Purpose : Gentle Cleansing Bar

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Sodium Tallowate, Sodium Cocoate, Water, Glycerin, Fragrance, Sodium Chloride, BHT, Trisodium HEDTA, D&C Yellow 10 (CI 74005), D&C Orange 4.

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August 24, 2012


Works very well
Clean feeling


little drying

Best face wash I have ever tried. Finally a product that actually works. My moderate acne cleared up in days. Worth a try!
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July 22, 2012


Gets rid of break outs without having to constantly apply different steps like ProActive makes you do. Dries out oily skin in a positive way. Has a nice scent to it and comes in either liquid or bar.



I battled with severe acne since the beginning of middle school and I still occassionally use Purpose when I have a random breakout and I'm now a junior in college. Acne runs in my family and my mom paid a dermatologist hundreds of dollars for him to recommend Purpose. By the time my parents took me to the doctor I was so discouraged that my acne would ago away because I already had scars at such a young age. When I was first told to use Purpose I thought there was no way it would work because I had tried every other OTC product including things like Oxipads and Proactive. However, the first time I used Purpose I immediately felt a difference in my skin. My skin was so oily and nasty feeling but after I used the bar it felt drier and cleaner. I even liked the clean smell scent it left because a lot of acne medicines leave a nasty smell after you use it. I always recommend Purpose to younger people that come to me with acne problems because I don't want them having scars like I do. I have even recommended it to girls I see in the acne aisle that have the same "I give up face" I once had. You also can't beat the price. $3.99 at walmart or target is a lot better than paying hundreds of dollars for Acuteen. I have noticed that over the years the shape of the bar has changed but to me the formula remains the same. The bar is yellowish in color but doesn't leave any residue. You can use it on your whole body and foams nicely like a normal soap.
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May 6, 2012


Don't have to buy online
Very gentle soap for oily skin
Cheap price
Lasts a long time


Can be too drying when cleansing for more than 10 seconds.

I have had many problems since about the age of 11 with random pimples and cystic zits, many blackheads and very oily skin with huge pores. I absolutely love the Acne.org regimen with a few adjustments that have worked better for my skin. I now have skin at age 42 that I am finally happy with! Finally! Purpose soap for me has been the better cleanser than Dan's cleanser because I love the slight drying effect of this soap for my very oily skin. It has also helped with my blackhead problem. My routine morning/evening is almost an identical routine as anonymous_male on the next page. The only difference is that as a female I don't have to shave my face in the evening and in the morning I use an spf 15. So here's my cleansing routine: Morning Wet face, lather Purpose soap in my hands, gently wash face for 10 seconds and rinse. Wait about 5 minutes and the apply Murad oil control mattifier spf 15. Evening Wet face in the shower, work up a good lather in my hands with Purpose soap, wash face for 10 seconds and rinse gently with a wet washcloth. Wait 15 minutes, use 1 pump of Acne.org 2.5% benzoyl peroxide and apply very gently. Wait 30 minutes and the apply about a pearl size amount of Acne.org AHA over my entire face. This has been the BEST solution to my skin problems that I have ever used! I just can't believe how clear and even my skin is now. To think of all the harsh products and harsh scrubbing that I used to do that only made my skin problems so much worse. Being gentle is the key. This really is the best that I ever remember my skin looking. Thank you SOOOO MUCH DAN!!! You have surely changed many, many lives by sharing what has worked for your acne problems. And a big THANK YOU for creating a superior benzoyl peroxide and AHA without the irritating and pore clogging ingredients.
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February 22, 2012


Helped Control Acne


Can be drying

My acne improved greatly when I first started the regimen, but wasn't where I wanted it to be; then I read a review on here recommending this soap. Well now it's the only cleanser I use. My skin is the clearest it has been in years. Yea it's a little drying, most are; but I just adjust my lotion and it evens out. For clear skin it's worth it!
December 2, 2011


I was a fan for 26 years


The last bar I bought is a new formula. Oh, no!

The latest bar I bought is not the usual yellow-clear. Now it is opaque and I believe they made other changes as well. I find the new formula to be more drying. Has anyone else experienced the same problem?
August 16, 2011


Available in drugstore
Working so far!


None yet - - crossing fingers!

I've battled acne for about 7 years, and in that time have gone through pretty much every treatment imaginable including over-the-counter products, prescription ointments, washes, light treatments, Clarisonic brush (don't waste your money!), etc. I've taken different oral antibiotics and eventually did a round of Accutane - which cleared my skin for about 2 yrs. When I started breaking out again, my dermatologist gave me a prescription for Spironolactone which I never took because the side-effects just sound scary and I'm tired of popping pills into my mouth and wondering what they're doing to my body in the long run. I feel like I've hit the end of the road with dermatologists .. so I tried tackling it on my own by bombarding the blemishes with benzoyl peroxide. After reading these boards .. I bought Clean & Clear's Continuous Control cleanser and their PersaGel 10 spot treatment and used it for the past two months. I think the cleanser was too harsh/drying for me because the acne didn't improve at all...if anything, it got worse. So, after doing more research .. I decided to try the Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar (along with the PersaGel for active spots). It's only been about 5 days, so I was reluctant to even post anything out of fear of jinxing myself .. but so far, my skin is already improving somewhat. Maybe just this simple cleansing bar (in conjunction with a hard hitting spot treatment) is what I've needed all along .. I don't know. If that's true, it makes me want to scream over the amount of money we've spent on prescriptions and stuff. Hoping and praying for continued clearing.
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August 15, 2011


gentle, feels very clean after using it, doesn't interrupt with any other skin care or acne medication, cheap, last for a long time, gentle smell.



I've used it for about 5 yrs ever since i started using products for acne. even though a lot of acne kits come with soap or cleansers, this one is the best. use it and you won't regret it.
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July 25, 2011


Skin feels very clean.
Removes makeup.
Nice scent.


Bar can be messy, but I keep it in a travel case.

Too bad I've been spending so much money on products that don't work when I could have been using this all along. My skin has never felt cleaner. And the price is wonderful! I highly recommend giving Purpose a try.
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July 21, 2011


Leaves skin feeling very clean!
clears acne and prevents it
worth your money!



best acne cleanser ive ever usedd! i was about to buy proactive when my mom recommmend purpose soap to me. Works great!!
May 22, 2011


not drying
lasts a long time
goes with me everywhere



I have been using this product since 1992. My dermatologist recommended this along with DML lotion twice a day, now Carols Daughter. My face has done great in transitioning to her face product, which my dermatologist approved of due to the ingredients in it. I am 51 years old and my skin is amazing, NO one ever guessed my age correctly......I am sure most of it is genetics. But the product has never dried my skin out as you know in Houston, the humidity is a "killer" but great for skin. I have never used any other product on my face and I never will. It's worth every penny and it lathers great. Why spend money on expensive cleansers when this is all you need. At least for me it is.
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