The best face washes for acne-prone skin

Keep you skin clear and beautiful with our pick of the best face washes for acne...

When dealing with spots, it’s important to kick-start your daily skincare routine with a deep-cleansing face wash – but choosing the right one requires some careful thought.

Specially designed for troubled skin, these targeted solutions will help reduce breakouts and keep skin looking beautifully clear.

1. Boots Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash

Boots’ own-brand skincare range features something for every skin type, and this budget buy happens to work a treat on blemish-prone skin types. Formulated with tea tree and witch hazel, two ingredients which are both used widely in spot treatments, it claims to deeply cleanse and refresh the skin to keep it clear and healthy. Our favourite part about this one is how gentle it feels on the face. It effectively lifts dirt, oil and makeup – which you can see coming off in the sink – without drying out the skin. The green-tinted product is dispensed through a pump bottle and instantly foams up as it is released.

£4.19, Boots, Buy it now

2. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Cleansing Gel

When it comes to products for sensitive skin, the skincare experts at La Roche-Posay are on top of their game. This soluble gel cleanser, created with oily and acne-prone skin types in mind, is soap-free, which means it won’t strip the skin of its own moisture. Infused with the brand’s soothing Thermal Spring Water, it gently purifies and removes access oil and impurities to leave skin fresh and shine-free. Work a small amount of the product into a lather and will produce a gentle foam that applies smoothly on to skin.

£9, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

3. Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Cleanser

This cleanser is part of Murad’s problem-solving Blemish Control range, developed by celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Murad. The powerful formula contains salicylic acid, which remains active for hours and works to address the common causes of acne (dirt, oil and irritants). With a thick gel texture, it not only leaves the skin clean and prepped before any further treatments, but also calms inflammation and reduces redness – thanks to the addition of Green Tea extract.

£19.49, Feel Unique, Buy it now
4. Clinique Anti Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam

Clinique, with its fragrance-free promise, is a safe bet for the most sensitive skin. This mild cleanser from its 3-step Anti Blemish Solutions range, suitable for most skin types, is created from an anti-redness formulation that lightly hydrates the skin, leaving it smooth and beautifully soft. Once applied, the lightweight foam almost instantly lifts oil and impurities while soothing the skin. The salicylic acid it contains helps create a barrier against further blemishes, which makes it perfect for anyone who suffers from regular breakouts.

£18.50, Look Fantastic, Buy it now

5. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser

Charcoal skincare is all the rage as of late. A blend of purifying charcoal, eco-friendly jojoba beads and brightening tomato extract, this paraben-free formula works to gently exfoliate and deep clean pores for a healthy and clear complexion. It reduces redness and buffs away dead skin cells, so you can look forward to radiant, glowing skin that everyone will notice. Its luxuriously thick texture also makes it feel more like an expensive spa treatment – winner.

£5.99, Superdrug, Buy it now

VERDICT: If you’re looking for an affordable cleanser to help deal with regular breakouts, then you really can’t go wrong with the Tea Tree & Witch Hazel Foaming Face Wash from Boots. It works fast to remove a build-up of impurities and doesn’t leave the skin feeling tight or dry.




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