Review: Dr. Oracle Radical Clear Enzyme Powder Wash ★★★☆☆
Dr. Oracle Radical Clear Enzyme Powder Wash starts off as a fine powder and turns into a milky foam upon contact with water. It claims to leave skin soft and pH-balanced.
It contains papaya and pineapple enzymes to remove make-up and impurities without damaging the skin barrier. These fruit enzymes are also known to provide gentle exfoliation and remove dead skin cells on the surface of the skin. Also claiming to remove sebum, blemishes and clogged pores, this powder cleanser is targeted at dull, combination, and oily skin. It claims to be gentle enough for sensitive skin.
Papain – an enzyme found on the skin of papaya, it gently dissolves dead skin cells
Bromelain – an enzyme found in pineapples, it gently dissolves dead skin cells and reduces skin inflammation
Calamine – a mixture of zinc oxide and ferric oxide, it contains kaolin and is able to soothe the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties
Does not contain lauryl sodium, laureth sulfate, phenoxyethanol, mineral oil, PEG or animal ingredients.
50 grams / 1.76 oz of product came in an opaque bottle with a screw-on cap. The plastic bottle is smaller than the size of my palm and felt sturdy, but not heavy or clunky. The powder cleanser is dispensed via a pinhole. It comes out as an ultra-fine pale pink powder and melts upon the slightest contact with water. I suspect the calamine is the contributing factor to the color of the powder.
How to use:
Pour appropriate amount of powder onto palms. Add water and rub palms together to form a milky foam cleanser. Cleanse face and rinse with lukewarm water.
The nice thing about this cleanser is the option to choose the cleansing power. To get a deeper cleanse, mix powder with less water. This method may contribute to that stretchy sensation post-cleansing. To get a regular cleanse, say on non-makeup days when all you’ve got on your face is skincare and sunscreen, add more water.
Maskepedia’s take on it
Unlike many liquid cleansers, powder cleansers often require less preservatives and binding ingredients to stay fresh
Its powder form makes this cleanser ideal for travel without worrying about liquid limits and spillage
Option to choose strength of cleansing power
Turns into a smooth, milky cleanser that’s very comfortable on the skin
A little goes a long way
The presence of baking soda may irritate some sensitive skin, especially those with an already compromised skin barrier
Measuring at pH 6.5 (with basic litmus papers) after mixing it with tap water, it is still a little too high for my liking
Cleanses thoroughly and eliminates sebum
May feel a little drying immediately after cleansing, especially on dry skin and dehydrated skin
I have a habit of double-cleansing in the morning and in the evening. Prior to cleansing, I use a cleansing water to remove my sleeping mask in the morning, and a cleansing balm or oil in the evening. Hence, for the 2 weeks that I’ve been testing this powder cleanser, I’ve always diluted it down to a runny consistency. Even then, immediately after cleansing, my skin still feels slightly stretchy.
If you meet the criteria of oily, non-sensitive skin, you might really enjoy this cleanser for it’s oil-controlling, sebum-busting capabilities. As for my sensitive combo-dehydrated skin, I will only use this once a week for pore care purposes, or on days when I had heavy makeup on.