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!
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!
Best Cleanser Ever
This is the best product that I have found for my sensitive, breakout prone skin. My skin looks better than it has in years!
my holy grail
At first I thought this was going to be a pointless face wash what would just annoy my skin but I can tell you this is the best product for my skin.It leaves my skin feeling clean and hydrated.I have used this every morning and night and my skin has stayed clear. I love this product thank you Dermalogica.
I will be buying this product again.
Love how clean my skin feels.
Clear Start Issues
I bought along with the moisturizer. Have broken out terribly in small, breakouts across my face and neck- almost like an allergic reaction. Will not be buying again and will stick with other products (some dermalogica). Not surprised that this line of products in general has mixed reviews. I think for me, the botanicals are irritating my skin ( I am very sensitive to dyes and fragrances) and warn those that have the same issues from buying this product.
I've used this face wash for about a year because I received 2 as a gift and I honestly didn't see any changes. I still got acne, I still got black heads. I've always struggled with those two. This product didn't really do anything. I recently switched face washes after running out of this one but I definitely won't be purchasing this. It's over priced for a product that does nothing. For me, at least.
I would not buy this product again
I use this product morning and night followed by the matte moisturizer, and it seams to be making my face worse. I have more breakouts now, then before I started using it.
Bristol Rhode Island
I love this product
It took about 2 months to completely clear my skin it did get worst over the two months to clear my skin out but dermologica has saved my life I have completely clear skin. Yet my skin has become oily over time but it does get less oily when I use the toner
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.
I was wondering if I have to use anything after the foam wash when I use it for my body (chest, back). I'm using a Nivea moisturiser and Thayers Witch Hazel toner on my face after the foam wash however nothing for my body. Is there anything I should use, for example lotion?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Try Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash, Breakout Clearing All Over Toner and Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion morning and night.
Trying to figure what is best for my teen...she has more dry skin. This winter has even had a small spot of eczema show up on her cheek...but better after a few days of good moisturizing. but she has some acne on her forehead and black heads on her nose. She wants completely clear skin but I've been afraid of the harsher washes and stuff her brother with oily skin used. But again want her skin clear. She does use a cleanser currently and spot treatment some with tretinoin
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. She should not use any exfoliants when using tretinoin.
Special Cleansing Gel is a mild cleanser that will deep clean without stripping your skin. You only need the size of a pea, and its safe to use over the eyes. It is for oily, normal, or combination skin.
My 15 year old son has been using this product, plus the emergency spot treatment, for about a week. He seems to have broken out more. Is this normal? I wasn't sure if the product was clearing out his skin or if this is a reaction to it. He doesn't like having more acne, but he will still use it if it is going to get better.
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. It is normal to purge in the beginning. However, he should follow his cleanser with moisturizer to keep the skin balanced. I recommend Skin Soothing Hydrating Lotion.
It will get much better over time it's his body's way of clearing out all his pores give it about month to two months and you should see a result
What is the difference between this and the other acne face wash?
Hello Emily Rose,
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Clear Start is for teen acne which is caused by puberty and genetics. It has a fast healing time. MediBac is for adult acne which is caused by hormones, stress, genetics, pollution, lifestyle, etc. It has a slow healing time and is also affected by aging.
When can I expect to notice a difference?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Everyone's skin is different so it is hard to say. Teen acne can be caused by puberty and genetics. No topical product will reverse puberty or change genetics. Therefore, the acne may not go away 100% but it can definitely be managed. The most important thing to keep in mind is to be patient and persistent with the products. Be sure to use them every morning and night for consistent results and healthy skin.
Does my daughter need to, or should she, wash the make up off of her face first before using the cleanser?
Thank you for your interest in Dermalogica. Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash is not for the eyes, so it cannot remove eye makeup. At Dermalogica, we recommend everyone preforms a nightly double cleanse. The first step is always Precleanse (safe for the eyes and removes makeup, oils, debris, etc), followed by the prescribed cleanser. In other words, your daughter can remove her makeup with Precleanse first and follow with Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash.
The Dermalogica Team