I have combo-oily, sensitive (SD/PD-prone skin). I recently was advised and found out that my skin needs more cleansing in the AM than only water or micellar water to prevent the yeast eating off my sebum and causing flareups. I used to hate most cleanser as they only make my skin feels tight. The only one that I felt was working fine for me is Lycia Delicate Feminine Wash, but I recently suspected that it triggered my recent bout of SD outbreak, due to some oils in the ingredients list (will retest this later).
So, I was on the lookout for a new, gentle face wash that doesn't make my skin uncomfortable but cleanses nicely to help prevent more SD flareups. This one seemed to fit the bill, plus it's readily available everywhere in here (Malta) and it's pretty cheap.
Now, I read many reviews saying that this leaves film and causes breakouts. I don't know if the most current UK version is different (the ingredients list on the product's body is slightly different to even the Simple website and Boots's), but I experienced neither. This is the first product I introduced after I scraped my whole routine clean and started over after my SD flareup subsided. I used nothing else (no treatments, serums and/or moisturizer) but this. It leaves my skin feeling cleaned and comfortable. No tightness, no dryness. I could even go out makeup free because my skin looks good, given that I was abstain from any other treatment regimen.
It also doesn't seem to breakdown any makeup, but I don't expect it to. I take off my makeup with micellar water beforehand (I want to go back to my pre-wash oil-cleansing routine after I test out some oils). But with bare face, I think it's pretty great.
It's even gentle enough for me to use it as feminine wash and low-poo (curly heads would understand).
This is a no frill, simple (ha ha) cleanser that does the job. I don't quite get other reviewers that gave this a bad rating because the cleanser doesn't help their facial conditions. Cleansers are not supposed to do that. It does play a role to one's skin's health, but as long as it does not exacerbate one's skin condition, I think it deserves some credit.
I am going to retest my old fave cleanser and test 2 others. But for the time being, it's safe to say that I really like this cleanser and I will repurchase provided I don't find a better one (price, availability and efficacy-wise).