As someone who has normal-to-oily combination skin, you'd think that a good salicylic facial cleanser would make my skin happy; Unfortunately, I found this acne wash to be a bit too harsh for my normally not-sensitive skin. For me, I think that it's better to use a gentle, non-medicated cleanser, and get my salicylic acid exfoliation from a toner. I would definitely urge you to try a few samples before committing to a full-size purchase. Effectiveness Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid that exfoliates dead skin cells to help keep blemish prone skin clean and clear. DHC Acne Wash contains this important ingredient in addition to aloe vera (a skin soother) and green tea (an antioxidant). Ease of Application DHC Salicylic Acne Wash is a thick liquid that transforms into a foaming cleanser. I was able to produce a good lather with just a bit of liquid. The scent is unpleasantly medicinal, but perhaps that can't be helped. At any rate, the acne wash rinses off completely and left my skin feeling clean, but also taut and uncomfortable Convenience DHC is not convenient to purchase, since you have to get it online or by mail order. However, I've never had any difficulties receiving any of my orders. Side Effects I'm not sure why, but something in this formula didn't agree with my skin. I expected the acne wash to clean scrupulously (which it did), but I didn't expect my skin to feel stripped and irritated (which it did). Immediacy The results - super clean skin - are immediate. But then again, the side effects -- stripped, irritated skin -- are immediate as well.