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By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review

I love cleansing my face in the evenings. There is something special, relaxing, and almost magical about washing away all the makeup, sunscreen, and responsibilities of the day and getting ready to pamper the skin with hydrating and moisturizing steps. Not to mention that by the time I get to do my skincare routine, the children are asleep and the house is pleasantly quiet.

Recently, I’ve had the pleasure to test out By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser. It promises to improve the look of pores and normalize sebum production by using low-irritation acids. The gel contains 1% LHA and 1% PHA (both are very gentle types of exfoliating acids), and hence the name Acid-duo 2%. A full list of the ingredients can be found at the end of the review. The product is vegan friendly and cruelty free.

This product was sent to me for free by the brand and is available to purchase on* Wishtrend, YesStyle (use reward code KBHOBBIT for extra savings), Amazon and eBay (official Wishtrend storefronts).

How to use:

  • Start with a first-step cleanser (oil / balm / micellar water) - I like this one by Klairs

  • Work the acid-duo cleanser into a lather in your palms

  • Gently massage over face (avoid eyes and lips)

  • Rinse

  • Follow with the rest of your routine

Avoid using the same day as other exfoliants, chemical or physical. It’s a good idea to introduce this 2-3 days a week and increase the frequency if needed.

The clear gel turns into a gentle, light foam and is easy to use. It rinses completely clean with no noticeable residue. Working any foaming cleanser into a foam in your palms vs directly applying to the face greatly reduces the risk of irritation, in my experience.

My impressions

I have combination skin with an oily t-zone and dry-to-normal everything else. Pores aren’t particularly bad, but I always want them to look as small as possible.

Typically, I have very few expectations of cleansers. I need them to cleanse effectively (duh) and not dry out the skin. By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser impressed me beyond other foaming washes. I actually see and feel a difference in my skin’s texture. It’s a lot more smooth and soft, even before using any hydrating steps like toners and serums. I think using a wash-off product like this is a nice way to introduce gentle exfoliation with a low risk of irritation (of course, all skin is different. Patch test if you are worried).

I enjoy By Wishtrend gel cleanser 2-3 times a week in the evenings, after an oil cleanser. It’s absolutely ok to use it in the mornings, but I simply splash my face with water at those times (and then do my very basic morning routine). I’ve had no undesirable side effects - no sensitivity or redness, no peeling or stinging. This is my favorite type of exfoliation - very gentle, low %, but consistent and effective. I will definitely keep using this. As a reminder, always use SPF in the mornings, especially if you enjoy exfoliating products. For me, sunscreen is a habit, whether I’m staying in or venturing out.

My combination skin is seeing great results, but I think By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser would work for most skin types.

I also have the cream from the same line - you can read that review here. I typically use the cleanser and the cream on separate days, even though I think my skin could tolerate both together just fine.


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This product was sent to me for free. This is not a sponsored review.

By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser ingredients: Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Diglycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Gluconolactone, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Panthenol, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Beta-Glucan, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinalis (Jasmine) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Offininalis Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, 1,2-Hexanediol


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