[REVIEW] Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review:

Purito is a Korean brand that’s been making waves recently, mostly online in the Instagram beauty community, at least from what I’ve seen. Touting itself as brand with “safe and honest ingredients that everyone – friends, family, and even babies – can have faith in”, I have to say that they’ve set some pretty high standards for themselves.

So while I can see that the ingredients used in their products seem promising, you can never know how a product would work for you unless you try it for yourselves. Which is why when I received this as a gift from a friend for my birthday, I was delighted and intrigued. But does this cleanser live up to Purito’s claim of being mild and sensitive-skin friendly?


+ Use this cleanser for 2nd step of cleansing your face. This mild gel cleanser effectively lifts away dirt and oil.

+ With Centella Asiatica extract, botanical ingredients and a 10 free system, they help make skin barrier and protect from fine dust.

+ Formulated with pH 5.5, it is purifying and leaves skin refreshingly clean and very supple.

+ With a super mild formula and low pH, it is recommended for sensitive skin as a daily cleanser.


Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Butylene Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Centella Asiatica Extract, Hydrolyzed Collagen, Royal Jelly Extract, Ethylhexylglycerin, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA.

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Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review

Star Ingredients:

Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Fruit Extract: Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, C and E. Boosts phytonutrients that promote cellular health. Antibacterial.

Allantoin: A gentle, non-irritating moisturizing ingredient ideal for sensitive skin. Also known as a keratolytic which means it aids in increasing the water content of cells while also helping in the process of desquamation (ie. to stimulate cell proliferation, encouraging new tissue growth) of the outer layers of the skin.

Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil: An essential oil used primarily in skincare for its antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which aids in soothing irritated skin and treating wounds. Also commonly used as a natural remedy for acne and other inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

Centella Asiatica Extract: Rich in amino acids, beta carotene, fatty acids and phytochemicals which in turn provides anti-aging benefits due to its ability to protect the skin from degradation. Also ideal for acne sufferers as it speeds healing, which lessens the possibility of scarring and future blemishes, as well as providing skin soothing properties.

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Hydrolyzed Collagen: Enhances the appearance of dry or damaged skin by reducing flaking and restoring suppleness.

Royal Jelly Extract: Rich in amino acids and antioxidants, it is used as a natural anti-aging and anti-inflammatory agent in most cosmetics where it may aid in improving the appearance of wrinkles and stretch marks as well as fighting skin conditions such as acne.

Volume: 150ml

How to use:

1. For 2nd step cleanser for day and night time, use your first cleanser or remover to remove all makeup, apply proper amount to your skin and softly massage on wet skin for about 1-3 minutes.

2. Rinse with tepid water.

3. For morning and general daily cleanser, apply proper amount to your skin and softly massage on wet skin and rinse with tepid water.

My Skin Type: Sensitive (prone to redness), Combination, Acne-prone, Dehydrated

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review:

The Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser is packaged in a sturdy, matte, opaque squeeze tube with a flip top cap. However, unlike some other cleansers with a similar packaging – for example, the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser –, the Purito is so opaque that you cannot see the product level remaining even if you shine a light on it (or put it against a sunlit window)… which is quite annoying for me. But that is just my personal preference.

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review

Scent-wise, it is of the strong herbal-citrus variety, which is probably attributed to the grapefruit and tea tree leaf oil extract as there is no fragrance listed in the ingredients.

When I first used this cleanser, I was instantly appalled and was already imagining possible skin irritations. However, I did end up getting used to the scent (“nose blind”? haha) after more frequent usage. But this is definitely not for those wary of scented products at all.

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review

In terms of texture, it has a gel consistency which foams up quite nicely when mixed with water. It’s not like those dense, cloud-like bubbles more familiar to Japanese self-foaming face washes, but I think those preferring foam cleansers would still find the Purito a decent low pH alternative.

Ingredients-wise, it also doesn’t contain the classic SLS choice; instead, the surfactants used are Cocamidopropyl Betaine and Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate to produce the foamy effect.

To be honest, at first, I didn’t really like this cleanser. Along with the strong scent, it left my face alarmingly squeaky clean upon my first wash. However, I still decided to continue, giving it the benefit of a doubt.

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Through trial and error, I worked out that using only the tiniest bit of product and mixing it with more water made it less potentially abrasive. With this method, along with more foam, the squeaky clean feeling lessened considerably and I got more comfortable trying to use up the tube.

In my opinion, this cleanser is ideal for use as a follow up second cleanser after an oil cleanser, but not so much as a twice daily everyday cleanser.

As a second cleanser, it works very well in cutting through the leftover grease/residue, leaving skin feeling clean without any drying effects. But for a first cleanse in the morning, I still found it too harsh in the long run for my sensitive, dehydrated-prone skin.

Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser Review
pH 5.5


Even more so when I tried to use it twice a day, where I actually found it to be the culprit behind my then compromised skin barrier, which is ironic since low pH cleansers are supposed to do the opposite… Hence, if you have a similar skin type as me, and are looking for a gentle daily cleanser, this might not be for you.

It’s fine to use as a second cleanser once in awhile, but definitely not every day.

Overall, despite using this for a good few months now, I’m still on the fence with the Purito Defence Barrier pH Cleanser. For instance, while I like how it works really well as a second cleanser, I don’t like its tendency to dry out or irritate my skin.

Additionally, its strong scent can definitely be dialed down a few notches. Similar to the Cosrx Low pH cleanser, I’d probably only recommend the Purito cleanser for those with normal to oily skin that is not predisposed to sensitivity or dehydration issues.

Compared to the Cosrx, Purito is definitely milder, but evidently not mild enough to be a comfortable daily cleanser for me in the long-run. But I do like their relatively clean ingredients list. Hence, I’d rate it a decent 3.5/5. However, as always, YMMV!

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