Clearly Corrective™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator

High-performance exfoliating cleanser
  • Effectively cleans and exfoliates pores to minimize skin irregularities & dullness for a noticeably brighter complexion
  • Helps boost skin's moisture level and maintain moisture balance
  • Leaves the skin refreshed, soft, smooth and clean
  • Use daily at night, after Clearly Corrective™ Purifying Foaming Cleanser and before toning
  • Paraben-free, fragrance-free, colorant-free, dermatologist-tested
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"My pores look smaller, my skin looks brighter, and my dark spots have faded."

Alison, Kiehl’s Insider

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How to Apply:
-Dispense a nickel-sized amount of the exfoliating cream into the palm of the hand
-Utilizing fingertips, gently apply to clean, damp skin in an upward and outward circular motion, avoiding the eye area
-Continue treatment for approximately 30 seconds, but no more than two minutes, to achieve desired effect
-Monitoring skin sensitivity closely, you may increase pressure slightly to enhance treatment results
-With eyes closed, rinse with cool water and gently pat dry

Kiehl’s Insider Tip:

For optimal results, use with the other formulas in the Clearly Corrective collection.

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White Birch Extract

A sugar derived ingredient known for its ability to restore hydration and nutrients to the dermis and epidermis layers of skin . This potent active increases skin elasticity levels and collagen production resulting in restored skin density, volume and thickness.

Peony Extract

Works synergistically with Activated C to facilitate the reversal of discoloration for skin clarity.


Plant-based Glycerin: A renowned skincare ingredient that works as a moisture magnet and pulls essential moisture into skin. It is highly compatible with skin and also creates a “reservoir effect”, enhancing the water-holding capacity of the skin and ultimately helping to provide skin elasticity and plumpness and facilitates epidermal barrier function. The glycerin used in this formula is plant-based and can be derived from sources including palm fruit, rapeseed and coconut. .

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Just love the product and I feel like my face is smooth and refreshed after using it
Mary Beth K on Jul 5, 2015
I use ever day at night after work outs to remove dirt and sweat.
Susan C on Jul 3, 2015
I have adult acne and this products works unbelievable for me!
Lisa J D on Jul 5, 2015
friend told this cleanser makes skin brighter.
Jisun L on Jun 29, 2015
How does the epidermal micro-dermabrasion compare with the clearly corrective skin brightening exfoliator? I've been using the micro-dermabrasion and like it but was wondering if the clearly corrective would be as good, and how it differs.
A shopper on Nov 24, 2014
Clearly Corrective™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator
Clearly Corrective™ Skin Brightening Exfoliator
Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Epidermal Re-Texturizing Micro-Dermabrasion
Does this product contain plastic microbeads?
Maggie A on Jun 26, 2014
Best Answer: Yes it does. People should not buy this product!!!
Reply · Report · lthom on May 24, 2015
can teen use this product or is it to HARSH?
A shopper on Feb 23, 2013
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Do I wash my face after exfoliating, or is it also a cleanser?
Kim S on Jun 20, 2013
Best Answer: While the product is described as 'use before cleanser', I treat it as a multi-purpose product and I love it, especially as we get into summer and the chances of having oilier skin increase. I use this every couple of days, and use the Clearly Corrective Purifying Foam Cleanser on a daily basis. I am over 50, I live in the desert, and my skin is somewhat dry. However, it does get oily when I am in the US. This line from Kiehl's feels very gentle to my skin, and I have noticed a real improvement in texture over the past month.
Reply · Report · Lisa A K on Jun 20, 2013
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What is the difference between the Clearly Corrective Exfoliator and the Photo-Age Exfoliator? Is one more effective on acne scars and dark spots, or on people with brown skin tones?
A shopper on Dec 15, 2013
Best Answer: I don't have any acne scars but I do have dark spots. And I haven't used the Photo-Age Exfoliator so I can't compare. I use the Clearly Corrective when I have had to layer on sunscreen or my skin feels as if there is a build up of products on it. And it does help with both those situations. Since my skin is now on the dry side I don't use it too often, so I can't speak to whether it lightens dark spots.
Reply · Report · Joanne C. D on Dec 15, 2013
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Can this product help with dark spots or be able to lighten them?
Rafael G on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: I'm not sure, however, my neighbor recently remarked that a dark spot that I have on my face looks lighter. I only use this at night.
Reply · Report · Kelly D on Sep 19, 2014
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What are the beads made out of in your exfoliating cleanser? Is it plastic or something biodegradable?
CHRISTINE B on Jan 25, 2015
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is this product for daily use or weekly use?
A shopper on Jul 26, 2013
Best Answer: I use it daily, just once, either morning or evening. Honestly, this is the best exfoliator I have ever purchased. I think I've tried every brand out there. I have large pores on my nose and chin and it's work keeping those areas clean and oil free so blackheads don't form. This product actually works, and has since day one! I love it. It's also gentle, feels wonderful and creamy on the skin, along with the exfoliating ingredients. I started out using it twice a day, then realized I really didn't need too. It doesn't dry my skin or cause it to chafe like other brands. If you don't have specific problem areas you could use it as your comfortable, but it does make my skin look and feel great. Hope this helps!
Reply · Report · Rhonda H on Jul 26, 2013
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Do you wash it off?
A shopper on Jun 13, 2013
Best Answer: Yes you wash it off. It's used like any cleanser, you would wash your face and rinse it off. I use mine in the morning in the shower.
Reply · Report · Heather A on Jun 13, 2013
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Can we use this in the morning or day time? Because on the description it says to only use it at night ?
A shopper on May 27, 2013
Best Answer: I have used it once or twice in the morning but, I usually use C.C. Skin Brightening Exfoliator at night. Re: Because 1) I'd prefer not walking out into the Sun after exfoliating, and 2) the human body regenerates at night while we sleep so I try to assist the benefits of exfoliating while my body is at "rest". My preference: use it at night.
Reply · Report · Angela W on Jun 21, 2013
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what the right age to use?
A shopper on Jul 1, 2015
Best Answer: I'm in my 40's and It works well, I think you can use it if you are in your 30's
Reply · Report · Carmen V on Jul 1, 2015
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Is this a replacement for the Photo Age Corrector cleanser?
A shopper on Feb 9, 2015
Best Answer: I was told at a Kiehls store that it is. It's very similar, but I prefer the Photo Age cleanser. I have combination skin, leaning to the oiler side and I have found the Ultra Facial Oil Free Cleanser to be a better substitute if you don't necessarily need the exfoliating.
Reply · Report · Chaney J on Feb 10, 2015
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Can men use this skin brightening exfoliator?
jasmine s on Dec 7, 2014
Best Answer: Yep, my boyfriend has used it a bunch of times. Love this scrub!
Reply · Report · Veronica B on Dec 7, 2014
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Can I use my blue gel cleanser before using this product?
Lisamarie H on Aug 31, 2014
Best Answer: I would go the other way around. The blue gel would smooth after the exfoliator me thinks. Be careful of overdrying your skin by using both often, otherwise, I say go for it.
Reply · Report · Stephen K on Sep 6, 2014
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It says I am allowed 3 samples your website will only allow one sample when click for the second it takes me to the normal size. Is it a scam that you fool the customers?
sangeeta s on May 7, 2013
Best Answer: Think about what you're asking. Khiels is one of the more reputable brands out there. They sell hi-end cosmetics to wealthy people, they're not likely to try a bait and switch with the lure of some free samples. Chalk it up to operator error.
Reply (1) · Report · Eric B on Jul 13, 2013
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Can you use this with Clarisonic?
Serena W on Jun 30, 2015
Best Answer: Yes. I suppose you could (though I never did). You don't need much though. A little goes a long way.
Reply · Report · Theresa C on Jul 1, 2015
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If I get the skin tone that I wanted , my color stay the same even if I stop using it??
Queen n on Jun 19, 2015
Best Answer: I use it off and on and it hasn't affected my skin tone at all. It just kind of adds a glow!
Reply · Report · Lindsey S on Jun 19, 2015
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Are the beads biodegradable?
Amy S on May 23, 2015
Best Answer: I'm not sure if the beads are biodegradable, but they are super small. It's a very fine exfoliator.
Reply · Report · Kristopher B on May 25, 2015
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Do I apply this product to wet or dry skin?
Serena N on Mar 15, 2015
Best Answer: Wet skin
Reply · Report · Sarah B on Mar 16, 2015
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I am new to this product, love the clean feeling I get aftering cleansing, but the only exception is that I am now getting breakouts. What's causing this?
A shopper on Feb 14, 2015
Best Answer: Unfortunately, I can't answer the question, but I am actually having the same experience. I have the clearly corrective exfoliator and the foaming cleanser and have been using them for the last month or so and have noticed I am breaking out more on nose and chin and was wondering if it was due to the clearly corrective items!
Reply · Report · Molly W on Feb 14, 2015
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I am severely allergic to all forms of preservatives, fragrances and especially almonds, whether it be food or almond oil, or the other name used for almonds which happened to slip my mind. Could you please tell me if this product has any form of almond in it?
kris j on Oct 19, 2013
Best Answer: I can't speak to the question of almonds or almond derivatives being in the ingredients of this product. However, to me there is a very slight aroma, probably from the lavender oil, when you first use it; this does disappear quickly in my experience and, as I said, it is very slight. I am pleased with the the results of using this product, especially in the summer when I seem to be constantly applying sunscreen. It does seem to brighten my skin. Hope this helps you.
Reply · Report · Joanne C. D on Oct 19, 2013
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what type of glycerin is this made with?
virtualalicia on Feb 4, 2015
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Can this be used to lighten underarms?
A shopper on Sep 3, 2014
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