An acne face wash has to do three things – remove excess oil, clear away dead skin cells which may clog the pores, and control the population of the P.acnes bacteria. When you cleanse your skin well, your chances of breakouts decline.
The best face wash and moisturizer for oily skin will control the level of sebum on your skin, remove dead skin cells and moisturize your skin without clogging pores. By controlling the level of sebum or oil on your skin, any P.acnes bacteria will have less sebum to feed on, effectively slowly the multiplication of the bacteria-causing bacteria.
The best adult acne face wash usually contains an ingredient called benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide effectively controls the level of sebum and P.acnes bacteria on your skin even without the use of antibiotics. To avoid overly drying your skin, start with an acne face wash with the lowest concentration of benzoyl peroxide.
Panoxyl Clear Acne Cleansing Gel, Salac, Clearasil and Fostex facial washes contain low concentrations of benzoyl peroxide. Benzoyl peroxide bleaches, so try not to leave any products with benzoyl peroxide on your clothes or hair.
Another ingredient that effectively exfoliates away dead skin cells is salicylic acid. Salicylic acid is a beta-hydroxy acid, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Clearasil, Neutrogena and Clean and Clear face washes contain low concentrations of salicylic acid. The Clean & Clear Blackhead Clearing Scrub makes an excellent face wash for blackheads. You can also make your own home remedy for blackheads.
A good acne face wash for combination skin should be free of alcohol and contain gentle moisturisers such as aloe vera and chamomile. The Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash fits these criteria, having won the Allure Magazine 2010 Reader Choice Awards. The salicylic acid gently removes dirt and dead cells, while the chamomile and aloe vera gently soothes and moisturizes the skin. It also dries out breakouts without drying out sensitive and irritable skin.
A face wash should not irritate, be non-comedogenic, and should not clog up pores. If you experience pain while using a certain acne face wash, stop using it immediately and consult your dermatologist. The acne face wash may be too harsh for you, or you may be allergic to it.
Be sure the acne face wash does not contain alcohol or oil. It should also be tested to be hypoallergenic solution and fragrance-free. This is useful in successfully cleansing the skin while minimizing the risks of irritation that can worsen your acne condition.
You may also choose a face wash which contains tea tree oil which has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. The Body Shop carries some excellent facial cleansers with tea tree oil.
If you are unsure of which acne facial wash to use, consult a dermatologist who will advise you of your skin type. He or she can then recommend you a few acne face washes suited to your skin type to try.