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Best acne cleansers

Best acne cleansers
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If your skin tends to break out in spots, acne cleansers rather than non-specialist products are the way to go. They contain ingredients to unclog pores and reduce redness, as well as clean your skin morning and night. Some will take off make-up at the end of the day, too. Our selection includes solutions for teens and adults to help every complexion look its best.

Best overall

Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser

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Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (opens in new tab)

For teens and adults

This gently foaming cleanser will take off make-up as well as dirt. It promises to remove up to 60 percent of surface oil without drying out the skin or leaving it feeling tight, and it deep cleanses pores without clogging them. For best results, you’ll need to use it with warm water, and pat skin dry after rinsing.

For soap fans

Biotrade Acne Out Soap Bar

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Biotrade Acne Out Soap Bar (opens in new tab)

Plant ingredients

If you prefer to use a bar rather than a wash, check out this vegetable soap. It contains both salicylic and lactic acid to exfoliate, provide an antibacterial effect and cleanse, along with glycerin to soothe and moisturize. It’s suitable for the body as well as the face, so it’s a great option if you’re prone to areas of acne on your back.

Fragrance free

CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

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CeraVe Foaming Cleanser (opens in new tab)

For face, body and hands

This gel contains ceramides to protect the skin’s natural barrier while cleansing and removing oil and sebum from the face and body. Ingredients also include hyaluronic acid to help the skin retain its natural moisture. Unscented, it’s designed not to irritate the skin.

Teen choice

Isdin Acniben Teen Skin Foam Cleanser

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Isdin Acniben Teen Skin Foam Cleanser (opens in new tab)

Reduces sebum and shine

Specially designed for teenager’s skin, this foam cleanser cleanses acne-prone skin. It’s made with ingredients to reduce the appearance of blemishes and redness while clearing blocked pores. It can be used daily but isn’t a make-up remover.

Bottom line

A good acne cleanser needs to reduce oil, spots, and redness without creating a tightening effect in addition to cleaning the skin. Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser (opens in new tab) promises a decrease of up to 60 percent in surface oiliness. The foaming wash cleanses without drying, and it can also remove make-up.

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