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. You need one that's gentle enough for sensitive skin, yet powerful enough to remove dirt and oil without leaving behind a residue. Here are some of our favorite cleansers for people with acne-prone skin.

MuradClarifying Cleanser

ITEM: 1968312

Size: 6.75 oz/ 200 mL

2.5K Reviews


Amazing for acne prone skin. I find a bit to harsh to use everyday but If your experiencing any breakouts. ...I have oily, acne-prone skin and this is a cleanser I've been using for years now. ...Amazing for acne prone skin !...Perfect for acne-prone skin!

What it is:
A maximum-strength gel cleanser that combats acne and skin breakouts.

What it is formulated to do:
Clarifying Cleanser’s rich lather strips away pore-clogging grime, oil, and irritants, while encapsulated salicylic acid provides a sustained release of medication for hours of acne treatment, even after rinsing. A bestselling Murad product for nearly 20 years, this cleanser is recommended as the first step in any Murad acne routine. Clarifying Cleanser is formulated to improve skin’s health as part of Dr. Murad’s Inclusive Health® system of care.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
- Parabens
- Sulfates
- Phthalates


Awesome for my sensitive, acne prone skin.. Must buy!...Good cleansing, smells good and not too chemically, but it didn’t do much for my oily/combo acne prone skin other than clean it. I didn’t repurchase, but for anyone who doesn’t have acne prone skin I’d suggest this as a good daily cleanser for sure.

What it is: A top-selling facial cleanser—now formulated without parabens.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Conditions skin for a lightly hydrated, non-stripped feel.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, and phthalates.

What Else You Need to Know: This award-winning facial cleanser melts away dirt, oil, and makeup. It tones and lightly hydrates in one simple step for skin that feels perfectly clean and comfortably balanced.

Clinical Results: In a 1-week self-assessment study with 101 women (ages 18


I absolutely love this cleanser! I have acne prone skin mostly hormonal acne. this really helps to control and calm my skin. ...It's non drying and good for my acne prone skin. It also works great with my Clarasonic.

What it is: A daily, clinic-inspired exfoliating cleanser with AHAs and enzymes that helps boost radiance and refine pores.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dark spots, Dullness and uneven texture

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:

- Papaya, Pineapple, and Pumpkin Enzymes: Naturally enhance skin exfoliation without overdrying.

- Glycolic Acid and Lactic Acid: Refine the appearance of pores and help clear buildup on skin's surface.


Great cleanser and not drying...I really liked this cleanser. My skin feels clean, but not too dry. I have acne-prone skin and it didn't make me break out. ...I liked this cleanser. I have dry, acne prone skin. I found it was effective at removing sunscreen without drying my skin.

What it is: A fragrance-free, pH-balanced foaming cleanser that’s clinically proven to remove makeup, mineral SPF, and pollution without stripping skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Oiliness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:

-Hydrating Sugar Complex: Natural sugars bind moisture to skin to hydrate even after rinsing. -Plant-Based Surfactants: Gentle sulfate alternatives that dissolve buildup without drying.

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

SEPHORA COLLECTIONCleansing + Exfoliating Wipes

Size: Rose / 1 pack·ITEM: 2616811

Color: Rose

556 Reviews


I have acne prone and super sensitive skin. These aloe wipes are THEE BEST. ...Gifted by Sephora collection, these wipes are very gentle on my acne, prone, dry, sensitive skin. I like that it doesn’t have a scent.

What it is: A pack of cleansing or exfoliating wipes infused with micellar water to quickly remove makeup for visibly clearer, brighter skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness and Dullness

Formulation: Wipes

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan.

What Else You Need to Know: These cleansing wipes quickly remove makeup and hydrate skin for up to six hours. Skin appears plumped, toned, and more radiant. The formulas include 98 percent natural-origin ingredients: coconut to soothe, aloe vera and watermelon for hydration, rose for radiance, and grapefruit for dual exfoliation.

Clinical Results: Coconut: In a scientific test on 11 volunteers, re

BlumeMeltdown Gel Cleanser

ITEM: 2771210

Size: 6 oz / 177 ml

0 Reviews


What it is: A refreshingly gentle gel cleanser that cleans thoroughly and is made with green tea, salicylic acid, and ceramides to leave skin feeling balanced and purified.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Visibly reduces redness and unplugs clogged pores in order to fight breakouts.
- Ceramides: Strengthen and maintain the skin’s moisture barrier.
- Green Tea Leaf Extract: An antioxidant that soothes visible redness and irritation.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mi

tarteknockout daily exfoliating cleanser

ITEM: 2315877

Size: 4.19 oz/ 124 mL

59 Reviews


changed my acne prone skin for the better...The results were almost immediate with getting rid of acne. I follow up with the milk beauty vegan moisturizer and, my skin has never felt so good. ...Might not be for the acne prone...My skin feels great and my black heads are gone but it did nothing for my acne.

What it is: A vegan AHA and BHA cleanser that helps dissolve dead skin, exfoliate, and refine pores while delivering an invigorating lather for skin that feels soft and smooth.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Apple Extract: Known to increase skin hydration.
- Lactic Acid: Exfoliates dead skin cells and is gentle enough for sensitive skin.
- Salicylic Acid: A skin-balancing ingredient that promotes cell renewal and is ideal for acne-prone skin.


No complaints, I enjoy this as an everyday cleanser. I have oily/combo acne prone skin with hyperpigmentation and texture concerns....I have normal skin and noticed how much softer my skin felt after each wash.

What it is: A gentle face wash with turmeric, Manuka honey, and chamomile to calm and soothe your skin and spirit.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Acne and Blemishes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Turmeric: Gently purifies and helps calm the look of skin.
- Manuka Honey: Draws moisture into the skin for long-lasting hydration.
- Chamomile: Helps calm and soothe the look of skin.

What Else You Need to Know: This is a facial cleanser that purifies your skin with antioxidant-rich, hydrating Manuka honey and calming turmeric. It was developed with a board-certified dermatologist.

ShiseidoDeep Cleansing Foam

ITEM: 2100063

Size: 4.4 oz/ 125 mL

54 Reviews


I was concerned at first, because I have sensitive skin. I am 48, and struggled with acne prone skin since puberty. ...Worthwhile for Oily or Acne Prone Skin types....Used this for the 1st time tonight - thick and rich foam left oily/acne prone skin feeling supple, clean and hydrated.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Oily

What it is:
A freshening foaming cleanser with purifying granules that effectively lift away oil, dirt, sebum, pollutants, and makeup from skin and pores for a clear, smooth finish.

Solutions for:
- Oiliness
- Acne and blemishes
- Pores

If you want to know more…
This foaming cleanser effectively removes sebum and pollutants to tone the pores, leaving skin fresh and smooth. Formulated for oily to blemish-prone skin and featuring internal power resist technology, this cleanser helps remove impurities while softening and visibly strengthening the skin. This cleanser is to be used daily, in the morning and evening as the first step in your skincare regimen.

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