The 6 Best Cleansers For Acne-Prone Skin


If you have acne-prone skin, it can be difficult to find a cleanser that eliminates breakouts without removing 150 layers of skin in the process. 

This is because acne-fighting formulas often contain high concentrations of harsh ingredients.

And let’s face it, when we’re dealing with persistent acne breakouts, we often turn to these strong formulas in an attempt to quickly rid ourselves of any remnants of a breakout.  However, we must be careful to avoid damaging our skin barrier and causing more harm in the process.

With salicylic acid and glycolic acid on the acne-fighting all-star team, we’ve selected six cleansers that work to nourish and hydrate your skin at the same time using these ingredients.

For the most gentle yet effective cleansers formulated for acne-prone skin, keep reading…

Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant Actif

Known for their cult micellar water, another must-have skin care product has just been released by everyone’s favourite French pharmacy brand, Bioderma. Only this time, it’s in the form of an anti-blemish cleanser. Using a combination of salicylic and glycolic acid, this liquid gel consistency is gentle enough for use on sensitive skin while being potent enough to clear congestion and prevent future breakouts.

$25.49 at Chemist Warehouse

Skinceuticals LHA Cleansing Gel

A skin concern that gets little attention? Ageing complexions that are prone to breakouts. Well, if you fall into this category, we have good news! Skinceuticals’ LHA Cleansing Gel has been formulated to target just that. In addition to targeting blemishes and pores, the LHAs, glycolic and salicylic acid combination will also target photodamage.

$67 at Adore Beauty

CeraVe SA Smoothing Cleanser

As far as drugstore buys go, this one always makes our list. CeraVe’s SA Smoothing Cleanser includes a combination of hyaluronic acid and moisturising ceramides to hydrate, while salicylic acid exfoliates and decongests. 

$16.99 at Chemist Warehouse

Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser

As well as the usual acne-fighting suspects such as salicylic acid, the Kiehl’s Blue Herbal Gel Cleanser contains cinnamon bark extract for its antibacterial properties, plus ginger root extract to absorb excess oil.

$45 at Adore Beauty

Neutrogena® Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Cleanser

Make Neutrogena® Oil-Free Grapefruit Cleanser part of your daily routine and 

remove breakouts, blackheads, dirt, and oil without drying out or triggering sensitivities. Oh and, it’s pink.

$14.99 at Chemist Warehouse

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel

The La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel is ideal for oily skin types and those with light to moderate acne. The acne-fighting formula works to eliminate impurities and excess sebum, while remaining soap and alcohol-free, to ensure it does so without causing further irritation. 

$21.99 at Chemist Warehouse

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Do you suffer from acne-prone skin? Which cleanser would you like to give a go?

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  1. That review made from the BH member on dermologica is super convincing since its the only cleanser that helped her zits and I have the worst pimples and would love to try it for my self

  2. I used to. Diet change fixed it, not cleanser or skincare. Though skincare protects and quenches my skin in city harsh environment. Love oil and balm cleansers. But also anything else (gel, foam etc) that does not strip the skin and makes it feel soft.

  3. Even though I don’t have acne pron Skin I still wouldn’t mind trying this Skin Cleanser La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel would be really good for my Skin as well.

  4. I don’t have acne-prone skin but I do still get a few pimples here and there. I would like to try the Bioderma cleanser as I’ve never tried that brand before and love trying new things.

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