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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.

$28.00

Caused Breakouts...Was a little hesitan also bc some ppl said it gave them extremely bad breakouts. I have extremely good skin! I don't have acne, don't have sensitive skin, rarely break out like EVER etc.) did this the night before and woke up to the WORST zit I've ever had 22 years of living!!! ...When ever i get rough/bumpy skin on face where you can see the pimples under but not surfacing.

What it is: A dual-action exfoliator that smooths and polishes skin to reveal a natural glow; lactic acid and fruit enzymes clean clogged pores in as little as one use.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Skintone, Pores, and Fine Lines and Wrinkles

Formulation: Scrub

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes: Naturally enhance skin exfoliation without overdrying.
- Lactic Acid, Salicylic Acid, and Silica: Lactic and salicylic acid provide chemical exfoliation while natural ingredient silica works to physically exfoliate dead skin cells from the surface.

$59.00

Prefer the other Dr. Brandt exfoliator...Both exfoliators worked well with my Asian, combination/oily, acne scarred/prone skin. ...I have a hard time with my pores and break outs from oiliness and this helps clear my skin.

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.

$46.00

My skin is brighter and more firm and if I notice any sort of zit, I just use this product and it disappears!!!!!...I use this morning and night. I have combination skin and am prone to acne - even at 41 years old.

What it is: A highly active cleanser with a trio of exfoliating acids and jojoba skin-polishing beads to visibly brighten and reveal smoother, younger-looking skin.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic, Lactic, and Glycolic Acids: Provide gentle exfoliation, help reveal softer, smoother skin, and encourage cell turnover.
- Jojoba Beads: Manually exfoliate and help remove dull, dry skin.
- Sodium PCA: Attracts and helps skin retain moisture.

What Else You Need to Know: AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser is an intensive triple-action exfoliator with a proprietary blend of salicylic, lactic, and glycolic acids. The acids encourage cell turnover to reveal a visibly brighter, younger-looking complexion.

$58.00

I got this as a sample on a previous purchase. I had some ingrown acne in my chin and I decided to put this mask on and oh miracle the acne that I had in my chin popped and the inflammation went away and the pimple dry. ...I don’t think I will ever not have this mask around! I have pretty red skin, combination and can be acne prone. Was going through a pretty bad break out and used this mask..woke up the next day to glowing skin and a lot of my acne has cleared up.

What it is: A gentle yet effective AHA-BHA mask to resurface the look of skin and reveal visibly improved clarity, texture, and tone.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Naturally Derived AHA Blend: Exfoliates and visibly improves skin texture.
- Willow Bark Extract (BHA): Visibly improves skin clarity and purifies pores.
- Aloe Vera Gel and Rose Water: A cooling gel base that provides soothing hydration.

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

$42.00

Ahhhhhmazing for dry and acne prone skin...Bought this needing something for my dry skin and acne and this works perfectly! Finishes my pimples super fast while making me glow from the cell turnover! ...what pimple?...A must have for pimples of any kind, reduces inflammation in less than 24 hours.

What it is: A nourishing exfoliator that visibly resurfaces skin with five acids and botanicals to reveal a tighter, brighter, and smoother look.

Highlighted Ingredients:
- AHA and BHA Acid Complex 25%: Uses glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to help unclog pores and visibly resurface for smoother skin.
- Reishi: Supports skin’s barrier function.
- Niacinamide: Helps hydrate, soothe, and balance skin.

What Else You Need to Know: This exfoliator contains glycolic, lactic, and salicylic acids to help unclog pores and visibly resurface for smoother skin. It also includes niacinamide and adaptogenic reishi to hydrate, soothe, and balance.

$42.00

This really made my skin feel softer. I have acne prone skin and this did not make me break out. ...Exfoliator...I have very sensitive skin and I have not broken out or had any severe redness like usual.

What it is: A clinically tested, dual-action exfoliator that polishes for baby-smooth and glowing skin—inspired by professional microdermabrasion.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Pores, and Dryness

Formulation: Mask

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Micro-exfoliating Minerals (Quartz, Garnet, Alumina, Silica): Instantly polish and buff deal, dull, dry skin.
- Glycolic Acid (AHA): The gold standard in chemical exfoliation to remove dead skin and support natural cell turnover.

$79.00

This is a really good exfoliator. I use it when I break out and my skin feels babysoft and is glowing, plus it gets rid of my break outs. ...My scars are fading / less break outs!!!! Love it !!

What it is: An age-defying exfoliator that gently polishes, smooths the look of skin, and buffs away dead surface skin cells for a smoother, brighter complexion in minutes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness and Uneven Texture, Fine Lines and Wrinkles, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Scrub

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Aluminum Oxide Crystals: Professional-grade crystals that gently and effectively remove dead skin cells.

$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.

$34.00

Paula’s choice just continues to save my skin. I have really bad acne and a bunch of small pimples which this product has helped to clear up. ...I use it on my exfoliation nights and it helps to keep my acne breakouts at bay. It also helps to keep my skin texture nice and smooth.

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.

$17.00

great face wash for sensitive skin...Helped get rid of my stress zits and makes my skin silky smooth. Definitely worth a go!...NOTHING worked well on my face - it was either not enough (I would break out) or too much (break out AND red, irritated skin).

What it is:
A highly active cleanser with a trio of exfoliating acids and jojoba skin-polishing beads to revitalize skin.

What it is formulated to do:
AHA/BHA Cleanser revitalizes skin by gently exfoliating and polishing away dullness. Three exfoliating agents—salicylic acid, lactic acid, and glycolic acid—reveal younger-looking skin by loosening dulling buildup on skin’s surface. Jojoba beads polish away debris, dryness, and roughness while moisturizing agent sodium PCA attracts water to the skin to help it retain plumpness and elasticity needed to function as a strong, healthy barrier.

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