cleansers for hormonal acne

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

If you're a woman with hormonal acne, you know that the right cleanser can make all the difference. The key is finding one that's gentle enough for your skin, yet effective enough to clear up your blemishes. Here are some of our favorites.


I use this in conjunction with my clarisonic, and my face is smooth, soft, clean, and I have no acne other than hormonal acne due to my cycle....This product has done wonders for my hormonal acne. So gentle yet so effective. I no longer even need to use a toner, this takes off all my make up!

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 recognize everyone has very different skin, but this product worked sooooo well for me! I have hormonal acne, and have been struggling for years to get this back under control. ...Best cleanser EVER!!!...I suggest this to every and anyone looking for a cleanser to help with any active acne WITHOUT drying the skin

What it is: A cleansing gel that gently exfoliates, decongests pores, removes makeup, and washes away bacteria with the power of hydroxy acids.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and blemishes, Oiliness

Formulation: Heavy Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Willow Bark Extract: Gently exfoliates and clears pores (contains salicylic acid).
- Farnesol: Helps prevent breakouts by preventing the growth of bacteria on the skin.
- Barosma Betulina Leaf Extract: Works to reduce and refine pores by balancing oil production.


I’ve had an unrelenting fight with hormonal acne for years. Tried the 30 day kit & was impressed. ...Holy Grail for Hormonal Acne...I love this product. It cleared up my hormonal acne in 5 days and has kept it under control for the past 3 months.

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


Works well for my congested pores and hormonal acne...This product has done wonders for my hormonal acne. I use it along with the Exfolikate moisturizer.

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.


It cleared my hormonal acne within a week. I have dry/oily skin, can’t recommend enough!!...Favourite cleanser!!!...I’ve tried so many different cleansers from Sephora and this is the only cleanser with salicylic acid that hasn’t dried out my skin or made it worse.

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


I typically have hormonal acne around the time my period comes around. ...It cleanses well by targeting facial acnes and within a week, you will notice a difference.

What it is: A lightweight gel cleanser that targets acne and removes makeup without stripping your skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Redness, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Penetrates pores to target acne blemishes and blackheads.

- Maltobionic Acid: Gently exfoliates to reveal smoother-looking skin.

- Ceramide Complex: Supports the skin barrier to support elasticity and enhance moisture.


I’ve been using this product for about 8 months and unfortunately I haven’t noticed anything special about this cleanser. I suffer with brutal hormonal acne and I found that this product gave me more blemishes and didn’t clean out my pores despite my using facial tools....It’s great if you have oily and acne prone skin. It remove makeup like no other cleanser I’ve used and leaves a squeaky clean feeling on your skin.

What it is: An oil-free cleanser that leaves your face with a clean, balanced feeling and a matte finish.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

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

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Bamboo Extract: Absorbs oil, leaving the skin with a healthy, matte appearance and a squeaky-clean feel.

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

What Else You Need to Know: This oil-free cleanser creates a fresh, lightweight foam as you lather, purging skin of oil, dirt, and makeup buildup.

DermalogicaClearing Skin Wash

Size: 8.4 oz/ 250 mL·ITEM: 2239614

27 Reviews


this face wash is simply amazing. i had been struggling with adult acnes for more than a year. i had tried various good brands but none of them seemed to work. i am now using this face wash for almost 2 weeks and almost all my acnes are gone. i dont have any active acne currently. would definitely recommend his product. i use it along with dermalogica age bright serum. most of the face washes i had used in the past were very harsh to my skin. they ended up flaking the skin, causing it very dry. but this one is really gentle....I bought it since it was recommended for me for my adult acne! It does not help with my hormonal flare ups during my period, but it does help maintain my complexion during the other three weeks of the month.

What it is: A foaming cleanser that helps clear skin and reduce the appearance of skin aging.

Skin Type: Normal, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Acne and Blemishes, Pores, and Oiliness

Formulation: Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid: Stimulates natural exfoliation to help clear clogged follicles.
- Menthol and Camphor: Help cool and calm the skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. This product is also vegan, cruelty-free.


Completely cleared and healed my hormonal acne! After I turned 25 I’ve struggled with skin issues around my chin this stuff is a life saver. ...I have acne prone combination skin and I have tried so many cleansers that just don’t clean my skin good enough.

What it is: A gel cleanser that transforms into a cloud-like foaming lather to hydrate with hyaluronic acid and to gently remove makeup, excess oil, and impurities.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Hyaluronic Acid: Drenches skin with a liquid cloud of moisture and improves hydration.
- Amilite®: Effectively cleanses without stripping skin of moisture.
- Squalane, Marshmallow Extract, and Sodium PCA: Work to soothe and visibly soften skin.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone

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