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10 Dermatologist recommended Best Facewashes for Acne-prone skin in Monsoon

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Before I share the 10 best face washes for Acne prone skin with you, let us first understand a little bit about Acne and the types of Acne, its causes, etc.

What is Acne?

Also known as pimples or blemishes, Acne is nothing but a blockage of the oil glands placed near the root of hair follicles. When too much debris and diet accumulates and blocks the gland it becomes clogged and that gives the appearance of blackheads or open comedones. These comedones if not treated may further become infected and cause whiteheads or closed comedones. Furthermore when the infection travels down it causes tiny or large bumps on the surface of the skin called pimples or acne.

What are the causes of Acne?

Normal Hormonal changes

The human body undergoes hormonal changes during teenage, pregnancy or menopause. Theses stages can trigger increased sebum or oil production and thus cause more clogging of the oil glands.


There is a lot of dispute about what foods trigger acne and what foods don’t. Nevertheless, it is a known fact that a diet rich in fresh fruits vegetables and nuts definitely helps because it is rich in antioxidants and also helps hormone regulation. Some people feel certain foods can aggravate their acne like chocolates, refined flour, sugar and milk.


Frequently , people with persistent or severe acne also suffer from diseases like Seborrheic dermatitis , Rosacea , Polycystic Ovaries etc. In case your acne is not responding to home remedies or OTC cleansers and creams, it is time to visit your doctor. Your doctor will check for any underlying disease. Once an underlying cause will be identified, your acne will start responding better.


Just like some people are blessed with peaches and cream complexion, so are some cursed with unhealthy skin or sensitive skin. Often people with darker skin seem to have more acne than people with fair skin tone. They are also more likely to get dark spots after the acne goes away.

Acne treatments

Mostly the CTM routine of Cleansing , Toning ( sometimes not so crucial) and Moisturizing your face twice a day works on acne. Less frequently acne may need medicated creams or oral medicines , Homeopathy is a gentle and effective option. Very bad acne with scarring will need laser treatments or surgery.


1.  O3 lightening calming facewash


Best facewash for acne prone skin
O3 Calming and soothing facewash


Dermatologist have formulated this face wash thus making it one of the best face washes for Acne prone skin . The O3 Lightening and calming  foaming face cleanser helps regulate moisture, lightens skin tone, and calms irritated skin. It is suitable for all skin types. Additionally, the added peptides , improve skin’s resistance to exposure to the environment and restores epidermal balance. Regular use gives bright and clear skin.

Check it out HERE


2. Kaya Acne Free Purifying Cleanser

Bets facewash for acne prone skin
Kaya Acne-Free Purifying facewash


The Kaya Acne Free Purifying face cleanser is one of the best face washes for acne prone skin. It contains salicylic acid which helps on exfoliating the skin and keeping it free from build up of debris that  may clog the pores. Some people may find it drying or irritating because of the salicylic acid . In that case you should limit the use to alternate days only and not leave it on the skin for more than 10 seconds. Check  out the price HERE 


3. Bioderma Sebium Gel Moussant

Best facewashes for acne prone skin


Bioderma is a French skincare brand famous for  highly effective but gentle skin care products suitable for even most sensitive skin. It is one of the best face washes for  Acne prone oily skin. They have a SEBIUM range of products that have active ingredients for fighting acne and a SENSIBIO  range that is suitable for sensitive skin. Acne prone skin is often irritated specially if your are using any other acne treatments like retinoids or antibiotics or benzoyl peroxide etc. The Bioderma Sebium Gel moussant is a foaming face wash that gently cleans the skin , removes make up too without causing dryness.

It containing zinc sulphate and copper sulphate , which helps in healing skin and fighting acne but maintains the skin pH.


4. CeraVe Acne control Cleanser

Best facewash for acne prone skin
The CeraVe Cleanser


CeraVe is an American skin care brand and is something your dermatologist would recommend. It uses a Multivesicular Emulsion (MVE) technology in their  products  which releases key ingredients slowly over time, helping to hydrate and nourish skin. Its three essential ceramides help to repair, restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier. The CeraVe Acne Control Cleanser has 2% Salicyclic acid and oil absorbing technology which make sit one of the best facewashes for acne prone and oily skin. Its Gel-to-foam formula cleanses deeply removing make up and oil.

I recommend using this only once daily at night and pairing it with CeraVe Hydrating Facial cleanser in the morning for best results.

It is on the pricier side but the results absolutely justify the price.

Check it out HERE

5. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin clearing Facial wash

Bets facewashes for acne prone skin


The Body shop is an English brand known for its ethically sourced vegan and cruelty free products. TBS  Tea Tree Face cleanser is its most sold product with one bottle sold every 13 seconds. Naturally, it had to be on my list of the best face washes for acne prone oily skin care specially in monsoons. It is non-drying and suits normal to oily skin.

Word of caution – never use hot water for washing your face when using this facial wash. You may leave the face wash for 20 seconds and then rinse well. Advised to use twice daily and use with the Tea tree mattifying toner.

The price for a 250 ml bottle is Rs 745/-


6. AHAglow facewash

Bets facewash for acne prone skin

Manufactured by Torrent Pharma,  AHAglow is a dermatologist recommended product and is easily the best face wash for acne prone skin. It is affordable and effective in reducing outbreaks. Formulated with  Glycolic acid, it has an added benefit of reducing  wrinkles and improving skin texture. It also unblocks the pores. Like  most acne fighting products this can cause skin dryness.

It is a gel based foaming cleanser with aloe vera and vitamin E for soothing skin.

I do not recommend it to be used more than once a day and  using at night is best.


7. Sebamed  Clear Face  Cleansing Foam

Best face wash for acne prone skin


Founded by a Doctor , Sebamed is a German Skincare brand that is known for its skin friendly pH balanced products. The Sebamed Clear face cleansing foam is one of the best face washes for acne prone skin because it has powerful antimicrobial agent that work even on active acne and help in treating them. For best results leave it on the skin for 3 minutes. The skin may feel a bit dry despite the pH balance claim because of the powerful ingredients. I recommend using a moisturizer if your skin feels dry.

Check it out HERE 


8. Simple Micellar facial Gel wash


This is another British Skin care brand which is  known for its cruelty free , vegan skin care products, they call it kind beauty . It is a  gel face wash and removes oil grease and make up thus keeping the pores clean. It does not cause any dryness or cause flare ups. Simple micellar Facial gel wash does not cure acne but helps in keeping skin healthy and can be used with acne creams and acne treatments.

I personally recommend this one , using this is like having a double cleanse. It is mild and does not make the skin feel stretchy or irritated. Suitable for teens as well as adults. Another perk is that this one is more pocket friendly.

9. Neutrogena Oil free acne wash


Best facewash for acne prone skin


Neutrogena is an American brand famous for its high qualify , science backed skin products. This face wash contains 2% Salicyclic acid, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract as active ingredients to unclog pores, soothe skin and reduce acne. It may not suit sensitive skin so I suggest to use sparingly , once a day or alternate days.

Buy it HERE


10. Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel

Best face washes for Acne prone skin


Formulated with a brand-new skin-cleansing formula , Avene Cleansing gel promises to  remove skin damaging  pollutants, shine, and sebum for a long time.
Cleanance Cleansing Gel is a Soap-free gel cleanser that helps to purify and mattify the facial skin It gently removes dirt, pollution particles, and makeup that can clog pores, as well as too much sebum that can lead to breakouts, leaving the face clear and youthful. It has Monolaurin to reduces excess oil. Additionally Avène Thermal Spring Water and Zinc gluconate help to soothe and heal. It is tolerated well and is not harsh making it one of the best face washes for acne prone oily skin. Avene has a great range of complete acne care , check my review of the Avene Tricneal Expert Soin Emulsion

Now that our list of 10 best face washes for Acne prone oily skin is complete , I am sure you can confidently slay monsoon skin care and have clear  and bright skin in the rainy weather too. Finally, do not forget to wear a sunscreen with high SPF (>30) before stepping out and hydrate often.


This blog post is part of the blog challenge ‘Blogaberry Dazzle’ hosted by Cindy D’Silva and Noor Anand Chawla  in collaboration with Monidipa Dutta 


Have you tried any of the above facial cleansers?

Tell us about your go to face wash for taking care of acne or oily skin in the comments below.

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