The Best Acne Face Wash for Each Skin Type

Acne can be a pain. There is nothing more frustrating than constant blemishes on your face, making it hard for you to feel your best. Luckily, there are plenty of acne remedies available, including acne face washes. To aid in the quest for clear skin, we have found the best acne face wash for each skin type.

First, you will need to determine what kind of skin you have. There are five different types:

  • Normal – Normal skin does not produce a lot of oil nor does it flake. Generally, people with normal skin have medium sized pores.
  • Oily – Oily skin tends to produce a lot of oil causing it to shine. This type of skin has large pores, and is prone to breakouts and blemishes.
  • Dry – Dry skin can feel tight, and is prone to dry patches and/or flakes. It also has smaller pores and tends to wrinkle easily.
  • Combination- Combination skin can be dry in some areas and oily in others. Generally, the t-zone is oily, and other places are dry and/or flaky. This type of skin also has medium sized pores.
  • Sensitive- Sensitive skin is easily irritated and generally has smaller pores. It can be prone to redness and itchy areas.

One way to test your skin type, is to wash your face, wait about an hour, and then pay attention to the condition of your skin. Is it oily? Is it tight? Is it a little bit of both? Your answers to these questions will lead you to the correct skin type.

Now that you know your skin type, it’s time to pick out the best acne face wash for you. All of the following face washes have received high praise and fabulous reviews, leading us to include them in our list. If you are suffering from acne issues or if you want to prevent them, there’s something on this list for you.

Normal Skin

Clearasil Pore Cleansing Pads – These pads help treat and prevent acne using two percent salicylic acid. They also deep clean your pores.

Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash – This face wash helps to maintain moisture (which helps to prevent wrinkles), and it removes the impurities and pollutants from your skin, helping it to prevent breakouts.


Bio Creative Lab Petal Fresh Botanicals Whitening and Clearing Acne Facial Wash– This acne face wash has oatmeal and chamomile. It gets rid of impurities, and removes makeup. Its oil absorbing formula is perfect for oily skin.

Noxzema Triple Clean Anti-Bacterial Lathering Cleanser– This one decreases bacteria on the skin, using anti-bacterial properties. This helps to fight blemishes.


pHisoderm pH Anti-Blemish Gel Facial Wash– This face wash will not dry your skin and it contains salicylic acid. And for dry skin, the combination of moisture and acne fighting properties, is a win-win.

Alpha Hydrox Foaming Face Wash– Also in the normal skin category, this one is wonderful for dry skin as well, because it helps your skin retain moisture, while removing impurities.

Pre-Peel Salicylic Deep Gel Exfoliating Cleanser– This product is meant to be used in conjunction with their peel, but a lot of the reviewers used it by itself, and had wonderful results. It is professionally formulated and it contains salicylic acid, tea tree oil, and green tea extract. It is proven to kill the bacteria responsible for acne and they also guarantee the quality of the product.

Peter Thomas Roth Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash Facial Scrub– The Peter Thomas Roth face wash helps to prevent new breakouts using salicylic acid. It soothes and calms the skin, enabling it to heal, using Allantoin.


Acne Cleanser Acne Clarifying Cleanser with 2% Salicylic Acid, Antioxidants, and Natural Botanical Extracts– This product is two percent salicylic acid, and it has antioxidants, and botanical extracts, to help soothe the skin. It contains high purity ingredients and it’s paraben free.

Kinerase Gentle Daily Cleaner– The gentle daily cleanser has green tea extract to help calm the skin. The foaming is gentle, allowing the skin to retain its essential nutrients.

Now, all you have to do is choose the right one for you and get to washing. Hopefully this guide has been helpful for you, and will provide many days of clear and beautiful skin.

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AcneScar Prevention February 21, 2014, 10:24 am

Nice article, will check them out, thank you… :)

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