What is it about acne that has the power to make you feel like you're right back in high school, dealing with the insecurities you thought you left behind years ago? This pesky part of life may be associated with awkward teenage years, but acne tends to follow many into adulthood. While some opt for natural remedies like eating specific foods or focusing on getting enough sleep, sometimes a good cleanser is all it takes to keep your skin looking fresh and blemish-free (and you can find most at the drugstore).
"Even though a cleanser doesn't stay on your skin very long, it can still help exfoliate your skin and clean out dead skin cells and oils that clog pores," dermatologist and RealSelf contributor Michele Green, MD, tells Women's Health. She explains that you'll want to look for washes that contain salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. These key ingredients work to clear pores and target the bacteria that cause breakouts.
An acne-fighting cleanser is also a great alternative to harsher acne treatments. Skin that's easily irritated will be able to handle the active ingredients better in the form of a cleanser, but you should consult a dermatologist first if you're unsure of starting a new regimen. According to Women's Health, these are the cleansers that fit Green's guidelines for the best acne face wash.
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