Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash
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Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is an over-the-counter acne treatment cleanser designed to help treat blackheads and mild acne breakouts.  

This foaming cleanser can be used alone, or in conjunction with other acne treatment products.  But, if you're using a prescription acne medication, make sure you ask your dermatologist before adding this cleanser to your skin care routine.

Active Ingredient

Salicylic acid 2%


It's about $6.00 for a 6 fluid ounce bottle.

Where You Can Buy It

You can find this cleanser at your local drug store or big box store like Walmart.  I even found mine at the grocery store.


  • It's bargain priced.
  • Your skin feels super soft after use.
  • It's fairly gentle for an acne cleanser.


  • The scent is unique -- reminiscent of household cleaner. 
  • It may not be cleansing enough for very oily skin types.

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash Review

Phisoderm products have been around for what seems like ages.  I remember my mother using Phisoderm when I was a child.

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is an upgraded version of that basic face wash my mother used.  It's been revamped to help treat mild breakouts and blackheads.

Phisoderm products come with the reputation of being very gentle, so I hoped this cleanser would live up to that ideal. 

The first thing that hit me about his cleanser was the scent.

  It immediately reminded me of household cleanser -- bright and lemony.  It's not a bad scent by any means.  It just reminds me of floor polish.

And, that's not just personal weirdness on my front.  Several of my testers also said the same.  

Unique scent aside, the cleanser does have plenty of good qualities, the first of which being the price.

  It's really a bargain at just $6 a bottle.

Also, you don't need to use too much.  In my experience, a full pump dispensed too much product.  After a bit of experimentation, I found half a pump gave just enough cleanser for the face and neck without overloading the skin with product. 

The cleanser itself is a thin gel.  It does foam up, but if you're a fan of big, fluffy lather this cleanser will disappoint.  The lather itself is fairly thin.

My biggest issue with the cleanser, though, is that it didn't seem to be cleansing enough.  My skin never felt quite clean after using it.  Other testers didn't have this problem, though, so it probably depends on your skin type and how "squeaky clean" you like your skin to feel.

Even so, I can't deny that my skin felt extra super soft after using this cleanser.  And, just like the Phisoderm cleansers of years back, this Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is very gentle for an acne treatment cleanser.  Each and every one of my testers commented on this, and I have to agree.

All and all, I found this cleanser to be mediocre.  Personally, it didn't blow me away and I didn't like it enough to buy it again.  For a bargain salicylic acid cleanser, I much prefer Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser or Olay Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Cream Cleanser.

But one of my testers really fell in love with it.  This is someone who tends to have skin that is sensitive and easily irritated by acne treatment cleansers.  This cleanser worked wonderfully for him.  If other acne treatment cleansers have been too much for your skin, you might want to try this one.

Just remember, this cleanser won't clear up a case of acne on its own, unless you have very minor blemishes.  It won't do anything for moderate acne or severe breakouts.

And, as always, if you're under a dermatologist's care make sure you get their OK before you add this cleanser to your skin care routine.

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