Top 9 Face Washes For Oily & Acne-Prone Skin

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Hello people!! This post is for all those beauties with acne-prone and oily skin. It is very crucial to have a healthy skin care routine to keep pimples at bay. Your skin care regimen should help remove the extra oil, keep those pores clean, and also help in speeding up the existing bumps on your face.

The first and the foremost step in your healthy skin care journey is to opt for a right cleanser for your acne-prone skin. With plethora of products that are now available in the market, it is quite confusing to choose a good product. But it’s OK not to be an incredibly loyal person when it comes to skin care regimen. I am a bit of a commitment-phobe when it comes to beauty. You can of course return to your favorites, but playing in the field is just too fun. But what one has to keep in mind is no matter how often you switch the products, it should include some staples in it that don’t irritate your skin. Changing cleansers is absolutely OK with changing climates. It is beneficial if you switch up products depending on your skin’s natural changes.

But always remember playing too fast may not give your product a chance to give you visible results, which on an average takes up to 30 days since the average cell turnover is 28 days.

Here I have listed a few cleansers that are meant for acne prone and oily skin. Girls, don’t be afraid and be experimental. If you find something that makes your skin feel good and is effective, it is best to stay the course. But do not change frequently as there is an adjustment period for your skin to get used to the new cleanser and actually show results.

  1. Neutrogena Oil-free Acne Wash

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Product Description:

Neutrogena acne face wash combines a powerful acne treatment and cleanser in one formula to treat and help prevent breakouts in one simple step. Not only does the oil-free formula gently cleanse deep to pores for clear skin, it contains Salicylic Acid to help get rid of acne and help prevent future breakouts. Plus, the special skin soothers help prevent irritation and over-drying, so it rinses clean and is never oily.

Pros:

  • Deep cleanses the skin.
  • Cleanses skin and helps prevent breakouts.
  • Special skin soothers prevent irritation and over-drying.
  • For acne-prone skin which helps in drying out mild acne.
  • Alcohol-free and Oil-free.
  • Non-comedogenic (will not clog your pores).
  • Face wash with 2% Salicylic Acid, an anti-acne agent, which prevents new breakouts.
  • Pump dispenser makes hassle free use.

Cons:

  • Over drying on the skin if you skip moisturizer after cleansing.
  • Not travel friendly.

SC Rating:

4.7/5

  1. Joves Tea Tree Oil Control Face Wash

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Product Description:

Tea Tree Oil Control face Wash contains precious herbs & botanical extracts specially developed exclusively for oily & sensitive skin. It deep cleanses skin, removes excessive oil and helps to control acne & pimples. For oily & sensitive skin , useful for acne & pimples. pH 5.5.

Pros:

  • Super affordable.
  • Deep cleansing.
  • Mild face wash that is gentle on the skin.
  • Maintains the skin’s pH level.
  • Removes excess oil.

Cons:

  • Doesn’t help in removing makeup completely.
  • Drying on the skin.
  • Not suitable for dry skin.
  • Strong fragrance.

SC Rating:

4/5

  1. Clean & Clear Pimple Clearing Face Wash

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Product Description:

Clean & Clear Pimple Clearing Face Wash contains neem and lemon that start working on your pimples from the very first wash. It is a gentle yet effective face wash that helps treat acne and prevents it from spreading. The neem and lemon extracts work well on skin prone to pimples to help clear it up and leave your skin blemish-free. You get smoother, clearer skin within just 7 days of daily use.

Pros:

  • Effective in cleansing the skin.
  • Priced reasonably.
  • Gentle on the skin.
  • Keeps oil at bay on T-Zone area for at least 3 hours.
  • Active ingredients are neem and lemon that helps get rid of pimples.
  • Suitable for all skin types.

Cons:

  • A few may find this face wash to be too mild.

SC Ratings:

4.5/5

  1. Kaya Acne Free Purifying Cleanser

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Product Description:

Kaya Purifying Cleanser gently cleanses the pores from deep within, removing excess oil, dirt and impurities. It contains Salicylic Acid with acne fighting properties that help reduce acne and prevent future breakouts. Unique skin conditioners ensure that skin doesn’t feel stretched and dry. A must have for clear, oil-free and healthier looking skin.

Pros:

  • Deep cleanses the skin.
  • Long lasting product.
  • Improves acne.
  • Dermatologist tested
  • Non comedogenic.
  • Contains salicylic acid & olive oil.

Cons:

Contains parabens and sodium lauryl ether sulphate.

SC Ratings:

4.3/5

  1. Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

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Product Description:

Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel has anti-inflammatory, keratolytic (a peeling agent), antioxidant and antibacterial properties, which work synergistically to control acne. It eliminates propionibacterium acne, the acne bacterium, and prevents excess sebum production, one of the main causes of acne.

Pros:

  • Mild face wash.
  • Contains salicylic acid.
  • Unlike other acne face washes this product is not drying on the skin.
  • Priced reasonably.
  • Paraben-free.
  • Aloe vera present in the face wash hydrates the skin.

Cons:

  • Not effective in removing makeup completely.
  • Not long lasting.
  • Not sure if all the ingredients are disclosed on the pack.

SC Rating:

4.5/5

  1. Khadi Neem & Tea Tree Face Wash- SLS & Paraben Free

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Product Description:

Neem & Teatree Face Wash- SLS & Paraben Free pamper your skin with well deserved massage each day. Go the natural with this khadi neem tea tree & basil facewash and your skin will be free from acne. It is suitable for all skin types and further removes impurities and prevent pimples

Pros:

  • Paraben & SLS free.
  • Herbal product.
  • Effective in reducing acne.
  • Long lasting.

Cons:

  • Dries out the skin.
  • It does not foam too much.
  • Not travel friendly.
  • Not suitable for dry skin.

SC rating:

4/5

  1. Himalaya Purifying Neem Face Wash

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Product Description:

Himalaya’s Purifying Neem Face Wash is a soap-free, herbal formulation that cleans impurities and helps clear pimples. A natural blend of Neem and Turmeric bring together their antibacterial and antifungal properties to prevent the recurrence of acne over time.

Pros:

  • Mild fragrance.
  • It lathers well.
  • Effective in preventing pimples.
  • Smaller tubes are available which are travel friendly.

Cons:

  • The pack doesn’t disclose all the ingredients list.
  • Dries out the skin.
  • Suitable for only oily skin type.
  • Not suitable in the winters as it can be extremely drying on the skin.

SC Rating:

3.9/5

  1. The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash

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Product Description:

The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Face-Wash contains bladder wrack seaweed which is extracted from the south-west coast of Ireland. It is an oil-free and soap-free gel face-wash that cleanses the skin and re-balances the moisture levels of the face and tries to give the skin a matte feel.

Pros:

  • It has a soothing effect on the skin.
  • It is soap-free and oil-free.
  • It is travel-friendly.
  • It doesn’t dry out the skin too much.
  • Effective in removing dirt and oil.

Cons:

  • The consistency is runny.
  • Not effective on acne-prone skin.

SC Rating:

3.5/5

  1. Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

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Product Description:

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser has a low-foaming formulation that is gentle enough to use on your face every day. Use it in the morning and at night to remove surface oils, dirt and makeup — all without stripping skin, which can leave it feeling tight and dry.

Pros:

  • It is unscented.
  • Gentle enough for daily use.
  • Does not strip the skin.
  • On some people it reduces acne.

Cons:

  • Does not remove makeup.
  • Some may find it to be itchy and drying on the skin.
  • May not be suitable for all skin types.

SC Rating:

3.5/5

 

Even though it is best to stick to what works if you want to see actual results bottom line, if you like to mix and match, go for it! As long as you’re using products with the same ingredients that don’t irritate your skin, there’s zero harm in trying new products.

PS: Try to use less makeup when you have active acne. Always use a non-comedogenic moisturizer if you have acne prone skin. For severe or cystic acne, you must consult a dermatologist.

Fitting in a Superficial World of Beauty

Hey, hey!!! To all my ladies out there, have you ever wondered, ‘Why my nostrils look like doorways of a scary house?’ or ‘why are my lips so thin?’ or even ‘Oh my gosh! Oh my gosh! ANOTHER PIMPLE’.

Yes, you guessed it right. I am going to discuss how addiction to beauty is screwing up our life leading to body dysmorphic disorder.

Right from when we were little, we as girls were taught that all women on earth are supposed to be ‘pretty’. ‘Beta! do not go outside, the sun will make you kali’. Girls shouldn’t drink tea or coffee, it will make you dark. The mother of all face packs our go to for looking fair, looking bright as Syska LED or even to vanish our unforgiving age spots we have all tried the ‘besan+dahi+honey+turmeric+blah blah’ mixture. Right! We would be lying if we do not agree.

We have grown up looking at perfect faces with perfect lives and perfect guys on the medias. Over the years, we have interiorized the message that aesthetic beauty is everything and rest of the things just follow. These days we put a lot of effort on how we look. We straighten our hair, put tonnes of makeup on and choose our outfits that accentuates our figure with scrupulous attention. And unfortunately, we do this just to live up to the unrealistic norms of beauty. But girls we need to understand no matter how much effort we put in dolling up we won’t be able to compete with hours of professional makeup, hairstyling and of course with Photoshop. I mean is it worth our money and time by owning 50 different cosmetic products and spending about an hour getting ready each day. The resources that women sacrifice in polishing their aesthetic beauty could otherwise have been used to pursue a goal in education, a career, family or even hobbies. We do not have to be self-effacing about stuff that really makes us feel good.

Everyone cannot be born with a genetic lottery. It is as same as you do not become successful if you were born rich. If your beauty regime is taking most of your attention, your precious time, and your resources away from things that you would rather be spending on, then girls you are rather on the beauty sickness side. You need to step back and say, “What’s going on?” Here I am not saying that if you think about how you look is a sign of beauty sickness. We all are humans and there is nothing wrong in wanting to look good. But don’t let your desire haunt you and keep you from doing things that you really want to do. Do not let it pinch your pocket.

We spend hours and hours taking snaps of ourselves just for that one picture which is good enough to go into the social media. Everybody has a public image now. Be it Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or even the most frivolous one, Tinder. These are making us have a compulsive obsession of looking tip-top all the time. Instagram has now become our parlour aunty with its skin perfecting formulas. Social media is not letting us acknowledge our natural flaws.

Let’s not forget todays agenda, ‘If You Don’t Like It, Just Fix It’. Women are now opting cosmetic surgeries to change the way they look. ‘Cosmetic Surgery’ these two words are so horrifying. Plastic surgery is a go to for all the conceived beauty problems that really don’t exist. Wrinkle reducing injections, cheek implants, lip lifts, breast augmentation and what not. And funniest of all these days women are into looking more like a duck and less like a human by getting their lips plumped. Duh! When I researched about plastic surgery little did I know about its horrific complications. Nerve damage, infection, anaesthesia complications, organ damage and so on. Ironically cosmetic surgery industry is still booming.

‘Birds of same feather flock Together’ also plays importance here. Your beauty standards are influenced a lot by your friends as well.  If you are around people who are constantly worried about their frown lines or are planning to get their lips plumped like bike tires you might as well, consider these ‘paranormal’ activities to be normal like plucking your eyebrows or shaving your legs. You might start thinking it is normal to be under the needle as well. Before you know it, a group of friends starts resembling plastics.

Ladies we do not have to get beauty sick just to fit in a superficial world. Let’s question ourselves before posting a filtered image of ours on social media, ‘What reaction am I trying to evoke?’ Am I posting this because I need people to tell me how gorgeous I am or am I posting to convince myself I am hot. Do we really need to live in this unrealistic social media world? No, we do not need to. So instead of spending hours and hours trying on new clothes, expensive make ups and fishing for validations to make ourselves feel better let us invest our resources and energy in doing something that we love. And at the same time also care about how look but do not make it your obsession that rules your life.