Hello everyone and happy new year to all 🙂 Hope that you all got a chance to celebrate in your own special way, be it by partying all night with your friends or sipping sauvignon blanc at home while listening to Michael Bolton and Air Supply standards (no prizes for guessing which option I went with)!

Here’s a quick review on my current bathroom staple: Avene Diacneal Gel Cleanser. 

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I ran out of my trustworthy Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser and needed a replacement, so I went to Strawberrynet in search of one. Keen to try something new but not so keen to stray from the comfort and quality of Avene, I went for Diacneal instead.

So what’s the fuss about with Diacneal? Here’s what the website says:

Gentle, soap-free gel cleanser removes excess sebum, make-up and impurities without drying the skin.

Suitable for:

  • Oily, blemish-prone skin
  • Dull, uneven complexion
  • Sensitive skin
  • Adolescent to adult acne


  • Nourishing and non-drying formula leaves a protective film on the skin
  • Helps restore the hydrolipidic barrier often altered by acne treatments
  • Can be used in conjunction with other acne treatments
  • May be used on other parts of the body
  • Soap-free
  • Fragrance-free, paraben-free
  • Avène Thermal Spring Water to soothe and soften skin
  • Hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic

Thus far, so good. So how does it fare?

Let’s start with the one and only thing I dislike about this product: the scent. It smells a little bit sanitary and reminds me of a hospital (as if a public health student needs to be reminded of that any more regularly, sigh). This is probably the only Avene product I’ve ever used that doesn’t smell divine. That’s pretty much it.

And moving on to the happy part: apart from the smell which takes a little getting used to, I really like this cleanser. Although it is mild in trademark Avene style, this viscous clear gel cleanser cleans exceptionally well and gets ride of all manner of dirt, debris and makeup like you won’t believe. You don’t even need to massage it in all that thoroughly to get waterproof mascara and eyeliner right off.

After washing, skin doesn’t feel taut or overstretched. Instead, it feels oil-free, clean and refreshed. And like all Avene products, it’s non-irritating to skin. I’ve not experienced any blotching, dryness, flaking, redness or any variations of such conditions using this cleanser.

It comes in a whopper of a 200ml tube that is certain to last months and months on end – and like the Avene Cleanance Soap-Free Gel Cleanser, a tiny bit goes a very long way, so the bang for buck power is strong in this one!

I purchased my tube off Strawberrynet at a promotional price of SGD 25.00 some months back, but right now it sells at SGD 28.50 (unboxed) and SGD 33.50 (boxed). 


2 thoughts on “Review: Avene Diacneal Gel Cleanser

    • Hello Parita, thanks for reading! So glad you like it as well. Avene is such a great brand, I have immense loyalty to it. 🙂

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