Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel Review

Kaya Soothing Cleansing Gel for Acne Prone SkinJust when you’ve got the perfect formula down pat, someone has to go and tinker with perfection. That’s the story of Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel.

Our latest order of Kaya Skin Clinic was delivered with a new look (light blue labelling instead of black) and lo and behold, a new ingredient list. This is January 2013 stock. The price of Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel has remained the same – Rs. 550 for 200 ml.

First, some flash back. This was the old ingredient list:

aqua, sodium laureth sulphate, cocamidopropyl betaine, lauryl glucoside, glycerin, dimethicone copolyol, niacinamide, zinc lactate

All square and above board here. Nothing suspicious, true to its name – soothing and cleansing.

Cut to the new formula.

aqua, sodium lauryl ether sulphate, lauryl glucoside,  cocamidopropyl betaine, glycerin, sodium chloride (salt), acrylates/steareth-20 methacrylate copolymer, Bis-PEG-18 methyl ether dimethyl silane, niacinamide, DMDM hydantoin, citric acid, methyl paraben, perfume, triethanloamine, guar hydroxypropyltrimonium chloride, zinc lactate

See the difference?

They have nearly doubled the number of ingredients. It is possible that the earlier packaging did not reveal all the ingredients and these things were always there. For example, the old formula was perfumed but perfume was not mentioned as one of the ingredients in the old list. Still, the new texture is different, suggesting that some change has gone into the formula.

The new texture feels slimy. The gel slips over the face, doesn’t wash off clean and you feel like a film of glue is left on the face.

After some time, you may notice slightly dry skin and even some very fine scaling. Sensitive ones may notice mild itching and burning on the skin even hours into washing the face (newly added citric acid?). Don’t get me wrong, it is still a decent face wash and it may still work for you, but know that the new formula feels less gentle than the older soothing one.

2-week update:

After 2 weeks of using it regularly, I have found that Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel is still unbeatable in my book. I tested this gel against at least 2 top of the line cleansers, but Kaya beat them out when it came to gentle & thorough cleansing. The said cleansers were Organic Surge UK Daily Care Face Wash (has alcohol and a heady scent) and Aderma Foaming Gel (gentle, but does not clean thoroughly, possibly comedogenic too).

4-week update:

Throughout these 4 weeks of using it (and no new products), I have seen tiny flesh coloured bumps on the sides of my face. Because of this I’m not sure if the new Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel is non-comedogenic like its predecessor.

6-week update:

My little breakouts were most likely being caused by my multi-vitamin supplement. I’m still not sure if I’m happy with the new formula, but I will be continuing to use and recommend this gel as I am yet to find anything more neutral / better than this (after 5 years of searching).

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