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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Eucerin Dermopurifyer Cleanser | Review

You may have seen me talk about this product in a haul video back in April, and how I was my second bottle of this miracle product. I've been using the Eucerin Dermopurifyer cleanser from since October last year, and the three best things about it are that it's affordable, gentle yet keeps breakouts at bay. The not so great thing about it is the misleading marketing garb.

Now as I've already said, this cleanser works to keep my skin clean and mostly free of acne breakouts. It doesn't dry my skin out or leave it with that tight feeling some more harsh acne cleansers do. I tend to use the Dermopurifyer with my L'Oreal Scrublet which gives a good gentle exfoliation, and I've even used this product to clean my Real Techniques Blending sponge for daily use.

The Dermopurifyer is a colourless,fragrance-free gel which produces a lot of suds and effectively cleanses off my daily makeup as well. I also use this in the morning, unless I choose to switch it up with the Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub. Eucerin has prided themselves in making a product without fragrance and soap. But...here's where I got a bit confused.

When I first purchased this product and up to the point of the haul in April, the use of the term "ampho-tensides" on the bottle made this seem "revolutionary". Not that I only purchase based on marketing labels on products, but it honestly made me very curious. At first, trying to be smart with my knowledge of Chemistry, I assumed this was the small amount of salicylic acid contained in its formula, but at the same time, I was conflicted by the term and other ingredients since ampho- (more specifically amphoteric) refers to a substance that can be both positively- and negatively-charged or can react with acids AND bases. Salicylic acid is definitely not amphoteric. (It reacts with bases or negatively charged ions.)

In researching this mysterious "ampho-tenside" further, I found abstracts of medical journals, but no real information about it. Until I broke apart the word and realised this fancy "ampho-tenside" was simply referring to detergent (surfactants).

I'm absolutely picky about my skincare products, especially one which is affordable and works, but they call this a "soap-free" formula and instead have replaced soap with detergent. I'm not sure if that's necessarily for the better. Sodium Cocoamphoacetate and  Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the detergents Eucerin uses in this product. In their defence, it's primarily Sodium Cocoamphoacetate which is coconut oil-derived, and if you have irritation with SLS you may be okay using this product since there are lower concentrations than most cleansers.


  • Affordable
  • Foams well
  • Effective at keeping acne breakouts under control
  • Gentle cleansing
  • Does not leave skin feeling stripped or dry
  • Removes foundation and other makeup
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free


  • Slightly misleading marketing claims

Product Specifications

Eucerin DermoPURIFYER Cleanser is a daily-use, soap-free and fragrance-free formula for gentle, yet effective, cleaning for impure and acne-prone skin. Containing 6% Ampho-tensides, it eliminates excess sebum (serbboreah) while removing dirt and makeup. Its anti-bacterial properties rid skin of bacteria and inhibit bacterial reproduction and, as it is non-comedogenic, it won’t clog pores.
  • Volume: 200mL
  • Ingredients: Aqua, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Sodium Chloride, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Salicylic Acid

The Raw Sugar

I must say though, the labelling had me a bit lost sadly. But would I repurchase this product knowing what I do now? YES! It's $12.10BDS, which is very affordable for a liquid cleanser which is gentle yet effective.

Where to purchase: Collin's Pharmacy, Boots (UK), Amazon.com

Disclaimer: This product was purchased with my money. Opinions are my own.

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