Hi beauties! Today I am talking about the new Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream. Last Summer I placed an order on Beautylish to try out a few of their newer products as well as repurchase some of my favorites. I’ve already placed another order since, somehow time keeps drifting away from me and it’s already 2022? Well, better late than never I’m here to spill the details on their BHA cream!
If you are new to Good Molecules the skincare brand is vegan and cruelty free with a focus on affordable prices and quality ingredients. Good Molecules always lists the exact concentration of their ingredients on their packaging, as well as any updates to their formulations. I’ve been using their products for quite some time now and I prefer a lot of their serums to “high end” pricier brands. Good Molecules sends me PR from time to time but I also purchase their products with my own money. This BHA Clarify Gel cream was something that I decided to pick up and review on my own.Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you click through my links and make a purchase I will make a small commission at no extra cost to you.
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Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream Review
The Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream from Good Molecules retails for $10USD and contains 1 oz of product. This cream contains an 0.4% concentration of Salicylic acid to exfoliate, Green Tea and Centella Asiatica to soothe and pomegranate and grapeseed oils to hydrate without clogging the pores. Depending on the batch the BHA Clarify Gel Cream can have a PH anywhere between 4.0 and 5.5. Paula’s Choice says that BHA exfoliants perform best at a PH of 3-4, however, this article from Michelle Wong (Lab Muffin Beauty Science) shares a study that suggests that salicylic acid is able to perform well at a higher PH.
A quick note about PH, The BHA Clarify Gel Cream is listed on GM’s website of having a PH of 5.5 however my tube arrived reading 4.0. I reached out to Good Molecules and their team let me know that PH can vary depending on the batch, so the correct PH will be listed on the packaging.
This clarifying cream is intended as the last treatment in your skincare routine before moisturizer. Good Molecules does not recommend this product be used in conjunction with Retinol or with other chemical exfoliants. The internet is full of conflicting advice on the use of retinol & BHA together. Some sources say it’s ok, others say don’t do it, so combine at your own discretion. Always start with a lower concentration of retinol or BHA if you aren’t sure how your skin will react.
Salicylic Acid: Salicylic Acid is a Beta Hydroxy Acid (BHA). Salicylic Acid is oil soluble and is thus able to penetrate deep inside the pores to break down dead skin cells. This in turns helps reduce skin congestion [source: Paula’s Choice].
Green Tea: Green tea contains polyphenols which have antioxidant and soothing properties. If you see cameillia sinesis on an ingredients list that’s green tea! [source]
Centella Asiatica: According to Paula’s Choice Centella Asiatica is an antioxidant and a source of amino acids. This skin soothing extract can improve the moisture content of the skin. You can read more about it in the Paula’s Choice Ingredient Dictionary, which is a fabulous resource for skincare information.
The Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream is incredibly lightweight. Someone with oily skin might be able to get away with using it alone as a moisturizer. My skin is very dry so I need something a little bit more hydrating on top. I started using this cream during a massive breakout. I used it on it’s own without a moisturizer on top while everything cleared up, however, this meant my skin wasn’t as hydrated as it should have been. Once the red spots had calmed down I started layering a thicker cream on top (my current go to is Saturday Skin Featherweight).The BHA Clarify Gel Cream also layers well with other products. I haven’t had any issues with pilling when applied over or under other serums.
I didn’t experience any skin purging while using this exfoliant, granted I was already breaking out when I started using it so I only saw steady improvement of my acne. I also didn’t experience overly dry skin after using it nightly, which is a contrast to the liquid exfoliant from Paula’s choice. When I use the PC exfoliant my skin becomes dry and irritated after a couple days of use. Thankfully my skin remained hydrated as long as I applied a moisturizer after the Good Molecules BHA Clarify gel cream
Talking chemical exfoliation now, a 0.4% concentration of Salicylic acid is a relatively small amount of BHA. Many of the popular BHAs on the market are 2% concentrations, for example the cult classic Paula’s Choice 2% BHA liquid exfoliant. The overnight exfoliating treatment from Good Molecules has an even lower concentration of salicylic acid than the BHA clarify gel cream. That treatment contains 0.1% salicylic acid, and gets it’s main exfoliation from 7% glycolic acid which is an AHA. If you are new to BHA exfoliants I believe that this Clarifying Gel Cream or the Overnight Treatment would be a good introduction before moving onto stronger formulas.
When I applied this 0.4% concentration of BHA nightly my skin slowly cleared up and my pores appeared minimized after a few weeks of use. It’s not a miracle product. I still get breakouts just like anyone else, but this cream really does help clear my breakouts quicker than cleansing and moisturizing on their own.
- Non Greasy
- Contains antioxidants as well as Salicylic Acid
- Can be used in the am & pm as long as it’s followed with SPF
- Layers well with other products
- Not very hydrating on it’s own
- Low concentration of BHA – Those used to 2%+ concentrations may need something stronger.
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This product did not disappoint! My skin is definitely clearer and calmer since I added the Good Molecules BHA Clarify Gel Cream to my routine. I love that the formula is both gentle and lightweight. I’m going to keep using this as the main BHA in my routine! I hope you found this post helpful, thank you for reading. x