Best Bargain Benzoyl Peroxide Face Washes and Cleansers

Benzoyl peroxide is often the first over-the-counter (OTC) treatment choice for people with acne. An inexpensive face wash with benzoyl peroxide is especially helpful for mild cases of acne and can prevent pimples.

Most acne treatments dry the skin to some extent, so overuse of these products could cause excessive dryness, peeling, and redness. You may wish to start with a single acne treatment product, and slowly add more if needed. This is especially true if your skin tends to be sensitive or easily irritated.

Part of the battle in treating acne is finding products that work for you. You may need to experiment with several treatment products before finding one that improves your acne. So try not to get discouraged, and aim to be patient.

If you aren't seeing improvement after several weeks of treating your acne with over-the-counter products, don't hesitate to contact your healthcare provider.

Here are some benzoyl peroxide cleansers you may like that won't break the bank.

Clean and Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser

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If you're looking for a basic cleanser, this one by Clean and Clear fits the bill. It contains 10% benzoyl peroxide, to help reduce the amount of acne-causing bacteria. Use it in place of your regular cleanser once or twice per day.

This is a great cleanser to help reduce oily shine. It can dry your skin, though, so make sure you use an oil-free moisturizer every day.

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser / Mask

Neutrogena Clear Pore Cleanser/Mask, 4.2 Ounce

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Neutrogena has long been a skin care staple. This cleanser has a clean smell and leaves the skin feeling cool and refreshed. And don't think it isn't effective because it contains less benzoyl peroxide (3.5%) than other options.

Oxy Maximum Action Rapid Treatment Face Wash

Oxy Daily Defense Face Wash

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The packaging directions recommend using two to three times per day, but that might leave you feeling really dry and flaky. You might want to start off using this product just once per day, and slowly work up to twice daily if your skin can handle it. You may also want to try Oxy Face Wash Sensitive, with 5% benzoyl peroxide.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is benzoyl peroxide safe?

    In general, benzoyl peroxide is considered safe to use for acne treatment, but it may not be appropriate for some people such as those who are recovering from skin cancer treatment or if you're pregnant. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use it.

  • Can benzoyl peroxide remove acne scars?

    Benzoyl peroxide can prevent serious acne that would cause scarring, but to treat scars that are already present, other treatments have been shown to be more effective. These include microdermabrasion, chemical peels, and dermal fillers.

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  1. American Academy of Dermatology. Is any acne treatment safe to use during pregnancy?

  2. Northwestern Medicine. Acne Treatments.

By Angela Palmer
Angela Palmer is a licensed esthetician specializing in acne treatment.