COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

I am a bit thorn about this review because:

1) I love this product;

2) it made my skin dry and sensitive.

COSRX is well known and established brand in S. Korea and it is most popular for its range of products and active ingredients targeted towards problematic and acne.

The COSRX Salicylic cleanser is a cult favourite. I initially started to use it after a review of Joana Kim (Youtuber, please look her up for K-skincare). Back then I thought my skin to be oily and the idea of having something to help me balance my greasiness and target the pimples seamed like the dream. So I started to use this for 2 long years. Yes, indeed. I used to love how the cleanser left my skin “squeaky clean” but overtime, I also noticed my skin getting drier and more sensitive and finally realized that it was not suitable for me. So sadly, I have decided to stop using it.

However, I hope this review can help other people in choosing this cleanser, because honestly it is a very good cleanser for oily acne prone skin and has always had great reviews.

So let’s start with the claims of the cleanser by COSRX:

  • Suitable for dry and sensitive skin. It doesn’t dry out skin or cause redness. 
  • Foams up quickly and applies smoothly on the face. 
  • Does not irritate eyes. 
  • Smoothens skin texture.
  • Relieves and helps fade blemishes and acne scars.
  • Fewer breakouts.

The product definitely leathers up into a nice lovely foam and cleanses well the skin but I am on my third (finished) tube of cleanser and I can say that it is not suitable for dry and sensitive skin. In order to understand why I say so, let’s analyse quickly the ingredient list:

Water, Myristic Acid, Sodium Chloride, Ethyl Hexanediol, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Citrus Limon (Lemon) Fruit Oil, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Ethylhexylglycerin, Stearic Acid, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Polysorbate 80, Caprylyl Glycol, Glycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Lauric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Glycol Distearate, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Citric Acid

Okay, so as you can see, the first and prime ingredient is Myristic acid. As the name suggest, it is an acid, more specifically a 14 carbon fatty acid which in the cleanser acts as surfactant and opacifying agent. Surfactant are known to cleanse the skin however, in higher concentrations, such as the one on the cleanser, they are also known to strip the skin of natural oils. There are not enough ingredients to counterattack the dryness caused by the surfactant, hence why it can be drying. In my case, I felt that after cleansing my skin felt “tight”. I used to use a lot of product so I down sized the amount used and even a tiny amount was still too aggressive. That’s why I decided to I stop using it.

Secondly, the cleanser contains a number of oils such as fruit oil, leaf oil, tea tree oil and acids that are too irritant for sensitive skin. So, unlike the products claim, I believe this is NOT suitable for sensitive skin.

However, I feel that this cleanser might be good for oily skin and can indeed help in calming the redness of acne thanks to its AHA (citrus acid) and BHA (Salicylic) acid and might be suitable as a gentle exfoliating wash. If sensitive oily skin type want to use this, I recommend to not over exfoliate with other products and use hydrating oils such as squalene to add the moisture back to the skin.

Would I ever use it again? Sadly, I have to say no but I do definitely recommend to try this product. It didn’t help my skin a lot but it could be very beneficial for other acne skin types. So I definitely recommend giving it a try.

Now as for the ratings:

Packaging5/5The packaging is simple, light and easy to use.
Effectiveness3/5 It cleanses the skin, maybe a bit too much for sensitive/dry skin.
Value5/5It is very cheap, it costs around £10 but one tube lasts you forever. You only need a really small amount to lather a nice thick foam.
Longevity5/5Even with constant use, this lasts a good 6-9 months. You only need a pea-size amount.
OverallIt is a good product and worth trying but I do not recommend it for sensitive skin.

You can purchase this cleanser in amazon, feelunique and yes-style. I use feelunique sometimes if I feel lazy and cannot wait for 1-month delivery but the cleanser is much cheaper in Yes-Style.

I hope that you find this review useful and if you have already tried the product WHAT ARE YOUR OPINIONS ON IT? Let me know below.




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