If you’re like most people suffering from acne, you have tried countless products and home remedies to put your acne to rest – mostly with little or no success. What makes this even more difficult is that there isn’t a single solution that works for everyone. It often takes time, patience and money to find that “go to” product. Below, I’ve reviewed 3 of the best acne face washes, in hope of helping you find that every day product.
Remember that a face wash may work for some people while for others it may not – Everyone’s situation and skin type is a bit different so please keep that in mind. Most importantly, read and follow the instructions that come with the product and be patient! You won’t know if it works or not if you don’t give it time.
Here are 3 of the Best Acne Face Washes:
Oxy Maximum Action Advanced Face Wash
This is a 10% Benzoyl Peroxide (BP) wash for those looking for a more potent solution. It’s pretty cheap and very effective in getting rid of your current acne and preventing future breakouts. Being so strong, it’s better for people with moderate to severe acne. If you have light acne, you should try something that is a bit less harsh.
It acts as a cleanser and acne fighter, so if you don’t like juggling several different products this might be for you.
If you’re not used to a product with high BP content, you can expect a burning sensation for the first few weeks of use… that means it’s working, right? Like most of these face washes, it tends to leave your skin feeling dry, especially if you have sensitive skin, so I recommend applying an oil-free moisturizer 5-10 minutes after washing this stuff off. And make sure you avoid contact with your hair and fabrics, as this can bleach!!!
If you’ve been looking for a good “all in one” acne face wash and haven’t tried this yet, you may find this very effective.
Clean & Clear also makes a face wash with 10% BP called “Clean & Clear Continuous Control Acne Cleanser“. While the active ingredient is the same in both of these, the inactive ingredients differ and one may work better than the other.
Acne.org Face Cleanser
This product was carefully formulated with ingredients to prevent stripping and skin irritation. The cleanser itself isn’t very drying, but if you use this as part of a regiment, the use of a moisturizer is advised (oil-free of course!). This product contains no fragrance, so any irritation from those chemicals won’t be found here.
This is a very effective cleanser that cuts down on those irritating and uncomfortable chemicals. It’s a very “light” wash but still gives you that “deep” clean feeling. For more powerful acne fighting power, the makers recommend their acne kit. However, you can follow this up with a BP based face wash or spot treatment and moisturizer instead of their kit ( that’s up to you 🙂 ).
Overall, this is a low cost and very effective cleanser that gives you months of use! This comes as a highly recommended product and you should give it a chance if you haven’t already.
Murad Acne Clarifying Cleanser
The Murad facial cleanser contains 1.5% Salicylic Acid, green tea extract and menthol, giving this face wash a good overall balance. The Salicylic acid aids in fighting off and preventing acne, while the green tea extract and menthol help calm the skin and reduce irritation.
Given the ingredients, the Murad Clarifying Face Cleanser is ideal for those with sensitive skin. If you have very oily skin, it should really help control the oil your face produces and keep you from getting that shiny look. If you moisturize regularly, an oil-free product is ideal.
Murad, along with many other users state that results can be expected after a month or so of using this product, so if you decide to purchase this you should stay patient. It has also been noted that in some cases you break out pretty severely before the acne fully goes away, so it’s something worth mentioning.
This is a bit more pricey than some of the other solutions out there, but given the rave reviews out there, this is definitely worth a try.
Common Ingredients Found in Acne Face Cleansers:
The most common active ingredients that are found in these products are benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid. Both are effective in fighting acne, but both work in different ways and may affect your skin differently.
Acne treatments using this ingredient come in different strengths and concentrations. Most commonly sold in 2% to 5% portions, but stronger mixtures of 10% BP exist for those fighting more severe acne.
Benzoyle peroxide is a very strong acne fighter, that works deep in your pores to kill bacteria and exfoliate the skin. The biggest problem with benzoyle is the drying effect it has on the skin. Because, it’s so harsh, it is not recommended for those with very sensitive skin or light acne. It is much more helpful treating the really deep types of acne.
Acne treatments with a salicylic acid base are also effective as a peeling chemical, but are much more forgiving on the skin. These face cleansers don’t kill bacteria as well, but are much less likely to dry out your skin. Salicylic acid also contains properties that soothe and calm the skin.
This acne fighter is ideal for lighter acne, blackheads and those with sensitive skin.
Remember, it’s always best to consult a dermatologist if you are unsure what kind of product is best for you and your skin!