15 Gentle Face Wash For Acne-Prone Skin

If you have active acne or acne-prone skin then you know the struggle. Anti-acne and Non-drying properties are a rare combination in an acne-fighting face wash. Most acne face washes have salicylic acid as their main ingredient, that is one of the best active agents to fight the battle. But it dries your face too which leads to irritated skin. Some face washes works alone as they are too harsh to work with other skin treatments. And there is another type that is gentle and melts into your skin care treatments. Here we have listed down some anti-acne face washes that are gentle on your skin. Take your pick.

1. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam

Sebamed clear face cleansing foam is one of the gentlest facial cleansers for acne-prone skin. It is manufactured by a German brand ‘Sebamed’ with Montaline® C40 that is a Coconut Oil derivative as an active ingredient to combat acne. It also helps with blackheads and skin impurities while deep cleansing the skin.

It contains Panthenol(vitamin B5) that helps in the regeneration of the inflamed skin. By doing this, it calms down the acne and improves the overall texture of the skin. Even after washing face, it does not feel stretchy or dry because of the 5.5 pH value that stabilizes the acid mantle.

This is my all-time favourite. I go back to this face wash every single time. It imparts a glow to the skin every time I wash it. It retails for 580 INR for 150ml.

2. Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel

It is a non-comedogenic face wash that is soothing to the skin. Though it is not a typical anti-acne face wash, it has some good ingredient like vitamin B3 and zinc lactate that helps with acne and hyperpigmentation(dark spots).

This is an everyday soap-free gel for gentle cleansing. It moisturises and soothes the skin while cleansing. For heavy makeup and waterproof makeup, clean your face with oil or makeup remover before washing your face with this gentle cleanser.

This retails for 540 INR for 200ml.

3. Clean & Clear Foaming Facial Wash

The clean & clear face wash is a good foaming face wash that cleans the face thoroughly on each use. This face wash does not clear up acne nor does it claim to do so. Basically, it is an everyday face wash that does get rid of all the dirt, oil and makeup. This can dry out your skin if you wash your face more than twice a day. If you breakout easily then skip this facewash.

I used to use it a lot in my college days. It is the most easily available face wash out there, from medical stores to the general store, they all have it. It is a budget-friendly face wash that retails for 110 INR for 100 ml.

4. MCaffeine Need Face Wash

MCaffeine brand claims to be India’s first caffeinated personal care brand. This face wash leaves the skin clean and fresh while being gentle on the skin. Neem in the face wash helps in controlling acne.  It removes dirt and impurities effectively. It is a non-drying face wash as it contains Vitamin E and argan oil.

It is a vegan product. It is a cruelty-free product that means it is not tested on animals. It is also paraben free.

This face wash retails for 449 INR for 150ml.

5. Biotique Bio White Advance Fairness Face Wash

Biotique face wash is not an anti-acne face wash. This is more for dark spots, pigmentation & uneven skin texture. It does not break you out further. It helps in keeping skin clean and not stripping it off its moisture. With regular use, does brighten up the skin.

Biotique is an Indian brand with a much good product line that keeps improving. This face wash retails for 240 INR for 300ml. It is budget-friendly so are their other products.

6. Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face Wash

This is another cruelty-free product in the list that is SLS free. This Plum face wash contains glycolic acid as an active anti-acne ingredient. Glycolic acid is an exfoliating agent that helps in removing dead skin cells. It has a mild fragrance and does not dry out the skin. This face wash has the green tea that acts as an anti-oxidant for a youthful looking skin.

Plum has a green tea facial mist and toner that also works acne-prone skin. That is for another post.

It retails for 345 INR for 75ml.

7. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser(Normal to Oily Skin)

Neutrogena has some really great products and this one is one of them. This is an alcohol and oil free formula that effectively clean pores, dissolved dirt, makeup & oil to leave it clean and smooth. It does fight off the acne and improve the complexion. The hydroxy acid in the face wash removes the dry skin that dull your complexion.

This is a non-comedogenic face wash that means it will not clog your pores. It is overall a very good facial cleanser but it does not lather much. I love this cleanser and reach for it whenever I wear makeup for that deep cleaning effect. But then of course usually I melt down my makeup with oil first.

It retails for 374 INR for 200 ml.

8. Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena oil-free acne wash has salicylic acid as its active ingredient. It contains 2% salicylic acid, an anti-acne agent, which helps exfoliate and clear dead skin cells. It is specifically for oily skin people. Salicylic acid slows down the production of oil in the skin to keep it oil free for a longer time. And if you have acne-prone oily skin then it is your best bet.

This face wash keeps acne at bay by clearing acne-causing germs. It retails for 514 INR for 175ml.

9. Himayala Purifying Neem Face Wash

Himalaya neem face wash is favourite among so many. First, it is budget-friendly and second, it does work for many people. There are tons of reviews that rave about this product. But it did not work for me, maybe because I was using the anti-acne treatment at that time. I don’t know it just dried down my oily skin and I never went back to this product.

This retails for 170 INR for 200ml.

10. Saslic Face Wash

Saslic foaming face wash is manufactured by the company Cipla. Saslic Foaming Face Wash contains Salicylic Acid as its active ingredients. It is used on the face to treat acne vulgaris. It cleanses the skin pretty well by unclogging the pores. It also helps prevent spots from forming.

It comes in two variants:

  1. Saslic foaming face wash (1% salicylic acid). It comes in a pink package.
  2. Saslic DS foaming face wash(2% salicylic acid). This comes in a violet package.

If you have less breakout then go for the 1% salicylic acid as it is not drying. And if you are suffering from severe breakout opt the latter one i.e 2% salicylic acid face wash.

11. Fabindia Tea Tree Face Wash

Fabindia is the very own Indian brand that has everything from skincare to fashion clothing. This tea tree face wash is meant for oily skin. It cleanses well and gentle on the skin. They have changed their packing since the last time I used it years ago and loved it.

It is natural, paraben free and economical. It retails for 250 INR for 125ml.

12. Vedic Line Neem & Brahmi Face wash

Brahmi & Neem are the two active ingredients of this face wash. These both ingredients are known for their acne fighting property. It is non-comedogenic and keeps skin from drying out. Skin feels soft and smooth after wash.

It retails for 150 INR for 120ml.

13. Kaya Skin Clinic Acne Free Purifying Cleanser

A dermatologist tested formula that cleans the pores gently yet deeply. It removes excess oil, dirt and impurities. It helps to reduce acne and prevents future breakouts while ensuring that skin doesn’t feel stretched and dry.

It is an everyday face wash that is gentle on the skin. It retails for 380 INR for 100ml.

14. Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash

Garnier neem face wash has tea tree oil and salicylic acid for as an active ingredient. It cleanses the skin well and keeps oil in control for a few hours. There are other active ingredients in this face wash that together can irritate a sensitive skin and causes further breakouts.

It retails for 95 INR for 100ml. It is still a good option for acne-prone skin if your skin can tolerate it.

15. Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel

This is a regular face wash for an oily and acne-prone skin. It has a four-pronged mechanism of action keratolytic, anti-inflammatory & sebum regulating. The two acne-fighting ingredients in Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel are glycolic acid and zinc salicylate. The glycolic acid percentage in this face wash is 4%, way higher than any face wash listed in this list. So, can’t be given the gentle face wash tag.

Even if the company claims it is non-drying, it is drying and cannot be used with any other acne treatments. It will work better as a stand-alone acne-treatment. It retails for 534 INR for 100ml.

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