The best cleansers for acne-prone skin

Acne prone skin needs extra care. Acne can occur at any age, though younger and oily skins are most prone to breakouts. There are different cleansers available for acne prone skin so if you’re unsure on what to look for, our guide to buying a cleanser for acne prone skin will help.

Your skin type
Choosing the correct cleanser for your skin type will help with breakouts and the overall appearance of your skin. Dryer skin types need a gentle formulation as harsh cleansers can cause flare ups. Oily and combination skin types need a cleanser that will help fight bacteria that contributes to breakouts. Daily cleansing helps to remove dead skin cells and allow acne treatments to be better absorbed. A cleanser that removes impurities and keeps skin clean is perfect for normal to oily skins.

The ingredients
Many cleansers contain certain spot fighting ingredients that help to clear up blemishes. The main ingredients to look for in a cleanser are:

Salicylic acid€“ helps to clear blocked pores and reduce redness and swelling of blemishes. Whilst it helps to fight blemishes, it also calms and soothes red skin. Salicylic acid can also fight blackheads. For mature skins with acne, you could try the SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel a cleanser combining salicylic, glycolic acid and lipo hydroxy acid to remove impurities, improve skin tone and remove excess oil. For younger skin, the Dermalogica mediBac Clearing Skin Wash contains salicylic acid and extracts of tee tree, balm mint and camphor to clear and promote healthy skin.

Benzoyl peroxide helps to exfoliate and kills bacteria on the skin. It works very quickly to improve the appearance of the skin and is a great exfoliant too. You can find benzoyl peroxide in cleansers and also treatments, such as the Dermalogica Special Clearing Booster which is an on the spot treatment for clearing the skin without over-drying.

Tea tree a great natural option for clearing the skin, tea tree is often added to many skincare products. Extracted from the leaves of the tea tree, the oil has been used for many centuries to help aid skin irritations. Tea tree oil helps to unclog the pores from bacteria and prevent breakouts with its anti-bacterial properties. You can find tea tree oil in the Alpha-H Clear Skin Daily Face Wash, a cleanser containing tea tree, eucalyptus and aromatic thyme to reduce excess oil, deep cleanse and purify the skin. Another great cleanser containing tea tree is the Medik8 betaCleanse, a light cleanser combining niacinamide, L-mandelic acid, salicylic acid and glycolic acid to remove dead skin cells, regulate sebum, fight bacteria and calm the skin.

Sulphur sulphur has been used for a long time to treat various skin conditions, however as it has a strong smell, its best used in creams or lotions. Sulphur reduces oil production which in turn means less blocked pores. You can find sulphur in various products and blemish treatments, such as the Dermalogica Concealing Spot Treatment.

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Cleansers for acne-prone sensitive skin
If you have sensitive skin that’s acne prone its best to use a gentle cleanser suited to sensitive skin types and follow with an on the spot treatment. Cleansers that are too harsh for sensitive skins will cause irritation, redness or even peeling so it’s best to opt for a milder formula. A brilliant cleanser for sensitive yet acne prone skin is the Antipodes Juliet Skin Brightening Gel Cleanser which contains manuka honey, kiwi and grape to fight bacteria, brighten and remove dirt and grime for healthier, clearer skin. Another great option is the First Aid Beauty Cleanser an ultra-gentle cream cleanser that removes oil, dirt and grime, calms redness and irritation and soothes for a clearer complexion.

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