Are breakouts, blackheads, and whiteheads the banes of your existence? You may have acne-prone skin. Yes, pimples can still be a problem past your teenage years. This is because breakouts are caused by various factors such as hormones, stress, wrong skincare products, and pollution. Luckily, having a proper acne treatment regimen — which includes a good facial cleanser — can help manage these breakouts.
These products typically contain ingredients such as salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or tea tree which are known for their antibacterial properties. Want to know the best facial cleansers for acne that are readily available in Singapore? Read on.
Senka Perfect Whip Acne Care
ICYDK, one of Japan's bestselling facial cleansers — the SENKA Perfect Whip — also comes in an acne-fighting variant. The Perfect Whip Acne Care contains Kyoto chamomile extract, an underrated ingredient that has antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It is further enriched with salicylic acid to unclog pores and control sebum as well as white cocoon essence and double hyaluronic acid to keep the skin hydrated. It’s available in the brand’s Lazada store, Watsons stores, and the Watsons online store.
CosRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser
This drugstore gel acne cleanser contains salicylic acid that cleanses skin of impurities and bacteria, which is great for those with oily, acne-prone skin. It also has tea tree oil for added protection from blemishes. It's available at Watsons stores and on its website.
Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser
Blemishes can also occur from excess sebum, so keep it in check with the Cetaphil Oily Skin Cleanser. Its derm-tested pH-balanced formula promises to help reduce excess sebum in two weeks. It also doesn't clog your pores. You can find this at Watsons stores and online.
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Purifying Gel
Made for oily, acne-prone skin, the La Roche-Posay Effaclar Foaming Purifying Gel contains zinc to lift away impurities and sebum. This foaming gel cleanser is also formulated with soothing La Roche Posay thermal spring water to calm irritated skin. It's available on the Watsons Singapore e-store.
Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash
If you like foaming cleansers, then the Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash is for you. This gentle acne cleanser doesn’t only give a soothing feeling as you lather but (more importantly) it also sloughs away dead skin cells and dirt, reduces oiliness, unclogs pores, and soothes the skin. You can find it on Sephora.sg.
DRGL Cleanser Acne
The DRGL Cleanser Acne can be a splurge but its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it worth the investment. With almond extracts to soothe redness and fight bacteria, this cleanser treats acne, regulates sebum, and moisturises your skin. You can also use it on your scalp and body to treat acne in those areas too. If you're ready to invest, it's available on Sephora.sg.
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser is another good facial cleanser that helps fight pimples. Its non-drying formula contains 2% salicylic acid and a zinc compound that helps control oil, reduce blackheads, and even out your complexion. It's exclusively available through Sephora and its e-store.
Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser
Looking for an oil-free acne cleanser? The Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser is a gel-to-foam facial cleanser that contains 100% natural salicylic acid to help reduce oil and the appearance of pores and blemishes. It is also formulated with antioxidant grape seed polyphenols, soothing grape water, and glow-giving rose water. You can purchase this cleanser from Sephora.sg.
Dr. Jart+ Ctrl-A Teatreement™ Cleansing Foam
If you're a fan of its Cicapair and Ceramidin products, you’ll like K-beauty brand Dr. Jart+’s tea tree-powered cleansing foam that can help with acne breakouts too. If your breakouts are caused by excess sebum, then this mild cleanser helps balance out the oil-to-moisture levels in your skin. Tea tree helps get rid of any acne-causing bacteria, leaving you with a clear, hydrated complexion after cleansing. It's available exclusively on Sephora.sg.
Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera
If you deal with redness from acne breakouts, pick up the Alpha-H Balancing Cleanser With Aloe Vera. Soothing aloe vera helps minimise redness and moisturise the skin. It is enriched with vitamin E to promote skin repair and neutralise free radicals. It's gentle enough to also remove any eye makeup. You can find this in Singapore at Sephora.sg.
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