Review: Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser

Oil Free Acne Cleanser
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This is an over-the-counter medicated cleanser that is designed to treat mild acne breakouts and blackheads.

Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser can be used alone, as your only acne treatment, or you can incorporate it into your own OTC acne treatment routine.  If you're using a prescription acne medication, though, don't use this cleanser unless you get your dermatologist's OK first.

This cleanser will not treat severe acne.

Active Ingredient:

Benzoyl peroxide 2.5%

Inactive Ingredients:

Water, Disodium Laureth Sulfosuccinate, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Stearic Acid, Glycerin, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Bakuchiol, Panthenyl Triacetate, Bisabolol, Benzalkonium Chloride, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Naringenin, Sea Whip Extract, Polyethylene, Xanthan Gum, Cetyl Alcohol, Magnesium Aluminum Silicate, Sodium Benzoate, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Farnesol, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Methylisothiazolinone


$5.99 for an 8 oz. bottle

Where You Can Buy It:

Acne Free products are available at most drugstores. You can also find this cleanser at big box stores like Target and Walmart.


  • You get a lot of cleanser for your money -- $5.99 for a big 8 ounce bottle is a steal.
  • Since it's a big bottle, you can also use this cleanser on your chest, shoulders and back to treat body acne.
  • Very light, gentle beads help deep clean the skin.


    • The consistency is a bit weird, almost slippery.
    • It doesn't do a stellar job of removing makeup. 

    Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser Guide Review:

    Acne Free offers a ton of drugstore acne treatment products -- from four-step kits to sulfur masks and medicated wipes. They even have battery-operated cleansing brushes.

    And if you just need a basic acne treatment cleanser, they have that too: Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser. This is your basic, no-frills medicated cleansing wash. 

    There were plenty of things I liked about this cleanser.  First, it's a 2.5% benzoyl peroxide.  Since higher percentages of benzoyl peroxide tend to really sting my skin, this is a big plus for me.  If your skin is like mine, the lower percentage of BPO might be a good fit for you too.

    Because I'm exceptionally frugal, I really liked the price too.  The bottle is a big 8 ounces, which lasts a long time.  You can also use it in the shower to treat body acne, without breaking the bank.

    There were some things that I wasn't too crazy about too.  First, the consistency seemed strange to me.  It's not a super lathery cleanser, but it's not exactly a cleansing lotion either.  When I emulsified it in my hands it just gave a few sad looking bubbles.

    And it didn't do a fabulous job of removing facial makeup (of course, don't try any medicated cleanser in the eye area).  I got much better results using a makeup remover, or a foaming cleanser like Dove or Neutrogena, first and then doing a second cleansing with the Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser.

    I generally liked the way this cleanser made my skin feel.  The supremely gentle beads helped smooth and soften my skin, without feeling like it was tearing up my face. 

    Like all benzoyl peroxide cleaners, this one can be a bit drying.  It didn't leave my face feeling super tight or stripped, though.  If I was diligent about using a moisturizer afterward it kept the worst of the dryness under control.

    All in all, I was satisfied with this product.  It's definitely not a fancy cleanser, but it does the job.  If you're looking for a basic acne treatment cleanser at a bargain price, Acne Free Oil-Free Acne Cleanser is a solid choice.

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