The Best Cleansers For Acne-Prone Skin

Acne isn’t necessarily caused by poor cleansing, but mastering this first step in your skincare routine can make all the difference to blemish-prone skin.

They may be a lifesaver at festivals, but cleansing wipes can leave traces of makeup and impurities behind to build up over time. Invest in a great balm, gel or cream cleanser (and a pack of budget-friendly flannels) to help keep your complexion as clear as possible.

Rather than making a beeline for targeted acne formulas, which can be too astringent and harsh, opt for a gentle formula first and double cleanse. Cleansing twice with a milder cleanser makes sure you’re removing every last scrap of makeup and grime, without upsetting your skin’s delicate balance.

If that’s not cutting it, introduce a cleanser with blemish-busting ingredients, like salicylic acid, as your second cleanse. But remember, your skin should never feel squeaky or tight after cleansing – a sign its protective barrier have been stripped away.

The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser

This mega affordable cleanser is gentle on skin but tough on impurities. The balm-like texture blitzes makeup and traps dirt, before rinsing away to leave all skin types spotlessly clean and comfortable.

The added squalane helps to regulate oil production, breaking the cycle of tightness and excess oiliness, to leave skin feeling balanced and comfortable.

Mario Badescu Botanical Facial Gel

Ideal for oilier skin types, this deep cleansing gel gently exfoliates with AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) from grapefruit, to help lift away blackheads and congestion.

Totally sulphate free, this citrus-y no-foam formula rinses away excess oiliness. Skin is left feeling super-fresh but never tight or uncomfortable.

Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser

Get a helping hand from nature with Antipodes Juliet Skin-Brightening Gel Cleanser. Kind to sensitive and dry skin types, this jelly-like formula is made with soothing antibacterial manuka honey to help calm angry breakouts.

A fruity combination of kiwi and grape gently exfoliate and balance oil production to keep skin clear and pimple-free.

Alpha-H Triple Action Cleanser

Alpha-H have done the impossible: a blemish-fighting formula that’s kind to aggravated skin. Enriched with cooling cucumber and soothing aloe, this multi-tasking cleanser is a skin saviour for hormonal breakouts.

The light gel removes every last trace of makeup, while antibacterial thyme helps to reduce future breakouts. The foam-free formula balances oil and makes this hard working face wash a great choice for skin types prone to dehydration.

Formula 10.0.6 Three Times Sublime

Looking to streamline your beauty stash or keep your luggage light? This multitasking cleanser can be used as a daily wash, gentle exfoliant, or left on to act as a deep cleansing mask.

Creamy kaolin clay mops up excess oil and draws out impurities, while salicylic acid, a BHA that can clean deeper into pores, helps to shift stubborn blackheads.