This breakout fighting, foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back, neck...wherever skin requires deep cleaning and pore clearing for fewer breakouts.
Clear Start™ is tough on breakouts, gentle on your skin: potent active ingredients and naturally gentle botanicals deliver your clearest, healthiest skin ever.
Cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan. Formulated without artificial fragrances or colors.
Although there is no standard for establishing a gluten-free designation for topical skin care products, independent laboratory testing confirms that this formula surpasses the US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) ingestible standards and can therefore be considered gluten-free.
Formulated without animal-derived ingredients
Formulated without artificial fragrances and colors
no artificial fragrances and colors
Formulated without Parabens
Certified cruelty-free by Leaping Bunny and PETA
Salicylic Acid dives deep into pores, clearing dead skin cells and trapped oils to help wipe out existing and future breakouts.
Formulated with 8 botanicals including Tea Tree, Lavender and Camellia Sinensis, known to gently soothe and calm irritated skin.
Orange Peel Extract revives, energizes, and refreshes.
how to use
Morning and night, lather a small amount in damp hands, then rub over face, neck, chest ... anywhere you want to wipe out dirt and breakouts. Keep out of your eyes. Rinse thoroughly with warm water.
Can't remember to use your face wash? Keep it in the shower!
Dermalogica is dedicated to maintaining the accuracy of the ingredient lists on this website. However, because ingredients are subject to change, we cannot guarantee that these lists are complete, up-to-date and/or error-free. For an accurate listing of ingredients in each product, please refer to your product packaging.
Clear Start is a system of nine serious products that utilize medicated ingredients and soothing botanicals to deliver real results.
Clear Start™ was created by the skin health experts at Dermalogica, the brand that’s been changing the face of skin care for more than 25 years. It became clear that no one was addressing the needs of teens – not only with products that get results, but also with the education they need – when Dermalogica Founder Jane Wurwand’s own daughters entered their teenage years.
how it works
Skin care product choices available to teens may be ample, but they aren’t good choices. Products for teens often contain harsh and inexpensive ingredients to strip the skin of oil, and are filled with artificial fragrances and colors – all things that can irritate and strip oil from skin, causing more problems than you started with!
this product made my skin break out 5x worse than it ever has before. i used it with the fizzing mask and overnight treatment which worked great on my skin but the cleanser is terrible. wish i didn't waste my money.
prince george, BC
My teenage kids love it
I have two teenage kids and it works a treat! Their skin is looking cleaner and clearer. My only criticism is that could Dermalogica make it in larger sizes. As you can imagine having two teenagers we seem to get through it quite quickly.
I stopped birth control about five months ago and my skin freaked out. I went to Ulta for a facial and was recommended this product to use every couple days. I quickly discovered that THIS was the product that was going to change my skin. I use this primarily at night with the Skin Smoothing moisturizer, but if I see more acne trying to trigger, I use it in the morning.
I learned my skin was dehydrated, which was causing my acne. Once I had the right products and got the "dry" skin under control, I don't have any issues with my skin drying out from using this. I love all my Dermalogica products, but this one takes the cake after helping clear my skin up.
I suffered from acne all of a sudden and went to my nearest dermatologist and clear start was advised and highly suggested.
This face wash is really good in terms of making your face feel squeaky clean. However, it can be a bit drying from making sure its squeaky clean. So for my face, I feel like I need to put an extensive hydrating moisturiser.
But apart from that, it really helped reduce my acne.
I do recommend, but I suggest you go to a dermatologist first before trying. As all of us have different skin types.
a definite in my skin care routine
I have struggled with my acne throughout my teenage years and have tried so many different skin care products and methods to try and clear my face up. Dermalogica - in particular the clear start products, are the first products that have made a difference on my skin and I couldn't be happier. I will definitely be using these products again.
I have used this product twice a day for over 2 months and it works fine. My skin doesn't look any better than when I use a drug store face wash. Probably won't buy again because it's kinda expensive and the results are pretty average.
Cleared my acne
I used to have slight acne and my skin was so dry! I've been using this ever since as a dermatologist recommended it to me and my skin has been clear ever since!
i've tried everything to clear up my skin. this is the first thing in years that i've had this clear of skin. it's fantastic.
I would buy this product again.
This is the one product, after the millions tried, that helps with my teenage daughters acne. What a relief we found it!
Morro Bay, CA
This product was terrible. My skin broke out with acne that was worse than I had before, in areas of my face that I don't normally get acne. My face was also very itchy, but not out of dryness! Would not recommend this product. I went back to using my drug store face wash after wasting my money on this!
I wouldn't say I have the worst skin, but I do have a few blemishes and blackheads I'm trying to get rid of. Should I buy this product, or should I go for the more generic
special cleansing gel?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Special Cleansing Gel, Breakout Clearing Booster and Active Moist.
I take oral medicine "Curacne" for my skin, can I use this product on my face ? Or should I stick to special cleansing gel?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Stick with Special Cleansing Gel. Special Cleansing Gel will clean your face. The medicine will target the acne.
Can I first use the Special Cleansing Gel and next this breakout clearing foaming wash or should I just use one?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It would be one or the other. If you would like to double cleanse, try Precleanse first.
Hi do I use this along with the clear start blackhead scrub? or do I just need to use one, not both?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash morning and night to cleanse. You can use the scrub 1-3 times per week after cleansing.
is the clear start breakout foaming wash suitable for really really sensitive skin?
And what is the ph level of the cleanser?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. All of our cleansers are pH balanced to the skin. This cleanser is for teen acne. If you have teen acne and sensitive skin, this can work. If your main concern is sensitive skin and no acne, then try Ultra Calming Cleanser.
Hello, my 10 yo daughter has started to get blackheads around her nose. Otherwise her skin is clear and isn't dry or noticeably oily. Would this product be too harsh? Would special cleansing gel be better? Thank you.
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. I would start her with Special Cleansing Gel first.
Can i use this to take my make-up off?
Please try Precleanse and Special Cleansing Gel as they are safe for the eye area.
Hi, I've been looking for some face products for my 12 year old daughter that are not too harsh and love the sound of theses products. My daughter has been having quite bad breakout especially on her forehead would this product be the right one to use
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Yes, she can use Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion morning and night.
I'm 20 years old and still have acne, do you recommend this cleanser, or another cleanser?
This cleanser is ideal for a full face of acne. If you only have sporadic breakouts, try Special Cleansing Gel.
I have extremely sensitive skin. And I breakout regularly but I'm 19 and don't think it's hormonal acne. Can I still use this?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. You can use this with Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion morning and night.