EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser - The Dermatology Review

EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser



For more than 25 years, EltaMD has formulated skin care products, such as sunscreens, wound healing products, and anti-aging formulas, that are widely used and recommended by physicians and other medical professionals. EltaMD applies that experience to create innovative products that help restore, protect, and maintain healthy skin. This review will cover everything you need to know about the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser.

What is it?

The EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is a blend of enzymes and amino acids designed to loosen makeup, excess oil, and other impurities on the skin and in the pores. The cleanser generates foam that gently lifts these impurities away from the skin, allowing them to be rinsed away. The result is clean, fresh skin that is prepared for the next steps in your skin care routine. This foaming facial cleanser will not cause dryness or irritation because the formula is free of harsh surfactants.

Who is it for?

The EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is safe for daily use by all skin types. Below are just a few of the skin concerns that this cleanser can help to correct.

Dull skin: One of the main causes of dull skin is a lack of exfoliation, which allows dead skin cells to build up on the surface of skin. The EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser improves dull skin by gently exfoliating and cleansing the skin.

Acne prone skin: While there are many factors that contribute to the formation of acne, a build up of things like excess oil, dirt, and dead skin cells can cause blemishes due to clogged pores. The gentle foaming action of the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser lifts these impurities away from the skin, which helps to prevent the formation of blemishes.

Dry/sensitive skin: Many people with dry or sensitive skin stay away from foaming facial cleansers because they often contain harsh surfactants that can exacerbate these conditions. Fortunately, the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser does not contain harsh surfactants, only gentle ingredients that cleanse the skin without causing dryness or irritation.

Formulation insight

The key formulation behind the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is comprised of a blend of enzymes and amino acids.

The main enzyme in this cleanser is bromelain, which is derived from pineapple juice. Bromelain is a protein-digesting enzyme that softens skin by breaking up keratin and exfoliating dead skin cells. Bromelain will unclog the pores and can help reduce irritation caused by the accumulation of surface skin cells. Bromelain also has powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which means it can help calm red or inflamed skin.

Another key ingredient in the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is Sodium Cocoyl Apple Amino Acids. This ingredient is a mild, anionic surfactant derived from apple amino acids designed to provide gentle yet effective cleansing and foaming action. It creates a luscious lather that makes skin feel soft and smooth.

Sodium cocoyl glycinate is another very mild surfactant found in the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser that has exceptional skin compatibility as well as very good foaming behavior. This ingredient also acts as a buffer by helping to maintain the natural skin pH-value (approximately 5.5). Unlike other surfactants, sodium cocoyl glycinate cleanses and nourishes the skin very gently and, therefore, is perfectly suitable for sensitive skin.

One thing to note about the formulation of the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is that it does contain fragrance, so this product may not be right for you if you’re sensitive to perfumes or fragrances.

How to use

Pump a moderate amount of the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser and massage-in gently and evenly to moistened face and neck. Allow 30 seconds for the cleanser to foam. Once the cleanser has foamed, rinse off well with lukewarm water. If cleanser does not foam after 30 seconds, rinse and repeat to ensure thorough cleansing. Gently pat skin dry with a soft towel.


Out of 488 customer reviews, the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser has received an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars. Those who have tried this product love it because of the gentle foaming action that is very effective at cleansing the skin and clearing out pores. Several reviews mention that this product works well for sensitive skin because it does not cause the skin to dry out like many other cleansers.

In sum, the EltaMD Foaming Facial Cleanser is a blend of enzymes and amino acids designed to gently foam in order to loosen makeup, excess oil, and other impurities on the skin and in the pores.




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