Everyone, regardless of their skin type or concerns, needs a good cleanser as the cornerstone of their skin-care routine. Once that’s been cleared, we (and our board-certified dermatologist friends) will help you narrow down the best face washes for the results you’re seeking. For acne-prone skin, in particular, you’re probably laser-set on a cleanser that unclogs your pores, gently exfoliates, and doesn’t exacerbate your existing acne.
Claire Chang, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, has a key guideline to abide by. She always recommends gentle cleansers over harsh soaps — especially those with physical exfoliants — to clear the skin of dirt and excess oil. Don’t aggressively rub, scrub, or over-cleanse either (twice a day, morning and night, is perfectly fine) to avoid worsening your skin’s condition and encouraging scarring.