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23 Best Acne Face Wash to Minimize Breakouts and Shine

23 Acne-Fighting Face Washes For Every Budget and Preference

23 Best Acne Face Wash to Minimize Breakouts and Shine
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  • Finding the best acne face wash is all about narrowing down your individual skin-care needs.
  • Cleansers with ingredients like salicylic acid can treat current breakouts, while alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) can prevent them in future.
  • Some of the best acne face wash options are less than $20.

While it's true that acne is the most common skin condition in the US, we get it: breakouts can still be annoying and sometimes even painful. That's why we have done our research (and tested hundreds of products) to find the best face washes for acne-prone skin — no matter your budget or preferences.

As with any skin-care product, the key to finding the best treatment option for you is to determine which ingredients work for your particular acne type. Some cleansers contain acne-fighting ingredients to treat current blemishes like salicylic acid (to clear the pore from dirt and grime) and benzoyl peroxide (to kill acne-causing bacteria). Others contain alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) to help gently exfoliate the skin and keep breakouts from forming in the future. (Or maybe you want a great face wash with none of those at all, and instead sticks to the basics.) There are plenty of options to choose from, and we're here to help you decide.

Whether you opt for a gentler option like our pick from CeraVe that is easy to pair with other acne medication or you want something that will eliminate zits all by itself like our favorite from Clean & Clear, you're sure to find an acne face wash you'll love ahead.

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