Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser

An effective, oil-free, non-drying acne cleanser
  • Thoroughly cleans pores and removes traces of dirt, residue and oil, which can lead to acne break-outs
  • Contains Salicylic Acid to help keep skin clear of acne blemishes
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"I was pleasantly surprised at how quickly my blemishes disappeared!"

Danielle, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
- Use twice daily
- Wet face, then work acne cleanser into a lather
- Massage onto face, avoiding the eyes
- Rinse well

Cool Kiehl’s Fact:

When our chemists developed Kiehl’s iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion in 1964, its popularity took off almost from the start. Over forty years later, we attribute its appeal not only to its superior quality, but also its versatility. Kiehl’s male patrons tell us they use it as a post-shave treatment to soothe skin and prevent razor discomfort. Legend has it that Andy Warhol was a fan!

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SIN-nuh-mehn BAR-k EK-strakt

Cinnamon Bark Extract is taken from the dried bark of cultivated trees and is considered to be of much higher quality than extract derived from leaves. It contains an essential oil that is not only recognized for its soothing effects, but is also known to have antibacterial properties.

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Ginger Root Extract provides gingerols that are known to have soothing properties. It also helps to absorb excess oil.

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Evelyn B on Mar 26, 2015
I have oily skin and I always come back to this. My face feels really clean and not overly dry.
Christine B on Mar 22, 2015
I use this cleanser daily with excellent results.
Marley B on Mar 23, 2015
Ziqiang R on Mar 22, 2015
Does it clean black head on your nose, and is it good for my sensitive nose ( redness on the sides) ??
kelly w on Nov 3, 2012
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I have oily skin, I have plenty of blackheads, and the 2-3 big pimples at a time. Big pores, uneven skin tone, bla bla bla- the usual problems of adult acne.

I am torn between this one and the Ultra Facial Oil Free cleanser, do you know how they are different? Both are supposedly for oily blemish prone skin, but I don't quite understand how to choose one. Thanks,
cara k on May 25, 2012
Best Answer: I have used both cleansers. I like them both. I use Ultra Facial Oil Free at night and Blue Herbal Gel in the morning. I had oily skin for as long as I can remember. Acne, blackheads the whole nine yards. Now that I am 51, I don't have as many issues, but I still have some. The hard part is finding something that works and does not dry my skin, because who needs help getting wrinkles. I have found when I use the Blue Gel I have clearer skin. Please note, it is not really a Gel, more a liquid. After ordering it the first time, I ordered again and I will keep ordering it. I like the other cleanser too, although if I just use it, I do notice it takes longer to get rid of the blackheads and pimples. I use both, because at night I want clean skin but a gentle cleanser.
Reply · Report · Jennifer C on May 28, 2012
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Can you use this cleanser for an 11 year old with acne on forehead?
A shopper on Aug 18, 2013
Best Answer: yes
Reply · Report · michael b on Oct 12, 2013
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Does this contain any salicylic acid?
A shopper on Oct 16, 2012
Best Answer: Yes, it does. I can get you the percentage later but it very gentle on your skin (no dry patches) after use.
Reply · Report · Geneva L on Oct 16, 2012
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I am Sensitive skin?is this ok for me?
A shopper on May 9, 2013
Best Answer: I have sensitive skin as well and this works great for me. No sensitivity and no harsh reactions. It is a nice calming scent and feels good. And has helped my skin a lot.
Reply · Report · Jeannine D on May 10, 2013
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is this a body wash or face wash?
A shopper on Aug 17, 2012
Best Answer: It works great for both. I mostly used on my shoulders because I was breaking out and it cleared it up nicely.
Reply · Report · Michael R on Aug 17, 2012
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Does this cleanser take off makeup very well?
A shopper on Mar 1, 2014
Best Answer: I tried this gel cleanser at my friends house and found out that it truly is for oily skin types. I think it would not be a good choice for eye make up removal. They have really good customer service online and phone that wouldn't mind helping you. Give them a call
Reply · Report · Michael F on Apr 17, 2014
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is there any alcohol in this?
A shopper on Nov 26, 2013
Best Answer: no.
Reply · Report · Geneva L on Nov 27, 2013
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Did anyone experience more breakouts before your skin cleared up with this product? I've been using this product for 3 days now and have noticed a few more blemishes than usual.
A shopper on Jul 29, 2013
Best Answer: I didn't. It's helped my breakouts more than any other product. But I suppose it's possible for breakouts to get worse before they get better. My dermatologist says that the zits you see have been forming weeks before they actually appear. So your breakouts MAY have nothing to do with the cleanser. I say stick with it for now and if the problem continues with the breakouts or worsens, switch products and if your skin clears up, you may be right that it is the cleanser. As I said, I've been using this product for 2 years and it's only helped me. Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Sarah D on Jul 29, 2013
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Hi, is blue herbal gel cleanser suitable for very oily skin and sensitive skin?
A shopper on May 17, 2012
Best Answer: I can tell you from my experience (having very sensitive and oily skin) that the Blue Herbal gel cleanser is compatible with such seemingly divergent skin issues. I have used this as a daily AM cleanser for close to three years and it has never irritated my rosacea, triggered itching or burning (common reactions for me to skin sensitizers) and keeps my skin in great condition. Hope this helps.
Reply · Report · Geneva L on May 17, 2012
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Can I use that for combination skin?
amanda on Feb 16, 2015
Best Answer: I have a mix of combination skin and acne prone skin and this cleanser works really well for that. My main concern for using it is to target the acne, so it can sometime dry out my skin, but I've found that as long as I use a good moisturizer afterwards then it isn't a problem.
Reply · Report · Emma B on Feb 16, 2015
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What is the best face wash to prevent ingrown hair?
A shopper on Oct 21, 2013
Best Answer: The cleanser is great, but it's the blue astringent that prevents ingrown hairs. I've been using it for close to 20 years and hAvent had a real problem since!
Reply · Report · Maximiliano A on Oct 22, 2013
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What's the concentration of salicylic acid of Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser?
A shopper on Apr 7, 2013
Best Answer: 1.5%
Reply · Report · Susan M on Apr 12, 2013
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can prangant people use this blue lines?
A shopper on Dec 22, 2012
Best Answer: Hello! Some physicians recommend avoiding products with Salicylic Acid during pregnancy, like this product here; however, the levels in our formulas are generally safe for pregnant women. If you are unsure about specific products during this time, we always recommend asking your physician directly.

Our #1 body formula, Creme de Corps has been a rave among pregnant women all over the world. The unique blend of skin-hydrating ingredients are perfect for keeping skin moisturized as well as avoiding stretch marks.
Reply · Report · Kiehl's AStaff on Dec 26, 2012
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Hello, i wonder that is Blue Herbal also woking for my boyfriend?

Thank you!!!
Can F on Sep 21, 2012
Best Answer: I think guys can enjoy it too. It's a minty, cooling smell/feeling. My husband would not use anything for his face though.
Reply · Report · Yu Y on Sep 21, 2012
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I'm on a verge of trying anything and everything! I want to use this cleanser but I also want to use Mario Badescu Glycolic Grapefruit Toner. Will this be okay (or over-doing/drying) being that it's a salicylic wash and then following up with a glycolic toner? I have combination skin with adult hormonal acne.
LilyoftheNile on Aug 23, 2014
Best Answer: Hi Liz. I have been using this product for years and I love it and the Blue Herbal toner as well. In addition, I apply products that contain AHA and I haven't had any problems with excessive drying or irritation. I do, however, use a moisturizer before bed. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Marla T on Aug 25, 2014
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Does it contain alcohol? If so, what percentage?
Jennifer H on Jul 25, 2014
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Best Answer: No alcohol in this product - a very gentle yet effective cleanser - have been using this product for at least 10 years ... I swear by it !
Reply · Report · JAMAK C on Jul 28, 2014
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Does this Cleanser remove makeup? is this good for combination skin (mostly dry in winter months) ?
Jenna H on Dec 24, 2013
Best Answer: I love this cleanser in the summer, after a day of heat, humidity and grime from the city, this makes my face feel super clean. I have combination skin and use it in the winter, not every day though.
Reply · Report · Cynthia S on Feb 18, 2014
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Can this cleanser be used with a clarisonic? For those who do not own a clarisonic, they suggest to not use anything with any exfoliating beads or rough textures due to it damaging your skin I believe.
Mariah on Jun 16, 2013
Best Answer: I don't use the Clarisonic but I was told by a beauty sales lady who tried to sell one to me that any cleanser can be used. So I told her which one I use and she informed me that I can use this wonderful Kiehl's product with it. She said any cleanser can be used. Also, at Sephora, which is my home away from home, another salesperson told me it's perfectly fine to use any cleanser with it. Good luck!
Reply · Report · Sarah D on Jun 16, 2013
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i have combination skin and am 18 years old... is it suitable for me?
isha d on May 20, 2013
Best Answer: In this product ginger root extract and cinnamon root extract are used. I want to know if it is glycerine based or alcohol based extract. or is it just an essential oil. for the cinnamon extract it says it is an essential oil. please clarify
Reply · Report · aien c on Jun 7, 2013
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I have a combination of dry skin on my cheeks and oily skin on my T-Zone. And I have acne on my forehead that never seems to go away. Will this cleanser dry out my not so oily areas?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2013
Best Answer: I usually this product sparingly and think that is a great gel cleaner. I have normal to dry skin and have not noticed a difference. For every day use and acne I use the Kiehls aged to perfection cleanser because it is a gritty white cleanser. I feel like i am really cleanig my pores especially because i work out alot. I noticed a difference right away.
Reply · Report · Jess M on Feb 12, 2013
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Is this a foaming face wash?
A shopper on Jan 15, 2013
Best Answer: No it is not. It is more a gel product.
Reply · Report · Jess M on Feb 12, 2013
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It is only for adult acne?
Yi.E Z on Oct 1, 2012
Best Answer: It is not harsh at all, I would not see a problem for pre-teens using it.
Reply · Report · Kelsy K on Oct 8, 2012
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Hi there, I wonder if I choose the "free shipping and deluxe samples", I should have to accept "deliverty every month"?
A shopper on Aug 29, 2012
Best Answer: Hello! Yes, we want you to have as much control over your order as possible, so we remind you before each shipment when your order is about to be filled.
Reply · Report · Kiehl's AStaff on Sep 12, 2012
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how to use the blue gel cleanser?
A shopper on Jul 10, 2012
Best Answer: Just as any face cleanser.
Reply · Report · Lingfeng C on Jul 11, 2012
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What is the best morning/night routine when using this product? Can I use a moisturizer that isn't Kiehl's brand?
onetwothree321 on Jan 5, 2015
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Does this product still work if you don't use the toner or moisturizer?
onetwothree321 on Jan 5, 2015
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Is this ok to use for normal skin? Not acne skin ?
Kelseigh on Dec 21, 2014
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I got pimples and an uneven skin tone. Will this product works well with the corrective collection? Im planning to use this as a cleanser but the toner and the moisturizer will still be the corrective clarifying collection. What regimen do you guys recommend?
Thresdale A on Oct 15, 2013
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do i still use a toner. right now I use the facial fuel cleanser and then the tonic. I've switched to this gel cleanser and was told at the store I no longer need to use the tonic. is this correct?
A shopper on Dec 5, 2012
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