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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 625 reviews

94% recommend this product

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Most Helpful Positive

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 over-dry it.

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Not for sensitive skin


Nice texture but do not use if you have sensitive or dry skin. Resulted in pimples and flakiness.
  1. Great nightime cleanser


    verified purchaser
    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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  2. Best cleanser ever!!


    verified purchaser
    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!!!
  3. A great beginner product to AHA/BHAs


    verified purchaser
    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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  4. Light gel cleanser

    Mrs Smith

    verified purchaser
    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.
  5. Skin feels clean

    Laura M

    verified purchaser
    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.
  6. Doesn't sting my skin


    verified purchaser
    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.
  7. Good cleanser


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


    verified purchaser
    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.
  9. 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.

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  10. great cleanser


    verified purchaser
    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.
  11. 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.
  12. Not for sensitive skin


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


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


    Gentle and non-drying. It cleanses thoroughly, even removing any makeup.
  15. 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
  16. 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!
  18. 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
  19. 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!
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. Squeaky clean


    This is a nice deep cleanser. Makes my skin feel really clean but not dry
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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
  27. 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.
  28. 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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  29. 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
  30. 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.
  31. 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.
  32. 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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  33. 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.
  34. 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.
  35. 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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  36. 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%.
  37. 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!
  38. Clean and fresh


    This cleanser takes off foundation and daily pollutants however it doesn't quite take all waterproof mascaras off. Perfect for removing tubular mascaras.
  39. Great Product!


    I started using this product over 6 months ago and it’s amazing! I definitely recommend for sensitive skin types! It’s helped my skin tremendously!
  40. Value for money


    For what you pay, the size is great, will last me forever! I use this as a first cleanse after wearing makeup, I then use the ordinary Squalane cleanser for my second cleanse. I good basic cleanser where a little goes a long way.
  41. Leaves skin clean!


    This cleanser leaves my skin feeling super clean without feeling totally stripped of natural oils. Effectively cleans my skin, I use it as my second cleanser.
    My only dislike is that it has a small scent... not huge, I just prefer no scents with skincare products.
  42. A little drying


    While I loved how this cleanser cleared my breakouts under the surface, it really dried me out around my mouth. I was using AM & PM and now have just started using as a booster 2 times per week.
  43. great daily cleanser


    This is a great daily cleanser. Gentle enough but also has active ingredients (lactic acid) so you know it's working. Smells lovely too - subtle goji berry scent.
  44. Definite improvement in my skin


    I have combination skin and have noticed a huge improvement within a few weeks. I use daily at night only after removing makeup with my Enjo pads so can’t vouch for makeup removal but the consistency of my skin (together with the Skinstitut toner & glycolic scrub 1-2x p/w) has improved my skin dramatically over the last few weeks. Don’t need much so will last ages.

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  45. Amazing!!!


    I have tried to Gylcolic scrub before and LOVED it but my skin was a tad sensitive to it, this one is a game changer!!! Leaves your skin feeling so smooth and fresh but not dry
  46. Another Great Cleanser by Skinstitut


    I alternate between this product and the glycolic acid cleanser however I do think this one is my favourite.
    The texture at first threw me off heaps and the smell was not pleasant but I've come to get used to it and actually enjoy it now. Whenever I'm having really clogged pores this product while it doesn't immediately do anything to remove the acne it does make my skin less sore and red, w...
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  47. Does the job


    This cleanser does not irritate my skin and makes my skin feel clean after-woods. Doesn't stand out as a must have but it definitely does the job.
  48. squeaky clean


    I have used the glycolic cleanser for sometime now, but switched to the L-Lactic cleaner and I am really loving it!
    I'm left feeling squeaky clean without feeling dry and tight.
  49. Nice & Gentle


    Love this as a morning cleanser or after gym cleanser. it's super gentle but still removes all my make up or any heavier oils or sunscreen I've put on my face and leaves my skin feeling soft.

    I sometimes include it in my night routine if I need a gentle cleanse.

    4 stars because pump packaging could be better for this product. When the bottle is new and full, way too muc...
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  50. really good


    I use this as the second cleanser in my evening double cleanse routine. I've stopped using scrubs on my face (too harsh) and switched to using this lactic acid every day and I've found it gives a deeper exfoliation without the surface damage of other scrubs. absolutely recommend you try it out if you're thinking about it.
  51. My new daily face wash


    I bought this product because I wanted to change up my current skin care routine during isolation. I'm so glad I chose this one because it has become my new daily face wash. I use it once a day at night time. It does not dry out my skin and I feel like my skin is softer because of it. I have been getting less breakouts since I've started using this. My foundation looks so much smoother after intro...
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  52. Great cleanser

    Christine W

    Gentle enough cleanser for my sometimes sensitive, dry skin. Leaves my skin feeling really fresh and clean, never dry. Would only use no more than 3 times a week.
  53. Great Price!


    This cleanser is so beautiful on the skin. Its soft and gentle yet it delivers. My skin feels so clean and fresh after using this every night.
  54. Great product


    Although I have been experiencing hormonal breakouts over the last couple of months, I've been hesitant to try skincare products with active ingredients, until this was recommended by a friend. I was pleasantly surprised by the texture and efficacy of this cleanser! Looking forward to using it as part of my everyday skincare regime.
  55. Good gentle exfoliator cleanser


    I like to use this cleanser when my skin is feeling a bit dry and needs a wake up call. I like to use this cleanser alternating with the gentle cleanser. It’s soothing on the skin and I haven’t had any irritations with it. Bit of a strong fragrance but I don’t mind it. A little goes a long way and you also get it cheaper at adore beauty!
  56. Hydrating cleanser!


    Really love this cleanser after a few washes, my face looks clean, clear and super hydrated! Have never used such a hydrating cleanser.
  57. Love


    I have sensitive skin that dries out quickly. I have used this product for years and will continue as it is effective without leaving my skin feel tight and dry. It also effectively removes makeup!
  58. Good for acne prone skin


    I suffered from a constant breakout on my chin from November through February of this year and this was recommended to me by my local Laser Clinics Australia. Nice and gentle - so it's a good choice if you have acne you want to get on top of but also have dry or sensitive skin.

    Price is also fantastic for a huge bottle.
  59. My new daily cleanser


    This has become part of my nightly routine. My skin has felt so much better and none of that tight over cleansing feeling in my skin.
  60. Fav Cleanser of all time


    This is my all time fave cleanser. Keeps my skin clear all the time
  61. Great cleanser


    I have very sensitive skin and was apprehensive to try this but I was pleasantly surprised. It’s very gentle and didn’t leave my skin red or tight feeling. My skin feels soft and smooth after using this. I will repurchase.
  62. Good every day cleanser


    Great cleanser for the whole family as it's good for all skin types. I have found other cleansers I like more thought so can't give it 5 stars but good value.
  63. Great cleanser


    This is a great cleanser for oily/congested skin, although lactic acid is gentle enough for all skin types. I don't find the cleanser irritating or drying. It leaves my skin feeling fresh.
  64. Soo good


    Love this cleanser, leaves your skin feeling actually clean and refreshed.
  65. Great cleanser


    Great cleanser, removes makeup well. Gives a cleansed feel afterwards.
  66. Good for sensitive skin


    Ive been a long time fan of skinstitut. I have sensitive skin and this is my go to product. I had previously been using the skinstitut glycolic cleanser but it was drying my face out too much and my skin is better after switching to the L Lactic cleanser. My skin feel super clean without feeling stripped.
  67. L-Llllove L-Lactic!


    Using this on a varied occasion with my other skin care products and am loving it
  68. Gentle on your skin


    I love this cleanser. All products I have purchased from Skinstitute are great quality and do exactly what says on the packaging. The cleanser lasts a long time as you use a tiny bit each time . Will purchase again.
  69. Gentle cleanser


    I have dry skin and this cleanser doesn't irritate my skin at all, I've just finished my second bottle! I no longer have dry patches and my skin feels and looks clearer than ever.
  70. Great value!


    This is a great active cleanser for all skin types. My skin can be a bit on the sensitive side but i find this gentle enough to be used daily, it doesn't strip the skin and it leaves skin feeling fresh, clean and hydrated! As with all Skinstitut products, it's also great value for money. The bottle lasted me ages!
  71. Great for skin clarity


    I alternate this with the gentle cleanser and have really noticed an improvement with my skin texture and clarity.
  72. 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.
  73. Gentle and exfoliating


    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!
  74. Love this cleanser


    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!
  75. Good everyday cleanser!


    great value! I use it once a day in the morning. It leaves my skin feeling soft and glowing. Smells nice too.
  76. 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.
  77. 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.
  78. Long time favourite!


    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.
  79. love it!!


    my skin feels so smooth and it makes my pores seem so much smaller
  80. A good gentle exfoliant


    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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  81. LOVE this cleanser!


    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!
  82. 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!
  83. 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.
  84. 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.
  85. 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!!!
  86. Great cleanser


    Great for everyday use on my dry skin. Keeps it feeling clear.
  87. 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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  88. 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
  89. 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.
  90. 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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  91. 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
  92. 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!
  93. 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.
  94. 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.
  95. 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.
  96. 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.
  97. 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
  98. 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.
  99. gentle


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