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Balancing Cleanser

49 Reviews


This cleanser contains both salicylic acid and glycolic acid (most acne cleansers only contain either an AHA or BHA but not both). The formulation is loaded with botanicals so that it is effective yet gentle.

✓ Soap-free formulation. Gentle yet effective.
✓ Contains 2% glycolic acid (AHA) and 2% salicylic acid (BHA)
✓ Readies your skin for use of the Clearly Basics’ lineup

Suitable for: All skin types.

Balancing Cleanser is a concentrated formulation so only a quarter pump is sufficient for whole face.

Volume: 100ml | 3.38 fluid ounces. Each bottle is designed to last 8 weeks. That’s $0.4 per day.

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For further pore refinement, pair with Clearly Basics’ Clarifying Toner:



Priming Your Skin

Stylist Toni @xxtonilumsden explains how the Cleanser improves her skin’s texture and leaves her skin perfectly pH balanced without stripping away natural oils. pH balance allows the rest Clearly Basics lineup to be more effective.


Using the Balancing Cleanser

Toni @xxtonilumsden demonstrates how to use the Balancing Cleanser using little water. This allows the quality ingredients in the Cleanser to absorb into your skin before it is diluted.


Review of the Balancing Cleanser

Teacher Mim @mimandskin explains how the Balancing Cleanser removes impurities but leaves your skin soft, supple and primed for the next product you apply to your skin.


Four Tips on Cleansing

Influencer Joanne @skinjo.urney gives us four tips on cleansing without overstripping your skin and forcing your skin to go into overdrive to product more oil.

Individual results may vary with all before/after images


What makes Clearly Basics different?

We’ve taken products that are often EXCLUSIVELY sold in a dermatologist’s office at 3x the price and made it available for everyday consumers. We select USP certified ingredients when potency matters, but less expensive cosmetic grade ingredients when purity is not a concern.

The most frequent comment we get in our reviews is that users have tried everything and nothing has come close to the results they have seen with our formulations.

Why is the Balancing Cleanser different?

Loaded with fruit extracts that balance the skin, this soap-free formulation is one of the most gentle washes that contain AHA and BHA‘s. It leaves your skin perfectly primed without stripping away natural oils.

Ingredient synergy is the reason why our products are more effective than other products may which may also contain salicylic acid or glycolic acid. All Clearly Basics products contain medical grade ingredients + synergy + botanical complexes that balance the formulations so that they do not irritate your skin. Most companies use only salicylic acid or glycolic acid but not BOTH ingredients in their face wash.

Key Ingredients

Salicylic Acid (BHA)

Helps to decrease oily skin lipids. Dr Lu et al, 2019

  • Reduces oily skin
    Dr Tasleem, 2019
  • Effective astringent
    Highly effective astringent that can minimize the appearance of pores by tightening the skin and reducing the oiliness of the skin.
  • Exfoliates the skin
    Penetrates into the pores of the skin to dissolve dead skin cells, removes dirt, bacteria, and grime that has built up on the surface of the skin.

Glycolic Acid (AHA)

Helps to heal damaged skin. Dr Perricone & Dr DiNardo, 1996

  • Primes your skin
    The exfoliating properties of glycolic acid make it great for prepping the skin for other products.
  • Heals damaged skin
    Dr Perricone & Dr DiNardo, 1996
  • Exfoliates the skin
    The holy grail for exfoliation, effectively removing the outermost layer of dead cells from the complexion, revealing brighter, fresher skin.

Acacia Concinna Fruit Extract

Helps to preserve the natural oil of the skin and nurtures the skin.

  • Gentle cleanser
    Gently cleanses the skin without stripping it of its protective lipid layer.
  • Protects the skin
    Protects the skin from fungal infections and has antibacterial properties.

Gypsophila Paniculata Root

Moisturizes and conditions the skin.

  • Moisturizing properties
    Functions in skincare and cosmetics as a moisturizing ingredient.
  • Natural cleansing properties
    High content in saponins, which have natural cleansing properties, explain its use as soap for centuries in the Mediterranean basin.

Volume: 100ml, 3.38 fluid ounces.
Each bottle is designed to last 6 weeks being applied twice daily.

Full Ingredient List +

water, cocamidopropyl betaine, sodium lauroyl sarcosinate, alcohol, cocamidopropyl hydroxysultaine, salicylic acid, glycolic acid, sodium hydroxide, acacia concinna fruit extract, balanites aegyptiaca fruit extract, gypsophila paniculata root extract, PEG-150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate, PPG-2 hydroxyethyl cocamide, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin, parfum

Key Facts

This soap-free cleansing gel was developed for people who want a thorough cleanse without stripping off natural oils. Designed for combination or oily skin, the Cleanser is  one of the most gentle AHA+BHA washes on the market. Only a quarter pump is sufficient to wash your whole face.

What it does:

This cleanser uses a non-comedogenic compound derived from coconut that gently cleanses your skin without stripping away natural oils.

What it is formulated without:

Colorant-, paraben-, lanolin-free. PETA certified vegan and cruelty-free. This non-comedogenic formulation is freshly made in Singapore to ensure the highest quality.

Application Instructions:

Rinse your face with water. Place 2-3 drops of cleanser in your hand and massage into your skin until a small lather appears. Wash off and pay dry. The Cleanser is a concentrated formulation so only a partial pump is sufficient for whole face.

Customer Reviews

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  1. J

    Jessica (verified owner)

    love love love

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  2. B

    Bianca C. (verified owner)

    It was refreshing

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  3. S

    Sam (verified owner)

    A great cleanser, which was very gentle and easy to use

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  4. J

    Jenna (verified owner)

    I like it but very expensive

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  5. S

    Sheenaz (verified owner)

    Basically I have been using the whole series for one year now and my skin has been so much clearer and better. I have a glow too and though i do get pimples, one or two, on and off, this whole series has made it so much easier to manage and made me happier.

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  6. J

    Jade (verified owner)

    Brilliant cleanser super soft on skin.

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    DK (verified owner)

    Love this cleanser, use it as a second cleanser after washing off my makeup and it does not strip my skin at all

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    Caroline H. (verified owner)

    I just moved to a different state and my skin was not reacting well to the stress, new water and all of the inconsistencies in my routines. I started using this product about a week after the move and my skin cleared up almost instantly! It does not dry out my skin, either. I love this product!

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    Stephanie (verified owner)

    MY FAVE! I have run out and I am sad, forever taking this wherever I go especially after a long day nothing like a good face cleanse but always keeping your skin enriched with my natural oils!

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    Jamie Conlon (verified owner)

    I love this face wash. It leaves my skin feeling so healthy and refreshed.

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    Amanda (verified owner)

    I have oily cystic acne prone skin. I have used all different types of cleansers over the years. I started using clearly a little over a year ago and I keep coming back to this cleanser. I like having the AHA and BHA exfoliation that will not strip my skin but still feels clean. Plus a little goes a long way. I am able to wash my face, neck, chest and upper back with only one pump.

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    Jade (verified owner)

    Once I have cleansed with this product my face feels soft and fresh ready for the other clearly basic products I use. It has not upset my skin like some other products I have used in the past as I do have sensitive spot prone skin.

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    Christina (verified owner)

    Love this cleanser but find it does not last that long

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  14. H

    Haylee (verified owner)

    Nice fresh clean feeling after use, also soft skin.

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    Emma Reynolds (verified owner)

    I was always scared about using a cleanser with salicylic acid because I have not had a good experience with it but that all changed when I started using this face cleanser best thing ever

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  16. J

    Jessica (verified owner)

    best cleanser I have ever used!

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    Bheshta A. (verified owner)

    Best cleanser I’ve tried

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  18. A

    Alice R. (verified owner)

    Improves texture of my skin and helps clear break outs faster

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    Heidi Wagnon (verified owner)

    I am very pleased with this face wash

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  20. L

    Lina (verified owner)

    Very good

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  21. E

    Emily C. (verified owner)

    Amazing cleanser!

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  22. J

    Jessica (verified owner)

    amazing cleanser, best I have ever used

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    Kerr Mackenzie (verified owner)


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  24. A

    Adelle (verified owner)

    Lasts a long time and feels nice and light.

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  25. R

    Razmina B (verified owner)

    Best cleanser ive used. I have sensitive skin and this is product is amazing for my active acne and skin

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Application Instructions

  1. Using lukewarm water, rinse your face.
  2. Apply the cleanser to your skin and massage gently with a circular motion using your fingertips or a soft, clean washcloth. Refrain from using abrasives, loofah sponges, brushes or scrubs
  3. Rinse your face for a few seconds with lukewarm water until the cleanser is completely gone.
  4. Using a clean, soft cotton towel, pat your skin until dry

The Cleanser is a highly concentrated formulation so a partial pump is sufficient to cleanse your whole face.