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Nelsons Pure and Clear Purifying Cleansing Wash


Updated August 01, 2011

Nelsons Pure and Clear Purifying Cleansing Wash:

An over-the-counter cleansing wash made especially for acne-prone skin. This foaming cleanser can be used individually or as part of the Nelsons Pure and Clear 4-step acne skin care system.

Active Ingredients:

Arnica, calendula, hypericum perforatum (AKA St. John’s wort)

Other Ingredients:

Carrageenan seaweed extract, Tea tree oil, lavender oil, grapefruit peel oil, petitgrain oil


About $11 for 4.2 fl. oz.

Where You Can Buy:

Whole Foods Markets and other retailers, and online at Nelson's Natural World (manufacturer's website)


  • Bright, crisp scent
  • Non-drying
  • A little goes a long way


  • Doesn't foam up well
  • Strange consistency

Pure & Clear Purifying Cleansing Wash Guide Review:

The first thing about Nelsons Pure and Clean Purifying Cleansing Wash that grabbed me was the scent -- bright, crisp and clean. I fell in love with the fragrance immediately. It definitely isn't flowery, so I think the guys would like it too.

The packaging, for me personally, was just so-so. The cleanser comes in one of those inverted squeeze tubes, and whenever I opened it up a bit of cleanser spurted at me. I favor pump bottles for just this reason, but I that is just my personal preference. (I know most guys tend to dislike pump bottles; maybe there is something inherently feminine about pumping?)

This isn't a super-sudsy cleanser, so you may be disappointed if you like lots of lather.

The modest lather doesn't affect cleansing ability, though. This wash finds that perfect middle ground of being cleansing without being stripping. My skin felt smooth and clean, but not tight or over-dry.

My main beef with this cleanser was the consistency. It had an odd, slippery feel, even after it was emulsified in the hands. Others might not be bothered by the texture, but to me it was strange and a bit off-putting.

This cleanser is probably the perfect fit for those looking for a product without parabens, sodium lauryl sulfates, artificial colorants and fragrances. It contains none of those.

Overall, this is a solid cleanser option for acne-prone skin.

Purifying Cleansing Wash is the first step in Nelson's Pure and Clear 4-step acne care system.

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