Nope, contrary to popular belief, acne is not, in fact, limited to teenagers. Anything from hormones, stress, and using the wrong skincare products can be the reason behind your outbreak.
Tried numerous acne treatments to fix this, but to no avail? The answer, more often than not, actually lies in your facial wash. Or, to be more specific, opting for a facial wash targeted at clearing out your acne.
If you happen to be suffering from acne right now, keep calm, and carry on: because Daily Vanity have done the homework for you and gathered a few acne facial washes that you should add to your skincare routine:
1. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Energising Foaming Cleanser
Known as a cult classic amongst the acne prone, this acne facial wash from Neutrogena cleanses deep down into your pores. Its effective, gentle, but also doesn’t dry out or irritate skin, so it’s ideal for even the most sensitive of skin types.
The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Energising Foaming Cleanser is available at all Guardian and Watsons outlets, as well as at leading supermarkets. It is also available on Lazada. It retails for SGD15.80.
2. Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser With Saw Palmetto & Mint
Formulated with acne fighting ingredients such as Salicylic Acid, this cleanser from Origins promises to clear pores, eliminate excess oil, and reduce shine, leaving only tingly and refreshed skin behind. We’re sold!
The Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser with Saw Palmetto & Mint is available at all Origins boutiques as well as its beauty counters at Tangs, Robinsons, Metro, BHG, and Isetan. It retails for SGD41.
3. Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Wash
This acne cleanser may be at maximum strength, but it also exceedingly gentle on skin. That’s right, this mild solution deeply cleanses but also makes sure your skin doesn’t dry out or get irritated, which is ideal for acne-prone skin.
The Peter Thomas Roth Acne Clearing Wash is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD69.
4. SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleanser
This one isn’t just formulated for acne-prone skin, but is also safe for ageing acne prone skin. What does that mean? Well, it mostly means that the cleanser not only helps reduce blemishes, but also refines the appearance of congested pores gently and safely without irritating the skin.
The SkinCeuticals Blemish + Age Cleanser is available on Lazada as well as at authorised dermatologists and aesthetic clinics, such as Frances Beauty Aesthetic Clinic, and Joyce Lim Skin & Laser Clinic. It retails for SGD49.
5. Kose Softymo Speedy Cleansing Oil
Don’t let the relatively simple packaging fool you— credited as Japan’s best kept secret, this cleanser from Kose is suitable for all skin types, can be used on both wet and dry skin, and also helps regulate sebum production. Say what?
6. Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam
A paraben free, mild cleansing foam that immediately helps to prevent and clear acne, the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam is a favourite amongst those with acne-prone skin. You can even ppt for the whole Clinique Clear Skin System range, which is specially formulated to reduce active blemishes by 37% in just three days!
The Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam is available at its beauty counters in BHG, Metro, Tangs, Robinsons, Takashimaya, and Isetan. It is also available at selected Sephora outlets such as Bugis +, Ngee Ann City, and Ion. It retails for SGD40.
7. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Purifying Gel
Built up makeup and oil is thoroughly cleansed with this foaming gel from La Roche-Posay, leaving skin feel squeaky clean all whilst balancing and restoring your skin’s pH levels.
8. First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay
Utilising a powerful combination of red clay, rosemary leaf oil, and botanical oxidants, this acne facial wash from First Aid Beauty is known to control outbreaks and reduce sebum production effectively.
The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser With Red Clay is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD40.
9. Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser
Known to be a pH-balanced, non-soap formulation, the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser is gentle on the skin, suitable for daily use, and significantly reduces sebum levels in just two weeks. In other words: a triple threat.
10. Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Gel Cleanser
Made of 99.4% natural ingredients, this cleanser from Burt’s Bees is great for those with oily, combination, and acne prone skin. Salicylic acid, evening primrose, and beetroot makes a winning combination when it comes to deeply cleansing without drying out or irritating your skin.
The Burt’s Bees Anti-Blemish Purifying Daily Gel Cleanser is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD32.
11. Dermalogica Clearing Face Wash
Bid goodbye to out-of-control breakouts, comedones, and excess surface oils with this baby. The Dermalogica Clearing Face Wash eliminates all of that, with its infusion of soothing botanicals helping calm skin after.
The Dermalogica Clearing Face is available at all AsterSpring outlets, as well as several other authorised retailers such as Beauty Esthetic, A&Y Beauty Paradise, and Beauty Star. It retails for SGD113.
12. The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Daily Mask Foam
This cleanser slash mask is formulated with Jeju volcanic ash, which is a excellent pore-purifying ingredient! You can use it on both dry and wet skin as well. Slather it over on dry skin for it to work like a mask, and use it on wet skin to cleanse your skin.
The Face Shop Jeju Volcanic Lava Pore Daily Mask Foam is available at all The Face Shop outlets. It retails for SGDxx.
13. Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser
This cleanser is rich in antioxidants that combats blemish-causing impurities, which, of course, makes it ideal for those with acne-prone skin. It also promises to balance oil production, improves your skin’s elasticity, as well as reduce the appearance of pores.
The Boscia Clear Complexion Cleanser is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD42.
14. Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser
A dermatologist developed cleanser, this high performance product contains both a anti-acne treatment as well as anti-ageing properties. It’s also free of parabens, sulfates, and phthalates.
The Murad Time Release Blemish Cleanser is available at selected Sephora outlets such as Tampines 1, Great World City, and Bugis +. It is also available at all Robinsons beauty counters and retails for SGD65.
15. Himalaya Oil Control Lemon Face Wash
Suitable for daily use, this cleanser deep cleanses and nourishes, leaving skin feeling healthier, softer and refreshed all without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
16. The Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash
Containing mineral rich seaweed from Roaring Water Bay in Ireland, this cleanser from The Body Shop is slated to cleanse acne-prone and oily skin thoroughly and gently all whilst rebalancing moisture levels.
The Body Shop Seaweed Cleansing Gel Wash is available at all The Body Shop outlets. It retails for SGD20.90.
17. Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser
Winner of the 2018 Glamour Beauty Award, this cleanser from Kate Somerville has a luxuriously whipped texture that goes smoothly and easily on skin, with it containing 3% sulfur to address acne, blemishes, and congested pores.
The Kate Somerville EradiKate Daily Foaming Cleanser is available at all Sephora outlets. It retails for SGD58.
18. Ole Henrikson Find Your Balance Oil Control Cleanser
With powerful AHAs that are set to help users reduce excess oil and unclog pores, this powerhouse from Ole Henriksen is one to try if you’re looking for a refreshed, balanced complexion.
19. Herbivore Botanicals Bamboo Charcoal Deep Cleanse Detoxifying Soap Bar
Oily, combination, and acne-prone skin types will delight in this solid bar face soap. The activated Bamboo charcoal deeply cleanses and detoxifies, drawing impurities and toxins away from pores.
20. Bioderma Sebium H20 Micellar Solution
Enriched with ultra-purifying active ingredients, this cleanser removes all makeup and impurities gently and effectively. Plus, it also containing sebum controlling properties that makes managing acne-prone skin a breeze.
21. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Toning, soothing and softening— that’s what the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser promises to do, giving a radiant, healthy complexion without drying out and irritating skin.
22. Lush Herbalism Fresh Cleanser
Chockful of natural ingredients— such as nettles, rosemary, and rice bran vinegar— that work great for acne-prone skin, this cleanser from Lush even helps exfoliate the skin when mixed with water.
The Lush Herbalism Facial Cleanser is available at all Lush outlets and retails for SGD30 for 100g/SGD70 for 250g.
23. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser
Containing the key anti-acne agent, Salicylic acid, this acne facial wash from Mario Badescu treats existing acne whilst also preventing further breakouts from occurring. This one gently exfoliates, too!
The Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser is available at Sephora and retails at SGD32.
24. Allies Of Skin Fresh Slate Purifying Cleanser + Masque
A clay based two-in-one cleanser and mask, this product by Allies Of Skin is supercharged with Salicylic acid and Manuka Honey to draw out those pore-clogging impurities whilst clarifying and balancing acne-prone skin.