Review: Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is an over-the-counter acne treatment cleanser designed to help treat blackheads and mild acne breakouts.

This foaming cleanser can be used alone or in conjunction with other acne treatment products. But, if you're using a prescription acne medication, make sure you ask your dermatologist before adding this cleanser to your skincare routine.

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It's about $6.00 for a 6 fluid ounce bottle.

Where You Can Buy It

You can find this cleanser at your local drug store or big box store like Walmart. I even found mine at the grocery store.


  • It's bargain priced.
  • Your skin feels super soft after use.
  • It's fairly gentle for an acne cleanser.


  • The scent is unique—reminiscent of household cleaner. 
  • It may not be cleansing enough for very oily skin types.


Phisoderm products have been around for what seems like ages. You might remember your mother using Phisoderm when you were a kid.

Phisoderm Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is an upgraded version of that basic face wash your mother used. It's been revamped to help treat mild breakouts and blackheads.

Phisoderm products come with the reputation of being very gentle.

The first thing that might hit you about this cleanser is the scent. It's bright and lemony but reminiscent of household cleaner. It's not a bad scent by any means. It just might remind you of floor polish. Several of our testers also said the same. 

Unique scent aside, the cleanser does have plenty of good qualities, the first of which being the price. It's really a bargain at just $6 a bottle.

Also, you don't need to use too much. A full pump dispenses too much product. After a bit of experimentation, we found half a pump gave just enough cleanser for the face and neck without overloading the skin with product.

The cleanser itself is a thin gel. It does foam up, but if you're a fan of big, fluffy lather, this cleanser will disappoint. The lather itself is fairly thin.

One issue with the cleanser, though, is that it didn't seem to be cleansing enough. One tester's skin never felt quite clean after using it. Other testers didn't have this problem, though, so it probably depends on your skin type and how "squeaky clean" you like your skin to feel.

Even so, our testers' skin felt extra super soft after using this cleanser. And, just like the Phisoderm cleansers of years back, this Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash is very gentle for an acne treatment cleanser. Each and every one of our testers commented on this.

All and all, we found this cleanser to be mediocre. For a bargain salicylic acid cleanser, we much prefer Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser or Olay Anti-Aging Anti-Blemish Cream Cleanser.

But one of our testers really fell in love with it. This is someone who tends to have skin that is sensitive and easily irritated by acne treatment cleansers. This cleanser worked wonderfully for him. If other acne treatment cleansers have been too much for your skin, you might want to try this one.

Just remember, this cleanser won't clear up a case of acne on its own unless you have very minor blemishes. It won't do anything for moderate acne or severe breakouts.

And, as always, if you're under a dermatologist's care make sure you get their OK before you add this cleanser to your skincare routine.

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