Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser with Thyme - review


You may remember that I opened this kit a while ago and I've slowly been getting familiar with each item in the set.

Next up for review is the Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser, a product I like but don't love because it hasn't wowed me: it does a nice morning cleanse but it's not something I look forward to using since it doesn't distinguish itself in any particular way, unlike many other Alpha-H products I've tried.

It can be hard for cleansers to stand out, I think: many work well and plenty of affordable products exist that neither strip the skin or cause irritation, so I for one can be quite hard to please when it comes to cleansers because I expect the pricier ones to be amazing. I have a feeling that many people might say the same.

Anyhoo. As mentioned in earlier posts, I've discovered over the past year or two that Alpha-H products work wonders for my skin, so I've made an effort to try as much from the brand as I can. 

These little kits are a fantastic way to try a bunch of different products without committing to any single purchase, and they're usually good-value - particularly if you wait for discounts and GWP promotions, of which there are many.

This Renew and Resurface Kit is shaping up to be a good one. Here's what you get:
  • Triple Action Cleanser 30ml
  • Micro Cleanse 30ml
  • Balancing Moisturiser and Gentle Exfoliant 30ml
  • Daily Essential Moisturiser SPF 30+ 30ml
  • Liquid Gold Smoothing and Perfecting Mask 30ml
  • Balancing and Pore Refining Mask 30ml

It retails for $99 AUD but you can pick it up for less than this if you shop around. From memory I paid something like $74 for it, and I received a bonus Alpha-H product when I bought it. Winning!

Alpha-H claims/product details:
  • This non-detergent gel cleanser is formulated with soothing cucumber, hydrating aloe vera and thyme - a powerful natural antibacterial, which helps minimise excess oil and breakouts
  • Thoroughly removes all face and eye makeup while balancing and cooling the skin
  • Non-foaming
  • Softens, cleanses and balances your skin without drying it out
  • Tones skin with its gentle pH of 6.5
  • Fights bacterial infections and reduces inflamed papules
  • Removes excess oil present on the inflamed surface
  • Prevents the spread of infection and bacteria
  • For normal, combination and problematic skin
  • Gentle and safe to use over the eye area
  • To use: dampen face and apply cleanser; massage over the entire face and remove with a warm damp face cloth
  • RRP $43.95 AUD for 200ml


This product is ok. It's not wonderful and it's not terrible, and I must admit that it's grown on me a little over the three weeks that I've used it: to start with I thought it wasn't doing much, but I now feel that it's a good product for a morning cleanse, so that's how I use it each day.

It's a clear, slightly cloudy gel with a barely detectable, fresh scent that shouldn't bother anyone. It feels quite cooling and refreshing on the skin, and it doesn't foam so I think it would suit those people with sensitive skin who need to choose their cleansers with care.

I've tried it the past couple of evenings to see how it goes at removing makeup: each time I didn't use a makeup remover or cleansing oil first and I just did a double-cleanse with this instead. It does remove 'easy' makeup ok, but it doesn't remove all eye makeup or heavy-duty lipstick, and a good amount of muck came away on the makeup pad when I toned, so I don't think you can rely on this product alone for an evening cleanse (or at least I can't).

As a morning cleanser, however, it's nice and gentle and I've been double cleansing with this each day. I do think you need to cleanse twice - even in the mornings - to get your skin feeling clean, so that's something to consider because it's not the best cleanser I've used if you're after a really clean feeling. 

Indeed, I suspect that's the main reason why the product hasn't grabbed me: I do like my skin feeling clean without feeling stripped, and this product doesn't give me that so I think it's too gentle for me.

On the claims: I do think it may help in terms of breakouts and clarifying the skin because I haven't had more breakouts while using this; it doesn't remove all makeup well; it doesn't dry out the skin; and it is gentle enough to use around the eye area (and my eyes are sensitive, so that's a plus).

All in all, this cleanser is fine but it's not one I would buy. Plus it's more expensive than other cleansers I prefer (eg Mario Badescu's Enzyme Cleansing Gel, reviewed here), so I think you can do better at this price point.


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