exfoliators for acne-prone skin

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

If you have acne-prone skin, an exfoliator can help to clear up your complexion. These products are designed to remove the top layer of dead skin cells, which helps to prevent future breakouts.

$35.00

I am obsessed with this product. It made my skin feel smooth and brightened it up. Doesn’t really have a smell too it and this bottle will last you quite a while especially if you skin cults like me and only exfoliate once a week...I have oily acne-prone skin and this product is amazing for it! ...Great for acne prone skin

What it is: A liquid leave-on exfoliant with two percent salicylic acid (BHA) to unclog congested pores and visibly fade red marks for clearer-, healthier-looking skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid (BHA) 2%: Penetrates pores to help reduce blemish-causing debris, dead skin, and excess oil.
- Allantoin: Skin-soothing ingredient calms redness and sensitivity
- Hyaluronic Acid (Sodium Hyaluronate): Provides lightweight hydration and helps skin retain moisture.

$34.00

I love caffeine products and use an exfoliate weekly. I have combo/ acne prone skin. This polish is gentle enough, not too harsh and brightens my skin. ...It doesnt break me out & I have acne prone skin. It truly is a miracle worker! I highly recommend.

What it is: A mineral scrub with energizing caffeine that revitalizes and visibly smooths and brightens a dull, lackluster complexion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dullness, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluroset™ Complex: Delivers immediate and lasting moisture to nourish, plump, and smooth.
- Fine Perlite: A mineral that provides gentle physical exfoliation without abrasion.
- Caffeine: An antioxidant that boosts circulation for visibly smoother and brighter skin.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This gentle scrub visibly improves skin's texture an

$24.00

Don't purchase if you don't have skin problems...I'm not prone to break outs, dead skin, or de-hydration. ...I’ve used this ONCE and overnight had a dramatic difference in the tone and texture of my skin. I have mildly sensitive, acne prone skin and had no irritation with the first use.

What it is: A leave-on exfoliating solution that gently sloughs away surface dullness, refining the look of pores while smoothing skin texture.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dullness, and Uneven Skin Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- 10 Percent Triple Acid Blend (Glycolic, Malic, and Lactic Acids): Exfoliates dead skin, smooths away surface dullness, and hydrates for a brighter, more even-looking complexion.
- Phytic Acid with Pumpkin, Papaya, and Pineapple Enzymes: Help enhance skin exfoliation for more glowing skin.
- Frankincense, Honey, and Tea Extract: Helps soothe.

$30.00

I’ve been using this off and on for a couple of years and I love it as a gentle daily exfoliant that leaves my skin noticeably softer and smoother. I also appreciate that most of the brand’s products are folliculitis (“fungal acne”) and acne safe. ...I've been using this product for some 4 months now and it makes a huge difference to the appearance and texture of my skin. It is great used in conjunction with other treatments to combat body acne + acne scars.

What it is: An oil-free, leave-on, chemical-exfoliant gel for the body that targets uneven texture (such as KP), strawberry skin, discoloration, and ingrown hair.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Lactic Acid 10%: Dissolves buildup of dead skin cells.
- Urea 5%: Moisturizes and gently exfoliates skin.
- Centella asiatica: Calms visible irritation.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains l

$37.00

I moisture after ever use and my skin is silky smooth. It worked great to clear up my acne too. ...Best exfoliator I have found to date!...Clinique's Sparkle Skin is great for my acne-prone back and chest. I have oily skin, which clogs pores and causes acne (even though I shower daily)!

What it is: A refreshing exfoliator that smooths and softens body skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

What Else You Need to Know: This gentle exfoliator helps you feel softer all over. It whisks away visible surface dryness and dullness and nourishes skin, leaving a buffed glow.

$27.00

Great for mature, acne prone skin. My face always feels so clean and fresh after I use it! ...Beautiful soft skin and youthful...I love this Origins checks and balances polishing exfoliator and it is much better than other facial exfoliators I have user in the past.I love how my face looks brighter and feels smoother after using this product.It is a very gentle on skin and easy to apply and rinse off.I feel like my skin looks healthier and more youthful.I did not have any bad skin reactions after using this product and I like the light scent of this facial scrub.I would purchase this product in the future when needed and recommend it to others looking for a facial exfoliator.

What it is: A gentle yet effective face scrub that uses polishing power from nature—Bamboo & Mineral Silica—to reduce the look of pores and reveal smoother-looking skin.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Pores and Uneven Texture


Highlighted Ingredients:

- Bamboo and Mineral Silica: Gently and effectively buff skin for a polished look.

- Tourmaline: Purifies and visibly re-energizes skin.


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

$66.00

I’ve been using this for 3 days now and it stopped my acne. My face is smooth and glowing and I can’t stop touching my face. ...I have occasional hormonal acne on my jawline. After 7 days I was able to notice a huge difference.

What it is: A calming powder cleanser, with AHAs, BHAs, and hyaluronic acid, that gently exfoliates to smooth and soothe skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Highlighted Ingredients:
- AHAs and BHAs: Help polish dead skin cells to reveal visibly smoother, softer skin.
- Hyaluronic Acid: Helps support skin’s moisture barrier.
- Coconut Milk and Oat Bran Extract: Help nourish and soothe skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, triclosan, and contains less than one

$48.00

The formula effectively tackles dandruff, flakiness, and even mild scalp acne. I was pleasantly surprised by how soothing it felt upon application, with no irritation whatsoever. ...I was gifted by Act+Acre their BHA Salicylic Acid Scalp Renew Exfoliator. I have long curly dark brown hair and unfortunately my scalp is very prone to dandruff.

What it is: A 15-minute pre-wash treatment, formulated with 0.15 percent salicylic acid, that gently exfoliates the scalp to release loose flakes and combat excess sebum.

Hair Texture: Straight, Wavy, Curly, and Coily

Hair Type: Fine, Medium, and Thick

Hair Concerns:
- Dandruff
- Flaky/Dry Scalp
- Oily Scalp

Key Benefits:
- Exfoliates the scalp to release loose flakes
- Combats excess scalp sebum and oil
- Alleviates scalp itch and sensitivity

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Addresses loose flakes and excess sebum.
- Papaya Extract: Breaks down dead skin cells and restores scalp hydration.
- Peppermint Oil: Quickly cools and reduces scalp sensitivity.

$66.00

Great for acne prone skin as well! Gifted by Dermalogica....It’s a very gentle kind of exfoliant. Leaves the skin ultra soft and helps a lot to my acne prone skin.

What it is: A gentle rice-based powder cleanser that exfoliates skin while visibly brightening, smoothing texture, and clearing clogged pores.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Uneven Texture, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Papain Enzymes and Salicylic Acid: Draw out excess oil, clear clogged pores, and smooth the skin.
- Rice Bran-Derived Phytic Acid: Gently exfoliates to visibly brighten and balance uneven skin tone.
- Colloidal Oatmeal: Calms skin, reducing the appearance of redness and irritation.

$59.00

Brandts products before and they are all incredible. I have very acne prone skin and after the first use of this I saw and felt results. ...My oily, acne prone skin is also very sensitive and this doesn't aggravate it at all.

What it is: A professional-grade treatment that uses physical and chemical exfoliation to target impurities, cleanse skin, and refine the look of pores.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dullness and Uneven Skin Textures, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Micro-size Aluminum Oxide Crystals: Cleanse and improve the look of skin texture.
- Salicylic Acid: Helps unclog pores.
- Lentil Seed Extract: Refines the look of pores.

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