[REVIEW] New COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser | 2017 Version

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review:

If you’re someone with oily and acne-prone skin, you would probably be well acquainted with Salicylic Acid. But for the sake of those who are new to it, it is a powerful peeling agent. It is a form of beta hydroxyl acid thus making it a perfect component for deep cleansing and exfoliation!

I have long used salicylic acid infused cleansers, naturally, COSRX Salicylic Acid Cleanser peak my curiosity but I skipped it because I’ve read that it is too drying. Recently, however, they have released a reformulated cleanser. It is now milder, apparently so mild that you can use it every day. I don’t know about you but every bits of grease in me is tingling with joy and excitement!


COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser helps to reduce breakouts and promotes clear skin. Ideal for all skin types including sensitive.

It gently removes impurities and excess sebum while fighting pimples and blemishes, leaving skin soft and smooth without the stripping feeling.


COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review

Water, Glycerin, Myristic Acid, Stearic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Butylene Glycol, Glycol Distearate, Polysorbate 80, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Salicylic Acid, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-60 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, Melaleuca Alternigolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Water, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract,  1,2-Hexanediol, Ethyl Hexanediol, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA


Volume: 150ml

How to use:

  1. Dispense a moderate amount into your hand.
  2. Add water and lather.
  3. Massage onto face and neck, avoiding eye area.
  4. Rinse with warm water.

My Skin Type: Combination, Acne-Prone, Occasionally Dull and Sensitive

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review:

First thing that I did as soon as I got this cleanser is check its pH level. Since I do not own the old formulation, I won’t be able to do a comparison but I’ve got to say that I am pretty surprised to have found that the pH of COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser is a whopping 10 which makes it a pretty alkaline cleanser.

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review

According to my previous readings, normally, the acid mantle is around 4 to 6.5 which make a pH of 5.5 ideal. If the acid mantle is disrupted or when it lose the acidity, our skin becomes more susceptible to infection which explains why everyone is now going for low pH cleansers or at least, a neutral one.

The product comes in squeeze tube, which is pretty standard for foam cleansers. The cleanser is white and gives off a citrus-fresh scent, now I’m just glad that this doesn’t smell like a dishwashing soap!

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser lathers well so this large tube would probably last long. This product feels okay on my skin and it is easy to rinse off. After rinsing, I noticed that my face is brighter, and a lot tighter!

It’s definitely one of those cleansers that leave your face squeaky clean, no makeup residue or traces of sebum! I feel that my extra oily friends would love this cleanser!

COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser Review

Setting the pH aside, I’d say that this cleanser is actually good although it feels really drying on the skin. Personally, I may need some time before getting used to that feeling for I have long been using moisturizing cleansers.

I would continue using this cleanser but definitely not on a daily basis. I feel that it would be most useful for me on days where my skin feels really clogged up and nasty or when my face feels super oily.

I do, however, use this cleanser in my arms and chest on a daily basis in hopes that it would aide in reducing pimples on these areas.

All in all, COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser is a pretty good cleanser. It does exactly what it claims especially in removing impurities and sebum.

I would definitely repurchase this item but I know that it would take long before that because I use my skincare stuff usually in rotation. In the end, it boils down to one’s preference. If you have oily skin and you like squeaky kind of clean, you’d definitely love this product!

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4 thoughts on “[REVIEW] New COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser | 2017 Version”

  1. ooh, I didn’t know that they reformulated the cleanser! thanks for the review and head’s up! haha. bummer at the pH still being high though… sigh. and also the mention of it leaving a squeaky clean feeling… yikes, nope.

    thanks again for the helpful review! x

  2. I know right. There wasn’t much buzz about this reformulation. I was a little sad about the pH but my skin seems okay with it. I especially like using this when I feel dirtyyy! 🙂

    You’re welcome and thanks for reading! xx

  3. Squeaky clean is bad – it means that your skin has been stripped of its acid mantle. It will then dry out, and trying to compensate for the lost acid mantle, it will start to produce more sebum and impurities.
    Not to mention that salicylic acid is pretty much neutralised in ph 4 or thereabouts, rendering it totally useless in a cleanser that has a ph of 10.

  4. Thanks for the review!
    My skin is really oily and this cleanser was VERY drying on my skin the first month, but now I can use it 3 times a day if I wanted to(which I don’t want to lmao tho). My skin is still smooth and not tight at all after using this product. This product actually only helps me to reduce my blackheads and since the PH level is so high I think I wont buy it again.


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