


    This dried my skin out at the start but I knew it was a good product so I kept using this. After about 2 weeks my skin cleared up, my pores were tightened and my skin was brighter. Will definitely purchase again plus it smells so refreshing.Gave a 4 star only because of the drying of the skin at the start.. but its just my skin getting used of the active product.
  13. Only cleanser I needed!


    I took this cleanser on a 2 week holiday and it was the only exfoliation I needed! It was so good! Really gentle (even on my eye areas) and my skin felt exfoliated after 30 seconds of washing with this.
  14. Holy Grail product


    This is my absolute holy grail product. The entire Skinstitut line has done more for my skin than any other products, but the L-Lactic Cleanser is my favourite of the bunch. Soft enough for daily/every second day use on my sensitive skin, has completely stopped my blackhead/pimple flair up issues, and is cheaper by a considerable amount than the previous product used!!!
  15. Great cleanser


    Great for everyday use on my dry skin. Keeps it feeling clear.
  16. Perfect cleanser for everyone


    I’ve got combination skin with my biggest concerns being my pigmentation and skin texture with the occasional break out. I’m also a qualified beauty therapist so using good products with great ingredients is super important to me.
    I love this l lactic cleanser! Lactic acid is such a good ingredient to gently exfoliate whilst also hydrating the skin. I use this daily in my routine and it alw...
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  17. Great face wash


    I use this twice a week after washing with the gentle cleanser.
    Helps to keep skin fresh and reduce blemishes.
    I use it on my chest and back also
  18. Oily skin cleanser


    Purchased this cleanser after using another one in the range and this one is much better for oily skin, I find it cleanses makeup off really well and leaves the skin feeling fresh and combats oilyness. It is lightly scented which I don’t mind. My favourite cleanser I have found so far.
  19. Great Everyday Cleanser


    I Use this until its finished everyday morning and night and then swap over to the glycolic and then again once finished swap back to this one so my skin doesnt become used of the same thing, i find this cleanser super great for everyday makeup and just feeling squeeky clean once finsihed using. a small amount goes such a long way and for the price and what it does, ill always use this as my go to...
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  20. lactic


    a good lactic acid cleanser, but i prefer the glycolic for my skin. this one does still help with overall improvement of texture, but can be a bit harsh for me
  21. My new favourite cleanser


    I received a large sample of this cleanser from Adore ages ago.

    I only started using it a few days ago and it is now my favourite cleanser. I will definitely purchase the full size.

    It thoroughly cleanses my skin but doesn’t strip the moisture out of it. I have been searching for so long for a cleanser like this.

    Highly recommend!
  22. The perfect cleanser


    I was recommended Skinstitut by a friend about a year ago and have been using it ever since. The L-Lactic Cleanser is perfect for my oily/combo skin and I usually sub between using this and then the Gentle Cleanser to break up the lactic acid use.

    It is refreshing and smells amazing too! My skin is glowing more than ever.
  23. Great all rounder


    Great, easy to use cleanser that leaves my skin feeling shiny clean. You only need the smallest amount, so it's great value for money. Doesn't burn or dry out my skin, but I definitely feel the need to moisturise afterwards. It gives me everything I need from a cleanser, so will keep using.
  24. good cleanser


    good cleanser that removes makeup and leaves your skin feeling clean. however it does not seem to improve your skin's texture long term like it says it does.
  25. Light resurfacer


    Offers very mild exfoliation to keep skin glowy. Good for cleaning makeup off at night, a little harsh first thing in the morning for some skin types.
  26. Clean with out the squeaky feeling


    I love this for in the shower l apply and leave on in the shower for a few minutes while l do other stuff!!!
    My face feels smooth and clean with out dehydration
    Love it please note you only need a tiny amount and lasts for months
  27. Worth the $$!


    Leaves me feeling fresh and removes any and all traces of dirt, makeup etc. Works well with my (usually temperamental) combination skin, my pimples never last long so long as I have this cleanser on deck! Have been using for years and will continue to order.
  28. gentle


    is a gentle cleanser to me, does no harm on my face, smooth and clean after.
  29. Great product


    I recently purchased Skinstitut L-Lactic cleanser and I love it! Having very temperamental skin any thing can cause me to breakout, since changing to this cleanser I am having hardly any breakouts and much clearer skin, highly recommend
  30. Still too early


    I got this as I need more lactic acid in my routine. It smells like herbal essences shampoo, the classic one and its very gentle. It does foam up nicely and you don't need a lot of it. I am having issues with my lid though it's not as secure as I'd like it to be.
  31. Great cleanser


    I love this cleanser, it makes my skin feel smooth and removes makeup well. I found it a bit drying to use every day; I have combination skin and started getting sore dry patches around my mouth. But it’s definitely good to use a couple of times a week for a really good cleanse.
  32. The best cleanser


    I've purchased this 3 times now, it is so affordable and lasts so long. I'm so happy with how well it cleanses, it's gentle but leaves your skin feeling clean.
  33. Love it!


    Gentle enough for sensitive skin and leaves your skin feeling clean and refreshed.
  34. Best of the best


    I was recommended it by my aesthetician, so I obviously had I hopes for it - and it did not let me down! It lathers quite well and a little goes a long way with this cleanser. It is not abrasive like some exfoliating cleansers so it leaves my skin clean, soft and doesn't strip the natural oils of my oily complexion. I tone after using this cleanser and there is barely any dirt or makeup on the cot...
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  35. Good for getting a glow


    I think this wash is really great value. I find that straight after I use it I get a nice natural highlight going. it does get the skin really clean without leaving it tight
  36. Nice exfoliating cleanser


    I use this when I feel like I need a little extra exfoliation. It smells like fruit and works really well to get rid of any dead skin. I don't like to use it every day as I think it may be a little too harsh for me so I use it 3 to 4 times a week.
  37. Magic!


    Love, love, love this! My old cleanser just wasn’t cutting it anymore, so naturally it was time for a change. Was recommended this but wasn’t expecting any miracles, but WOW! Best skin I’ve ever had! Would highly recommend if you if you are prone to hormonal break outs.
  38. Great for sensitive skin!!


    Having sensitive I was terrified to use a acid exfoliator as I felt scrubs would damage my skin. Got a sample from AB and wow! No irritation or damage at all. And my skin looked clean and clear. My now go to product.
  39. Not for me


    I received a sample of this cleanser and excited to try it hoping this is going to be my new go to cleanser. To be honest, in my opinion this is just a very average gel cleanser, I can’t see the exfoliating effect, you would still need to do your normal exfoliate routine even using this cleanser... I don’t think I will consider to purchase the full size product.
  40. Incredible!


    I’ve been using this product for over two years now and I absolutely love it. It leaves my skin soft and clean rather than dry and stripped of its natural oils which is a big yes for me! I also love that it contains lactic acid as it gives my skin a gentle exfoliation every time i use it. Couldn’t recommend enough
  41. A real game changer

    Holly K

    I have combination skin and suffer from congestion and mild acne at times. This cleanser (and the whole Skinstitut brand) has improved the overall quality of my skin. It does not dry out the skin, no irritation and does a great job of thoroughly cleansing leaving skin soft. Love it
  42. Great


    This cleanser smells amazing and feels so nice on the skin. Foams up a little when you massage in. Seems gentle enough for my skin but definitely avoid my eye area when using
  43. My fave cleanser

    Bea O'K

    I've used this cleanser now for well over 2 years and I love it! I used to have very dry skin, but since using this cleanser, my skin feels so clean and hydrated and it smells divine. I have minimal breakouts and skin has been much smoother.
  44. Great product


    This is one of my favourite products. I love how it feels on my skin. It's gentle and foams well and my skin always feels really clean and cleansed after I use it. I have combination skin and find it doesn't dry my skin our or make it oily.
  45. Great


    This cleanses my skin thoroughly and leaves my skin slightly glowy afterwards
  46. Mature women's best friend


    Love this product for my mature age skin - cleanses perfectly while not drying out my skin - use it every day for perfect cleansing. Love it!
  47. Good clean


    This cleanser leaves the skin feeling very clean. I got this as a gift and am enjoying it as a break from my regular cleanser. Also looking forward to trying the glycolic scrub in this brand.
  48. Great gentle cleanser


    I found this cleaner to be nice and gentle on my skin. It foams well and leaves my skin feeling fresh and reduces oil production throughout the day.
  49. BELOW Expectations


    I’ve heard so many people rave about this Skinstitut range and wanted to try it for myself. I stuck with their products for one year. I used ONLY Skinstitut and nothing else. Unfortunately, I saw no improvements to my skin. I have an oily/combination skin type. Was disappointed with the outcome as I heard such good things and gave it a long trial. I would invest your money into different products....
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  50. Cleared up my skin almost immediately


    I’ve used this cleanser along with the glycolic scrub for years now. And they work together so well!
    This cleanser leaves your face feeling so clean and is strong enough to deal with breakouts and oiliness without causing and harsh reactions.
    I’ve used other products randomly out of curiosity and I always come back to skinstitute
  51. Love this product


    I have combination skin (oily t-zone and dry around my mouth) and I love this product - I use this in the evenings to cleanse and combine it with the ultra dry moisturiser and multi-active oil. I began using it twice daily but found it too much, once daily is enough for my skin. It cleanses well, foams well and is a gentle exfoliator. Good value for money and smells nice!
  52. Smooth skin after cleansing


    This leaves my skin smooth and cleansed it’s lovely and leaves a
    Perfect base for my skin care because I know that I’ve cleansed effectively! Will definitely be repurchasing this once it’s empty!
  53. Strong cleanser

    Trish S

    This formular doesn't have grit like the glycolic acid scrub, it's so much softer to apply and produces a slight foam. Not a fan of the smell, but it does do a good job of cleansing, but I do find after using it, it drys/tightens my skin quite substantially.
  54. Perfect everyday cleanser


    This is a great cleanser which is easy to use and leaves skin feeling exceptionally clean without dryness. Much less harsh than cleansers which contain glycolic acid with a similar result. I use this twice a day, every day and my skin looks and feels amazing .
  55. Good cleaner


    I’m happy with this cleanser. I prefer it to the glycolic cleanser which didn’t do much for me. I usually use dermalogica special cleansing gel but wanted to try something different. I like how this product ‘soaps up’ and leaves your face feeling really clean (that squeaky sound). I can see how some people may find it drying but I love that clean skin feeling. Will repurchase - a little goes a lon...
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  56. Gentle exfoliation


    Probably a more gentle exfoliator than the glycolic acid. Also not a fan of the smell of the lactic acid. Nevertheless, it works!
  57. gentle exfoliation that does the job


    really good product for the price ! i have oily skin and i found that it exfoliated and cleaned my skin without drying it out or stripping the natural oils, i use it every second day
  58. amazing


    Just buying this cleanser for the third time. It's wonderful! Does feel a bit drying but leaves your face extremely clean.
  59. Love it!


    My skin glows after using this as a daily cleanser .It's so gentle but has amazing results . Highly recommend.
  60. Good cleanser


    It is good cleanser to use on alternative days as it is bit strong to use everyday .it smeels nice too.
  61. A bit meh


    Cleansed the skin well and removed makeup but didn’t do much for my combination/oily skin. I prefer the the Glycolic cleanser. I won’t repurchase.
  62. Gentle cleanser!


    Very gentle on my skin, removes make up and leaves skin feeling fresh but not too dry. Love it!
  63. Great day and night cleanser


    The beauty salon I go to uses the skinstitut range in me when I get my facials done. They didn’t break me out after my treatments so I thought I’d give them a crack at home. I have combo oily/dry skin.
    I bought basically the whole range from adore beauty and my beauty salon and so far they’ve been great.
    I like this cleanser as it’s gentle so if I’m not feeling extra about my skincar...
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  64. weekly use


    It is one of the gifts in the goodie bag. I prefer using it as a weekly exfoliation.
  65. Nice everyday cleanser


    Nice cleanser which is not to foamy and leaves my skin feeling actually clean from impurities after a big day in the kitchen. Received in a goody bag as always choose one with a cleanser so I can find my no1 cleanser as always dabbling in different products. This is cheap and effective but not as hydrating as some iv tried.
  66. Great on acne prone skin


    I use this on my acne prone skin once a week or even once a fortnight as it dries my skin if I use it twice a week :( but great results once you figure out how frequently to use
  67. Lactic


    I found this good for a weekly exfoliation but I wouldn't use this as a daily cleanser as it does feel a bit stripping
  68. A little drying


    I find this to be drying on my skin when used everyday so I swapped to use it once a week when I would use my glycolic scrub & it worked well enough than
  69. My go to


    I have been using the Skinstitut L-Lactic cleanser since I first started taking my skin routine seriously about 2 years ago. I can’t even explain how much this cleanser has saved my skin. I love that it’s gentle yet affective. I am a fan of cleansers that foam up, I love that with this cleanser when your face is dirty it won’t foam up as much so it basically tells you if you need to double cleanse...
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  70. Nice but not for everyday


    I found this good for a nice cleanse with exfoliating properties but I wouldn't use this as a daily cleanser as it does feel a bit stripping
  71. Gentle but effective


    I have gradually introduced this cleanser as a gentler alternative to Skinstitut's Glycolic Cleanser since managing to improve my skin barrier and my breakouts settling. I find it nourishing but also helps clear breakouts when they do pop up. It does tend to have a bit more of a runny consistency which I found leads to excess dispense of product.
  72. Exfoliating cleanser


    Nice and gentle exfoliating cleanser. I used it every alternate day and leave it on for like a minute so i can get the full benefits. Clears my skin beautifully!
  73. Ummmm Not Sure


    I'm not sure about this. I can't get past the smell. It smells funky. Did I get an 'off' product? This hasn't done anything for my skin. It doesn't take off my makeup, it doesn't clear pimples. For me it does nothing. I do however love the 14% scrub, that is amazing. But this... nope. Nothing. Argh the smell is bad.
  74. Been using for 3 years - amazing


    I have sensitive skin and this cleanser is wonderful it’s so gentle and doesn’t ever sting. Even when I have open breakouts this cleanser doesn’t irritate them! Small amount goes a long way!
  75. Beautiful product


    This cleanser is so gentle but has amazing results . My skin glows after using this as a daily cleanser . Highly recommend.
  76. Awesome cleanser for problematic skin

    Emma Loves Skincare

    I find this cleanser is amazing when I have a breakout! It really does clear up my skin.
    It also lasts soooo long! The price is great considering how much you get.
    It could potentially be a little drying on some skin types.

    For reference my skin is oily/combination and I am 30 years old

  77. great everyday cleanser for makeup removal


    I use this everyday, even after "going out" makeup and it gets everything off, leaves my face feeling fresh and its quite gentle.

    My skin is early 40s, dry and hormonal, this is mild enough to use everyday and not drying.
  78. Great cleanser for dry skin


    I switched from using a glycolic cleanser to the L-Lactic cleanser and my dry skin loves this more. It cleans without stripping and I don't get that "too tight" feeling on my skin. Only downside is that I always seem to dispense too much but I end up using it on my neck and chest area.
  79. Holy Grail Product


    I have been using Skinstitut since 2014 as it is the only product that keeps my skin clear, fresh and supple!!
    I've tried new products in between and keep going back to Skinstitut because nothing beats it!! I use it morning and night, it doesn't leave a dry feeling after, your skin just feels soo clean and smooth.
    I also love the Normal skin moisturiser too which just makes the skin fe...
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  80. Stumbled across this cleanser


    I had made an error and ordered this cleanser instead of the scrub I was intending to buy. Have been using this cleanser for a month now and find it to be really effective and leaves my skin feeling really clean and refreshed. I generally wear a lot of make up and this helps keep my skin clean and glowing
  81. That Glow

    Holly B

    I love this product, my skin feels fresh after use and is so glowy i can't believe it. My face does feel a little tight after use but when you follow with a moisturised its great. Couldn't recommend Skionstitute products more, they are just great
  82. Clearing up my skin


    I use this product with the gentle cleanser and the 14% scrub throughout the week. my skin was initially sensitive and acne prone, it is now much stronger and clearer. When i ran out of this i noticed a difference in my skin (not in a good way) and couldnt wait to get it back again.
  83. Squeaky Clean


    I use to always have Acne and really dull skin, since using this product I now very rarely have issues with my skin. I would definitely recommend this product to those people struggling with acne and congested/dull skin.
  84. Great gentle cleanser


    very gentle on my skin, removes make up and leaves skin feeling fresh but not dry
  85. Perfect for my sensitive skin


    After trying this out from the starter pack I have grown to love this cleanser! I use it with my clarisonic and it always leave a my skin feeling soft and cleansed. Having sensitive skin it is really hard to find a product that doesn't react after a few uses. Goes perfectly with the glycolic scrub and sunscreen. The only downside is the packaging as a it is very runny causing a lot of waste when o...
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  86. Not a fan of the smell, but a good AHA for starters


    For AHA beginners, this is a good product to start with. Some people like the smell, but it really puts me off (its a personal preference thing).
  87. Great Cleanser - Love the Smell


    This is a great gentle everyday cleanser. My skin feels very refreshed after using it. I would definitely purchase again.
  88. Everyday Cleanser


    Perfect for everyday use, quite gentle but still lightly exfoliating
  89. Great cleanser


    I received this as a full size sample in my most recent order. This is a great everyday, surprisingly gentle cleanser. I use this morning and night and it does a great job at removing excess makeup and oil that my makeup wipe misses. Will definitely be purchasing when this runs out!
  90. Great affordable cleanser


    This cleanser makes my skin feel amazing. I have oily skin and I hadnt had any issues with it. My skin in clear and heaps with cleaning my pores.
  91. Acne is totally gone!


    Saved me from my acne! Very wonderful and definitely changed my skin so much. In love and highly recommend!
  92. Best cleanser


    I use this cleanser everyday, it is gentle and effective for reducing the oiliness of my skin
  93. Best everyday cleanser


    I have been using this product religiously for 3 years now, occasionally try a different product but always keep returning to this one! It is heavy enough to cleanse my face of all the make-up when lathered on twice, but gentle enough so it doesn't dry my skin out. I had adult acne problem, but this product helped with that. It is a great all-rounder and lasts for a long time; the only problem is...
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  94. AMAZING!


    Love this stuff have tried so many cleansers ranging in price and this is the best I’ve got hormonal skin and prone to blackheads around my chin and nose but I also suffer from eczema and this seems to help both and conditions and make my skin super soft without drying it out and without causing me to break out. Best one I’ve found over many years of searching, will continue to use :)
  95. Lovely gentle cleanser


    I love how this smells haha
    I’ve been using this product a few months now at night, removes makeup well. Hard to say if it does much since you just wash it off. I think I get better results from serums in the same brand
  96. Subtle but effective

    Kirsten M

    Really happy that I found this product.
    Fantastic value for money - I LOVE the size because it really makes you feel like it’s worth every cent spent.

    It’s really makes you feel like you’ve cleaned your face, but without stripping it and leaving your skin feeling dry and tight.

    Has also been a great first step in helping to calm and clear my hormonal acne.
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  97. A great everyday cleanser


    I received this cleanser as a freebie in my order, safe to say I would definetley re-purchase! This cleanser is a great everyday product, you can feel the active ingredients working as it cleanses the skin, I do like the fragrance as well! My only negative is that you can't use this in the eye area, but it's not a deal breaker!
  98. Best cleanser


    Love Love LOVE this cleanser! Lasts forever and keeps my skin feeling so beautiful and clean. I tried a different cleanser not too long ago and regretted it immediately. Cant live without this product
  99. Gentle cleanser


    Have bought this twice now but have now switched it out for the gycolic cleanser instead as I like the more active ingredients in that better. Nice cleanser
  100. Great sensitive skin option


    Super gentle for my sensitive skin - didn’t upset it at all which A LOT of cleansers have done in the past. Still cleaned off all my makeup including my eye makeup thoroughly! New favourite daily cleanser <3
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