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

$49.00

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

$59.00

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....Awesome for my sensitive, acne prone skin.. Must buy!

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

$60.00

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.

BlumeMeltdown Gel Cleanser

ITEM: 2771210

Size: 6 oz / 177 ml

10 Reviews

$40.50

This cleanser is Ahhhmazing...I have been using this cleanser for a week and my skin feels amazing. Most cleansers that focus on acne prone skin leave my skin feeling dry, itchy and I hate that feeling this is not like most acne prone skin cleanser. ...My new favourite cleanser...This cleanser is great for acne prone skin. I’m currently having a bad breakout due to my cycle and my skin is very irritated.

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

ShiseidoDeep Cleansing Foam

ITEM: 2100063

Size: 4.4 oz/ 125 mL

57 Reviews

$48.50

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. ...I have very oily, acne prone skin. This is great for oil control. Could be drying if you tend to have drier skin.

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.

$60.00

This cleanser is amZing. I normally use the IS Clinical cleanser which is what I have been loving for my acne prone skin for the past 6 months. ...I’ve received compliments saying that my skin is glowing and looks amazing. I have acne prone skin and this has diminish any imperfections

What it is: A gel cleanser expertly formulated with visible blemish-clearing, skin-restoring ingredients including salicylic acid, niacinamide, and a Prebiotic Complex.

Skin Type:
Combination and Oily

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

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Helps diminish the appearance of blemishes while encouraging natural, gentle exfoliation.
- Prebiotic Complex: Balances and restores skin flora to minimize dry, stripped, and damaged skin.
- Niacinamide: Visibly smooths uneven skin tone from post-blemish marks.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

$52.50

30 pads for $35, i dont see how it can be justified. if you have an adequate skin cleansing routine, this doesn’t help much. I used oil cleanser to remove makeup, then after shower/bath, cleanse my face again with Ceramic Slip cleanser from Sunday Riley. ...They’re expensive, yes, but I have to admit I swear by these wipes. My face is acne-prone, flush and just plain finicky, and these really help calm my complexion without drying it out.

What it is: A skin-clarifying alternative to alcohol-based toners, these Prep Pads cleanse, clarify, and condition in one simple swipe.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

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

Formulation: Lightweight Wipes

Highlighted Ingredients:
- SteriGLO™ Complex: Proprietary peptide technology designed to purify and condition the skin prior to GloPRO use.
- Lemongrass, Lavender, and Cedarwood Essential Oils: Help protect skin from free-radical damage.
- Citric Acid: Supports natural collagen and diminishes the appearance of dark spots.

$57.00

I have combination and acne prone skin. Tried many products to help with my acne breakout but nothing helped. ...Absolutely love! It’s great for acne prone skin and sensitive skin!

What it is: A non-drying 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, Oiliness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Natural-Origin 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.

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

What Else You Need to Know: With no soap o

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