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Philosophy Purity Made Simple

What it is: A highly effective one-step facial cleanser. What it is formulated to do: Philosophy Purity Made Simple is a pH-balanced formula that rapidly dissolves dirt and makeup while deep cleaning pores. The bestselling cleanser contains infusions of sage, chamomile, and carrot. What else you need to know: Purity Made Simple is part of a collection of Philosophy products designed to soothe even the most dry and sensitive skin. It is a "Best of Sephora" Winner 2008. Research results: - 100% reported that the cleanser is gentle enough for the eye area - 97% reported effective removal of dirt, oil, and makeup - 97% reported a clean, residue-free finish
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Question
Will the oils in this make me break out?
I see that there are a couple different types of oil in this cleanser, and I have combination skin that gets little oily and can break out easily. Are the oils in this going to affect my skin by adding oil or making me break out? I need a good cleanser that will get rid of my makeup!
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Purity Made Simple
25 answers
Answers
answer 1
I would definitely recommend trying this as a makeup remover GENTLE cleanser for acne prone skin. I actually purchased this for my acne prone skin when I was overhauling my skin care regime trying to clear up my skin for my wedding. This was one of the recommended products as overstripping your skin with harsh cleansers can end up making acne worse. Has never made my acne worse and removes all makeup well!
answered 4 months, 3 weeks ago
jlfb
(Ellensburg, WA)
answer 2
My skin is fair, combination (only oily in my t-zone), and VERY ACNE PRONE! I know the struggle of trying out new products, hoping they will not further break me out.

This is very gentle, and I have been using this for years and it does not clog my pores or break me out. It's one of my all time favorite cleansers!

Hope this helps :)
answered 7 months ago
tsr178
answer 3
It breaks me out bad.. I have sensitive skin (also oily) I'm not sure what causes me to break out though.
answered 10 months ago
maebrake
(Pensacola, FL)
answer 4
I have combination skin and had the same worry when I first tried Purity. I have had no problems with the oils in it causing me to break out. On the contrary, many oil free cleansers don't really clean the oil that accumulates on our face during the day because water cannot dissolve oil - it takes oil to break up the oil. I think this is why it has worked for me. I broke out all the time with the oil free cleansers I was using prior. I have been using this product for 6 years now and my skin has never looked better. I actually found that the oily patches got less oily and the dry patches subsided because I stopped stripping my face of all it's natural oils with the other cleansers I had tried. You should give it a try.... it may not work for you but you'll never know if you don't try it. Bottom line - don't be but off by the oils because it may be just what your skin needs (it was for me!).
answered 2 years, 9 months ago
livaddie
(Salem, OR)
answer 5
im pretty sure philosophy carries a product for acne prone skin, and if not then i have definatly seem a system for oil skin. i would recommend the systmes of combination packs whatever their called.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
tera0405
(CA)
answer 6
I have oily skin and have had acne in the past. I have been using this for over a year now and it never makes me break out. Great product, you just have to figure out the perfect combination of products for your skin. But this doesn't dry out my skin or make it oily.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
knwalker1
(New York, NY)
answer 7
I have had near perfect skin for 2 years and added this and the exfoliating one to my routine... well after 1-2weeks i have 12 ginormous zits on my face.... i switched my old ( store brand stuff may i add) to philosophy because i thought my skin would be unbelievable, but unfortunately im one of those people who broke out BAD. Im a rare case though apparently. I also used the hope in a jar... im not sure exactly which product made me break out, but i dont care, i'm not risking 2 more weeks of Stubborn acne !! Its also been a pain clearing up... taking waaaay longer than normal..:(
answered 3 years, 7 months ago
mrsmakeupp
answer 8
I have oily, acne prone skin, and this cleanser does NOT make me breakout. I use this as a "1st step" cleanser. I dampen my face and use this to remove makeup and mascara. I then rinse or wipe off and follow with a treatment cleanser (I use Clinique Acne Solutions Foaming Cleanser). I found that my Clinique wasn't enough to get makeup off and Philosophy was great at dissolving makeup but didn't "treat" my skin, so this is my combo. Usually when I don't wear a full face of makeup and esp. in the winter time when I dry out, I use just Purity.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
jlac
(Pittsburgh, PA)
answer 9
This made me break out. I have oily skin, but rarely break out, and this did it. I kept using it to see if it would go away, and I got more acne in a different area instead. But everyone is different.
answered 4 years, 6 months ago
dada
(Fullerton, CA)
answer 10
The oils could actually help. Skin normally breaks out because it's not getting enough moisture and produces it's own which can lead to breakouts. But if you keep your skin moisturized then it will have no need to produce it's own oil.
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
melofirebee
(Los Angeles, CA)
answer 11
i wouldn't recommend this cleanser if you have oily skin. this is best suited for people with normal to dry skin.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 12
It doesn't make me breakout and I oily skin.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
kota
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 13
I've used this product for a month and it has cleared up my skin completely. It's a miracle-worker!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
babyjane
(Boise, ID)
answer 14
This cleared up my skin better than anything I have ever used, including Proactiv. I use this at night and the microdelivery exfoliating wash in the morning, and I never break out anymore. My skin hasn't look so good since the fifth grade, seriously.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
whereitsat
(Bergen County, New Jersey)
answer 15
I found it to be drying to my skin. I think it would be very good for someone with normal to oily skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ack143
(Boston, MA)
answer 16
yes, I have combination skin and have had no problem with additional oil.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Tartelicious
(Houston, TX)
answer 17
No, the oils in this product (before they changed the ingredients) wouldn't make your skin too oily. I also have combination skin and found that it added moisture to my dry areas and because it cleaned so deeply it controlled my shiny areas better.
HOWEVER- they have recently added 2 sulfates in the top 5 ingredients and this will have more of a drying effect on your skin. So, I would be careful.
I no longer plan to use it for this reason.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
IconicBeauty
(Nashville)
answer 18
i am not very prone to acne now that i've gotten older but it cleans and it doesn't feel dry like when washing with ordinary soap. i really recommend this product.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
peggysue
(NY)
answer 19
I break-out easily, and this seems to keep me blemish free without the
drying effects
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
Charliesmom
(Royak Oak, MI)
answer 20
I ALSO HAVE OILY SKIN AND THIS WORKS GREAT FOR ME., I HAVENT HAD ANY PROBLEMS WITH MORE BREAKOUTS.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
divamom
(San Jose, CA)
answer 21
I have combo break-out prone skin and have used this without any lingering problems. After the first few days I used it I did get a couple of pimples, but I kept using it and they cleared up. I came to the conclusion that Purity was just pulling the junk out of my skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
kalex
(Bellevue, NE)
answer 22
i feel as though it did cause more frequent breakout
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
TriesItAll
answer 23
I have oily skin & have used this product for over 2 years without any problem whatsoever. It leaves my skin feeling clean without feeling stripped & without any oily residue.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
mjzulfer
(Decherd, TN)
answer 24
yes you can absolutely use this fantastic cleanser!!! i use it everyday & i have oily acne prone skin, and contrary to many myth's out there, you're skin, no matter what type needs oils to keep it looking it's best. when deprived of cleanser's & moisturizer's you're skin actually has to compensate and produce oil's which will lead to break-outs!! so don't hate, participate in taking care of you're skin<3 lizzy79
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
lizzy79
(Elmont NY)
answer 25
I dont think the oils in this product will break out combination skin. The oils will help with the removal of dirt and makeup and a ph-balanced formula should clear up your skin if its not TOO acne prone. If you dont want to take the risk, philosophy makes another cleanser more geared towards oily skin- but i think you should give this one a shot. I've never heard any complaints.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
floof
(Olympia, Washington)
Question
Mascara removal
I've read the reviews on how good the product is at removing makeup, but how about removing mascara?
Thank you
Elly
asked 6 years ago
Ellym
(Toronto)
on Purity Made Simple
17 answers
Answers
answer 1
Definitely. This is a must-have!
answered 2 years, 5 months ago
livinluxe
(Fabulous USA)
answer 2
This is the BEST waterproof mascara remover I have ever used, and will not sting your eyes. I use it to clean my face and remove makeup, and my 8 yo uses it to wash her face and eyes. It removes the toughest mascara better than anything I've ever come across.
answered 3 years, 3 months ago
babyjane
(Eagle, Idaho)
answer 3
Oh yes definitely, it breaks up the mascara in stages in my opinion which causes it to come off as soon as u wash it of. :)
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
barbiegirlshops
(San Antonio Texas)
answer 4
Yes this product is amazing at removing makeup and even mascara, not sure of waterproof i tried this on my bad gal waterproof and it did get half it off but in the morning I'm left with mascara residue but still this cleanser does wonders
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
Cheeky17
(Miami,Fl)
answer 5
It sounds weird but the BEST thing I have found for removing eye make-up is No Tears Baby Shampoo. My eyes used to water quite a bit in SF, especially if it was a windy day. My optometrist made the recommendation to me saying not all of the makeup was being removed and was clogging my ducts. I have not used anything since. It's great and super cheap. And no, it doesn't hurt your eyes. I do keep mine closed when using it :)
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
cliacone
(Collingswood, NJ)
answer 6
Yes it removes even waterproof mascara.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
kota
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 7
Purity gently yet thoroughly cleanses off stubborn waterproof eyeliner and mascara. I just rub gently with my finger on the lash line and under my eyes and *poof* it's all gone. I don't need a separate eye makeup remover. Even when the product gets in my eyes, it does not irritate at all. I recommend this as a mascara remover over all other eye makeup remover products out there. I haven't found anything more effective than Purity.
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
babyjane
(Boise, ID)
answer 8
I use mascara as well as eyeliner and this removes it all for me. If using waterproof mascara, I usually wash my eyes with this first before moving on to the rest of my face but if cleansing for the 30-60 seconds as recommended you shouldn't have a problem with removing eye makeup.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
csugirl
(Fort Collins, CO)
answer 9
Takes care of my mascara, but then again, I don't use waterproof mascara. I wash off my eyeliner with it, and it doesn't burn my eyes at all. I love this cleanser, I can't say enough good things about it. Everyone should use it.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
whereitsat
(Bergen County, New Jersey)
answer 10
Since I have been using Purity, I have not used a separate eye makeup remover. I just wash my face with Purity, and the mascara comes off. I don't even have to rub hard around my eyes. With some mascaras that have a lot of pigment, I sometimes have a little black smudge around my eyes. However, I usually just wash with a little extra Purity around my eyes, or I wipe it off with my washcloth. I am so glad I don't have to use a separate product for my mascara, especially when I travel.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
beautyjunkie1
(Oklahoma)
answer 11
I think Purity Make Simple does a great job removing makeup, including mascara. I usually wear a waterproof mascara, when washing my face I gently rub my eyelashes and just below the lash line on the lower lids to remove all traces of mascara and eyeliner.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
fiesty1
(Rowley, IA)
answer 12
YES IT DOES. IT GOES ALL OVER THE FACE AND IS GENTLE ENOUGH FOR THE EYES. I LOVE IT!!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
divamom
(San Jose, CA)
answer 13
not so great on mascara
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
TriesItAll
answer 14
From my experience, you'll still need a makeup remover. It works quite well for mineral eyeshadows though.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
belletrist9
(San Diego, CA)
answer 15
I wouldn't put anything with toner in it near my eyes. It's best to buy a seperate remover! I'm sure it would work, but it would be very uncomfortable as an eyemakeup remover...
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
floof
(Olympia, Washington)
answer 16
Great for all skin typesfrom oily to dry.
Removes all makeup including mascara with ease!
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
3yorkies
(Holmen WI)
answer 17
yes it does gets rid of mascara
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
beanbaby
(Palm Bay, FL)
Question
Is this cleanser compatible with non-Philosophy serums and moisturizers?
It seems that many use Philosophy's HIAJ, but I am not able to. Do moisturizers from other brands work well with Purity or do they clash? I assume that other brand moisturizers would work since the cleanser rinses away and is not absorbed like a moisturizer would be, but I'd like to hear what others are using with Purity.
asked 5 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on Purity Made Simple
11 answers
Answers
answer 1
Hi

It seems to work well with everything. Remember, this is a cleanser that is being rinsed off, so there's nothing left to cause problems.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 2
I use this cleanser every morning and then I use a moisturizer from Bare Escentuals. They both work beautifully together. They do not clash at all.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Noodleslover
(Branchville, NJ)
answer 3
Yes. I started using the cleanser before i ever bought the moisturizer and nighttime products and it works great! I used a Neutrogena moisturizer while using the cleanser and they were very compatible!
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
ABirmingham
(Birmingham, AL)
answer 4
Yes, it is compatible; I have no problem using other moisturizers with it. I have used HOPE - it seems to be pretty heavy when first putting it on. I have dry skin so after a few minutes it absorbes into the pores and actually gives my skin a more youthful appearance.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
cseavers
(Los Gatos, CA)
answer 5
I've used several other moisturizers with Purity with success. I've tried everything from Olay to Kinerase. I actually prefer them to some of the heavier Philosophy moisturizers like Hope In A Jar.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
LoveMyPurity
(Denver, CO)
answer 6
I use a different moisturizer because I didn't like thiers. I use the clinique gel for oily skin and it works just great.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
(Mililani Hawaii)
answer 7
I use Dr. Perricone's products with the philosophy cleansers and have no weird reaction. I use the Serum Prep, Amine, and Intensive Moisture Therapy with great results. I have sensitive skin.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
7373
(Richmond, CA)
answer 8
I have used other moisturizers with Purity and have not experienced any clashing. I believe it works well with other products that are not from the Philosophy line
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
sweety18
(Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
answer 9
I've used Boscia and DDF moisurizers with Purity and I also use Ole Hendriksen eye cream. I have sensitive skin and I haven't had any problems with those brands after cleansing with Purity.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
mommamiia
(Portland, Oregon)
answer 10
I use other products and have not had a problem at all. I use another brand of toner and moisterizer with no problem.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
iheartskincare
(Miami, FL)
answer 11
Don't worry, Purity is simply a cleanser. It doesn't really leave anything behind that might react with your moisturizer/facial product. I used to wash my face with Purity then slab on some Murad moisturizer. Two completely different companies and no negative results.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
SallySnail
(San Diego, CA)
Question
How much do you use?
How much product should you use? A quarter size, dime size? I have read that it is concentrated and I just bought it... don't want to use too much or too little
asked 5 years, 10 months ago
newbuyer
(Rochester, NY)
on Purity Made Simple
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Using too little will make a diffrrence. Using too much won't make a difference, it will just waste it. i use a dime sized amount for my face. A nickel if I am washing my neck too.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 2
I use a nickel-sized amount of this product and it suits me just fine.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Mange
(Washington, DC)
answer 3
This is kind of watery so I would say about a half-dollar size. I don't think it lathers much and I wouldn't call it concentrated either.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
o2bamy25
(Wadsworth, Ohio)
answer 4
I use about a nickle size amount and it works just fine.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
tigerman
(Naperville, IL)
answer 5
I usually use about a dime to nickel size amount and it's plenty. That's what's so great - it lasts forever! You're not buying a new bottle once a month!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Bdonlon
(Waterbury, CT)
answer 6
I use just a small amount- about a dime size drop.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
alyssajane
(East McKeesport, PA)
answer 7
A dime size will work. A little goes a long way!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
Anonymous
(Houma, LA)
answer 8
I use about a nickel size amount and I am good to go!
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
lisy1923
(St. Clair Shores, MI)
answer 9
I use a dime size amount it last a long time and a little goes a long way.
answered 5 years, 10 months ago
caresse801
(Knoxville, TN)
Question
so is there no need to use makeup remover if i use this product?
asked 4 years, 1 month ago
Anonymous
on Purity Made Simple
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
It takes of my foundation easily but I still use eye makeup remover for my mascara and eyeliner to make sure I get it all off.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
knwalker1
(New York, NY)
answer 2
Right. Just keep false lashes away from it.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 3
In my experience, it's an extremely effective make-up remover. I wear DiorShow mascara and Kat Von D brand Tattoo Liner, both in black, and it even removes those (all be it with a little bit more rubbing than the rest of the face requires). It genuinely surprised me a ton the first time I used it and it took off my whole face of make-up better than any of the harsh make-up removers I'd been using before.
answered 3 years, 11 months ago
aendieye
(Tucson, AZ)
answer 4
On some days, especially after a night out when I wear more eye makeup then usual, I will still need to use makeup remover for that. But the rest of my face feels clean from Purity...so for an everyday makeup look (I don't use much on normal days) I don't need makeup remover.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
nkolod2
(Chicago, IL)
answer 5
I have been using for years and don't even own makeup remover. If I am using water resistant mascara, I will rub it around mey eyes and let sit a minute before washing. I removes everything .
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
dogmaaz
(Glendale, AZ)
answer 6
No need to use make up remover
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
adelattre34
(Youngwood, oa)
answer 7
As Brooke said, I need to use eye makeup remover for liners and mascaras, but it works fine on shadow. I don't use foundation, but with all of the raves about how it removes make-up I have to assume it does a great job on that (other wise my experience with liner and mascara would make me question other peoples' claims).
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
lethe
(Phoenix, AZ)
answer 8
It takes off foundation easily. Eye makeup is a bit of a different story. I have to use eyemakeup remover for my mascara and eyeliner, but it will take off eye shadow.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
tmurphy104
(Charlotte, NC)
answer 9
I find that product alone takes care of taking off make up gently enough.
answered 4 years, 1 month ago
cjose619
(San Diego,ca)
Question
Does purity have cleanser for oil combination skin?
asked 6 years ago
evaluvsmic
(San Luis Obispo,, CA)
on Purity Made Simple
9 answers
Answers
answer 1
Purity is great for all skin types and clients with oily skin can use the product!
answered 2 weeks, 2 days ago
melissabt
answer 2
Yes they do have a cleanser designed just for oily skin types. It's their facial cleansing gel. I have oily/combo skin and the regular purity cleanser works for me i bought the gel purity cleanser and it was way too drying but i also realized that even though i have oily/combo skin, its also really sensitive and i need more of a cream based cleanser to help with my acne combo skin. Just remember sephora has a great return policy and also give out samples.
answered 11 months ago
rebec
(Topeka, Ks)
answer 3
I am oily and I use this. You could try the foam. There is also a bar of soap.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 4
I have sensitive combo skin and this product works wonders... it removes all my makeup (thats right, ALL) and my skin feels so wonderful after! Not dry at all! even when I travel to dry climates, I rarely have to use lotion after... and almost never have to use lotion after here in Houston!

I could rave on and on about this product... its the best!!!
answered 4 years, 5 months ago
greeneyes9
(Texas)
answer 5
I have sensitive combination skin, and I've always thought Purity was the perfect cleanser for me. It does an awesome job of making my t-zone feel clean, yet not making the rest of my face feel irritated or dry. My skin just feels soft and clean afterwards.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
laurief
(Kirksville, MO)
answer 6
I have been using Purity for about a month now, and my was-combo skin has turned into healthy normal skin! No more oiliness, blemishes or red blotches. This product is a miracle worker!!!
answered 5 years, 6 months ago
babyjane
(Boise, ID)
answer 7
Philosophy also has a foaming Purity Made Simple for oily skin types who like the feel of a lightweight foam rather than a creamy cleanser! I use the foaming cleanser in the morning and at night- it's great for removing any makeup even before your treated cleanser (acne treatment, exf. wash, etc.) :)
answered 5 years, 7 months ago
URBANgirl
(Avon, Ohio)
answer 8
I have combo skin: normal cheeks but very oily T-zone. This stuff is great to keep the balance between both. I used to wake up in the morning with a greassy nose after using other products. However, I have started using the Philosophy Purity Made Simple only 6 days ago, and I have to say, ilke many others before me already did, this stuff if magical!
If you are in the same skin situation as I am, I suggest you use the Purity Made Simple at night only, as it cleans the make up off your skin perfectly, without stressing it out. Leaves your skin feeling smooth but not too energized, just right enough before going to bed. In the morning, however, I suggest the Microexfoliating Wash, also by Philosophy. It will clear off little breakouts and energize you for the day to come. If you have an oily T-zone, try not to moisturize your nose (or forehead and chin) in the morning. Spray something refreshing on your face instead, like Boscia Clear Complexion Tonic with Botanical Blast. Hope this was helpfull!
answered 5 years, 9 months ago
Katolina
(Montreal, QC)
answer 9
I have typical combination skin, which also happens to get pretty oily through the summer and very, very dry in the winter. Purity is the best nighttime cleanser because I feel it helps to balance my skin while I sleep. It's like it knows exactly what to do. I also use the Microdelivery Cleanser every morning, and I feel like this is the winning combo. I hardly every have to over-(or under) compensate with moisturizers, etc... my skin feels perfectly pH-balanced.
answered 6 years ago
philosophreak
(Providence, RI)
Question
Not Oil-free, but OK?
Is this cleanser ok for people who are usually advised to use oil-free or non comedogenic products?
asked 6 years ago
Anonymous
(Houston, TX)
on Purity Made Simple
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I use it and have no issues or side effects. I am very oily and acne prone and it has helped.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 2
My face is oily and acne prone, I thought I had to use a medicated face wash to help clear my face up but after using this for 2 months my face feels and looks amazing. The medicated face wash dried my face out and left it tight and then oily by the end of the day. Don't be afraid to use this face wash, it's amazing!
answered 5 years, 4 months ago
lindsj
answer 3
I HAVE OILY SKIN AND I HAVE USED THIS FOR YEARS. IT WORKS GREAT FOR ME. I ALSO USE HOPE IN A BOTTLE FROM THEM WHICH IS GOOD FOR OILY SKIN.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
divamom
(San Jose, CA)
answer 4
i would say not to try this one. i don't think it will break down the oil and dirt enough
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
TriesItAll
answer 5
Don't be afraid of oils! Quick simplified chemistry lesson: there are basically two types of organic molecules in the world, those that like water, and those that don't like water (oils fall in this category). Soap or detergent molecules, are a combination of these, with one end liking water and one end not liking water. So, one end sticks to oils and dirt and other things that don't like water, while the other end sticks to water molecules and allows the molecule to be washed away. Oils, however, can still be washed away with large quantities of warm water (this is because, technically, it's not so much that the oil doesn't like the water as the water doesn't like the oil, but that's a little more complicated). And, it binds very well to other oils and dirt and things that don't like water. So, in the context of this cleanser, it acts just like soap does, it just doesn't foam.

Vegetable oils are actually moisturizers for the skin. Most lotions are made with some sort of vegetable or synthetic oils mixed with water and an emulsifier to make that creamy consistency. Most vegetable oils will not clog your pores. In fact, Jojoba oil has almost the same chemical structure as the sebum your own skin produces to protect itself and so it's really good at dissolving blackheads.

I have sensitive/combination skin, and tried for over three years to find a good balancing moisturizer that wouldn't irritate my skin. In the end, I started mixing my own blend of jojoba oil and squalane (from olive oil) with a little bit of lavender essential oil for the antibacterial effect. Not only is my skin tone vastly improved, I haven't had a pimple in the middle of my forehead since I started. =)

I've been using this cleanser for a little longer than that, and while I like my oatmeal/cold-process soap/clay cleansing grains better, it did improve my skin tone and did not make me break out. And it really is a great cleanser as far as removing dirt, makeup and grease.

But not oils are created equal. Mineral oils can clog your pores. This is not, however, to say that mineral oils are bad for you. They provide a better moisture barrier than vegetable oils. That's why they are used often in body lotions, but also why you probably shouldn't put body lotions on your face, if oiliness or acne is a problem for you.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
belletrist9
(San Diego, CA)
answer 6
Yes, this should be fine. If you want a similar product without oil try Cosmedicines foaming wash, but I really have never heard of problems with acne worsening with this product.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
floof
(Olympia, Washington)
answer 7
Yes, I have oily/acne skin. It works amazingly. Also, its great as a maekup remover/cleaner. One step shorter to great skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ViictoriiaRosee
(Sterling Heights, Mi)
answer 8
Great for all skin types oily, normal, combination skin and even dry skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
3yorkies
(Holmen WI)
Question
Okay for Men
Im a young man with acne that's not severe, Is this product okay for me? If not what would you recommend?
asked 5 years, 11 months ago
Anonymous
on Purity Made Simple
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
Yes. I would also get a clarisonic.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 2
I would say you would be better off using Murad's clarifying cleanser
answered 5 years, 8 months ago
midniterae
(Phoenix/Litchfield Park, Arizona)
answer 3
I would not recommend this wash. It is quite gentle and not ideal for acne-prone skin. (I never felt that truly clean feeling after using it, and it did nothing for my boyfriend's skin either). I recommend Anthony exfoliating wash for men or anything from the Clinique line for acne-prone skin. The blue wash in the tube...what is it called?...works great for me. It is just face wash for normal to oily skin, and it does the trick.

Remember, if you are breaking out, it is really important to use a good exfoliator at least once a week. I woudl recommend the Microdelivery peel by Philosophy or Clinique's exfoliating scrub.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
bringoutyourbest
(SF, CA/Amsterdam, Netherlands)
answer 4
This dried my skin out a bit, so my husband uses it. His skin looks great! I do believe it is more for those who have normal to oily skin.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
ack143
(Boston, MA)
answer 5
ABSOLUTELY YOU CAN USE IT. MY HUSBAND USES MINE ALL THE TIME.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
divamom
(San Jose, CA)
answer 6
i wouldn't try this one
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
TriesItAll
answer 7
I would not recommend this product, as I have combination skin that breaks out, and I found this cleanser to be too heavy. I love, however, philosophy's Hope In A Bottle moisturizer. it is EXCELLENT for acne-prone skin, as it fights pimples by exfoliating but is very gentle. instead of Purity Made Simple I would try Caudalie's Instant Foaming Cleanser, which is soap-free so it is gentle. this cleanser has been beneficial to my sensitive skin and seems soothes break-outs and irritation. I hope this helps you. good luck.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
productfiend
(4th generation native SF)
answer 8
This product should be fine for you. You might want to try something a little more exfoliating to help with ingrown hairs too (Murads wash) but I dont think this will cause a man to break out any more than a woman.
answered 5 years, 11 months ago
floof
(Olympia, Washington)
Question
Do you use a toner after using this face wash?
I usually wash with my Clarisonic brush, tone and moisturize. I was trying to look for the whole line from philosophy but couldn't find the toner. Insights?
asked 5 years, 2 months ago
ac1014
(New York, NY)
on Purity Made Simple
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
Toner is definitely not needed after using this. Back in the day when toners were first on the market the reason was to re-balance your PH after cleansing, this is because cleansers were either harsh or wouldn't completely rinse off. Now, the skin care world has transformed their technology and are able to create products (like purity) that will balance your PH and cleanse and makeup remove all at the same time. Toner is out dated and unneeded, unless you 1- are still using a cleanser from the 80's and 2- can't rinse all your soap off (you should be able to do this though haha).
answered 7 months ago
kayrachael
answer 2
I would only use and introduce one new product at a time. Do not compleelty switch from one line to another. Only change one thing at a time. The change should occur slowly.
Hope springs eternal can be used as a toner, but later.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 3
Don't need it, I use every day with my Mia and it's works perfectly, it's 1 step facial cleanser that means you don't need toner!
answered 4 years ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 4
Hi,

Occasionally, I'll use a toner after this. However, my skin feels so good and so clean that you may want to enjoy the radiant clean look you'll see without using the toner.

Hope this helps.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 5
toners are not really necessary after cleansing. i think excessive usage of toners can actually strip and dry out your skin of essential natural oils and lead to wrinkles. It can also irriate blemished skins.
answered 4 years, 10 months ago
stealmysunshine
(My heart is in CA)
answer 6
No, but I use Peter Thomas Roth's max correction complexion pads.
answered 5 years, 1 month ago
kota
(San Antonio, TX)
answer 7
No toner needed for this fabulous philosophy facial cleanser. Your face will feel soft and refreshed.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
KBudgie
(Palm Harbor, FL)
answer 8
Toner's not really necessary after this cleanser unless you have extremely oily skin. Toner is meant to help balance your skin's pH and absorb extra oil and this cleanser already does the first part. You might be overdrying your skin by following with a toner at this point, especially with the steps you're already using in your routine, so I'd just skip it. If you really want to include a toner in your protocol, go with a natural one.
answered 5 years, 2 months ago
SherpaPeach
(Anchorage, AK)
Question
Am I the only one who is frustrated by the repeated questions?
The Q&A section is so helpful, I like to check back every now and then to see if there are any I can answer for other users. HOWEVER, it seems like a lot of people are posting the same thing over and over and expect a unique answer each time. It drives me crazy! Is it just me?
asked 4 years, 9 months ago
Anonymous
(San Francisco, CA)
on Purity Made Simple
8 answers
Answers
answer 1
I get what you mean but sometimes the answers to one same question could be different. Personally I hate this product, so when I read some answers from people saying that they like it, I feel like I could give a different perspective/opinion.
answered 6 months ago
PaulaMakeup
answer 2
No. I agree. What is with the repeat questions? Also even if it is not your question, look to see what else is posted as your question has likely been asked and answered already. I agree.
answered 2 years, 10 months ago
quesoluvr
(Bethlehem, PA)
answer 3
everyone has their own way of answering, so don't get hung up, move on and good luck!!!
answered 2 years, 11 months ago
kathyhamrick
(Baltimore, MD)
answer 4
I love this product and pretty much buy Philosophy skin care products for their natural ingredients. i hope my answer help.
answered 3 years, 8 months ago
krysia1968
(New York, NY)
answer 5
It happens. Everyone thinks that their specific situation is completely different than the next. In some cases it is true. Adult acne is different than teen acne. One is natural, the other is bizzarre.
answered 4 years ago
jamietlf
(Lawrence, KS)
answer 6
no! me too!
answered 4 years ago
glamourlily
(Orem,UT)
answer 7
Hi,

Since there's currently nine pages of questions just for this product, I don't think some of the women take the time to look and see if their question might have been already posted. You're right - it does get a little frustrating seeing the same thing over and over again. However, some people probably want to see their question get answered specifically for them. I remember last year reading questions about something I wanted to buy, and wasn't sure about, and the same question appeared over 40 times when I stopped counting. Some of it was from different people, but one person had asked the same question over 10 times, and altogether, probably had at least 20 or 30 answers combined just for her specific question. I wondered at the time if perhaps she was expecting the specific answer to her question to be delivered to her inbox instead of needing to come back and find it.
answered 4 years, 3 months ago
dreamyone
(ATLANTA LOOKS GREAT THIS TIME OF YEAR)
answer 8
I agree with you. Its really frustrating to see the same question over and over again especially regarding what shades of makeup you can use. But these kinds of questions are also irritating. the QA is meant to answer product related questions not banter back and forth
answered 4 years, 8 months ago
essex
(New York, NY)
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