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Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment

Oily, Combination, including Acne-Prone Skin

A foaming cleanser with Salicylic Acid that helps clear acne blemishes. Fragrance-free

Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 182.
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Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment

Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment

A foaming cleanser with Salicylic Acid that helps clear acne blemishes. Fragrance-free

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What It Is

Our efficacious acne cleanser, formulated to help clear blemishes and prevent new ones from forming, helps purify pores and remove traces of dirt and oil. Inspired by our iconic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion, this foaming cleanser with Salicylic Acid is an ideal first step in your acne skincare routine.

Paraben-free and fragrance-free.

What It’s Good For

  • Helps cleanse pores and reduce blackheads, whiteheads and other types of acne blemishes
  • High-foaming cleanser helps prevent new blemishes from forming for clearer skin
  • Tested under dermatologist supervision
  • For oily skin and acne-prone skin
  • Inspired by our classic Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion

Key Ingredients

How To Apply

How to Use

How To Apply
  • Wet face, then work foaming cleanser with Salicylic Acid into a lather
  • Massage onto face, avoiding the eyes
  • Rinse well
  • Use twice daily
  • Reduce number of applications if dryness or peeling occurs
  • In case of contact with eyes, rinse immediately with water
  • Explore our other Blue Herbal products like our spot treatment with Salicylic Acid and iconic facial toner for oily skin

Future Made Better

Future Made Better

True to our founding family’s mission, we strive to improve the quality of the communities we serve by reducing our
environmental impact, formulating responsibly, and supporting charitable causes. This formula is made with:
Responsible Formulation
Responsible Formulation
Commitment to Recycling
Commitment to Recycling

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where’s the old blue gel cleanser? Trying to find the best treatment for acne, I found the blue gel Cleanser, with 1,5% of salicylic acid the old formula was completely amazing. The brands don’t use the Kiehls technology and ingredients, I’ve been trying the new formula and it doesn’t work as the old formula was working. Please kiehls, bring us back the old blue gel cleanser formula, a lot friends of mine said the same. You can do another option for acne treatment but don’t change the old formula.
Date published: 2018-06-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where is my blue cleanser!! I have been using the old blue cleanser around 10 years, and it was the only one I liked. I sometiems tried different brand, or other line from Kiehls, but I always came back to blue cleanser. I really loved it, and thought I will use it for rest of my life. My last bottle is running low, so I wanted to stock up some and realize they do not carry it anymore. I even went to one of their store to find it. The lady at the store recommend this one, new formula, but I really don't like it. My skin dosent feel clean and fresh like the old blue cleanser. I am really sad Kiehls stopped carrying blue gel cleanser.... Please please bring back the old formula back!!!!
Date published: 2018-05-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring the BLUE formula back I am on my 4th bottle of this stuff. I mean, I have really tried to like this product and allow it to work. It is just not the same. I have sensitive skin with acne and even with that combination, the blue formula worked amazingly on my skin. I would receive compliments on how my skin looked. This new formula is not doing anything. My skin is now oily where it wasn't before and I'm starting to get my cystic acne back. I had clear skin for years with the blue formula. What am I going to do now? I've tried several facial cleansers, all from Kiehl's, and nothing works quite like the Blue Herbal Facial Cleansing Gel. Please consider bringing it back! I've been a loyal Kiehl's customer for over a decade and am just now considering an entirely new line.
Date published: 2018-05-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Recommendations??? I was a faithful customer of the old Blue Acne Cleanser and used it faithfully for many years. I've had acne for as long as I can remember and this was really the only product that I found to be helpful. Went to purchase a new bottle a few months ago when I found out that it was discontinued. So I went to my local Kiehls retailer to see if they had any in the stock room. I made the comment that the new formula has awful reviews online (I think only one positive review) and the girl seemed to pause and then make up a lie. She said she's "only heard good things", however I find that impossible to believe based on the horrible reviews online. I asked for a sample of the new cleanser because I'm not willing to spend the money for a product with bad reviews before I try it - she said they didn't have any. Does anyone have any recommendations for new acne cleansers that they've found to be helpful??? Please help! Missing the old cleanser! A shame too because I used to refer many people to that cleanser. I don't care about parabens, etc. Just want my face to be clear!
Date published: 2018-05-11
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Andy Warhol would not be a fan of this new formulation! I had used the old Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion for years. I was very disappointed when Kiehl's discontinued the old product and came up with this knock-off Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser Treatment. I kept an open mind and bought a bottle to try. While the old Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion prevented acne, and left my skin feeling clean minty fresh, the new Blue Herbal Acne Cleanser smelled like chemical and left my skin feeling unclean and greasy. Really. Read the reviews here... NO ONE likes the new formulation. Please bring back the old Blue Astringent Herbal Lotion.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sad Nothing like the old formula. Wish I would have stocked up before they discontinued the blue gel. Will have to look elsewhere for a cleanser more similar to the old formula.
Date published: 2018-04-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Why mess with a great thing?? I LOVED the blue herbal gel cleanser—I really thought I would use it for the rest of my life. It was perfect—awesome feel, smell, and it worked! Then, without warning customers or explaining why, Kiehl’s did away with what they had always called their “venerable” preparation. Why?? I cannot understand why a company would eliminate such a great and useful product from its line. But, worse, they pretty much lied by keeping the blue herbal name. First, it’s not blue. Not that I care about the color, but it seems ridiculous to keep calling it blue. And it’s not the old formula with a different color. It doesn’t feel or smell like the old stuff. In fact, it smells terrible and I rinsed my face several times to get the smell off. My face also feels drier and less refreshed than it did with the actual blue cleanser. I have been a faithful and very happy Kiehl’s customer for 22 years, but I am deeply disappointed that a company I used to revere would attempt to trick customers into accepting a new and inferior product by slapping a known name on it. And having staff lie about it when selling it to long-time customers as the same thing (I actually got the woman who was helping me to admit eventually that she had stockpiled the old stuff). I am very sad that I will have to look elsewhere for a new cleanser. And I doubt I’ll ever find one as good as old blue. Kiehl’s, if you decide to bring it back in whatever color of the rainbow, but with the same ingredients, consistency and smell, I will come running back and all will be forgiven. Please give us back old blue.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring Back to old Formula!! I have been using the old formula for more than 4 years and I was in love. That one really helped me with acne and left my face feel fresh and clean. Also it was a good make up remover even for waterproof mascara (This one definitely does not remove makeup).When I buy a product I like to use with other products from the same range, but I can't continue with blue herbal anymore. I have been using this product for 6 months and it is just a average cleanser. You get less product for the same price (Old one was 250ml). When I was buying the product I was told it was the same formula, but I found this quite drying and harsh on the skin. Also I won't recommend this product if you don't like the smell like a lemon. I just wish that the old fresh minty formula comes back.
Date published: 2018-04-02
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not a fan of this new formula Really loved the old blue cleanser and found it really effective for me. After trying the new one for a couple of months...I just get on board with it! I do not like the feel of it while using it, does not please well enough, and it has completely dried out my face. Please please please bring back the old one!
Date published: 2018-03-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Descent Face Wash Overall it is a good facial cleanser. Removes dirt and oil from face. When applied to the face it feels sort of minty or refreshing, definitely wakes you up in the morning. Face feels nice and fresh. The texture of the product is very rich and creamy. Almost a gel feel. However you don't really notice the acne clear up after using it for about 3 weeks I feel like my skin still looks the same as when I started using this product.
Date published: 2018-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Use to love Loved the old formula in the old bottle. The new packaging is annoying as the product leaks out into the cap and gets everywhere. The formula seems different from the old one and isn't as effective at what I claims anymore.
Date published: 2018-03-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No substitute for the old cleanser I had been using the old blue herbal cleanser for 5+ years and it was wonderful. Was disappointed to find that this new formula was worse in every way: 1) has an unpleasant texture and smell, 2) dries out my skin, and 3) does nothing for my acne. It's taken me forever to find a replacement cleanser with the same pleasant smell and refreshing tingling sensation as the old blue herbal cleanser (tried the Calendula cleanser for a bit, which dried out my skin). I've switched to Murad's anti-acne line in the meantime, which seems to be working okay.
Date published: 2018-03-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from BRING BACK THE OLD CLEANSER Please bring back the old herbal blue gel cleanser. It is the only facewash that was helped me with my acne for the past 7 years. I have been a loyal Kiehl’s customer, but no longer know what cleanser to use now that you guys have changed a perfectly fine product into something that no longer works for me. Please bring back the old gel cleanser!
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back the old gel cleanser! I am beyond disappointed to learn that not only one of my favorite Kiehl's products but one of my favorite products of all time -- the blue herbal gel cleanser -- has been discontinued. I have been using the old gel cleanser religiously for years. It has been gentle on my skin while also fighting off my acne and blemishes and making my skin look radiant. I hope you consider bringing it back! All of your loyal costumers want it!
Date published: 2018-03-01
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not as effective as the old gel cleanser. I used the old gel cleanser religiously for years. The new formula isn't as effective and does not foam. I didn't even finish one bottle. After speaking with a Kiehl's sales rep at a Kiehls store and failing to find a cleanser as effective as the old gel formula, I had to move on and look for cleansers from other brands. I've even scoured Nordstroms and Neiman Marcuses hoping to find old bottles of the gel cleanser. Please bring back the old gel cleanser!
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from IF IT AINT BROKE DON"T FIX IT! please please please bring back the old formula gel cleanser! my poor skin needs it back so bad.I hate when companies do this, make you fall in love with a product and go and discontinue it :(
Date published: 2018-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from PLEASE BRING THE OLD FORMULA BACK!! PLEASE BRING THE OLD FORMULA BACK!! NEVER TRY THIS ONE!
Date published: 2018-01-27
Rated 2 out of 5 by from No Effect I had been using this product religiously day and night for the past month. My acne hasn't gone away. The associate even suggested the toner and the moisturizer! Still did not work. If I still had my receipt, I'd return these. On that note, I'm going to be doing some research to find a better acne remedy.
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from PLEASE BRING BACK THE GEL CLEANSER!!!!! I miss the acne gel cleanser. This new formula is the worst. With the old gel cleanser my acne was actually clearing up. My face felt clean and refreshed. I gave this new formula a chance, and my breakout are back. I gave it about 3-4 months. And still no improvement. With the gel cleanser I saw my acne clearing up within a month. Kiehls, please bring the gel cleanser back!!! I started having to use other brands to help my skin!!!!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great product for my teens Both of my boys have moderate acne. We've tried so many washes, scrubs and other treatments. This is the first one that was effective for both of them. Their skin looks healthier and cleaner and the results were noticeable in less than 30 days.
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Where's my Gel Cleanser? Came on today to restock on the gel cleanser, only to find out it's been discontinued. Whyyy? Would've even purchased this replacement item if the reviews weren't so horrendous. Please bring back the original.
Date published: 2018-01-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed in Kiehls Not only is the formula and packaging objectivly worse, you might’ve noticed that the cost of this product has effectively quadrupled. I managed to find a few lingering bottles at my neighbourhood Neiman Marcus, but if i can’t locate anymore of the old stuff, I’ll be finding a new face wash from a different brand other than Kiehls. Bye Felicia!
Date published: 2017-12-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Bring back old formula! This is a poor replacement for the blue herbal gel. Please listen to your customers and bring back the previous formula.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from bring back the old formula The old blue gel acne cleanser single handedly cleared my face from severe acne. I am beyond disappointed that it is no longer for sale. I have a tiny bit left of the original that I am saving for absolute emergencies. This product is NOTHING like the old formula and a huge disappointment. I will need to find other product to be my go-to acne cleanser. Listen to your customers!!!
Date published: 2017-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Bring Back the Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser This new product is just okay at best. I wish Kiehls's would listen to its loyal customers and bring back the old Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser!!!
Date published: 2017-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from What happened??? I am so upset right now. I went to reorder my Blue Herbal cleanser (which I have used diligently for many years !) AND IT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE!? I wish I would have known prior to running out as I would have stocked up...and based on the reviews of the "replacement", I won't be trying that one either. Guess I'll run up to L'Occitine to see what's available.
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No substitute for the old formula Please bring back the cleansing gel! I've been using it for over a decade and have always been a huge fan of how it left my face feeling fresh and clean. The new formula is too think, smells weird, is targeted incorrectly. I do not have acne so I do not need acne wash. I bought a tube to try it out but I will not be purchasing another. I will happily buy the cleansing gel when you release it again.
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Gross! It’s sticky, thick, and maybe I could deal with it if the product actually worked... but my it does absolutely nothing for my skin. I would wake up with more acne in the morning. DO. NOT. BUY.
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 1 out of 5 by from HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLEABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE This new product is the PITS!! It stinks & is too thick. Gross & disgusting! Extremely disappointed and I've been a Kiehls fan for over 10+ years. Not anymore. Please don't respond about paraben , sulfate free, etc like ya'll did in the other reviews...JUST BRING THE OLD GEL CLEANSER BACK. Until then, you have lost a loyal customer. Zero stars for this one.
Date published: 2017-10-27
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Please bring back the blue herbal gel cleanser. The new face cleanser that replaced the blue gel cleanser is not good.
Date published: 2017-10-09
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