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By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review

By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review
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Hello everyone! Maybe now we’re thinking about shedding those calories we consumed from our Holiday feasts. I had two weeks without any workout; I cooked, bought food, and pigged out. I promised myself a good cardio exercise tomorrow but for now, let me share my review of By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser

By Wishtrend Claims

This is a low pH cleanser containing 1% LHA and low-irritation exfoliant PHA to treat pores and sebum. The cleanser uses two low-irritation acids to effectively exfoliate and has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects with a non-comedogenic formula for acne skin.

I love using low-pH cleansers in my routine, and this product has a 5.5 acidity level, which is just suitable for the skin. 

By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review
Adela Wong for Garden of Muses


Water, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lauramide DEA, Diglycerin, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Sodium Chloride, Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate, Sodium Lauroyl Glutamate, Gluconolactone, Capryloyl Salicylic Acid, Butylene Glycol, Hexylene Glycol, Panthenol, Maltodextrin, Citric Acid, Beta-Glucan, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Extract, Thymus Vulgaris (Thyme) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Extract, Rosa Canina Fruit Extract, Jasminum Officinalis (Jasmine) Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Hibiscus Sabdariffa Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Extract, Calendula Offininalis Extract, Aspalathus Linearis Extract, Cyanocobalamin, Sodium Benzoate, Chlorphenesin, 1,2-Hexanediol

A full breakdown of the ingredients: INCIDecoder

Key Ingredients

The gel cleanser has 1% LHA. LHA (Capryloyl Salicylic Acid) is a derivative of Salicylic acid that works by lifting dead skin cells off the skin’s surface, which means your pores are less likely to clog. It is non-comedogenic and anti-bacterial.

This other mild acid from the “duo” is 1% PHA. PHA (Gluconolactone) is the most gentle chemical exfoliator. PHAs have larger molecules than AHAs, so lesser ability to penetrate the skin. However, it works great for sensitive skin that can’t tolerate AHAs. The best thing about PHA is that it doesn’t increase photosensitivity, unlike AHAs.

Loving mild acids your routine? Check out our review of the Needly Daily Toner Pads!

By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review
Adela Wong for Garden of Muses


The pink-colored pump bottle suits my Instagram feed (yey!).

Texture & scent

This cleanser doesn’t have any scent. It looks clear when you dispense it onto your skin. It has a thick sticky consistency. It lathers very well when you mix it with water.

A small amount goes a very long way.

How to use By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser

  1. If you double cleanse, start by using an oil-based cleanser;
  2. I apply one pump onto my hands and wet it a little to have it foam up;
  3. I proceed to massage the foam over the face gently;
  4. Rinse off with water;
  5. Follow with my favorite toner;
  6. Follow with the rest of my routine

It is not meant to be used with other exfoliants (both physical and chemical), but I have tried it several times and have had no adverse reaction. If you enjoy exfoliating once or twice a week, you can add  Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser to your cleanser rotation.

Please don’t do it, especially if you have sensitive skin.

My experience with By Wishtrend Acid-duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser

The Mild Gel Cleanser is very mild. It doesn’t strip or dry out my skin. My skin doesn’t feel tight after using it, it’s smooth and clean.

It is very gentle but very effective at removing dirt and makeup. I was satisfied with how well it worked for regulating oil secretion.

My skin loves this gel cleanser because I can feel all the dead skin cells and built-up sebum melt away while using it! It’s a fantastic feeling!

I noticed it worked wonders on improving my skin’s texture, leaving me with fewer blackheads and clogged pores.

By Wishtrend Acid-Duo 2% Mild Gel Cleanser Review
Adela Wong for Garden of Muses


  • It foams well. A dime-sized amount of cleanser can wash my face and neck effortlessly.
  • I didn’t have any pimples while using this product.
  • Since it’s a low-pH cleanser, it didn’t make my skin dry and tight after washing.


  • none

This cleanser is recommended especially for those who have oily and acne-prone skin. I don’t have any significant acne issues, but I, too, enjoy this product.

In a pimple crisis? Do you have a desperate need for an SOS cream? Check out our review of the Cosrx Centella Blemish Cream!

Final thoughts

I can’t recommend this product enough. It is truly beneficial for all skin types that suffer from large pores, excessive sebum production, and acne-prone skin.

If your skin is normal-dry, you’ll benefit more from the Round Lab Birch Juice Moisturizing Cleanser.

You can purchase this for $19 at the Wishtrend website*. (*affiliate links)

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