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Lactic-Acid-for-Face
Clinical Grade Lactic Acid for Skin
Glycolic Acid
Plant based alpha hydroxy

Double Alpha Hydroxy Cleanser with Green Tea Extract and Aloe

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 332 reviews
  • Precise skin purification
  • Tailored to collaborate with retinoids
  • Gentle cleansing and resurfacing
  • Lab-made batch, ready to ship
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119ml/4fl oz

Purpose: gentle cleansing and resurfacing for a healthy, youthful glow.

5% plant-based Alpha Hydroxy Glycolic Acid
2% plant-based Alpha Hydroxy Lactic Acid

This exfoliating cleanser is tailored to collaborate with the retinoids in our Enzyme-Active Retinol™ Night Serum. Unlike physical scrubs that essentially scratch your face in irregular patterns, the two Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) used in this cleanser (glycolic acid and lactic acid) are proven by dermatologists to:

  • Gently and precisely exfoliate just dead skin cells.
  • Return the soft glow of healthy skin.
  • Multiply the skin-smoothing effects of Enzyme-Active Retinol.
  • Increase barrier thickness and thus, ironically the skin's ability to retain moisture.
  • Removes oil-based make up and other daily build up.

For clients who use a salicylic acid or other acne cleanser for controlling breakouts we recommend "double" cleansing and applying those products afterwards. For clients who do not use a dedicated breakout-controlling cleanser, this functions perfectly as a daily cleanser.

Tip: Use as leave-on mask for extraordinary chemical purification.

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Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Ceteareth 25, Glycerin, Propylene Glycol, Coamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Coco Sulfate, Glycolic Acid, Lactic Acid, Sodium PCA, Glycerin, Vitis Vinifera Seed Extract, Camellia Sinesis Leaf Extract, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Spiraea Ulmaria Flower Extract, Passiflora Incarnata Fruit Extract, Ananas Sativus Fruit Extract

Rinse face with water and then gently spread cleanser over desired areas of face (some clients apply only to T-zone or wrinkle areas, for example). No scrubbing is required. Beginners can leave on for under a minute, while more advanced clients can leave on for up to 5 minutes as a resurfacing mask. Rinse and leave skin damp, follow up with serum/actives and moisturizer.

"I suffer from dry skin and eczema, so frankly, I’m always a bit hesitant to try new cleansers - so many are packed with ingredients that strip my face of its moisture! When I saw “aloe” in the name of Protocol’s cleanser, I knew I should give it a go. Aloe has never done me wrong and has been a true savior to my skin. With this cleanser, I feel confident that all the icky stuff I’ve absorbed throughout the day will be washed away without any of my moisture going down the drain with it."

– Coveteur

Exfoliate just dead skin cells

Return the glow of healthy skin

Increase dermal thickness

Don't take our word for it

★★★★★

Just got the cleanser after being a big fan of all your other products. Why did I wait? Instant results I’ve never seen before with any other product. Skin is like buttah. Thank you!!!

Kirby O.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

Created by a savvy startup out of Los Angeles, this gel-like sudsing cleanser delivers light, everyday exfoliation with a blend of lactic and glycolic acids. (The formula is designed to be gentle enough to use alongside its own retinol serum.) The wash can also be applied as a quick resurfacing mask.

LAURA REGENSDORF

Vanity Fair

★★★★★

I suffer from dry skin and eczema, so frankly, I’m always a bit hesitant to try new cleansers—so many are packed with ingredients that strip my face of its moisture! When I saw “aloe” in the name of Protocol’s cleanser, I knew I should give it a go. Aloe has never done me wrong and has been a true savior to my skin. With this cleanser, I feel confident that all the icky stuff I’ve absorbed throughout the day will be washed away without any of my moisture going down the drain with it.

Halle Lagatta

Coveteur

★★★★★

Step one of Protocol’s four-step system, this cleanser is made to work with retinol and vitamin C serums to help keep skin balanced during the course of treatment without stripping it or drying it out. While the alpha hydroxy acid formula helps to gently exfoliate skin, it’s the soothing aloe barbadensis leaf juice that gets top spot on the ingredients list.

Tatiana Bido

New Beauty

★★★★★

This cleanser is sooo gentle and the texture is almost jelly-like making it the PERFECT second-cleanser if you’re wearing makeup. This does such a good job washing off the dirty surfactants on my skin without being stripping especially with added AHA! Also I have a soft spot for glass package!

Carmen

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

The best in 4/4 categories. Can we get a round of applause for SCIENCE and good EMPIRICAL DATA 🙌.

Jonathan

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

Best facial cleanser I have ever used and that’s saying something. I’m pretty passionate about my skin being really clean, this is a lifelong practice handed down to me by my mother. I am 72 years old now. My skin feels really clean after I use it, but not stripped. That’s a very nice balance. For the first time ever, I do not feel compelled to use a toner or astringent following cleansing with this product.

Carol O.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

I’ve been looking for a go to light exfoliant cleanser and this is it!! It is easy to use, it does the job well and it makes my skin feel so smooth and clean immediately after use. A definite “will buy again” product

Dani G.

Verified Buyer

★★★★★

Great face wash! It is both gentle and effective, helps with blemishes and mild resurfacing. Works well as a mask to smooth and improve texture.

Kelly M.

Verified Buyer

gentle cleansing

Precise skin purification, tailored to collaborate with retinoids.

This exfoliating cleanser is tailored to collaborate with the retinoids in our Enzyme-Active Retinol™ Night Serum. Unlike physical scrubs that essentially scratch your face in irregular patterns, the two Alpha Hydroxy Acids (AHAs) used in this cleanser (glycolic acid and lactic acid) are proven by dermatologists to gently and precisely exfoliate just dead skin cells and return the soft, glow of healthy skin.

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Reviewed by Erika
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

CLEAN, PRISTINE, & INTELLIGENT SKINCARE

I cant even express to you how much I’ve battled with hormonal cystic acne, dark hyperpigmentation, dry, and oily skin. I’ve spent thousands on peels, creams, serums, pills, and countless sad evenings researching ingredients and how they can alter your skin and gut microbiome. Through the years I’ve had to learn the hard way how paramount clean and well preserved ingredients are. After 13 years of an arduous journey- I’ve landed, with confidence, on Protocol. As we all know, Vitamin C is a cute but unstable monster, retinol is an irritating acid at certain percentages, HA is tricky without the right moisture/reactive combination but Protocol has mastered all of it with scientific sophistication. Aside from its CLEAN (non carcinogenic, paraben free, hormone-disrupter free) ingredients, the packages are ingenious (check out their page on the way no light or air penetrate the serums). Also, their customer care is the sweetest, most understanding, and most responsive I’ve dealt with.

Listen, I don’t usually freak like this over a brand but I’m telling you it will change your life and simplify your complicated skin routine. I look younger, I look fresher, I look brighter, and I feel like I can just take a breath and trust this brand. You owe it to yourself to try this. My skin made me sad for so long and with this I’m getting my confidence back every day.

XX

Erika

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Reviewed by Kimberly
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Age
35 - 44
Skin Type
Combination
Skin Concerns
  • Acne
  • Age Defense
  • Dark Spots
  • Pores
My Results
  • Brighter Complexion
  • Glowing Skin
  • More Even Tone
  • Reduced Sun Spots/Discoloration
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

My 10 year old acne scars literally fell off my face

I thought I was imagining it at first but 3 weeks in my whole family was commenting on how good my skin looked and asking what I was doing. I took before pic a few days in because it already seemed to be changing so quickly. The after pics are from my 2nd round of the complete line and the improvement is REAL. I'm shook. THANK YOU PROTOCOL!!

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Reviewed by Kate
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

I can't believe it

This is unbelievable. I'm 32. I've been using retinol products and "Retin-'A'" 0.05 for about 6 years. I microneedle and get red light therapy. This is the best retinol I have ever used. I've seen more results from one week of use than I have from months of "Retin-'A'". I can also use it every night without drying which is insane. I'll report back in 6 months but this is not a drill. It is. The best.

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Reviewed by Kirby O.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Fan for life.

I've had issues with my skin for the past two or so years, I think because of damage done to my skin barrier from using Biologique Recherche p50, and then other chemical exfoliants. My skin was very, very angry with me, and I responded with panic and more products. Wrong. I finally gave my skin some space to breath (thank you stay-at-home orders), and didn't put anything besides sunscreen on for two weeks - highly recommend. The first products I used again were Protocol and Avène Cicalfate+ Restorative Protective Cream (so good for sensitive skin), and my skin has never looked better. Like ever.

I have never seen these types of results, yet alone this quickly (about three months with Retinol/Vit C/Moisturizer). I use the Retinol every second or third night so I don't have bitchy skin deja-vu. The cleanser is magic, truly. So worth it. I just started using it, and every other night works best so far. I think I started out putting too much of the moisturizer on (I feel like this might have been part of my problem all along), but now that I take more time to apply instead of just slapping it on I am much happier with how my skin really absorbs the product. I use it during the daytime, and Cicalfate at night. My skin is completely different now - blemish free, less redness, super plump and strong, and I worry far less about it (the best part).

Protocol's customer service is also fantastic in general, they get that it's 2020 and they're a skincare brand. Thank you!!

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Reviewed by Sarah G.
Verified Buyer
I recommend this product
Age
35 - 44
Skin Type
Combination
Skin Concerns
  • Acne
  • Age Defense
  • Dark Spots
  • Dullness
  • Pores
My Results
  • Glowing Skin
  • Smoother Skin
  • Firm & Lifted Skin
  • Skin Radiance
  • Softer Skin
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Amazing Results!

My 43 year old stressed acneic aging skin has never looked better! The protocol line of products has brought new life to my problem skin. I feel such a sense of rejuvenation since using this line! My skin is softer, more supple, and brighter. I also see fewer fine lines and acne scars!

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