Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser

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My love of the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser is well documented. Watch any of my skincare videos and you’re almost guaranteed to see it mentioned; it’s one of my staple beauty products and a very effective, gentle face cleanser. You can read more of my reviews and mentions by trawling through these posts, but if you want to buy it, you can get worldwide free delivery with Beauty Expert or Beauty Bay.

Recently, though, in this sticky weather, I have been hankering after something a little lighter and fresher than the creamy balancing cleanser. You may have read my review on the 111 Skin Face Wash which has a nice, fluid texture and is easy to wash off; the Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser is of a similar ilk. It’s a non-foaming gel that can be used all over the face, including the eye area, that lifts up makeup and dirt to leave the skin thoroughly cleansed. I give this a couple of goes when I’m doing a proper cleanse; it doesn’t feel quite so robust as the Balancing version. What this is amazing for, though, is skin that’s a bit oily, congested and prone to nasty breakouts. It contains the ingredient Triclosan which is a highly effective antibacterial agent*, helping to prevent the spread of bacteria – key in a product aimed at oily/combination skin. It’s very gentle, non-stripping and re-balancing, so a good option for anyone with temperamental skin who’d just like a good, no-frills, everyday cleanser.

I would say that I still prefer the Balancing Cleanser because it feels slightly better at makeup removal, but the Triple Action is an excellent choice for a morning cleanser and for a “that time of the month” kind of cleanser. I’m still waiting for an Alpha-H product that I don’t love, so this review was probably a bit of a foregone conclusion, but I’m glad that I’ve given it a good test over the last month. Those with dry skin will want to stick with the Balancing version, those with dehydrated skin (but oily underneath) will probably be delighted with the Triple Action! Those with acne, severely oily skin or problematic teen skin might like to give the Clear Skin range a try. There’s a trial kit here.

Triple Action Cleanser is on Beauty Expert, £23 for a massive 200ml. Free worldwide delivery here

*(Those asking about Triclosan controversy on twitter can see FDA safety approval here:

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  1. MissPapadita
    August 16, 2012 / 7:02 am

    15% Discount at Beauty Expert!! :)
    One quick question! I’m getting the Clarisonic next month, can these be used with it? I bought the Liquid Gold thanks to you (and love it!) I won;t be using it on the same night as the clarisonic, but do you think that use them every other night is ok??
    Thanks!!! xx

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 9:44 am

      Yes, both of these are great with the Clarisonic. Just be careful not to overdo the Clarisonic, it’s pretty powerful! x

  2. Pip
    August 16, 2012 / 7:04 am

    Oh, I have been looking for a cleanser just like that, hurrah, and when I went to buy, it is discounted. Even better, it is now £19.55. Thank you xxx

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 9:43 am

      Oh that’s good! XX

  3. Naomi
    August 16, 2012 / 8:32 am

    Hi Ruth, i’m a devoted cleansing balm user but, like you, the recent humid weather has lead me to seek out a face wash. I have ‘rediscovered’ Avene Cleanance non-soap facewash (bought it from Boots) and have been very impressed by it. The Alpha H sounds also like a very nice product. Thanks for the review xx

  4. Maja
    August 16, 2012 / 8:37 am

    Hey Ruth,

    well now u got me confused! After hearing such great reviews on Balancing Cleanser I was sure it would be perfect for me and I was planing on buying it one of this days. But Triple Action sounds interesting as well… Can you help me? I have normal skin, quite clear, no major concerns but I do get shiny nose and a bit of forhead thoughout the day. At the moment i’m finishing my Chanel Purete Gel and it served me well for several years altough I do find it drying so I always use toner after cleansing. I can’t use moisturser with oils in it- that breaks me out for sure. So what do you think would be better for me? Balancing or Triple action? Thank your for your help (and also amazing reviews, I love your blog!)

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 9:43 am

      Balancing! x

  5. Kiki
    August 16, 2012 / 8:38 am

    Thanks for the review Ruth! (Ibojic) x

  6. August 16, 2012 / 10:05 am

    Last night i was searching cleanser for my own use. I’ve visited many of websites but this cleanser is looking effective and it has inspired me a lot. I must buy this cleanser today…

  7. Mel
    August 16, 2012 / 12:43 pm

    Agree, with everything you’ve said. Just like you I prefer the balancing cleanser, but yes great idea to use this one as morning cleanser. Alpha H, products seem to do as they say, and without being pricey, what more can you ask from them? xx

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      Exactly! They rock x

      • Ola
        August 17, 2012 / 12:17 pm

        Yup, the best skincare brand all-round I think :)

  8. joanna
    August 16, 2012 / 12:45 pm

    what a shame I’m severely to Aloe Vera ;-)

    • joanna
      August 16, 2012 / 12:46 pm

      SEVERELY ALLERGIC is what i meant to say!!

      • Ruth
        August 16, 2012 / 7:00 pm


  9. Wes
    August 16, 2012 / 12:47 pm

    I still have yet to try any Alpha H products that you rave about. I will have to get on that. Have you tried anything from the Mario Badescu line? I really enjoy his Botanical Facial Gel, it’s the orange one. Really light gel texture, non-foaming, and cleanses thoroughly without drying. Not to mention it smells fabulous. It’s my holy grail cleanser!

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      Testing some stuff at the mo! The Kiwi scrub smells of puke though. x

      • Wes
        August 20, 2012 / 6:24 pm

        Oh, that’s gross. I have tried the Glycolic cleanser (only use a couple times a week, foaming, can be drying), the Enzyme Gel Cleanser (for all skin types, has papaya and grapfruit extracts, strong fragrance), and the buttermilk moisturizer (which didn’t absorb to my liking, I gave that one away to a friend with drier skin). I think the prices are great, but so far I’m just hooked on their cleansers.

  10. Nia
    August 16, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    I like the Triple Action cleanser, though it does leave my face feeling quite tight so I just use it when I’m feeling oilier. I have combination skin, very prone to congestion and the odd spot – been trialing the Liquid Gold for a little while as well.

    I wanted to love the Balancing Cleanser, but it really stung my eyes the few times I used it to do a proper cleanse at night! It’s nice if I keep it away from my eyes, but it’s a shame. I’m trying out the Elemis Lime Blossom cleanser which I really prefer!

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 7:00 pm

      Oh really? I find it so gentle! Must try the Lime Blossom, so many people mention it! x

  11. August 16, 2012 / 2:18 pm

    Hallelujah! Something geared toward combo/oily skin that isn’t foaming! I wish US companies would take notice of this. Definitely want to try out both cleansers. Nice review, Ruth!

    • Ruth
      August 16, 2012 / 6:59 pm

      Thanks Katie! x

  12. Lizandra Delgado
    August 16, 2012 / 9:22 pm

    Hi Ruth, I always love your reviews. I just recently starting trying the Liquid Gold, which i really like. Just wanted to ask, Im intrigued with both cleansers, i have combination skin T-Zone oily so i get a lot of black heads in my nose and chin. I do have to mention that the liquid gold has helped, but once again, i have only used it for a week. You mentioned that you use the Triple action cleanser in the morning and on hormonal days and the balancing cleanser at night, do you think this could be an option for me? would it improve my blackhead issue? also do you follower with a toner?

    • Ruth
      August 20, 2012 / 9:56 am

      Try the Clear Skin wash perhaps followed by the Clear Skin moisturising gel. You need more BHA than AHAs for blackheads, I’d say, so they might suit better! x

      • Deborah M
        August 27, 2012 / 1:09 am

        Hey, ressurecting this I hope that’s okay. I’ve been comparing the Triple Action and the Clear Skin cleansers, and I’m quite confused. Triple Action uses Triclosan and Clear Skin seems to use natural alternatives – but only clear skin has Salycylic Acid.. So I’m thinking that my combination/oily skin with enlarged pores and rare but truly terrible spots would be better going with Clear Skin?

        • Ruth
          August 27, 2012 / 12:09 pm

          If your skin is teen-spotty or acne-prone then yes, if it’s simply oily without any serious breakouts or breakouts are rare and mild, I’d say Triple Action xx

  13. saif
    August 17, 2012 / 12:19 am

    I was torn between which one to get because they both looked good,I ordered my triple action cleanser 2 days ago from 15% off, usually I find a cheaper one on ebay, your review has convinced me that I made the right choice, also have you tried the dr schultz range called “beautyRX” it looks very promising and thank you for the review :)

  14. Ola
    August 17, 2012 / 12:16 pm

    I do like that cleanser (on my second tube now), but it is worth mentioning that it has quite a bitter taste. Yes, not THE most important thing and I don’t make a habit of eating it… but sometimes you can really taste it when cleansing! Anyway, a great cleanser regardless of this, but I am going back to Balancing when I have finished my current tube!

  15. Aidan
    August 18, 2012 / 10:59 am

    Hey Ruth, I have a little question. My mother has some hyperpigmentation on her face (some sun “damage”, you know, as it often happens to people with very fair skin), and she has been struggling with it for maaaany years, but it’s still there. So, after reading your Alpha-H reviews, I thought I should get her the Liquid Gold.. Do you think it might actually give any result and if it’s worth it? Or should I consider something else? Thank you in advance :)

    • Ruth
      August 20, 2012 / 9:49 am

      Yes, I think that could work well. Or the LG Serum? xx

  16. Cath
    August 18, 2012 / 11:50 am

    I ordered Alpha H’s deep cleansing mask but this cleanser was delivered. Still deliberating if I should use it now… I’ve 800ml worth of La Roche Posay’s Effaclar cleanser to finish! =P

  17. Eloise
    August 18, 2012 / 5:25 pm

    HI Ruth, have you tried the Alpha H cleansing oil? If so whats your opinion on it? thanks

    • Ruth
      August 19, 2012 / 6:46 pm

      I really like it. Still not as much as Emma Hardie, but then nothing has come close to that! x

      • eloise
        August 19, 2012 / 7:12 pm

        Yes, I love both. But actually think I prefer the alpha H. It grips the skin a bit better I find (if that makes ANY sense) and removes ALL makeup without leaving my skin one bit dry. I am delighted I found it!

  18. heidi
    August 19, 2012 / 11:22 am

    I have the massive pump action triple action cleanser and at first I loved it and I still think it’s great but I’m finding it a bit too drying morning and night (I have combination skin with cne flare ups). So, I’m waiting on my delivery of balancing and clear skin so I can switch between them! Also adore the eye complex. Alpha h hasn’t done the wonders for my skin I had hoped for, but I still think it’s a great brand.

  19. Natalie
    August 20, 2012 / 1:15 pm

    Love this product. After getting through a couple of tubes, I now just buy a big 500ml ‘tank’ haha, with a dispenser on the top. I use it with my clarisonic. Perfect for my oily blemish-prone skin.

    • Ruth
      August 20, 2012 / 7:29 pm

      Ha! That’s what I need next! x

  20. August 23, 2012 / 8:07 pm

    I have been trying out Liquid Gold but already want to try out more Alpha-H products- will have to give this a go :)

  21. Ellen
    September 8, 2012 / 6:52 am

    Hi Ruth
    I use a lot of Alpha H products but haven’t heard much about their moisturizers. Do you rate any of them?

    • Ruth
      September 8, 2012 / 10:19 am

      The Essential with SPF50 is very good. I know quite a few makeup artists who rate it as a makeup primer as well as very effective suncare! x

  22. Binky123
    November 22, 2012 / 1:54 pm

    Hi Ruth.

    I have cystic acne due to hormone imbalances. Its located on my cheeks and chin area, so I dont have the typical ‘white head’ spots; instead I have hard lumps underneath the skin which cause redness, inflammation and swelling and as a result I have lots of scarring :-(

    Im wondering whether the alpha h clear skin range would be better, or the triple action cleanser?

    Im looking for a cleanser that will remove all traces of makeup.

    My skin gets extremely oily throughout the day, so i constantly have to use blotting tissues. However, my skin is also dehyrdated tight and sore alot of the time, so would like something that doesnt strip it dry like most acne fash washes containing salycilic acids.

    Please help! I’ve spent a fortune on products that dont work x

  23. Taylor
    February 11, 2013 / 5:30 pm

    I’m defiantly going to give Alpha-H a shot. My boyfriend and I live in Manhattan, and it has been taking a serious toll on our skin. He has recently become interested in taking care of his skin (simple guy version though.) Would you recommend this line for guys, or another line would be more suitable?

  24. Ryan
    September 13, 2013 / 7:40 pm

    Hi Ruth, I’m torn between this and the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish which I love, but I use Liquid Gold and want to try more Alpha H. My skin is dehydrated, I get breakouts, but nothing crazy, and I have clogged pores on my forehead, do you think I’d benefit from using this?

    Thanks, Ryan

  25. Kristine M
    September 25, 2013 / 4:49 pm

    Hi Ruth, I stumbled upon your website a week ago and I am OBSESSED. great reviews on products and you are just plain awesome. I do have one question for you. I want to try the liquid gold but my concern is that I live in Bali which basically mean sun, sun, sun. Would you still recommend me trying it. I am a click away from buying it since I have a week left in Ibiza before heading back home and this is the only way i can get a hold of this product. Thanks again for being awesome and thanks for taking the time.

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