How to choose the right cleanser for acne-prone skin

Written by Sanya HamdaniDec 13, 2019

While buying products to use in your skincare routine, you put a lot more thought and research into choosing a moisturiser, sunscreen, eye cream or spot treatment than you would while choosing a face wash. Because these products are absorbed by the skin and stay on your skin longer than the cleanser, which gets washed off in a minute, right?

Well, we beg to differ. A cleanser is an equally important product in your skincare routine. It is the first step in your skincare regimen and once you get that right, half of your skincare problems will end right there.

If you have acne-prone skin, we are about to tell you how to choose the right cleanser for your skin type.


  • Acne-prone skin is usually oily but the solution is not in using an excessively drying cleanser. Stripping your skin of oil will prompt sebum to work overtime and produce even more oil to compensate.
  • If your current cleanser leaves your skin feeling dry, tight and uncomfortable then it’s time to change your cleanser.
  • Just because a cleanser is expensive does not mean it will be the best one for your skin. There are several budget-friendly options that work just as well.

Good ingredients:

  • BHAs: Works wonders for oily skin prone to blackheads, whiteheads, large pores and blemishes.
  • AHAs: Alpha hydroxyl acid helps break down dead skin cell accumulation, fade blemishes and reduce fine lines.
  • Glycerine: Locks moisture into oily skin by drawing water from the air instead of making it greasy or blocking pores.
  • Honey: The antibacterial and antiseptic abilities of this humectant make it an excellent ingredient for acne-prone skin.

Bad ingredients:

  • Alcohol: A common ingredient found in skin care products formulated for acne-prone skin. However, it can make the skin excessively dry and should be avoided at all costs.
  • Mineral oil: This ingredient can block pores and is therefore not recommended to those with oily and acne-prone skin. Clogged pores will only give rise to more blackheads and whiteheads, and make matters worse.
  • Lanolin: Has a bad reputation for irritating the skin and causing allergic reactions. While it may be beneficial for someone with dry skin, it can be quite a problem for those with oily or acne-prone skin.