6 Best Soaps & Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin

Say Goodbye to Acne With One of These Great Cleansers

It's tempting to want to scrub away at stubborn pimples, but try to resist the urge. If you have acne, you're walking a very fine line when it comes to effective facial cleansing. The way you wash your face and the kinds of products you use can be the difference between a breakout and clear skin. For example, foaming cleansers are fun but save them for the days when your skin feels more oily than usual. For daily cleansing stick to a facial cloth or non-foaming liquid cleanser.

If a product makes your skin too dry, it can become irritated and crack, allowing bacteria to cause pimples. If your skin is too oily, the oil clogs pores, causing pimples, blackheads, and whiteheads. There are so many cleansers on the market, but what's most effective? These six cleansers are proven to clear up skin and reduce acne.

Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser

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A woman washes her face. Michael H/Getty Images

This oil-free cleanser feels like a gel coming out of the tube and produces a light lather. It contains microscrubbers that gently exfoliate the skin and get rid of pore-clogging dirt, oil, and dead skin cells. The beads break down when they come in contact with water so they don't cause any harsh abrasions. This cleanser would be a good choice for someone with oily to very oily skin.

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Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

Clinique has three different versions of Liquid Facial Soap for dry skin, combination skin, and oily skin. Their mild formula falls in the middle of the spectrum. It doesn't contain any fragrances and it rinses off well. This is the most expensive cleanser on this list, but it's an effective product made by an effective brand.

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

In the world of skincare, CeraVe products offer the most cutting-edge technology for such low prices. They're even more cutting-edge than most higher-priced products, and this cleanser definitely lives up to that reputation. It contains ceramides, which are naturally-occurring oils in the skin's outermost layer. This cleanser is ideal for normal to dry skin because it actually puts these natural oils back in the skin, repairing and replenishing it.

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser does not contain any irritating ingredients, making it an excellent choice for those with sensitive skin or those who doesn't know if they have acne or rosacea. Because it replenishes natural oils, it's probably not a good choice for those with oily skin.

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Clean & Clear Essentials Foaming Facial Cleanser for Sensitive Skin

This is a great all-around cleanser for any skin type except very dry. It's gentle, oil-free and effectively removes dirt, oil and makeup without drying out skin. It's also the least expensive cleanser on this list. This cleanser does have a fragrance, but it's on the skin for such a minimal amount of time that its irritating effects are negligible.

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Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

This is another great skin cleanser for normal to oily skin. It does a good job of taking off makeup and is not irritating. It rinses off clean and doesn't clog pores. It does contain fragrance, however, so people with very sensitive or dry skin might not want to use it. As with any cleanser, the amount of time the product is on your skin is so short that it's unlikely such a small dose of fragrance would be irritating to all but the most sensitive skin.

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Eucerin Redness Relief Soothing Cleanser

Eucerin Redness Relief Cleanser is great cleanser for sensitive skin. It doesn't contain soap or fragrance, and it won't clog pores. It contains natural licochalcone, or licorice root, which is an anti-inflammatory. However, it's unlikely to actually reduce redness short-term because it's not in contact with the skin for very long. If you are unsure whether you have acne or rosacea, or you have acne and skin that turns red easily, this could be the right cleanser for you.

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