The 7 Best Face Washes for Getting Rid of Stubborn Acne

Once. And. For. All.

If you struggle with acne, you know that every single product you use can make or break you—especially your face wash, which you're slathering all over your precious visage twice a day. If something's too harsh, it will irritate your skin and exacerbate your breakouts. You want a formula that's going treat your acne with the right ingredients while wiping away every last scrap of excess oil, dirt, and makeup. Here, your saviors.

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1 Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser

If you're partial to a gel texture, you'll this love this formula, which lathers like a dream and is packed with bacteria-cleansing antioxidants like purifying willow bark extract and anti-inflammatory rosemary leaf. 

Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser; $28; sephora.com.

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2 Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

A common complaint about drugstore cleansers is that they're overly drying. But rest assured that this moisture-rich soy formula will keep your skin hydrated while working to clear up blemishes. 


Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser, $7.99; amazon.com

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3 First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay

A foaming gel face wash with red clay (yes, seriously!), it reduces sebum production to help control breakouts while impressively removing every bit of stubborn grime the day throws at you.


First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay, $24; sephora.com.

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4 Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser

This popular cleanser is infused with aloe vera and chamomile to sooth and restore balance to the skin in kid gloves fashion, i.e. it won't strip or dehydrate the skin.


Ole Henriksen Aloe Vera Deep Cleanser, $24; amazon.com

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5 Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment

This medicated whipped formula contains 3% sulfur to help draw out impurities from clogged pores while preventing future blemishes, as well as honey and rice bran extract that soothe skin and keep it balanced. 

Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Cleanser Acne Treatment, $38; nordstrom.com.

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6 Lush Herbalism Face and Body Cleanser

If body acne is also a concern, this deep-cleansing kaolin clay with rice bran will sop up every last bit of excess oil while toning and nourishing the skin for a clearer, smoother complexion all over. 


Lush Herbalism Face and Body Cleanser, $15.95; lushusa.com.

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7 Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser

The coolest part about this low foaming acne cleanser is its sustained-release salicylic acid technology, which stays active even after you've rinsed it off.

Murad Time Release Acne Cleanser, $32, sephora.com.

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