6 Best Soaps and Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin

If you have acne, you're walking a very fine line when it comes to effective facial cleansing. The way that you wash your face and the kinds of products that you use can be the difference between a breakout and clear skin.

If a product makes your skin too dry, then your skin can become irritated and crack, allowing bacteria to cause pimples. On the other hand, if your skin is too oily, then the oil can clog pores, causing blackheads, whiteheads, and other types of acne. 

There are so many cleansers on the market, but which one is the most effective? These six cleansers are proven to clear up the skin and reduce acne.


Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser

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This oil-free cleanser feels like a gel coming out of the tube and produces a light lather. It contains micro-scrubbers that gently exfoliate the skin and get rid of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. The beads break down when they come in contact with water so they don't cause any harsh abrasions.

This cleanser is a good choice for someone who has oily to very oily skin.


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

Clinique has three different versions of Liquid Facial Soap. One is made for very dry to dry skin, one is made for dry combination skin, and one is made for combination oily or oily skin. The mild formula falls in the middle of the spectrum.

It doesn't contain any fragrances, and it rinses off well. This is the most expensive cleanser on this list, but it's an effective product that's made by a trustworthy brand.


CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

In the world of skincare, CeraVe products offer cutting-edge technology at very low prices. The technology that CeraVe offers is even more cutting-edge than what you'll find in most higher-priced products, and this cleanser definitely lives up to that reputation.

It contains ceramides, which are naturally-occurring oils in the skin's outermost layer (the epidermis). This cleanser is ideal for normal to dry skin because it actually puts these natural oils back into the skin, which helps repair it and replenish it.

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser does not contain any irritating ingredients, making it an excellent choice for those who have sensitive skin. Because it replenishes natural oils, it's probably not a good choice for those who have oily skin.


Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

This is a great all-around cleanser for any skin type except very dry. It's gentle and oil-free, and it effectively removes dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out the skin.

It's also the least expensive cleanser on this list. This cleanser does have a fragrance, but it's on the skin for such a minimal amount of time that its irritating effects are negligible.


Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

This is another great skin cleanser for normal to oily skin. It does a good job of taking off makeup and it's not irritating. It rinses off well and doesn't clog pores. It does contain fragrance, however, so people who have very sensitive or very dry skin might not want to use it.

As with any cleanser, the amount of time that the product is on your skin is so short that it's unlikely such a small dose of fragrance would be irritating to all but those who have the most sensitive skin.


Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser

Eucerin Redness Relief Cleanser is a great cleanser for sensitive skin. It doesn't contain any soap or fragrance, and it won't clog pores. It contains natural licochalcone, or licorice root, which is an anti-inflammatory. However, it's unlikely to actually reduce redness in the short-term because it's not in contact with the skin for very long.

If you are unsure whether you have acne or rosacea, or you if have acne and skin that turns red easily, this could be the right cleanser for you.


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