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The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash by philosophy

The Microdelivery Exfoliating Facial Wash

pore minimizing(294)
uneven skintone(83)
Variation: 16.0 oz
16.0 oz4.0 oz8.0 oz

Top Reviews



i keep this in my shower and that is how my face starts the day - gentle enough to use daily and gives my skin the smoothness and glow i love

- Nordstrom User

i absolutely love this product, my skin feels so clean, smooth and fresh

- Nordstrom User

pore minimizing

pore minimizing

i'll use this exfoliating wash in the mornings for a gentle resurfacing and de-clogging of pores for soft and glowing skin that makes my make-up go on smoother and last longer

- Sephora User

my skin instantly felt soft and my redness and pores were reduced

- Sephora User



i use it once a day (although i think it would be fine to use twice daily), and it leaves my skin incredibly soft, clean and i feel like it's really helped smooth or wrinkles and fine lines

- Ulta User

i've never used an exfoliating cleanser regularly because of my dry, sensitive, aging skin, but this is gentle and leaves the skin feeling quite smooth and soft without irritation

- Sephora User

uneven skintone

evens out skin

here's my routine: exfoliationg wash in the morning (you are only supposed to use it once per day and it doesn't wash off make-up) bare escentuals skin rev-er upper (has salycic and glycolic acids but doesn't dry out skin) a small dallop of hope in a jar at night: purity made simple (cleanses and tones) a dallop of hope in a bottle (has salyici acid) if my skin feels at all tight (which is hardly ever) i will add a tiny drop of hope in a jar

- Sephora User

this i a great exfoliating and it truly evened out my skin leaving it looking great

- Ulta User



it makes my skin softer, brighter, and helps even out my skin tone

- Ulta User

loving this product, my skin is soft and brighter after using this product, philosophy is amazing, every product is unique and great [this review was collected as part of a promotion

- Nordstrom User



when i first applied this product to my skin it didn't feel like it was really doing anything because it's so gentle but after i rinsed it off my skin was unbelievably soft and smooth

- Nordstrom User

i've been using this every morning for a week and i love how gentle it is

- Ulta User


redness relief

it is a fantastic product, i have sensitive skin and it does not make my skin feel bad or red, i use it every evening and when i wake up my skin feels and looks great

- Ulta User

my skin felt smooth instantly and no redness after

- Sephora User



i have been using this for a year and it helps me with dryness, removes makeup great ,and never gives me any problems with my very sensitive skin

- Nordstrom User

he loved it and says his forehead no longer feels dry and crusty (eww) but on a good note he also washes his face with the purity cleanser at night

- Sephora User


good for acne

i use this once daily, it has done wonders for my hormonal acne and rosacea, i just bought a bottle for my teenage son and it's clearing up skin as well

- Ulta User

i use day & night for best results and pair with the philosophy help me treatments to keep all my acne at bay once again

- Ulta User



my skins texture now is so soft and smooth when i touch it

- Ulta User

terrific product and although works well and has the scrubbing texture, it’s still creamy and soft

- Nordstrom User


poor quality

i'm extremely disappointed with the quality and the money i've wasted hoping the next bottle will be better

- Philosophy User

i can buy this quality at walmart for 5$

- Qvc User
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philosophy.com userAugust 13, 2011

The best for facial exfoliation

I have used and tried many, many facial exfoliatiors/scrubs in the past 30+ years and none have come close to philosophy's microdelivery exfoliating wash. exfoliating is an important part of any facial routine because it gets rid of the dull, dead skin cells that contribute to making the face look dull and "drab". not only does this product deeply cleanses while it exfoliates, it does it without it feeling like you have used "sand-paper" on your face. it is so gentle that it can be used everyday.I use it at least 3 or 4 times a week only because I alternate cleansing with philosophy's purity facial cleanser. of course both can be used, but I figure why " double cleanse " my face since this product cleanses while also exfoliating.after using this exfoliating wash I follow it up by using the microdelivery one minute purifying enzyme peel. by using both of these products and my face feels and looks completely rejuvinated, resurfaced and refreshed. of course after using these 2 products i then follow with one of philosophy's moisturizers, either hope in a jar or if i have spent a considerable amount of time in the sun, i use the when hope is not enough replenishing cream plus I also add a capsule of the when hope is not enough hyaluronic acid & peptide capsules mixed with either of my moisturizers to give them extra hydration from the hyaluronic acid plus anti-aging benefits from the peptides in the capsules, and my face feels, so different...a good different... my face feels so completely great !!! then I finish my "regimin" by applying philosophy's "eye believe" deep wrinkle peptide balm for my eyes, and then I'm like " wow" my face feels wonderful !!!my face has a healthy glow to it that I haven't seen since i was in my 20's. almost all of my fine line and wrinkles have disappeared, no more enlarged pores and my face has a clarity to it, an even skin tone that like I have stated, something i have not seen since I was in my mid 20's.I'm a 44, going on 45 year old man and have been using philosophy products for almost 3 years and now i have the face of a 34 going on 35 year young man...yes i said 34 going on 35...philosophy has helped my face loose 10 years off of it and it's not just me noticing this, it is everyone i see !!! people ask me what i use and then I tell hem all about the many philosophy products that have helped me to look younger and help my skin look so completely healthy !!!I would highly recommend this product to be used as part of your facial regimen!!! Less

- philosophy.com
Sephora userOctober 24, 2008

Saved Me!

I honestly believed that this wash saved my skin. I had severe acne as a teen and then I discovered a routine that got my skin under control and I used that same routine for about five years. Then all of a sudden, my skin started breaking out really bad and nothing helped. I tried everything, some things would leave me so dry that I had flakes all over the place and others would leave me oily. I was desperate! Finally I tried this. I had already tried Purity made Simple and while that didn't really help with my breakouts, it did leave my skin super clean. When I started using this though, I noticed a very big difference! I am not 100% breakout free but the few little pimples that I do get, I can live with. Here's my routine: Exfoliationg Wash in the morning (you are only supposed to use it once per day and it doesn't wash off make-up) Bare Escentuals Skin Rev-er Upper (has salycic and glycolic acids but doesn't dry out skin) A small dallop of Hope in a Jar At Night: Purity Made Simple (cleanses and tones) A dallop of Hope in a bottle (has salyici acid) If my skin feels at all tight (which is hardly ever) I will add a tiny drop of hope in a jar. By using this routine my skin looks so much better, not perfect but a huge improvement. Also, it is so much softer than it has ever been which is a plus as well as the ingredients in some of these products fight wrinkles through exfoliation. I hope this helps! I really reccomend their products! <span class="shop__a pd-reviews__expand-link pd-reviews__translate-span" data-hide="-2649706645834911105-full" data-show="-2649706645834911105-short" jsaction="pdui.tvc">« less</span>

- Sephora
Sephora userOctober 8, 2017

My favorite!

I’ve been using this product for years, and it is still my all-time favorite mechanical exfoliator. I use it when I want my skin to have a little extra radiance. Whenever my skin looks dull, I know it’s time to use some of this. I fluctuate between using this product one every few weeks to using it three or four times a week, depending on what my skin needs are.What I like best about this product, though, is its ability to clear blackheads. Whenever I get prominent blackheads that BHA can’t fight, I use some of this and my skin is all better.I use this product in a specific way, though. While this is also a cleanser, I like it best simply as an exfoliator; so I use it before or after I cleanse my face with a traditional liquid cleanser. The key is to make sure that you skin is “damp” when you use this, rather than “wet.” I find that by doing this it increases the friction I get from the scrubbing beads. In my opinion, this is a gritty scrub, so those who are new to the product may wish to apply it gently. My skin really needs something gritty in my problem areas, so I do scrub with a good amount of pressure. A little bit goes a long way, so this product should last you a long time – meaning that it is a good value.An added bonus of using this scrub is that it also decreased the prominence of the “11” lines between my eyes. I noticed that they were getting to be slightly significant before I started using this product. I thought, “Such is life.” I found that once I used this, my lines were less obvious – and I think it is because the lines were getting filled up with dead skin cells, sebum, etc. and this product was able to get into the narrow area of the wrinkles and exfoliate all the “gunk” out. Less

- Sephora
Beauty.com userMarch 19, 2009

"Gentle enough for daily use?" Not me!

I admit that I am a bit picky about my skin, especially worried about the appearance of any fine lines. But aging happens, I suppose.Dermatologists, skin "experts" and the like have been screaming "exfoliate!" so much, I decided I should add that additional step into my daily routine. This Philosophy Exfoliating wash made it sound so convenient. It claims to be gentle enough for daily use, which sucked me in because I thought, I wash my face daily, so why not exfoliate at the same time?This stuff is runny, liquidy and messy, and since I am trying to squeeze every drop out of what I buy, I do find it annoying that there's always a bit that always drips off into wasteland. I use it in the shower and do a mental "one mississippi, two mississippi..." count to 30- or 40-something, so I am washing for the instructed 30-60 seconds. It feels like...really fine grit? I want to say it's similar to kitty litter breaking into sandy pieces but that might gross people out, but I guess I'm tryign to say it has texture, but not sharp-edged or hard or abrasive.Still, this is too harsh for daily use on my skin. Maybe other people have less sensitive skin, maybe I rub too hard, ??? I honestly don't notice any "instant" effects (I'm probably wishing too hard) but what's worse is my skin lotions no longer absorb as well as before. After using this wash, my products tend to sit on my skin, or smear into ghostly white streaks, or worse, flake up into ashy flakes. So essentially, my skin looks dry and horrid.I endured daily use of this product for 2 weeks, but then had to stop. Skin returned to normal quality. If I do happen to use it, I again see the flakey/ashy lotion problem. Sigh, guess this is not for me. « less

- Beauty.com
mira userMarch 5, 2020

This is a great exfoliating wash for sensitive skin because the prices are so small and gentle! After you wash it off your skin is so soft and the texture is smooth!

- mira


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You have to use this. It’s been my saving grace for enlarges pores and getting a deep clean! Worth every penny. You can buy the smaller bottle at Ulta for cheaper.
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Does anyone know of a good exfoliator for your face? Sometimes I have flaky skin on my forehead even when i moisturize but when i use some exfoliators it makes my skin rough.. #advice
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I use this daily and it’s so amazing! Don’t let this price scare you though, that’s the value size price.
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What’s a good cleanser for blackheads, really bad acne, oily skin, and large pores?
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This is a great daily wash to cleanse your pores really well!
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Can anyone recommend good exfoliators and toners for very dry skin please?
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I love this exfoliator for my sensitive skin. It’s not too rough on my face.
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Any suggestions of exfoliators that are gentle on the face and work well with combination, acne prone and sensitive skin?
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It’s the absolute best. Soooo gentle but does amazing. They have a smaller one that runs for around $20 and lasts a loooong time
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Highly recommend. Can often find good deals on the larger size bottles at Tj Maxx or Marshall’s .
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I’ve been experiencing really bad blackheads in my nose ☹️ but every time I squeeze them, they just don’t come out. I tried strips, masks, washes, everything I could think of and they’re still a problem. Any suggestions? 🤷🏻‍♀️ Also... I have terrible black under eyes and have no idea how to get them any better! 😱
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I had the same problem and I just got a new cleanser from philosophy. It has completely changed my skin! I love it! It was on sale at Ulta for $15! Maybe check and see if it still is!
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Im looking for a good facial cleanser that helps clear acne?
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Cleared my Acne within a month with the help of a cleansing brush. Now I use it on its own, skin still clear
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This one is really good
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What is a good exfoliador ? #skincare #sephora #ulta
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Love this! And it comes in different sizes and prices!