10 Stellar Cleansers to Try If You Struggle With Acne

Kristen Bousquet
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10 Stellar Cleansers to Try If You Struggle With Acne
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We can buy a new skin treatment all day, everyday—but everyone who has battled acne and come out on the other side victorious knows that clear skin really begins with an amazing cleanser. Beyond that, if you’re using the wrong face wash, it can actually be making your acne-prone skin worse. But not these products—they’re truly the best of the best.

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What makes these acne cleansers so good for blemishes is the ingredients that they include when formulating the product. Many of these face washes contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, both which deep clean and reduce blemishes. Many also contain natural products like clays and herbs that do wonders to suck up excess oil and vanish breakouts.

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If you struggle with acne, toss your typical drugstore soap and make sure to give these acne cleansers a try.

Originally published December 2014. Updated October 2017.

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The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Boscia

This refreshing, deep-cleansing facial cleanser works to purify pores and boost your skin's natural defense against irritations and reactions. It's also preservative-free and leaves your complexion clean, clear and free of shine.

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Clarisonic

Even without a Clarisonic cleansing machine, you can use this face wash and achieve dreamy results. It works to remove dirt, oil and impurities while being safe and gentle enough to use twice daily. It contains two percent salicylic acid and Lipo Hydroxy Acid to gently exfoliate without stressing skin.

Clarisonic Pore and Blemish Gel Cleanser, $19 at Clarisonic

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Lush

For a more natural option, you can cleanse with LUSH's acne face cleanser, Herbalism. With natural ingredients like ground almonds to gently exfoliate, kaolin clay and rice bran to give you a deep cleanse and mop up excess oils and a balancing blend of herbs like rosemary, nettle and chamomile, your skin will feel fresh, clean and calm helping to keep your skin balanced and blemish-free.

Herbalism Cleanser, $16.95 at Lush

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Kate Somerville

Designed to remove impurities without over-drying, fight acne-causing bacteria and stabilize oil production, this acne treatment cleanser will give your complexion a fresh start, setting skin on the path to clarity. It's also gentle enough to use twice daily putting your skin on the fast-track to healing.

Kate Somerville Detox Daily Cleanser

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Clean & Clear

For a more affordable option, this Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser will do the trick. It not only removes dirt and oil, but also features a pore-penetrating technology that deposits helpful acne medicine into mores to help fight and prevent breakouts when when you're done washing. With time, your skin will become more and more clear.

Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: First Aid Beauty

If you need a rescue for your acne prone skin, here is the answer to your prayers. This foaming gel cleanser removes excess oil, unclogs pores and purifies your skin with a seriously beneficial combination of red clay, rosemary leaf oil and botanical antioxidants. The powerful clay helps to draw out any toxins in your skin to make your pores instantly appear smaller and your complexion feeling deeply cleansed.

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Ole Henriksen

Many times those with acne prone skin have a problem with redness and irratation. This cleanser helps to combat those problems as well as your acne. You can use this cleanser day and night soothe, clear restore balance and deeply cleanse your skin with a powerful blend of aloe vera, chamomile and tons of beneficial vitamins.

Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Murad

This extra gentle anti-aging acne cleanser features sustained-release salicylic acid that helps to clear skin and restore youthfulness. Amino acids and hyaluronic acid bind moisture to skin to optimize hydration and restore suppleness while antioxidants neutralize free radicals to preserve a more youthful appearance.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

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The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Peter Thomas Roth

With the powder of salicylic acid, this gentle cleanser will do the job of ridding your skin of enlarged pores, excess sebum and harmful bacteria. This wash is packed full of beneficial ingredients that will help to clear away blemishes without any of the harsh additives many face washes use that can potentially cause irritation and breakouts. Without drying out your skin, this cleanser is also formulated without dyes, fragrances or oils.

Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy 2% Acne Wash

The 10 Best Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin: Ren

Formulated without parabens, sulfates, and phthalates, this antibacterial cleanser works to to combat acne while helping to prevent future breakouts and blemishes. REN uses their ClearCalm 3 system—a system that combats the three key causes of breakouts which include excess sebum, buildup of dead skin cells and blemish-causing bacteria. It also uses the latest hi-tech bio actives and is free from synthetic ingredients.

REN ClearCalm 3 Clarifying Clay Cleanser

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