Minimalist Salicylic acid + LHA 2% Face Cleanser review

Salicylic acid and Capryloyl salicylic acid (LHA) have been gaining popularity in the skincare industry for quite some time now.

Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) which has keratolytic properties that helps in unclogging pores making it suitable for acne prone skin types.

LHA on the other hand is a derivative of salicylic acid which has an added fatty chain to make it more lipophilic and gentle for exfoliation.

In today's post I am sharing my experience with the newly launched Minimalist Salicylic Acid and LHA 2% face cleanser.

If you have read my previous posts you must know that most of the minimalist products worked really well for me except for the PHA toner so I was pretty excited to use its face cleanser as well.

The face wash is sulphate free and contains both BHA and LHA for gentle exfoliation of dead skin cell layers. Clogged pores can lead to the formation of non-inflammatory (blackheads, whiteheads) and inflammatory acne. Hence adding such chemical exfoliators can prevent oil build up and bacterial proliferation which can lead to future breakouts.

Coming to the product details-

Ingredients- (from the website)

Aqua, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Propanediol, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Xylitylglucoside, Anhydroxylitol, Xylitol, PEG-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Salicylic Acid, Betaine, Avena Sativa (Oat) Kernel Extract, Pentylene Glycol, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Panthenol, Allantoin, Zinc PCA, Sodium PCA, Coco-Glucoside, Glyceryl Oleate, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Sodium Citrate, Sodium Hydroxide

Price-299 INR

Quantity- 100 ml

Ph- 4.5- 5.5


The face wash comes in a black tinted bottle with a flip top.

Texture and consistency-

It has a viscous runny consistency somewhere between gel and water. As this face wash is sulphate free it gives a mild to moderate lather.

How to use it?

Take an appropriate amount of face wash and gently apply on damp skin using circular motions. Wash it off with lukewarm water and follow up with a moisturiser.

Purchase link, Use Coupon code POONAMWOIKE for 10% off*- Minimalist 2% salicylic acid face wash

My experience with the product-

I love to use salicylic acid face wash for my skin. Normally I prefer Zitcare 2% salicylic acid face wash or Cipla Saslic DS for my skin. These were prescribed to me by my friend who is a dermatologist. 

When Minimalist launched their BHA and LHA cleanser I decided to give it a try.

The packaging of the product is quite simple and I was happy for the fact that they have used mild surfactants in this cleanser.

This cleanser uses 2 very mild surfactants, namely Cocamidopropyl Betaine (CAPB) and Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate (SLMI)

All minimalist products whether a serum or cream are fragrance free.

The first time I used this product it did not lather much which was expected as it is a sulphate free cleanser. On application on my skin it didn't sting or felt harsh.

I thought that it really worked well for me but the next day my skin appeared slightly red with some tiny bumps. 

This was the only new product which I included in my skincare that week. I applied my centella based products for calming down my irritated skin and it became normal in a couple of days.

I used this cleanser again after 5 days to see whether it is working on my skin or not but the same thing happened again.

I really don't know what caused this reaction on my skin as the ingredient list is completely fine and I've used stronger salicylic acid and LHA serums in the past.

Now I have started using it as a body wash. It is working well that way.


  • Contains BHA and LHA

  • Affordable.

  • Easily available.

  • Fragrance free.

  • Has a mild-moderate lather.

  • Sulphate free.


  • Caused tiny bumps and redness on my skin.

Will I repurchase it?

No. The product didn't work on my facial skin. So I'll be continuing with my prescription face washes for exfoliation.

Hope you found this post helpful.

Thank you for reading.

Take care.

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