We put the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex to the test after receiving a complimentary sample from the brand. Keep reading for our full product review.
Washing your face seems simple enough—boring even. But the truth is, a proper cleansing routine is integral when it comes to skin health. Sure, you want to remove makeup, sebum, and sunscreen, but you always want to refine the skin’s texture and get it perfectly prepped for the remainder of your routine.
I personally love using treatment cleansers to boost my complexion. I’m going to wash my face anyway—why not spend an extra minute and really take it up a notch? Enter iS Clinical’s Cleansing Complex, a lightweight gel product that contains BHAs to unclog pores and other botanicals to soothe and calm. I’m a big fan of iS Clinical already (you can read my love letter to the brand’s Active Serum here), so my hopes when testing this cleanser were high. In a nutshell, it exceeded every expectation, but of course, I detailed every single thought about it here.
Keep reading for my thoughts.
BEST FOR: Dull, normal, oily, congested, acne-prone skin types
USES: As a cleanser, or a second treatment cleanse if you’re wearing makeup. It also functions as a mild exfoliant.
HERO INGREDIENTS: White willow bark extract, chamomile, centella asiatica
BYRDIE CLEAN? No; contains PEG-30.
ABOUT THE BRAND: Founded in California, iS Clinical is a skincare line that uses pharmaceutical-grade ingredients in order to achieve best results for the skin. Sold in over 60 countries, the brand utilizes some of the most innovative ingredients in the market, and is known for its results-driven, scientific approach.
About My Skin: Occasionally breakout-prone
My skin is mostly normal but prone to breakouts, dehydration, and uneven tone (fun). I’ve always been big on exfoliation to keep my skin clear and bright, specifically with beta-hydroxy acids to help clear out pores. I am also a fan of treatment cleansers—why wouldn’t you make the most of the time spent washing your face by incorporating some active ingredients? That’s why I love the iS Clinical Cleansing Complex—not only does it clean the skin but it also sloughs off surface cells and refines the texture.
The Ingredients: Pore-clearing agents
The iS Clinical Cleansing Complex is a really light, gel cleanser that foams ever so slightly when emulsified with water. It contains the surfactant disodium laureth sulfosuccinate, so it dissolves sebum without stripping. There’s also white willow bark, a source of salicylic acid (and a known BHA) to mildly exfoliate and unclog pores; centella extract to soothe; sugarcane to refine skin surface texture, and chamomile to reduce redness.
How to Use: Massage it in properly