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Ultra Facial Cleanser

A mild facial cleanser formulated for all skin types.
  • Thoroughly cleanses skin and removes makeup without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils
  • Dissolves excess oil, dirt, and debris
  • PH-balanced to maintain skin’s natural balance
  • Tested for safety and gentleness
  • A customer favorite
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"Ultra Facial Cleanser is so mild and gentle, but cleans deep down into my pores."

Alyssa, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
-Apply small amount to clean fingertips
-Gently massage into damp facial areas in upward, circular motions
-Avoid immediate eye area
-Rinse thoroughly or remove excess with damp wash cloth

Kiehl’s Insider Tip:
For optimally hydrated skin, use with the other formulas in the Ultra Facial collection.

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Apricot Kernel Oil is extracted from apricot kernels and has a very high Vitamin E content (aiding fast absorption) and is a trygliceride composed of 75% oleic acid and 20% linoleic acid, and unsaturated fatty acids esterified with glycerin - similar to avocado oil and sesame oil. Found to be highly compatible with the skin. Apricot Kernel Oil moisturizes and softens skin while helping retain clarity and suppleness.

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Avocado Oil, derived from the fruit of a tropical American tree, is a rich, fatty-acid emollient. Avocado Oil is known to be the most moisturizing of any fruit oil. It is also a natural source of Amino Acid proteins, Vitamins A, D, E, and potassium. Helps to restore the natural moisture of the skin.

A signature Kiehl’s ingredient, Squalane is a botanical lipid that is similar in molecular structure to natural skin lipids. It has an exceptional affinity to skin, and because it’s easily absorbed, Squalane helps restore skin’s natural moisture balance to keep it extra soft and supple.

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I have used in the past,good stuff for winter
Janice I on Dec 25, 2014
I like the cleanser. I have sensitive skin and some minor blemishes from time to time. This cleanser calms my skin down.
Tracy S on Dec 24, 2014
Works great.
Denise T on Dec 24, 2014
Kiehl's provides exceptionally poor customer service.
TERRANCE O on Dec 23, 2014
Brianaa B: Ive been using kiehls the ultra facial cleanser and toner on my face and i think im going to go order the ultra facial creme now but ive been using the other products for two weeks now and it makes my skin feel great and i see an improvement around my eyes, but i tend to break out on different areas around my face, should i keep using it and let it sink in ?, am i suppose to break out a little before really using it alot to get use to my skin ?
Briana B on Aug 14, 2012
Best Answer: I am both a user of this product and an esthetician. The reason you are breaking out may be due to the fact that your skin is adjusting to the product and also to not using other products. After a lot of trial and error on my own skin, I have found that you need to give it time to adjust and get used to a new routine. If you aren't breaking out in hives and it is just simple pimples then give it time to work. I would say that after a month of use , you will know whether it is right for your skin or not. Using a product that is formulated for your skin type is best. This one is pretty gentle, it does dry out skin though so a mild moisturizer will help. And just give it some time, good luck!
Reply · Report · nicole w on May 22, 2014
Is it more economical to get 2 small containers instead of the larger one that costs more?
Angela B on Dec 31, 2012
Best Answer: It's not really much of a difference. Per ounce, the 2.5 oz size costs $4 an ounce while the 5 oz size costs $3.90 an ounce.
Reply · Report · Alessandro A on May 3, 2014
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Are your facial products non comodegenic?
A shopper on Mar 16, 2014
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Is this cleanser good for acne prone skin?
A shopper on Jun 11, 2013
Best Answer: I would say it's better for aging skin...although I do occasionally break out when it's that time of the month and continue to use this with my Clarisonic. There are some acne wash products that may serve you better if that is your main concern. I have't found a product yet by Kiehls that's not great!
Reply · Report · Stephanie S on Jul 19, 2013
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Can I use this cleanser with a facial cleansing brush like the Olay or Clarisonic?.
Amanda B on Nov 16, 2013
Best Answer: I use mine with a clarisonic, works great!
Reply · Report · Elizabeth F on Nov 25, 2013
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does it contain fragrance?
A shopper on Mar 18, 2013
Best Answer: I prefer fragrance free lotions and creams. The ultra facial cleanser does not have an odor.
Reply · Report · Sally S on Apr 11, 2013
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Is this product thick or more of a liquid matter?
A shopper on Nov 25, 2012
Best Answer: It is like a liquid gel. It's not thick like facial creams. It's more like the thickness of a shower gel.
Reply · Report · Michelle G on Dec 30, 2012
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Does anyone know what really works for sensitive skin with NO benzoyol peroxide that helps with acne?
A shopper on Oct 18, 2013
Best Answer: This product is great because it is very mild yet works for sensitive skin. Very good for skin is using any other medication for your face.
Reply · Report · Kathleen G on Dec 6, 2013
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Hi,
Is this a good product for oily skin? Im looking for something I can use at nightime. Thanks.
dougm on Sep 24, 2013
Best Answer: Yes, it's great for oily or combo skin. It has a thick consistancy that really thoroughly cleanses your skin without being harsh or over-drying.
Reply · Report · Stacey S on Nov 16, 2013
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Does this product have alcohol in it?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2012
Best Answer: No, this product does not have alcohol in it.
Reply · Report · Amy G on Dec 15, 2012
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Hi, I have normal skin but sometimes only on my t-zone. Which cleanser should I use ?
A shopper on Aug 9, 2014
Best Answer: I have combination, sensitive skin. I've tried many other cleaners from kiehl's and other brands. I ALWAYS come back to the ultra facial cleanser. I've been using it for 4yrs along with the ultra toner and moisturizer. It's great stuff!
Reply · Report · carla d on Aug 10, 2014
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what is the difference between this product and the purifying foaming cleanser "the clearly corrective white regimen" face wash. which do you think is best for overall skincare. especially for skin that is sensitive (no acne) to get makeup off, clean pores, prevent breakouts etc..?
A shopper on Feb 19, 2014
Ultra Facial Cleanser
Ultra Facial Cleanser
Clearly Corrective™ Purifying Foaming Cleanser
Clearly Corrective™ Purifying Foaming Cleanser
Best Answer: The Ultra facial Cleanser is a great all around cleanser. I've been using the clearly corrective cleanser during the winter months, as my skin dries out with all the central heat in home/office and the clearly corrective is a bit heavier. My younger sister uses the ultra facial cleanser year round and loves it! Keeps skin clear and clean
Reply · Report · laurie w on Feb 23, 2014
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Has anyone with acne-prone skin ever used this product? If so, how were the results? Was it effective? Does it treat acne?
A shopper on Dec 8, 2013
Best Answer: It does not treat acne. It is a good cleanser if you want something that will not leave added residue on the skin. I would not recommend it as the sole treatment for acne but it can be used as part of a regimen.
Reply · Report · David U on Dec 14, 2013
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I have oily, a little acne but dark marked skin. What product do you suggest?
Shaniah on Feb 17, 2013
Best Answer: I also have oily and acne prone skin. When using this daily I have no problem with the acne. I really really like this cleanser. It works on my skin much better than anything else I've tried.
Reply · Report · Susan F on Mar 2, 2013
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what is the difference between the ultra facial cleanser and the gentle formimg cleasner?
patty d on Dec 10, 2012
Best Answer: I would say the ultra facial cleanser is a good all-around cleaner for any skin type. I personally have sensitive skin around my nose and eyebrows due to Seborrheic dermatitis. In addition, my skin is oily and i may break out once in a while, but not so much of an issue anymore.
I found this cleanser to be excellent so far (esp. for the harsh winter months). It does not aggravate my dermatitis, doesn't make my skin feel overly dry or oily and doesn't make me break out. For the last two weeks, I've been using it with my clarisonic and my skin feels very clean afterwards! DEF. recommend this cleaner to any and everyone!
Reply (1) · Report · Paul P on Jan 5, 2013
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will this help with acne?
A shopper on Aug 3, 2012
Best Answer: It might, depending on what is causing your breakouts. It's great at helping to not dry out skin (which can lead to too much oil production and acne problems). I don't believe it has any active ingredients to combat acne though.
Reply · Report · Resa R on Aug 4, 2012
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Is this cleanser good for removing makeup?
A shopper on Apr 10, 2012
Best Answer: It is fair at removing makeup. Not good for removing eye makeup, you cannot use around eyes.
Reply · Report · Michelle G on Apr 11, 2012
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is this cleanser pregnant woman can use?
kiki x on Apr 6, 2012
Best Answer: I used it during pregnancy until I realized it has parabens. Pregnant or not, you shouldn't use any products with parabens in them. Kiehl's has some other cleansers without them though.
Reply · Report · Stefanie B on Dec 5, 2012
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does this product contain sls?
A shopper on Dec 3, 2014
Best Answer: Yes. It is the second ingredient after water.
Reply · Report · Jackie K on Dec 3, 2014
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Is this product soap free?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2014
Best Answer: It's a foaming product if that's your question but very mild and gentle
Reply · Report · Cesar M on Jul 18, 2014
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I have an allergy to nuts, would I be able to use the Ultra Facial Cleanser?
Alessandro A on May 3, 2014
Best Answer: yes
Reply · Report · Gonglan Y on May 15, 2014
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Is this cleanser good for people with sensitive skin/eczema?
A shopper on Apr 3, 2014
Best Answer: This is a gentle formula and can be used for sensitive skin.
Reply · Report · Spencer F on Apr 17, 2014
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What are the results using this with Clarisonic? I just purchased a Mia 2 and have sensitive, aging skin.
Audrey N on Jan 27, 2013
Best Answer: It works wonderfully with a MIA, leaves skin very clean and no scent. A bit drying though so you will want to apply serums or moisturizers afterwards.
Reply (1) · Report · JAMES L on Feb 12, 2013
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Does this product contain alcohol?
Jimbodude on Jan 7, 2013
Best Answer: No, there is no alcohol in this product - just natural ingredients.
Reply · Report · Leigh S on Jan 7, 2013
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Does the product fit all skin type?If not,what type does it fit?
A shopper on Aug 11, 2012
Best Answer: Sometimes I'm super dry and sometimes I'm normal. This product works no matter my skin type
Reply · Report · karissa p on Aug 11, 2012
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Is it good if you have mild acne?
A shopper on May 14, 2012
Best Answer: This is a wonderful product. I have been using it for a year now and rarely have any problems with my skin. It seems to clean your face cleanly!! It does not leave your face with that drawn in dried out feeling. Mild yet effective.....I would recommend that everyone use it.
Reply · Report · Kim L on May 14, 2012
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Is this cleanser good for rosacea?
A shopper on Apr 14, 2012
Best Answer: It won't irritate the skin, so in that respect it is great. I don't know how effective it is at reducing redness though.
Reply · Report · Resa R on May 6, 2012
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I am currently using accutane is this a cleanser that someone using this medicine use?
Nicole S on Dec 24, 2014
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hi, i am from China ,but i failed to join you,I do not know what's wrong.Could I can be one your member?
A shopper on Nov 6, 2014
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I'm looking for skin care for using during prenancy. Any suggestions?? Thanks
A shopper on Aug 11, 2014
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Is the ultra facial cleanser and non-comedogenic, fragrance-free, hypoallergenic?
A shopper on Aug 7, 2014
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Is the Squalane derived from rice bran or vegetable oil? Is there any rice or soy in the facial cleanser?
A shopper on Jun 16, 2014
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Do any of your cleansing products include mineral oil? I am trying to get away from anything that has mineral oil in it.
A shopper on May 26, 2014
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I had a sample Kiehl's facial cleanser that I lost before I could buy more. It came in a tube and it foamed when I lathered. Does this one foam? Also, would you recommend this one for middle aged combination skin, or a different cleanser.
A shopper on May 5, 2014
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Is this better for day or night? What's the best morning cleanser?
evelyn c on Apr 5, 2012
Best Answer: Evelyn,

Ultra Facial Cleanser is the ONLY thing I use to wash my face - morning, night, at the gym, ANYTIME. It really doesn't strip oils, it really doesn't leave the skin dry, it is really perfect. I've been using it exclusively for years and years, and, even at age 60, I constantly get comments on how beautiful my skin is. My only hint is that I am sure to put moisturizer on before the skin dries completely; otherwise, I do feel a tautness on the skin. I use Ultra Facial Moisturizer SPF 15, and Abyssine Eye Cream, and that's it; nothing else, no makeup, nothing.
I have even given Ultra Facial Cleanser as a birthday present to my friends - that's how much I believe in it.

Good luck!

-Rene
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