Exfoliating Face Wash for Acne-Prone Skin

Salicylic Acne Wash

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This non-drying, foaming face wash gently exfoliates acne-prone skin without stripping your complexion. Our Japanese formula includes a 2% concentration of salicylic acid to help unclog pores and slough off dead skin, along with botanicals like aloe vera and green tea to help soothe skin.


Size 4 fl. oz.

Unique Features & Benefits

  • Non-drying formula won’t strip your skin of natural moisture
  • Gently exfoliates with a 2% concentration of salicylic acid
  • Suitable for all skin types, especially acne-prone skin
  • Fragrance-free & colorant-free


  • Salicylic acid: A betahydroxy acid used to fight acne and reduce clogged pores by exfoliating the surface of the skin. 
  • Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) leaf oil: Naturally antibacterial, it invigorates and imparts a refreshing aroma.
  • Green tea (Camellia sinensis) leaf extract: Antioxidant-rich tea plant native to Asia used to help fight free radical damage and provide skin-soothing properties. 
  • Royal jelly: Moisturizes and soothes skin. 
  • Chinese skullcap  (Scutellaria baicalensis) root extract: A member of the mint family used to clarify skin. 
  • Perilla leaf extract: Soothes and conditions skin. 
  • Chameleon leaf (Houttuynia cordata) extract: Purifies and revitalizes skin.
  • Aloe vera leaf extract: Replenishes moisture while soothing and softening skin.
Full Ingredient List

Active Ingredients Purpose Salicylic acid 2%

Inactive Ingredients water, ammonium laureth sulfate, cetyl alcohol, cocamidopropyl betaine, glycol distearate, cocamide MEA, triethanolamine, phenoxyethanol, polyethylene, steareth-20, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, disodium EDTA, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil, butylene glycol, allantoin, camellia sinensisleaf extract, royal jelly extract, scutellaria baicalensis root extract, houttuynia cordata extract, perilla ocymoides leaf extract, aloe barbadensis leaf extract

How To Use

Wet face with lukewarm water. Create lather in palms, then massage face with foam to cleanse. Rinse thoroughly. For best results, use with DHC Acne Spot Therapy.

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for acne This product helps control my acne quickly. It dries blemishes and helps prevent new break outs.
Date published: 2020-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Doesn't over dry my skin or burn my eyes This salicylic acid wash is much better than what you could buy in a drugstore. I've had less tiny white heads and clogged pores since I've been using it. DHC needs to make sure it comes up under their "oily skin type" product selection link. It didn't and I thought it was discontinued.
Date published: 2020-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I love the product I started developing forehead acne and occossionally cystic acne on the temples but since I started using this product, Ive had no problems. I love the smell, the feel on my skin, and this product does not dry your face out.
Date published: 2020-03-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small expensive bottle. Results took 3-4 weeks I don't really like this face wash. Has no lather at all, and doesn't really spread that far meaning I use more product then other face washes. The bottle is really small! Only 4oz! I have a hard time affording DHC but I feel it's usually worth it because the products last a long time. This one doesn't last long. Smells like medicine, and dries my face out. Even after using cleansing oil, if I follow with this, it'll strip the moisture the cleansing oil put in my face. I always have to rush to lotion my face after washing with this. But... it works pretty good at keeping my pores small and face clear. I don't get terrible acne, just a bit and I have big pores. After 3-4 weeks my pores got smaller. I would like to recommend this but most young adults can't afford it.
Date published: 2019-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply awesome. I can’t believe what a small amoun Simply awesome. I can’t believe what a small amount turns into an entire body wash worth of bubbles. Seriously… A quarter size in the palm of your hand will clean your entire body. And I break out everywhere so this has been a godsend. I also put a little bit in my soaking bath which helps as well.
Date published: 2019-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This Really Helps My son went off the big name acne wash years ago and used this whole 3 part system and loved this acne system with great results! But unfortunately DHC took this whole product system off their list and now just brought the wash and spot back. Myself and daughter also loved the Toner in this system, in our own face regiment. I had to purchase this overseas and now it is not available there either. We are waiting and hoping DHC brings the toner back so we all can have it and get this great face cleaning and acne system again. We love it!
Date published: 2019-08-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Need to use longer, but so far -so good! This is not a foaming cleanser, but I can tell it has active ingredients. I like using chemical exfoliate cleansers along with basic routine.
Date published: 2019-07-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I am glad this is back. I use daily in the summer and twice a week the rest of the year.
Date published: 2019-07-24
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