Gentle Clear Complexion-Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser

Gentle Clear Complexion-Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser


Skin type: Breakout-prone, sensitive skin

This creamy, soothing formula with 2.6% micronized BPO starts working immediately to clear breakouts by targeting acne causing bacteria while helping maintain the skins moisture barrier. 

  • Starts working immediately to clear breakouts with visible results in just one week
  • Targets acne causing bacteria with 2.6% Micronized Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) which has been shown to be less irritating than traditional BPO formulations
  • Formulated with licorice root to soothe irritated skin and help reduce acne related redness plus zinc to reduce surface level oils
  • 75% of consumers said the cleanser helped improve their skin’s complexion after just one week
  • Clinically tested on sensitive skin




This creamy, soothing formula with 2.6% micronized benzoyl peroxide (BPO) starts working immediately to clear breakouts by targeting acne causing bacteria while helping maintain the skins moisture barrier. Formulated with zinc and licorice root to reduce excess oil production and soothe sensitive skin. 75% of consumers said the cleanser helped improve their skin’s complexion after just one week. Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivity including dryness, irritation, roughness, tightness and a weakened skin barrier.





  • fragrance free

    Fragrance free

  • paraben free

    Paraben free

  • wont clog pores

    Won't clog pores

  • Hypoallergenic


  • 5-signs

    Defends against 5 signs of skin sensitivity


Gentle Clear Complexion-Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser
Gentle Clear Complexion-Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser 


Active Ingredients: Benzoyl Peroxide (2.6%)

Inactive Ingredients: Water, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Glycerin, Sodium C14-16 Olefin Sulfonate, Peg-75, Peg/Ppg-120/10 Trimethylolpropane Trioleate, Laureth-2, Phenoxyethanol, Xanthan Gum, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Poloxamer 124, Zinc Gluconate, Disodium Edta, Citric Acid

skincare routine step 1 washing with cleasner morning and night

Cleanse skin with a gentle yet effective cleanser morning and night

When you don't have breakouts, use a gentle cleanser that's ideal for your sensitive skin. CETAPHIL Daily Facial Cleanser removes excess surface oils, dirt and make up, providing a deep clean without stripping skin of its essential oils or leaving the skin tight or overly dry.​

woman washing her face to help with acne prevention

During breakouts, treat and cleanse with benzoyl peroxide

Treat and prevent breakouts with CETAPHIL GENTLE CLEAR Complexion-Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser, a gentle, non-irritating cleanser that's suitable for sensitive skin. Gently massage a dime-size amount of this facial cleanser onto dampened skin for 20-30 seconds, avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. Can be used twice daily or as directed by a doctor.​ ​

woman with clean and clear skin after washing her face

Immediately follow with a moisturizer to lock in hydration

Follow your morning cleanse with an SPF moisturizer such as CETAPHIL DERMACONTROL Oil Absorbing Moisturizer with SPF 30. Deliver nourishing hydration that locks in vital moisture, protects skin from harmful UVA and UVB rays, and leaves skin with a matte finish. Then use a moisturizer such as CETAPHIL Daily Oil Free Hydrating Lotion with hyaluronic acid before bed, helping to boost skin's moisture reserves and protect skin from dryness throughout the night so that skin looks and feels refreshed every morning.



Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pretty cool stuff! So, I used this on my thighs so I'm not really sharing those images! However, it seems that it leaves moisture where needed and the yucky stuff that needs to get exfoliated will get a peelable texture and wipes right off in the shower! I feel as though the skin that's trapping whatever inside is the only place you'll see flakes and it's not necessarily a bad thing! I see it as making way for fresh new skin. The treatment area that didn't need treatment around the test subject seemed to improve in moisture and elasticity. Bottom line : yes, I saw great improvement with my problem and highly recommend for difficult,severe acnes!
Date published: 2022-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best acne cleaner I’ve tried I’m 22 and struggled with acne since I was a preteen. I play alot of sports and work out daily and so my skin always seems to have alot of congestion. On top of that I get monthly hormonal acne breakouts that wreck my chin and cheeks. Ive been using this wash for two weeks and it’s the clearest its ever been. Ive noticed the congestion around my nose and chin have almost disappeared and the random breakouts aren’t as frequent. Its not drying at all for me, I do follow up with a pretty heavy moisturizer and vaseline on my mouth and nose area. I’m really impressed with this wash. I’m a loyal cetaphil gentle cleanser girl and their acne cleanser is the next best thing for me!
Date published: 2023-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for irritated, sensitive skin! I have adult combination skin, and while it is clear most of the time, every month my face goes a little crazy on me. I’ve been trying to find the right routine to keep everything in check, and I have loved giving Cetaphil Gentle Clear Complexion Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser a try! Cetaphil is a must have for everyone’s routine, and the daily cleanser has been in my medicine cabinet for years. This cleanser offers the same gentle cleaning with a little extra OOMPH for my occasional breakouts. With a little extra moisturizer and care in my routine, this didn’t dry my face out too bad. And of course, DO NOT forget to wear sunscreen!! Love this product and will absolutely try again!
Date published: 2022-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from YES! YES! So I got super excited to see I was getting this free from Influenster. I opened it & used it as soon as I got it. The smell—Is not great at all & I almost stopped using it. I am so glad I kept using it & now the smell doesn’t even bother me. It works. I noticed the difference soon too. My pores are smaller. My face is so soft & smooth. My breakouts are not a huge issue anymore. I actually get compliments on how much better my face looks. I rarely wear make up anymore so that helps. I have very sensitive skin. I’m almost out of my bottle so I have to get more along with the whole set! TRY IT!
Date published: 2022-08-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cetaphil Gentle Cleanse I received this @cetaphilUS Gentle Clear Complexion Clearing BPO Acne Cleanser courtesy of @influencer for review. I hadn’t tried anything from this brand in a really long time so I was anxious to try this. The formula is thin, yet creamy and has no scent at all. The lather wasn’t great but my skin did feel cleansed and fresh after each use. I have oily skin and this didn’t make my skin feel greasy/sticky, I can’t say much about acne control since my acne is very mild. Overall, I would say that this is a nice cleanser to use for a light cleanse, but not great for a deep cleanse.
Date published: 2022-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So far, so good I’m already a Cetaphil fan, so I was excited to use this. I’ve been using it for about a month but I haven’t noticed any changes just yet. When I first received this, I had a bad breakout (monthly cycle) which left some dark spots, so I’m hoping this product will clear them up. Overall, I haven’t had any bad reaction to this product. The scent is not bad. It leaves my skin feeling smooth after using it. It doesn’t lather very well, so I apply it twice just get that clean feeling. It does leave my skin smooth, not dry or stripped. I’ll continue to see this to see results.
Date published: 2022-09-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but daily gentle cleanser is #1 I have sensitive-dry skin. I wash my face once per day at night. Normally i don’t have any blemishes maybe one or two depending on hormone cycle. I love cetaphil and all they’re products. I’ve been using the daily gentle cleanser for 5+ years and it’s my favorite. This one i enjoyed. It doesn’t lather up, and i did experience a little sensitivity after. But overall i think it’s a good product and i will continue to use the bottle up. I won’t purchase it over the daily gentle cleanser though. Mostly because of the little sensitivity i did experience.
Date published: 2022-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Saved my postpartum skin This product truly was a lifesaver for me. The active ingredient in it, benzoyl peroxide, was gentle and efficient enough at keeping my acne at bay during this summer of postpartum for me. There’s a huge misconception that drugstore products are subpar because of their affordability but this product really sold me. I still had about 50% of the product left even though I’ve used it generously since a small amount goes a long way. Cetaphil really nailed it with this one for me and I’ve already recommended to a few people.
Date published: 2022-10-14
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