After all it says 'exfoliating, hydrating' on the packaging.
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The first use was rather disappointing. The product didn't contain any of the granules that you'd expect with an exfoliant. It didn't leave my skin feeling smooth to the touch as per normal after using a scrub. My forehead just felt slightly warm.
But I kept using it for some reason and it became part of my routine. After about a month I noticed that my forehead was significantly less spotty. Like about 70% less spotty. In my books that's a major result.
I think that calling it an exfoliant is a misnomer because it actually contains AHA's and BHA's which have a gentle peeling effect on the skin.
I'm definitely going to continue buying this.
I ran out of the tester so stopped using Cleanance K for a bit and the spots on my forehead came back with a vengeance. Once I started using it again, they disappeared after about a week.
I've also found it's quite useful if you get a single spot, just apply it to the spot and it dries up nicely. Be careful though not to get it on to the surrounding skin. I have sensitive skin and I got a zinger of a spot on my face. The Cleanance K worked very well helping to reduce it but if any of the Cleanance K touched (the non spot) part of my face, it really stung. A cotton bud worked well for applying it.
As I said before, I don't know why it's called an exfoliant. Just ignore that bit. Apply it to the areas you need, rub it in and leave it. The instructions say to use once a day but I found that twice a day was good for me. I have dry, sensitive skin with oily areas that are prone to spots and blackheads. I had no problems at all using it on the oily areas.