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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash


Water, PEG 80 Sorbitan Laurate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG 150 Distearate, Sodium Lauroampho PG Acetate Phosphate, Fragrance, Quaternium 15, Tetrasodium EDTA.

Items marked with orange can be irritating and over-drying, especially to acne-prone skin.

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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash

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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, 6-Ounce Pump Bottle
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, 12 fl oz
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, 6 fl oz
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash, 12 Ounce
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash - 6 oz (Pack 2)
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Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash 6 OZ, (Pack of 3)
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Fragrance? Why?
Reviewed on June 11, 2017

I've used this product for years. Never a problem. The last bottle I bought, I noticed it had a strong smell. I realized the label was a little different and the ingredients label showed 'fragrance'. I thought that was odd for a product that is supposed to be for sensitive skin. Well guess what? I started breaking out within a day! I haven't changed my makeup or hair products and wondered if it might be the Purpose so I went out and bought another cleanser that was for sensitive skin and fragrance free. I began to clear up. So to continue with my experiment, I went back to the Purpose. I started breaking out again! Why did J & J try to fix something that was never broken? Looks like another company is going to get my money from now on.

New formula is harsh
Reviewed on March 29, 2017

They changed the formula and now it really stinks and causes redness and breakouts.

Ingredients change :(
Reviewed on March 20, 2017

I've been using this product for years and have always loved it. I just bought a new bottle and this one has a strong fragrance. I looked at the ingredients from my old bottle vs. this bottle and indeed ingredients have been added. I definitely prefer the non fragrant version of the past. What happened?

Dried my skin out!
Reviewed on October 30, 2016

One of the worst cleaners I've used. I still have basically the whole bottle left. After cleansing my skin, my face was dry and pale looking(I am brown). Kinda Like residue was left behind on my face. I stopped using after a week.

Slimy residue -- skip it
Reviewed on October 21, 2016

The high amount of Sodium Laureth Sulfate [it's about the third ingredient listed, which means the cleanser contains a LOT of it] leaves a slick, slimy film on your face, almost like saran wrap. Imagine what this is doing to your pores. It's not good for you. The high sulfate content also means it's quite drying, which means more acne in the long run [since dry skin = more oil produced to compensate].

Bottom Line: Don't buy any cleansers with ANY sulfates, especially Sodium Lauryl, since they leave a film all day and cause more acne.

Reviewed on May 16, 2016

I have oily skin I used it for about 3 months and at first it looked like it was helping my acne but after that it didn't do much. It didn't treat the acne I had and didn't prevent new acne. I think it actually also dried out my skin too. So I was really disappointed with this product.

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash: Poor Packaging
Reviewed on February 5, 2016

I used Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash on a dermatologist's advice for years back in the 1990s until I realized it was making my skin issues worse due to what would appear to have been a case of post-purchase product contamination (some pumps are better than others and this one allows too much air and moisture into the product, which begins to diminish product purity after it is opened). Purpose is not particularly gentle, IMHO, and can leave the skin feeling stripped of oil. On the plus side, it foams really well and a small bit goes a long way. If the manufacturer would update the pump design so that it doesn't allow so much air/moisture to seep in after it is opened, it would be a decent facial cleanser. But with the current packaging, I would advise against keeping it anywhere near the splashing that can occur in a shower/bath area.

love it
Reviewed on March 11, 2015

I used to have acne, mainly on my cheeks, and I never knew why I had it. When I started sleeping over at my boyfriends house and using his face wash ( which was Purpose) I noticed my face was clearing up. Ever since then I used Purpose every day and it does wonders. I don't even break out before my menstrual cycle.

Purposefully not so gentle?
Reviewed on February 18, 2015

My skin is really oily, but this "gentle" cleanser still managed to dry me out. I guess you'll have to use your personal discretion on this one. I know some people love it, but this cleanser left my skin tight and flaky. I switched to the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser and am much, much happier.

Plus, I hate the smell.

changed the formula
Reviewed on February 9, 2015

this used to be great now it dries out my skin.. i feel that they must have changed the formula- because my brother who uses this who has different skint then I- said the same thing.