Acne cleansers are generally used to remove
accumulated oil, make-up, sweat and dirt on the surface of
your skin. In so doing, these products generally make it easier
for topical acne treatments to be absorbed. However, excessive
use of acne cleansers can also lead to irritated dry skin.
Most acne patients will only need to cleanse with such products
once to twice daily.
Examples of these cleansers include:
These break down keratin in the blackheads,
and can be used for mild acne.
CLEARASIL® (Proctor & Gamble)
FOSTEX® (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
NOXZEMA® (Proctor & Gamble)
AVEENO® BAR (SC Johnson)
Breaks down keratin in blackheads,
and has antibacterial effects.
PANOXYL® BAR - (Steifel)
BENZAC-W® wash - (Galderma)
CLEARASIL® - (Proctor & Gamble)
CLEAN & CLEAR® - (Johnson & Johnson)
Role has not been fully established.
Also see mild cleansers.