So what are a renowned dermatologist's two favorite acne cleansers? She has two.
The first is the Refresh Oxygen Infusion Wash by Skinbetter Science, $38. "It is gentle but still provides light exfoliation with alpha hydroxy acids," she said. The other is MD Complete’s Acne Clarifying Cleanser, $15. 'It contains soothing ingredients like green tea, ginseng, and salicylic acid to clear congested pores."
And in my journey of fighting acne, I too have two personal favorites that have recently provided my skin some serious breakout relief.
DermaQuest DermaClear Cleanser ($32, Dermstore)
This lightweight cleanser soothes and prevents blemishes while deep-cleaning pores. Mandelic acid and willow bark extract slough dead skin cells away for a smoother and more radiant complexion as tea tree oil calms irritated skin and promotes healing. I use this first thing in the morning followed my my regular toning and moisturizing routine.
SkinCeuticals LHA Cleanser Gel ($41, SkinCeuticals)
My favorite nighttime cleanser, this is a deep-digging facial wash that penetrates your pores to decongest and offer cell-by-cell exfoliation while washing away impurities. A combination of LHA, glycolic acid, and salicylic acid encourage cell renewal, resulting in more refined skin texture, even skin tone, and a brighter appearance.