Purifying Gel Cleanser (Salicylic & Glycolic Acid) 160ml SLS FREE


Purifying Gel Cleanser is a deep cleansing, vegan friendly oil-free formula, which thoroughly removes excess oil, surface impurities and make-up. Its alpha and beta-hydroxy acids and natural enzymes help to exfoliate the skin, helping to remove dead cells. Recommended for normal to oily skin types. Paraben and SLS free.

This product is excellent as part of a 2 step cleansing program for Problem skin. Although this does remove make-up, if you do wear foundation we recommend removing first with our First Cleanse Oil and using the Purifying Gel Cleanser as your second cleanser and morning cleanse. Learn how to cleanse your skin properly HERE (really worth a read). As this cleanser contains acids, it can not be used to cleanse your skin before using our chemical peels.

A unique cleansing gel which is perfect for oily, troubled and acne skin thanks to the wonderful synergy of deep cleansing ingredients. Glycolic and lactic acid (AHA's) help the skin to naturally shed the dead skin cells which cause our pores to get clogged and leaves the skin looking dull and unhealthy while the salicylic acid (BHA) works deep in the pores helping to reduce the size of enlarged pores and to clear blackheads. With regular use, skin becomes clearer, smoother and brighter.

This product is free of irritating sulphates, the foam is created by the bottle and not a soap base. 

How does it work?

Salicylic acid helps to unclog the pores and deeply exfoliate the skin, while natural Vitamin B Complex derived from Yeast Extract helps to regulate oil gland secretion to reduce the clogged pores, inflammations, and breakouts associated with an oily skin condition.

Natural botanicals include watercress extract which is high in vitamin C (ascorbic acid) known for clearing the complexion and has cleansing and healing properties, lavender extract, renowned for its amazing healing and anti-inflammatory benefits and papain which helps to break down the skin on top of the blemish and release the trapped material under the skin. Papain is also used to treat blackheads by removing any blockage and helping to break down the dead cells inside the pore.

Salicylic acid is a very effective ingredient for treating oily/acne skin types that are prone to open pores and blackheads. Because it has a larger molecular structure to Glycolic Acid it stays on the surface of the skin longer giving it fantastic pore clearing capabilities. Salicylic Acid resides is the key ingredient for restoring purity and clarity to the skin. It is a highly effective pore cleanser with anti-wrinkle and anti-acne properties. It works by gently removing old cells from the skin, and also boosts collagen production which in turn can reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. Salicylic Acid has an anti-inflammatory effect, making it useful for anyone with acne.

How is this good for spots?

The most common form of acne is caused as hair follicles get clogged by the oil your skin naturally produces. Normally the sebum (natural oil in skin) travels up the hair follicle and out to the surface of the skin. However, with acne, skin cell turnover is slowed, causing sebum to get trapped within the follicle, bacteria multiply within the clogged pores and so a spot is formed. Salicylic Acid helps by removing the old skin cells and the grime that's blocking up pores so stops the spot cycle. Salicylic acid will also help regulate the amount of oil your skin produces.

Skincare tips

Pump roughly 3 pumps of cleanser into the palm of your hand and use your finger tips to massage over the face in an upwards circular motion. Rinse thoroughly with tepid water. If you wear make-up or work in an environment where your skin gets dirty or very oily then, as beauty therapists recommend, do a ‘double cleanse’. We always recommend cleansing twice in the evening; no matter what product you use, one cleanse will not be enough. 

When using any cleanser an acid toner is always advised to restore PH. For normal to combination the Purifying Calendula Toner and for oily/problem skin the Detoxifying Eucalyptus Toner.

When treating blackheads we highly recommend using the Dermaflannel or 2% Salicylic Acid Chemical Peel alongside this fantastic cleanser for it's advanced skin clearing properties. 

When using any product containing glycolic acid you must use a moisturiser with a SPF of at least 15 during the day, if you plan on sunbathing or visiting a hot climate use a minimum factor 25.

Please Note: This product now comes in a new pet plastic bottle with foamer pump top and so a separate pump top is not needed for this product. The bottle also looks half full, it does contain 160ml of product but space in the bottle is needed for the foamer and for the products to have enough space to expand during airmail, many skincare bottles leave a large gap but as they contain opaque labels, the gap isn't noticed.

Before you buy This product contains salicylic acid and is not recommended during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. If you are allergic to latex avoid this product as it contains Papain derived from the papaya fruit, the same source as latex.

Ingredients: Aloe Vera Gel, Decyl Polyglucose, Glycolic Acid (7%), Salicylic Acid , Cocomidopropyl Betaine, Dimethicone, Yeast Extract (Vitamin B), Sodium PCA, Glycerin, SD Alcohol 40, Lactic Acid, Watercress Extract, Papain, Bromelain, Lavender Extract, Soap Wort Extract, Camphor, Sodium Hydroxide, Guar Gum, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Benzoate.

Keep away from eyes and mucous membranes.

4.35 Average

31 Reviews

Holly Madgwick

It was good until I used it everyday with the toner and my skin became so dry and I came out in a horrible rash under the skin. Will probably use it now and again I’ve my skin heals

Hello Holly, we're sorry to hear this. It might be worth patch testing the products as you may have a sensitivity to the ingredients in one of the items? Our ginseng toner is quite gentle and it's rare for anyone to have a problem with it so there may be something in there that doesn't agree with you.

Elizabeth Nansamba

Sarah Mirza

I use this cleanser as my only cleanser in the morning and as the second cleanser in my evening routine and I really love it. It is an effective cleanser that doesn't leave the skin feeling tight or dry and I have to make sure I don't run out as it is a holy grail product for me now. It lasts really well too considering it is used twice a day.

Samantha Revill

Great refreshing morning cleanser. Quick and effective


I recently came across this cleanser and skin care company online. After a week of using this cleanser my skin has improved loads! I no longer suffer with excessively oily skin. I used to wake in the morning with a wet t-zone, since using this that no longer happens and in return I have had less breakouts. I can see my skin becoming much clearer. I'm so pleased! Amazing company and I love the products :) also try the azulene moisturiser, goes well with this cleanser.


100% recommend this, I've repurchased this many times now and I LOVE it! I have oily, acne prone skin. I use the first oil cleanse, then this cleanser and it's perfect :-)


An excellent cleanser which resurfaced skin without being too drying. I alternative with the hot cloth cleanser on a morning and even after a few days my skin has cleared a lot. It hasn't stung my eyes but the smell is pretty awful I think thanks to the camphor present in it. One pump is enough. I have combination skin prone to breakouts.


So happy I trusted the 5* ratings and decided to try this product! I have always struggled with acne whilst also having dry skin. Like many other people in these comments I've tried hundreds of other products and prescriptions but never had any improvements. I am now back to buy my second bottle (1st one lasting months!). It cleared up all my problem areas within days and now I only need to use it a few times a week to keep my skin spot free. I have recommended it to so many friends and couldn't recommend it more. Trust the other reviews this stuff is magic! I also recommend their derma flannel and moisturisers!


Really happy with this product. It deep cleanses my skin without making it feel dry. All the products I have used from here have all been really good and very good value for money!

Mrs H

Literally the only product to clear up my skin and I have tried eveything on the market at huge financial cost. Amandas advice and help is brilliant. Please don't discontinue. This is such an amazing product for trouble skin


I have had an oily congested skin for many years now - and this is one of the only cleansers I have repeated purchased because it gives my skin a nice deep clean but doesn't over strip it. My blackheads I have had for decades are slowly disappearing and I no longer get any red spots at all. I used always have one healing and another coming up - and that is the best I could get it - but now lovely and clear. This is the best cleanser I have ever used - my only concern is please do not stop making it please!

Megan Darkes

Magic... <3 I have suffered with terribly with pores also oily spot prone skin for quite a few years now :( I have managed through diet to control this nightmare a little bit but never finding the right product for my skin type fantastic results my skin has never looked better very happy :)


Love this cleanser I use it after the first cleanse oil and by the time I'm finished my face feels soooo clean. It's really helped clear my skin. :-)


Been using this cleanser for the past 3 weeks and I've noticed a huge difference in my skin! I suffer with small clusters of spots on my chin/sides of face and the odd spot on my forehead. I also have lots of blackheads on my nose and large open pores on my cheeks/between my brows. I've definitely noticed a difference in the amount of spots I've been getting which is a lot less and my skin looks so smooth and clear. I've been using this in conjunction with the calendula toner and salycilic acid peel and it's working perfectly for me :-)

Kate Statham

I have purchased the Calendula toner in the past and loved it so thought I would give a cleanser a go as the ingredients seem good at a good price. I am prone to breakouts around my chin and as this cleanser has both glycolic and salicylic acid I thought this cleanser would help clear my skin. I was a bit dubious about the foaming action but as it wasn't water-based or full of soap, plus all the great reviews I decided to give it a go. Unfortunately after using this cleanser for a while as my second and morning cleanse I haven't noticed any changes to my breakouts and my skin does feel a bit tight and drinks up my hydrating toner afterwards. Whether this is due to us having hard water here or that it just doesn't agree with my skin I'm not sure. I've given it 3 stars due to the ingredients list, price and that it hasn't made my skin worse, but like I said- a little disappointing due to all the good reviews. I am still thinking about giving the clay cleanser a go instead.


I suffer from PCOS and often have large painful cystic acne spots around my mouth and chin. I have used the following products daily for months: bravura first cleanse oil, bravura ginseng toner and azulene moisturiser. I also use the chemical peels on occasion. Although I saw an improvement I was still so self conscious about how large, red and painful the spots were. Having used the same cleanser for years I was reluctant to change as it helped clear my skin previously but decided to give this a go after using the other fab products. I've been using this for LESS THAN A WEEK and the existing spots are practically gone! I had one new one come to the surface which came to nothing; previous that would have lasted weeks and throbbed making me super conscious. Thank you so much for this amazing product...my confidence is growing again and I am now looking forward to my wedding instead of panicking about how awful my skin will look!


I have never been good at keeping up a routine and almost always resort to the 'I haven't got time' method of taking off my make up with a face wipe. However, there is something about these Bravura products and I just can't wait to use them every morning/evening! This cleanser smells lovely and leaves me skin feeling super clean and soft. My complexion has definitely improved since using this product. I would definitely recommend!!


Been using this for around 2 weeks and it really has helped my skin to be smooth, cleaner and look great! I massage for 1 min on each area of my face and neck and after it feels and looks great.


I've tried a lot of different cleansers but this one I have fallen in love with and its now a morning staple I wouldn't be without. This comes out as a sort of aerated gel foam which goes on the skin beautifully - very refreshing and almost creamy in texture. It's not at all drying and despite the double acid content it's not harsh or stripping. Rather it leaves my skin feeling really fresh and soft. You don't need a lot either - a single pump is enough to do my face and under my jaw line. One additional thing - you will find the bottle comes with some air space. That's not missing product, the air space is needed for the pump to work properly and dispense the product as that pleasant foam. Just in case you were wondering.

Mrs H

I don't usually get along with face wash, well not since I hit 35, my skin is still oily but washes seem to strip it. This cleaned my skin without leaving it feeling uncomfortable and tight, I love how fresh and smooth my skin looks after using it.


I have normal/combination skin and don't break out often but this left my skin with lumpy and spotty. I gave it a fair chance but had to go back to my usual cleanser as my skin was really sore. I just don't think it suited my skin. I wouldn't buy it again as I didn't enjoy using it - smells very strong and seems to strip my skin. Overall disappointed.


I have had a break from these products for over a year and so glad I ordered a new batch. Have been battling my oily, congested skin and losing the battle with some very inferior products. This is the best face wash I have used from Bravura. It cleanses really well with no irritation and leaves my skin looking very fresh. It seems to control the oil and using twice a day is sufficient. I have not had any breakouts since I started using this product in conjunction with a glycolic peel. The bottle looks as if it is not full but I'm confidant it's still 100ml as stated as the bottle size is bigger than 100ml. Just thought I'd mention this having read another review. My 16 year old daugher is also using it on her face and back. After two weeks her face has almost completely cleared and her back is looking much better. Thanks for a great product.


I don't have bad skin but to keep it clear and blemish free I usually use murad products which are fab but very expensive I then found this site and have used the cleanser just once so far it's great, leaves skin clear, refreshed feels like I've had a facial!! Would recommend


Reviewed this towards the end of July last year and have just placed an order for another bottle. A tiny bit left so it's lasted just over 6 months and I am still feeling the benefits. After using it for 3 months and the weather changing I only needed to use it every other day as my skin is less greasy in the autumn and winter months. Only a small amount is required for it to work it's magic! Still loving this product although I notice the packaging has been changed so I hope the contents remain the same ......or better! All my blemish marks have disappeared and pigmentation is no longer an issue. No more spots and pustules just the odd pimple. All I need to do now is find an SPF30 sunscreen which doesn't feel heavy and clammy on my skin. Do you have any plans for releasing such a product? Bravura Note: Yes we are hoping to introduce an oil free, matte SPF30 moisturiser this year. As for the formulation of this product, it hasn't changed, only the packaging.


I've been using this product for just under a month and I agree with all the comments here. Makes your skin feel squeeky clean and I've seen an improvement to my super oily acne/blemish prone skin. Though I was dissapointed to see there was only a little more than half in the bottle when it arrived, almost felt like it had been half used, at least 40% of it was missing so that wasn't good. The bottle is small and does finish quickly but if it were full it would have lasted me till the end of the month so I would order monthly along with all other monthly shopping but I'm having to order today, so would urge Bruvura to do something about that or at consider doing it in a bigger bottle. Other than great, it is a great product and I highly recommend it. Bravura Note: Thank you for your comments, please note in the note section of the description that we do mention the product may appear to be half full but the space is needed in the bottle.


Have been using this for just under a month andhave noticed a considerable difference in my skin. Two years ago at 48 for no reason I can determine I began to break out with cystic acne........ I have tried numerous over the counter products which mostly only irritated my skin even more. I researched the effects of both AHA and BHA products and came across this, which has both. People are commenting on how fresh and toned my face is looking and have even asked if I have had "something done". Fine lines have disappeared, my blackeheads are almost gone and my pores have shrunk considerably. I can't praise your product enough. I am of caribbean decent and pigmentation issues are also a problem, but this seems to even out my skin tone too. Excellent value for money as well. Thank you Bravura.


I have been using this cleanser twice per day for the last three weeks. I have enlarged pores and occasional breakouts and sometimes excess oil production in the T zone. The first thing I have noticed is that my skin is very soft and my pores look a lot cleaner and smaller. There is also a lot less oilyness. I also use the 30% glycolic peel once per week currently so that may have assisted in the improvement. The only downside is the small 100ml bottle as it won't last very long but the price is definitely worth it!


i have been using this cleanser for the last 7days twice a day morning and night so ive used it 14times, i have extreamly oily blemished clogged skin and have always used strong cleanser to help! this one is by far he best ive tried! feel so squeeky clean after use it just soaks all that oil and grime away not only does it smell amazing but also a little goes a long way do not use anymore than a pea sized amount otherwise you are just wasting your precious cleanser! pea size is enough! i am using this with the calendula toner and salicylic acid peel to clear my acne scared oily skin! will always re purchase :D


I like how my skin feels after using this product. Really clean. I can virtually see my skin improving. I'm a recent fan of Bravura London products. The only problem is that it's way too small, and won't last long if used daily.


I use this as a face mask as well as a cleanser. I put this on at night, read my son a bedtime story, then wash it off with a dermaflannel or salux cloth and my pores are deep cleaned and completely clear. I do this once or twice a week. I have very congested skin on my forehead, nose and chin, and since being on a new medication i've started breaking out on my cheeks and neck. This cleanser has got it all under control. I agree this should be available in a bigger size as my teenage sons keep pinching it!!

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