Facetheory – C2 Clarifying Cleanser (brilliant)

Facetheory - C2 Clarifying Cleanser
Facetheory C2 Clarifying Cleanser


One morning I woke up and all I could see was a sea of clogged pores and comedones. There was only one way to sort out this situation a clarifying cleanser, step in Facetheory’s C2 Clarifying Cleanser. 

A clarifying cleanser is a spot-prone skinned person’s best friend. They have a range of ingredients that help sort out blemishes and breakouts. I have a feeling that the over-elaborate skincare regime I was into at the time was the root cause of my recent skin complaints. Turns out overloading your skin can lead to some very undesirable results!

I had noticed on a previous big shop from Facetheory; their C2 Clarifying Cleanser would probably meet my requirements. To be honest, it was the only thing that sprang to mind; I am not saying the many vouchers they send me had any influence!

Facetheory has some clean credentials, namely being:

  • alcohol-free, 
  • paraben-free, 
  • silicone-free 
  • sulphate and SLS free
  • they are vegan, 
  • and also cruelty-free. 

Facetheory as a brand seems to be a good fit for me.

Just a quick note there seems to be a lot of hysteria on the net about products having to be free of ‘known nasties’. I remain unconvinced for a couple of reasons. 

  1. It depends on how much of an ingredient they are using, which will determine if it is harmful.
  2. Just because a ‘nasty’ is included, it depends on the entire formulation of a product and what role that ingredient has in it. 

One last word on my rant, referring to studies that you don’t fully understand can be treacherous. In a sense, you may not appreciate how impartial it is, how close to real-life the research was conducted in, or the actual context, findings and conclusions. Ok, rant over!

Facetheory C2 Clarifying Cleanser product claims and ingredients

The claims central to this product is to provide chemical exfoliation and to reduce congestion. There are three types of acid in this cleanser that all perform their individual roles in achieving this. 

The cleanser also claims to help control oil production. 

The good thing about this product is that you can use this as a mask, for an even deeper cleanse. I did this about once to twice a week and appreciated the results. 

The key ingredients in the Facetheory C2 Clarifying Cleanser include:

  • Avocado oil – packed with vitamins c, e and anti-oxidants, this ingredient helps hydrate and to some extent, help with the signs of ageing. 
  • Glycolic acid – this acid penetrates the top layer of skin and helps to resurface by exfoliating. The molecule size of this acid is quite small, so it can be a little irritating to some people. 
  • Lactic acid – pretty much does the same thing as glycolic acid. The molecule size tends to be a bit larger, so it doesn’t penetrate as quickly or deeply, so it is less irritating. Lactic acid is also hydrating, bonus!
  • Salicylic acid – is the BHA in this product which helps by exfoliating but penetrating the pores and giving them a thorough scrub! This acid can penetrate the pores as it is oil soluble as opposed to the other two AHA acids, which are water-soluble. 
  • Sweet almond oil – acts as an emollient and helps to make the skin feel smooth.

When I purchased the Facetheory C2 Clarifying Cleanser, it came in a glass bottle with a pump – this was great until I broke the pump. Now, this is sold in a fully recyclable glass jar.  

How I used this product

As I hinted, there are two ways to use this product, first as a standard cream cleanser and second as a mask. 

As a standard cream cleanser, I used this in the morning and massaged a pea-sized amount of the product onto damp skin for a minute or so before washing off. 

As a mask, again massaging a pea-sized amount of product on damp skin then leave to sit for five or so minutes and let the acids work their magic. I would generally do this 1-2 times per week in the evening and follow up with my usual night-time routine. 

My final thoughts

I like this C2 Clarifying Cleanser, first off being a cream cleanser there is a lot of ‘slip’ to it, which adds to the feeling of a gentle but thorough cleanse. 

The immediate results after using the Facetheory C2 Clarifying Cleanser was soft and hydrated skin that has been well prepared for the next steps in your skincare routine. 

Over the long term (a bottle nearly lasted me four months) the congestion and clogged pores had pretty much completely cleared up. I noticed the overall texture was smoother, and the tone had also improved. While using this product, my spots felt very much under control, which allowed me to tackle the hyperpigmentation that was left. 

This cleanser is aimed at those with combination, oily and spot prone skin – which in my opinion is correct. Naturally, if you have a lot of acne, this probably isn’t strong enough to cope with it. But for an average breakout, the cleanser should be ideal!

There is a ‘pro’ version of this cleanser with the addition of natural soap. This version is probably better for those who do not like the cream texture.

At the time of writing, you could buy a 180ml tub of the C2 Clarifying Cleanser for £11.99 from Facetheory’s website. The cleanser comes in a scented, and unscented version and discounts are available for multiple purchases of the product. 


Five star rating

I would definitely repurchase the C2 Clarifying Cleanser again, I honestly think it is a miracle worker. 

If you are interested in reading about other cleansers I have used, please click here

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