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pimple cleansers

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for pimple cleansers.

Pimple cleansers are a new and growing category of skincare products that have been designed to help you get rid of your pimples faster. They are usually made with natural ingredients like tea tree oil and salicylic acid, which are known for their ability to dry up blemishes and unblock pores. Here are some of the best pimple cleansers available today.

$11.99

I see somewhat of an improvement in my skin but this definitely doesn’t solve all my problems. If I do break out from hormonal acne, it does dry up the spots well enough. ...I have noticed that my breakouts have only been one or two zits a month compared to the full blown chin and cheek break outs that they were.

What it is: A lightly foaming cleanser that dissolves makeup and dirt while penetrating pores to visibly diminish blackheads and breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 2%: Gently exfoliates and unclogs pores by dislodging dead skin cells.
- Zinc Compound: Mops up excess sebum and soothes skin.
- Allantoin 0.5%: Soothes irritation and supports growth of healthy skin tissue.

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

$23.50

I love this cleanser!! My skin is about as sensitive as it gets along with having acne....it cleans my face great. ...I was skeptical of trying this, mostly because of my combination skin, I have odd break outs here and there so I was hoping this wouldn't cause more breakouts.

What it is: A refreshing cleanser with two percent salicylic acid that clears the look of blemishes and targets future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid and Acetyl Glucosamine: Remove dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This refreshing cleanser with two percent salicylic acid clears the look of blemishes, absorbs oil, and unclogs pores. After use, skin feels fresh, soft, and smooth.

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$39.00

SKIN: both oily and dry. I break out every once and awhile, have a few dark spots. ...my skin is very dry and this product hydrates very well. My acne is sooo bad i have been trying to get rid of it for the past 6 months and nothing has worked but then i tried this and it has helped my acne so much i had under the skin pimples and zits and whitehead’s and it got rid of it all.

What it is: An effective blemish wash with maximum-strength two percent salicylic acid that targets the breakout cycle while removing excess oil and makeup.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dullness, Blemishes, Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid 2%: Over-the-counter level visibly clears blemishes and helps prevent future breakouts.
- Allantoin: Helps calm skin's appearance.
- Pro Vitamin B5: Helps condition and nourish the look of skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens.

What Else You Need to Know: This effective wash cleans without over drying.

$44.00

I normally don’t get acne, so these constant breakouts were new. The Kate Somerville cleanser has a sulfur base so it helps my acne more than salicylic acid (I have papule acne). ...Best for Hormonal Acne!!...I love this cleanser. I use it twice a day and it keeps annoying blemishes at bay and fights hormonal acne!!

What it is: Clinical-strength daily cleanser formulated with 3% sulfur to help visibly minimizes blackheads and breakouts.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Blemishes, Pores, Oiliness


Formulation: Cream


Highlighted Ingredients:

- 3% Sulfur: Works to fight active breakouts and prevent future breakouts

- Patented Botanical Complex with Honey and Rice Brand Extracts: Helps to calm and soothe skin

- Natural Oat Extract: Helps to absorb excess oil and balance sebum

$30.00

I’m a woman in my mid 30s that recently started experiencing cystic acne breakouts. In my younger days I had the typical acne breakouts but nothing like cystic acne, until now. ...holy grail for taming hormonal breakouts!!...When I can feel my skin starting to breakout, I’ll use it once a day. It has helped to reduce multi pimple breakouts and breakouts in general.

What it is: A multitasking cleanser that removes impurities, excess sebum, and pore buildup while visibly diminishing blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Benzoyl Peroxide 10%: An ultra-micronized, non-irritating ingredient that visibly reduces acne.
- REG-ulate360 Complex™: A blend of medical-grade actives that restores a healthy-looking appearance to hormonally imbalanced skin.
- Medical-Grade Aloe Vera: Delivers antioxidants plus vitamins A and C to soothe hormonally imbalanced skin.

$15.00

I use this all the time and it has helped my skin so much. Went from having break outs everyday to almost none!...My go-to acne cleanser...This is my go-to acne cleanser. Anytime I have a pimple that won’t evict itself, this gets the job done.

What it is: A gentle, acne-fighting face wash that thoroughly removes excess oil, pore-clogging debris, and makeup without drying skin or causing redness.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid (BHA) 0.5%: Clears away pore-clogging oil, makeup, and debris.
- Arginine: Soothes sensitive skin while visibly calming redness and irritation.
- Provitamin B5 (Panthenol): Conditions, hydrates, softens, and smooths the skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, and retinyl palmitate.

$36.00

This cleanser is definitely my go to face wash when I'm breaking out with acne. ...My pores still seem "clogged," a problem I didn't used to have before my big break-out, and I still have minor break-outs on my forehead and around my mouth (also a new break-out area for me).

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

What it is:
A powerful cleanser with two types of salicylic acid purifies pores and treats acne—even after rinsing.

Solutions for:
- Acne and blemishes
- Oiliness
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This ultimate acne gel cleanser that helps dissolve excess oil, purify pores, clear existing blemishes, and prevent future breakouts. It is formulated with two types of salicylic acid: a free form that starts treating immediately and an encapsulated form that continues treating even after rinsing. Green tea extract helps soothe and calm irritation for healthier-looking skin.

$19.50

best acne wash...I don't have a lot of acne, but am extremely oily and found it especially useful for pregnancy breakouts on face and chest! ...gentil enough to use with perscription night acne lotion, cleared body break outs

What it is: A mild soap powered by salicylic acid that helps clear and target the look of blemishes.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne, and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Bar Soap

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Removes dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This bar soap visibly targets breakouts with blemish-fighting salicylic acid. It can be used on your face and body, particularly in areas prone to breakouts like the chest, back, and shoulders. After use, skin feels

$29.00

It has not dried out my skin or caused any breakouts !...I really like this cleanser. It has a mild lather and scent. I love cleansers with pumps, for easier use.

What it is: A gel-to-foam cleanser that absorbs excess oil and pore-clogging impurities that cause acne and breakouts.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Beta Hydroxy Acid: Nourishes and unclogs pores.
- Zinc PCA: Absorbs excess oils.
- Chilean Soap Bark: Gently cleanses without stripping skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and sulfates SLS & SLES. It is also cruelty-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This universal, gel-to-foam, frothy cleanser absorbs excess oil and pore-clogging impurities with beta hydroxy acid (BHA) and oil-controlling zinc PCA. It is also infused w

$29.00

bye zits!...I'm 42 but still breakout due to sensitive skin and my face was looking pretty broken out until I bought this, it works. ...Like any facial cleanser that truly works, you will break out before you become clear.

What it is: A gentle foaming cleanser with spot-targeting technology to fight new and emerging impurities while shrinking the look of pores.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Foam

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Teatreement™ Solution (Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, 4-Terpineol): Cleanses impurities and supports skin‘s pH balance.
- Green Calming Complex (Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract): Soothes and hydrates.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, minera

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