The Best Cleansers For Acne

Breakouts can come in all shapes and sizes and their causes can be down to anything from a change in hormones to dirty make-up brushes. But no need to worry, as these super-star cleansers will beat your blemishes, pound your pimples and sack your spots for good!

Proactiv+ Skin Purifying Mask Deluxe
This is the kind of go-to that’s always handy to have in your skincare arsenal. Whether it’s a flare-up or continuing treatment, this cleansing mask is packed full of antioxidants and botanicals that soothe and calm the skin, while also feeding it with much-needed moisture. It also refines and smooths so whether used as a full mask or a targeted treatment, it gently but effectively cleanses away a breakout.
£24.99 at Proactiv

Skinceuticals Blemish + Age Cleansing Gel
Adult acne is more and more common and treating it like teenage skin can sometimes exacerbate the problem. This little dream from Skinceuticals has been specially formulated to tackle acne and breakouts on adult skin, featuring a combination of LHA, salicylic and glycolic acids to treat, refine and exfoliate.
£35 at SkinCeuticals

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel
If oil production is something you excel at try this blemish-banishing cleansing gel. The foaming gel formula lathers away excess oil while also unclogging pores and clearing pesky blackheads. It won’t leave your skin screaming out for moisture or force it to mass produce more oil, instead it calms and softens skin. Also a great solution of acne breakouts on the body…
£18 at Boots

Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser with Aloe Vera
Some breakouts need to be treated with kindness, and nothing acts like an ‘it’ll all be ok’ on the skin like Alpha-H’s Balancing Cleanser. The formula is extra gentle and contains Vitamin E to neutralise free radicals, but is also capable of dissolving makeup. If spots or breakouts are making your complexion look and feel out of whack, this can rebalance and set you on the right track.
£25 at Look Fantastic

Australian Bodycare Gentle Cleansing Milk
The properties of tea tree oil in the treatment of skincare concerns is well known and it’s ability to ameliorate acneic skin issues. This cleanser from Australian Bodycare contains 0.5% tea tree oil to treat breakouts, spots, blackheads and excess oil and is especially good for combination and normal skin. Used morning and evening, it’s a smart way to keep breakouts at bay.
£13.99 at Australian Bodycare

Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel
If you have oily skin a gel can often be a great cleansing choice, especially when it’s as gentle as Avene’s Cleanance Cleansing Gel. The ‘eau thermale’ in Avene skincare is used to treat a plethora of skin issues and this gel helps to purify and regulate oil production, but doesn’t leave skin dry or tight. The soap-free formula, which can be used on the face and body, will cleanse and soften.
£8.25 at Boots

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Often found backstage at the shows, makeup artists love this for cleansing and caring for models’ skin when the ravages of fashion week can disrupt their complexions. The soap-free formula removes everything from make-up to dirt, as well as the build-up of impurities that can lead to breakouts, while keeping skin soft and hydrated.
£12.99 at Boots

Decleor Aroma Cleanse Fresh Purifying Gel
Ylang ylang and peppermint aromatic water combine to purify and refresh skin in this miracle worker. If your skin is combination or oily this gel-to-mousse formula can strike the balance between cleansing and hydrating. The addition of green tea in the mix means impurities are banished and pores are refined, leaving skin feeling and looking clearer.
£20 at Decleor



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