We won’t pretend that fighting acne is easy. But with solutions tailored to your skin type and concerns, it doesn’t have to be so hard! Instead of pretending that the answer is the same for everyone, we’ve put together a list of our best acne cleansers for all skin types. These products will clear and rebalance your skin, be it oily, sensitive, combo, or dry.
Acne is something that many people continue to deal with well into adulthood. Learning to deal with acne in its different forms—whether it’s facial acne, body acne such as bacne, or acne scars and pigmentation—you need to find cleansers and treatments that are best for the specific problem. (What appears to be body acne can actually be a different condition, keratosis pilaris, which is also responsible for those tiny red bumps on your legs and arms.) While a good acne cleanser is a vital first step, you should also examine our top-rated anti-acne treatments as well as the best makeup removers for acne prone skin.
There are many acne causes, and even more anti-acne treatments. To just scratch the surface of explanations, acne can be caused by hormonal changes, environmental factors, bacteria build-up, and excess oil production. The first step in your skincare routine, acne cleansers can improve your skin by working to clean away the excess oil and impurities clogging your pores. Many of the cleansers we’ve included are extremely effective because they contain carefully chosen ingredients that exfoliate the skin, soothe inflammation, or fight acne-causing bacteria.
The key to fighting acne is actually about finding balance. This means keeping the skin properly exfoliated, cleansed. and moisturised. But how you do this highly depends on your skin type. Hydrating and calming treatments and cleansers, which won’t irritate or strip the skin, are best for overly dry and sensitive skin types. Whereas exfoliating cleansers and treatments that rid the skin of excess sebum can be a secret weapon for those with oily skin types that don’t suffer from sensitivity. To safely and effectively treat acne on any skin type, a philosophy of moderation is vital.
The cleansers we’ve included feature a range of powerful key ingredients that work well for a range of different skin types. So, you can choose your approach. It’s our aim to outline these ingredients clearly and help you decide what will give your skin the best results. Whatever you choose, it’s important to listen to what your skin is craving and to be open to experimenting with skincare in order to find the right solution.
Exfoliants are often incorporated into many anti-acne cleansers because of their ability to clear pores of built-up oil, impurities, and bacteria. Exfoliating agents are often found in the form of chemical exfoliants, such as:
Salicylic Acid, a beta-hydroxy Acid (BHA). Due to its low molecular size, Salicylic Acid can penetrate pores deeply to diminish dead skin cells and other impurities and debris.
Glycolic Acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). Glycolic Acid is more effective than Salicylic Acid at exfoliating the surface of the skin, improving the skin’s texture and boosting its brightness.
Lactic Acid, an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA). An ideal chemical exfoliant for sensitive skin types, Lactic Acid moisturises while it gently exfoliates the surface of the skin.
If you prefer a more natural approach to skincare, the following ingredients also work effectively to reduce inflammation and decongest pores:
Tea Tree Oil contains anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that clear acne.
Kaolin Clay helps detoxify the skin and absorb excess oil.
Charcoal works to draw out excess oil, bacteria, and other impurities from the skin without overdrying it.
Our range of foaming, oil-based, and gel-based acne cleansers will help you target acne in a way that suits your personal approach to skincare. All these products work to clear your pores, reduce inflammation, and fight bacteria.