Sensitive Skin Acne Review: Honest Beauty Magic Gel-to-Milk Cleanser

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All opinions are honest + my own. All products are put through a 2 week test period conducted on myself.

Honest Beauty has a great cleanser with a short ingredient list.
Bottle reflects about 3 weeks use.

Why It’s Useful

This Honest Beauty Magic Gel-to-Milk Cleanser was one of the few that passed the sensitive skin acne test after months of tries. You can read about the others here.

A small ingredient list can help you to start simply + build-up towards complex formulations – if your skin shows it can handle that. The longer an ingredient list, the harder to tell what disagreed with your skin, when it happens.

Quick Take

Best For :

  • Oily Skin / Combo Skin
  • Acne Skin / Healing
  • Cruelty-Free Conscious
  • Natural Ingredient Preference

Honest Beauty Magic Gel-to-Milk Cleanser ($15) is a great cleanser in my book. The texture is pleasant + leaves the skin feeling hydrated. I found this cleanser kept my skin’s oils at a happy balance, which a lot of cleansers have trouble doing.

Sometimes this cleanser’s milky quality can cause cloudy vision for a second or two as you’re washing/cleaning it off. I found this infrequent, brief, and no stinging. So, I do not find this a detractor. I actually continued to use this after the test period. The brand describes a floral scent, I don’t feel it has a scent + found it neutral smelling. (That’s normal for rose water. The real stuff smells more earthy than floral.)

Sensitive Skin Acne Review

Review of Honest Beauty products:  a great sensitive skin cleanser

Short ingredient lists make it easier to deduce what your skin is cool or not cool with. Big clear skin wins are gained with that!

I often gravitate to rosewater as it has been incredibly gentle for my skin, encourages youthful skin by boosting cell turnover, improves skin texture, said to gently treat acne, and helps balance pH + oil levels. It’s a swiss army knife.

Honestly, I wasn’t sure if kaolin would be over-the-top for a daily facial wash. I have completely retired mud masks for my sensitive skin. Thankfully, it seems like there’s only a small amount + my skin didn’t feel dried out from this wash.


  • To take off mascara, you need to leave it on for a moment before washing off. It’s a little awkward to let it sit for a sec with eyes closed, but it works. Maybe it’s just something I’m unused to. You could opt for a gentle dedicated eye make-up remover instead or use a gentle facial oil you already have such as squalane.

We’re Diverse in Our Skin’s Reactions, So Some FYI’s:

Some people can have skin reactions to rose water or citric acid.

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