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cleansers for acne-prone skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for cleansers for acne-prone skin.

If you have acne-prone skin, you know that the right cleanser can make all the difference. A facial cleanser is a skin care product that is designed to remove dead skin cells, oil, dirt, makeup, and other pollutants from the skin, helping to keep your pores clear and prevent skin conditions such as acne.


Say hello to worse breakouts...I found it makes me break out every single time I use it. Would not recommend for oily/acne prone skin...I have oily and sensitive skin; it’s easy for me to breakout and I have acne scarring, dark spots and texturized skin that makes it difficult to find any products that work well for me.

What it is: An award-winning face wash with superfood extracts to remove makeup, support skin's pH balance, and clear buildup in pores that can lead to blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne/Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Rich Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Kale: Rich in phytonutrients and vitamin C and E to leave skin visibly glowing.

- Spinach: Lightweight skin soother with cooling properties and essential fatty acids.

- Green Tea: Antioxidant-rich powerhouse that helps fights visible signs of aging.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and gluten-free.


Great Cleanser...I have acne prone skin, and my skin will break out anytime that I use something new. ...I really, really enjoyed the cleanser at first but it dried out my skin and caused a huge break out.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Oily
✔ Combination

What it is:
A pore-purifying cleanser with powerful AHAs to reduce excess oil and unclog pores, without stripping skin.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Pores
- Acne and blemishes

If you want to know more…
Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser reduces excess oil and deeply cleanses pores.


Great for acne prone skin! This is my favorite summer time face wash as I tend to break out more then. face wash for my skin! I have very sensitive breakout prone skin.

What it is: A gentle face wash that cleanses and nurtures without over-drying for clean skin that looks fresh.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Oiliness, Acne, and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Calendula Extract: Provides skin-soothing properties
- Glycerin: Supports the moisture barrier for softer-feeling skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: This face cleanser is made with calendula flower extract derived from petals handpicked in the Mediterranean.


Acne prone skin savior...I have acne prone oily skin and this gel cleanser worked great for me. ...Good cleanser, super affordable...I haven't noticed any skin sensitivity or acne and I have super sensitive skin prone to breakouts.

What it is: An unscented moisturizing gel cleanser with prebiotics and aloe vera that removes makeup while cleansing and soothing your skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Natural Prebiotics and Natural Aloe Vera: Known to maintain skin hydration.

Ingredient Callouts: This product comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This gel cleanser is formulated with 98 percent natural-origin ingredients that remove makeup and visible impurities; it also tones, cleanses, and soothes face, eye area, and neck.


I have struggled with dry, uneven, acne prone skin for the last 2 years. I went from constant break outs to soft, almost completely clear skin. ...My skin doesn’t have break outs anymore - other than the hormonal breakouts I get when I’m on my period, but other than that my skin it clear and so smooth.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Oily
✔ Combination
✔ Sensitive

What it is:
A daily gel cleanser with natural fruit exfoliant that thoroughly but gently lifts impurities and unclogs pores while leaving skin soft and hydrated.

Solutions for:
- Pores
- Dullness and uneven texture
- Oiliness

If you want to know more…
The Deep Cleanse oil-free gel lathers into a creamy foam to lift away dirt, oil, and impurities without over-drying. It cleanses with amino acids derived from silk gentle enough for even the most delicate skin, leaving skin soft, refreshed, and comfortably hydrated.


Acne prone skin needs this !...I have very oily, acne prone skin and often break out around my jaw areas especially during the period time. ...This has left my skin feeling refreshed and not too dry. I recommend this to those w/ acne and who suffer from random pimple breakouts.

What it is: A groundbreaking cleanser clinically shown to visibly reduce breakouts. It targets all forms of acne, including Malassezia folliculitis ("fungal acne").

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid (BHA) 2%: Decongests pores, mopping up excess oil and surface debris.
- Niacinamide 2%: Visibly minimizes pores and prevents sebum buildup.
- Azelaic Acid 1%: Fights bacteria and diminishes the appearance of post-acne scars.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


Great face wash for acne prone skin...This is great for combination or acne prone skin. My face feels so clean after I use this and it helps a lot to minimize break outs....Excellent for acne prone skin....Must follow with a rich moisturizer as it cleanses well, but leaves skin dry/tight. Minimizes break outs.

What it is: A cleanly formulated, nondrying gel cleanser with exfoliating, natural salicylic acid and hydrating grape water to purify skin and absorb excess oil.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- All-Natural Salicylic Acid: Exfoliates, visibly refining skin’s texture.
- Grape Water: Provides antioxidant, prebiotic, hydrating, and soothing benefits.
- Essential Oil Complex and Grapeseed Polyphenols: Provide antioxidant benefits, purify skin, and limit sebum oxidation to visibly reduce blackheads.


I have sensitive, acne-prone, slightly oily skin. Finding products that don't make my face break out or create a rash can be difficult. ...Works for my acne prone skin...I used this product for 6 months already and it's the only one for which my skin never had a bad reaction like a break out !

What it is: A soothing, gentle, foaming gel cleanser that visibly minimizes pores, while removing impurities and makeup without drying skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Amino Acid: Breaks down impurities to eliminate pore-clogging dirt, debris, and makeup.
- Aloe Vera Leaf Juice: Mega-hydrator calms, soothes, and quenches for healthy, glowing skin.
- Moringa: Removes the remnants of pore-clogging environmental pollution.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


I have acne prone sensitive skin and I crave this when I feel like a pimple or breakout is coming....Gentle enough on my super acne-prone skin that it doesn't cause break outs but removes my makeup at the end of the day.

What it is: A universal face wash that’s proven to maintain skin’s pH while also cleansing, softening, and hydrating all skin types and tones.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Gel


It didn’t do any of it and made me breakout more into big pimples :( I stopped using it a week after the breakout seeing that it didn’t help with acne at all. ...I liked this cleanser. Majority of my breakouts are hormonal acne and I don’t think this helped that much. ...Didn’t help with hormonal acne

What it is: A medical-grade, non-drying cleanser for those who experience persistent, stubborn blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Benzoyl Peroxide 5%: Fights existing breakouts and prevents new ones by killing bacteria.
- Glycerin 5%: Helps combat the drying effects of benzoyl peroxide.
- Hyaluronic Acid 0.05%: Remains on the skin post-wash to lock in moisture.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

What Else You Need to Know: This cleanser is perfect for frequent, stubborn blemishes. Benzoyl peroxide targets persistent breakouts and ki

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