Dealing with acne is the worst. But the good news is that clear, fabulous skin is just waiting to be discovered. As the Beauty Geek, I searched long and hard for only the best cleansing products for acne-plagued skin. You can find all of these items at Sephora; so, get ready to show those blemishes who’s boss.
Best Exfoliator: Clarisonic Mia2
Number one on my list is hands down the Clarisonic. The Clarisonic Sonic Cleansing System is a cleanser brush that helps loosen all the dirt and oil that gets trapped in your pores. The brush is designed with sonic cleansing technology, which gives it the power to work 6 times better than just using your hands to wash your face. Plus, it makes your skin softer and gives you a healthy glow. To help save money, I recommend the Mia2, which is the smaller travel version. It uses the same brush heads and, in my opinion, works just as well as the larger, more expensive version.
Insider Tip: Make sure to order the special acne or deep pore replacement brush heads. They are extremely durable but make sure to replace them at least every 3 months.
Best Cleanser: Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser
I love this cleanser, because it’s great for my sensitive skin. When I use it with my Clarisonic cleanser (see above), it creates this nice, foamy lather.
For acne-prone skin, it’s always important to look for a non-creamy cleanser that does not contain parabens, sulfates, and phthalates. Your skin absorbs substances - good and bad - so everything you put on your skin ends up in your body. These chemicals have no real added value, and they could end up having negative effects (like disrupting your hormone levels!). Sulfates can also cause serious skin problems, which kind of defeats the purpose of using the product in the first place.
This cleanser doesn’t have any of those pesky chemicals, and it’s perfect for anyone with oily or combination skin. It has a special charcoal ingredient that warms up and lathers to help remove all your makeup and any excess oil or impurities.The Boscia cleanser also has artichoke leaf extract, which improves elasticity needed to tighten pore walls, and glycolic acid that helps clarify skin and smooth out any rough patches you might have.
Insider Tip: You only need a little bit to get the job done, so the bottle ends up lasting a long time!
Best Face Wipes: Murad Clarifying Wipes for Blemish-Prone Skin
Face wipes are excellent time savers! They’re also super convenient, since you can take them with you to use after you workout, if you’re traveling, or if you just don’t feel like taking your makeup off before going to bed (we’ve all been there!) The Murad Clarifying Wipes are a perfect option for acne-prone skin, because they remove dirt and oil from your pores. They’re also helpful in removing oil and excess shine if you can’t wash your face.
There are several key ingredients in these wipes that make them truly amazing: witch hazel helps control oil and tightens your pores, algae extract regulates how much oil your skin is producing, and grape seed extract and vitamin E work together to protect you from free radical damage (which can result in premature aging or even some forms of cancer!). You’ll love how clean your skin feels after using one of these wipes.
Insider Tip: If you’ve never used face wipes and want to try them out, you can check out Biore Blemish Fighting Cleansing Cloths at the drugstore. They only cost $6.99, so they’re a good option if you want to take a test run.
Best All Around Kit: Clarisonic Mia2 Detox Kit
I’ve already mentioned how much I love Clarisonic products, but I just can’t stop raving about the Clarisonic Mia2 Detox Kit. If you’re looking for a comprehensive kit to provide you with all the products you need to get clear skin, this is a great option. The kit comes with a Mia2 Sonic Skin Cleansing Brush and the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser that I talked about previously. You’ll also love the Dr. Brandt ‘pores no more pore refiner’ that helps eliminate the appearance of enlarged pores and mattifies shine, and the Glamglow YOUTHMUD TINGLEXFOLIATE TREATMENT that works to exfoliate, tighten, and brighten your skin. After using these products, you can apply the Dr. Jart + Black Label Detox BB Beauty Balm - you’ll never have to worry about uneven skintone or uncovered blemishes again!
As if all these products weren’t great enough, the kit also comes with an international charger for all you jetsetters and a protective travel case (so you never have to leave home without your trusty Clarisonic.)
Insider Tip: Another great product for acne-prone skin that’s similar (but has less products) is the Clarisonic Mia2 Deep Pore Detoxifying Solution Collection. It is a little more expensive because the items are all Clarisonic brands, but it’s an awesome alternative for acne-prone skin.
Stop dreaming about clear skin, and actually achieve it with these amazing cleansing products. Save your cash by using a Sephora coupon code for some gorgeous savings!