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Reviewing Avène’s Answer to Oily Skin: Cleanance Cleansing Gel

Dive into our review of Avène's Cleanance Cleansing Gel and discover if it's the secret weapon you need for conquering oily skin! Get ready to be swept away by our in-depth exploration – it’s time to turn the tide in your skincare routine and make ‘clean’ a truly cleansing experience!

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Avène, a name that often pops up when we talk about skincare, has been making waves with its range tailored for sensitive skin. Now, let’s turn our attention to one of their products that’s been getting some buzz – the Cleanance Cleansing Gel. This little gem is designed for those of us grappling with oily and blemish-prone skin. It promises not just to cleanse but also to bring a sense of balance to our often troublesome skin types. So, let’s dive into what this product is all about and see if it lives up to its claims.

About This Cleanser

The Cleanance Cleansing Gel comes in a sleek, no-fuss bottle – typical Avène style. The gel itself has a nice, light texture that doesn’t feel heavy or sticky. It’s designed to be a gentle yet effective cleanser for those of us who are constantly fighting the good fight against oiliness and unexpected breakouts.

Now, let’s get into the good stuff – the ingredients. The star player here is Avène’s famous Thermal Spring Water, known for its soothing properties. Then there’s Zinc Gluconate, which is like a knight in shining armor for oily skin, helping to reduce shine and the appearance of blemishes. And let’s not forget Silybum Marianum Fruit Extract – not only is it a mouthful to say, but it’s also great for its antioxidant properties.

Other ingredients include a mix of gentle surfactants like Zinc Coceth Sulphate and Decyl Glucoside, which help in cleansing without stripping the skin. The fragrance is subtle and refreshing, making the cleansing experience quite pleasant. For those who love to dive into the specifics, this gel also packs in some Peg-7 Glyceryl Cocoate and Polysorbate 20, which contribute to its smooth texture and spreadability.

Did It Work?

When I first got my hands on the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel, I was filled with that mix of excitement and skepticism that comes with trying any new skincare product. My initial encounter with the gel was intriguing. Squeezing a small amount onto my palm, I was immediately greeted by its fragrance – a fresh, almost spa-like scent that was incredibly soothing. It’s the kind of aroma that makes you pause and enjoy the moment, setting a calming tone for your skincare routine.

The texture of the gel itself was a pleasant surprise. It’s lightweight, not the kind of heavy or sticky formula you might fear in a cleanser aimed at oily skin. Working it into a lather, I found that it felt soft and smooth against my skin, gliding effortlessly without any harsh or abrasive sensation. This gentleness was a relief, as too often, products for oily skin can be overly aggressive, leaving your skin feeling stripped and tight.

Now, onto the performance of this ‘cleansing champion’. I integrated the Cleanance Gel into my nightly routine, a soothing ritual before bed. One of the most immediate effects was this sense of deep cleanliness it provided. Unlike some cleansers that leave your skin feeling tight and parched, this gel managed to cleanse thoroughly while maintaining a comfortable balance.

As the weeks progressed, the changes in my skin were noticeable. The usually unavoidable midday oiliness was significantly reduced. I wasn’t reaching for blotting papers or powder as often as I used to, a small victory in the grand scheme of things, but a victory nonetheless. My skin felt more balanced overall, not teetering between extremes of oiliness or dryness, which was a refreshing change.

Regarding its impact on blemishes, it’s important to set realistic expectations. This wasn’t a magic potion for overnight blemish disappearance. However, I did observe a gradual improvement. The smaller, more superficial blemishes began to fade away, a slow yet steady retreat. The larger, more stubborn spots didn’t vanish immediately, but there was a noticeable reduction in their prominence over time.

In terms of efficacy, the Cleanance Gel is pretty good! It excels in controlling oiliness and maintaining a fresh skin feel. While it also aids in blemish reduction, it’s more a marathon than a sprint. This aligns well with my philosophy on skincare – it’s not always about quick fixes but finding products that work consistently and gently over time. The Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel fits well into this ideology, offering a reliable and effective solution for those grappling with oily skin, seeking a product that respects the delicate balance of their skin.

The Bottom line: the Cleanance Cleansing Gel does a solid job for oily skin folks like me. It keeps the oil at bay, makes your skin feel clean and fresh, and helps with blemishes over time. It’s not a one-hit wonder, but more of a reliable player in your skincare lineup.

Skin Compatibility?

Alright, let’s chat about how this Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel gets along with different skin types. When it comes to skincare, it’s like dating – not every product is going to be a match made in heaven for every skin type, right?

First off, for my oily-skinned comrades, this gel is like finding that person who just gets you. It doesn’t trigger any drama (read: no breakouts or irritation), and it keeps the shine in check – a big plus. If you’ve got skin that’s prone to oiliness or the occasional blemish, this gel is like a reliable friend.

But what if your skin is a bit more on the sensitive side? Well, you might be pleasantly surprised. Given that it’s from Avène, known for catering to sensitive skin, this gel is pretty gentle. It’s got that soothing Thermal Spring Water, remember? I didn’t experience any redness or irritation, and my skin can throw a fit with harsher products. However, as with any new relationship, it’s always good to go slow – maybe do a patch test first if you’re worried.

For the dry skin folks, it’s a bit of a tricky situation. While it’s not super harsh, it is formulated to tackle oiliness, so it might not be the best match for you. It could leave your skin feeling a bit left out, craving more moisture. But hey, everyone’s skin is different, so you never know – just maybe follow up with a good moisturizer.

The Pros and Cons

Alright, let’s break down the highs and lows of the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel.


  1. Oil Control: This is where the gel truly shines. It keeps the oiliness at bay without making your skin feel like the Sahara.
  2. Pleasant Scent: The fragrance is a winner – fresh and soothing, making your cleansing routine feel a bit like a spa experience.
  3. Gentle on Skin: Despite its effectiveness, it’s pretty gentle and doesn’t go all medieval on your skin.
  4. Great for Sensitive Skin: Thanks to Avène’s signature Thermal Spring Water, it’s kind to those with sensitive skin.


  1. Blemish Battle: It helps with blemishes, but don’t expect an overnight miracle. It’s more of a slow burn.
  2. Not Ideal for Dry Skin: If you’re on the drier side, this might not be your holy grail. It’s targeted more towards oily skin.
  3. Price Point: It’s a bit on the pricier side, so your wallet might feel a little lighter.

The Final Verdict

Wrapping it up, the Avène Cleanance Cleansing Gel is like that cool, dependable friend in your skincare squad. It’s not going to rock your world with dramatic results overnight, but it’s reliable and does what it promises, especially in the oil-control department. It’s a solid choice for those with oily and sensitive skin, making it a nice addition to your daily routine. However, if you have dry skin or are looking for rapid blemish reduction, this might not be the MVP for you.

On the whole, I’d give this gel a solid 7.5 out of 10. It’s good at what it does, particularly for certain skin types, but it’s not the end-all-be-all for every skin concern. So, if you’re in the market for a gentle, oil-controlling cleanser and don’t mind splurging a bit, the Cleanance Cleansing Gel is definitely worth considering!

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