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13 Best Face Wash for Acne 2023, According to Derms

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Key Ingredients: Salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, willow bark extract, peptides | Who It’s For: All skin types

Best for Sensitive Skin: Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser

Drunk Elephant Beste No.9 Jelly Cleanser

Why It’s Worth It: Dr. Green is also a fan of Drunk Elephant’s Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser, a face wash that gently unclogs pores without over-stripping your skin of its natural oils. This fragrance-free skin-care product contains a blend of mild surfactants, including coconut-based surfactants that are potent with fatty acids, to cleanse without irritating skin.

Editor Tip: On top of its cleansing abilities, this cleanser helps soften skin and retain moisture with glycerin. Due to its cleansing and moisturizing abilities, Dr. Green says this face wash works especially well for individuals with oily, acne-prone, and combination skin types.

Key Ingredients: Cantaloupe extract, glycerin, marula oil | Who It’s For: Combination, oily, and acne-prone skin

Most Iconic: Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Why It’s Worth It: Chances are, you’ve tried Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash at least once in your lifetime. This drugstore MVP contains salicylic acid, a chemical exfoliator that’s known as one of the biggest key ingredients for minimizing breakouts.

Editor Tip: This cleanser contains the maximum 2% salicylic acid to really pack a punch on breakouts, but soothing ingredients like aloe help to counteract potentially irritating effects of the active acne-fighter.

Key Ingredients: Salicylic acid, aloe vera | Who It’s For: Oily skin, clogged pores

Best Drugstore: St. Ives Deep Cleanse Cream Wash

St. Ives Deep Cleanse Cream Wash

Why It’s Worth It: Don’t let the St. Ives Deep Cleanse Cream Wash’s cushiony formula fool you, because it contains tea tree oil and witch hazel, two stellar antibacterial that instantly target clogged pores.

Editor Tip: This Allure Allure Best of Beauty winner is also spiked with mint extract for a cooling, tingly sensation that feels oh-so-good on the skin. And for $6, you really can’t beat the price.

Key Ingredients: Tea tree oil, witch hazel, spearmint leaf extract, peppermint leaf extract | Who It’s For: Oily skin, acne-prone skin


Frequently Asked Questions

What ingredients should you look for in a face wash for acne?

Dr. Chang tells us to look out for two powerhouse ingredients: salicylic acid, a type of beta hydroxy acid (or BHA) that “goes deep into the pores to clear them from excess oil and dirt” and benzoyl peroxide, which guards against inflammation and kills acne-causing bacteria. Milder ingredients include tea tree oil or green tea, which also provide skin-soothing benefits.

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