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Is Claymeric REALLY the Best Acne Cleanser?

In my search for the best facial cleanser and best acne cleanser specifically, I’ve tried almost every face wash under the sun. From salicylic and glycolic acid cleansers to the most experimental spa treatments, from over-the-counter drug store cleansers to high-end skin prescriptions. I’ve gone above and beyond to find the ONE acne cleanser that would really help me clean my skin.

I’ve had oily skin since I was a teenager, and over the years I’ve tried numerous washes and cleansers. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find the best face wash for oily skin. Most of these cleansers work to an extent, but ultimately my skin stays oily, and I’ve only found temporary relief from breakouts.

The problem became even worse when I started wearing makeup, as makeup can clog pores and cause acne. So your solution to breakouts actually becomes part of the problem—you notice a few blemishes, so you cover them with makeup. But then you notice a few MORE blemishes the next day, and have to cover up with more makeup… Pretty soon your makeup is causing you more makeup than ever before—and your face wash can’t even keep up.

So finding the best face wash for oily skin has long been a quest of mine, one that I’ve (mostly) failed at. Lots of daily cleansers are good at cleaning your skin 90% of the way, but leave behind makeup, oil, and dirt in your deep skin layer even after cleaning. Deep in your pores, your skin is still dirty, and the leftover contaminants trigger inflammation and cause acne.

Clay Cleansers—Do They Work?

One new solution that’s popped up recently in the world of acne cleansers is Clay Cleansers. Some of the biggest beauty brands have entered the clay cleanser market, with some degree of success.

The reason clay facial cleansers are so big right now is that clay is very fine—meaning it can get deep into pores where other face washes can’t. It’s also very absorbent, which means these new face washes absorb more dirt and oil than other acne cleansers.

The Claymeric Difference

Skin Research Institute is the latest beauty brand to jump on the trend with a clay face wash, but they’ve really taken it to the next level.

For one thing, their new facial cleanser Claymeric has 4 varieties of purifying clay in it, while other brands’ acne cleansers usually only have 1 or 2. These include:

  • French Green Clay
  • Greek Bentonite Clay
  • Moroccan Red Rhassoul
  • White Kaolin

The Claymeric formula also includes various anti-inflammatory agents and essential oils made to help fight acne, reduce oil, and shrink pores. These include: tea tree oil, Witch’s Hazel, Turmeric, and Chamomile, all of which combine to help give you that smooth, clear skin tone you love.

The Verdict

Overall, Claymeric is the best face wash I’ve tried, and is definitely the best face wash for oily skin on the market right now. I saw almost immediate results, with skin looking clearer and less oily throughout day. Best of all, makeup doesn’t break me out anymore, either—because Claymeric scrubs it all away when I wash my face at the end of the day.

This awesome face wash is naturally formulated, with no harsh additives, and is totally vegan and cruelty-free. I’m definitely making Claymeric Daily Cleanser a part of my daily beauty routine, and I highly recommend it for anyone looking for a new acne cleanser, especially readers with oily, acne-prone skin like mine.

**Update from the author:

Unfortunately, as of November 2020 Skin Research Institute discontinued Claymeric to make way for their new probiotic cleanser PoreBiotics. Could it match my love for Claymeric? Well, I tried it and LOVED it!! It’s a truly standout product focused on keeping skin healthy by helping skin stay balanced, keeping it deeply moisturized, and breakout and irritation-free.

You can read more about PoreBiotics, how it works, and what it does for your skin in our blog here. 

Christy is a licensed cosmetologist with 10 years of experience working for one of the top 20 Paul Mitchell Salons in the US. She is also an experienced Brand Advisor, and Beauty Blogger.