Best Facial Cleanser for Acne Skin

Some people think they need a strong medicated cleanser to fix their acne skin, but actually, the best facial cleanser for acne is one that is mild, gentle, and non-drying.

Acne is not a result of dirty skin or surface oils. Zits form based on what’s going on inside the hair follicles underneath the skin’s surface.

If you use a medicated or overly harsh facial cleanser, you can dry out your skin too much causing it to actually produce MORE OIL to compensate!

Sure there are tons of people trying to make money off your problem by marketing the newest top acne skin cleanser on the market, but almost all dermatologists and skin care experts agree that the best facial cleanser is one that is gentle.

Here are the top 4 facial cleansers for acne prone skin based on customers’ experiences and reviews. These products have the highest ratings for their ability to thoroughly cleanse the skin but without stripping the skin of it's natural lipid and moisture balance.

Best Facial Cleanser for Morning:

  • Top Pick: CeraVe Cleanser, Hydrating

    I have oily skin but it gets dehydrated very easily so I like the extra moisture this cleanser provides. It leaves my skin feeling cleansed and refreshed but not overly tight and dry.
  • 2nd Choice: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

    One of the most recommended face wash brands by dermatologists. It thoroughly cleans your skin without stripping it of its natural moisture. Plus it’s cheap and available in almost all local drugstores! I like the Gentle Skin Cleanser because I don't need a deep clean in the morning, but Cetaphil also offers a Daily Facial Cleanser for a more thorough clean.


Best Facial Cleanser for Night:

  • Top Pick: Bioelements Decongestant Cleanser

    Decongestant Cleanser
    Like I said, I need a deeper clean in the evening in order to wash off my makeup and the pollution of the city. I love this cleanser because I feel like it cleans deep down into my pores but doesn’t leave my skin feeling dehydrated, tight, or dry. I think if I used it morning and night it would be a little too drying though (but that’s just me). :-)

  • 2nd Choice: Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Cleanser

    Best Facial Cleanser for Acne Prone Skin
    Paula’s Choice offers a great line of products for many different skin types that are very reasonably priced. I personally used the Skin Balancing Cleanser for my specific skin type, but her website offers a bunch of options. Paula Begoun puts a lot of research into her skin care products and ingredients which I really respect. Plus she offers pretty reliable and relatively unbiased reviews of tons of skin care products and lines. It’s definitely the most objective information you’ll find from any other skin care company out there.

I’ve personally tried TONS of different face washes in my attempt to find the best one. Some were too drying… some weren’t cleansing enough… some actually made my acne much worse!

But I finally found the right balance of products for me that have kept me blemish-free for over 3 years and give my skin a healthy, glowing complexion (for me it's a mixture of the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser in the morning and the Bioelements Decongestant Cleanser in the evening).

The reason I use a different cleanser for morning and evening is because I wear makeup during the day and live in New York City so I need a deeper cleanse in the evening to remove my cosmetics and the grime of the day.

But you can determine which cleanser or which combination of cleansers is the best facial cleanser for your individual needs and skin type.


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