Ask any dermatologist and they'll tell you that one of the most important ways to treat and prevent acne is by washing your face twice a day, every day. "Cleansing is an important part of your skin-care routine if you have acne," says New York City-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner, MD. "A good cleanser keeps the skin barrier in healthy shape when you're using potentially-irritating acne treatments."
Consistency in cleansing is key, but not all acne washes are created equal — and some contain harsh ingredients that can actually exacerbate your skin concerns. "The two ingredients to look for if you have acne-prone skin are salicylic acid and benzoyl peroxide," says Zenovia Gabriel, MD, a Newport Beach, California-based dermatologist. She notes that salicylic acid helps gently exfoliate the skin, while benzoyl peroxide reduces acne-causing bacteria.
If you're on the hunt for a face wash that will reduce breakouts, while keeping your skin clean and healthy, check out seven expert-recommended formulas, ahead.
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