So you've been doing your best in following your skincare routine using the best spot treatments in the market, but your breakouts still won't go away. You've tried almost everything—from patronizing salicylic acid products to practicing meditation to keep cortisol levels low—but the pimples won't disappear. Here's something new you can try: Switch to a gentle cleanser.
Here's the thing: That taut squeaky clean feeling you're craving (or the one you're used to) could be the culprit of acne. These cleansers have sulfate—the ingredient that creates the satisfying foam. This component can suck out your skin's natural moisture which can break down the barrier. This leads to excess oil production and clogged pores, aka more breakouts. Steer clear of these ingredients to keep your skin barrier resilient from environmental stressors: sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate.
A sulfate-free cleanser won't further irritate the existing zits, and it can effectively lift the stuck dirt and oil buildup in the pores. To help you navigate the world of sulfate-free cleansers, we rounded up the best ones in the market. Check out our list below:
Best Sulfate-Free Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin
1. Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel
A derma-approved find, the Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel soothes existing breakouts and inflammation while keeping the skin properly hydrated.
CELETEQUE Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel, P270, Watsons
2. Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash
This facial wash is made of natural ingredients, so you're guaranteed you're only putting good stuff on your skin. It has bamboo extract and orange essential oil to purify clogged pores. Elemi extract works to control excess sebum production.
HUMAN NATURE Balancing Facial Wash, P199.75, Watsons
3. Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash
This much raved about facial wash is enriched with witch hazel, an ingredient known to refine pores, control sebum, heal acne, and reduce inflammation. It's free from sulfates, fragrance, and alcohol so it's safe for all skin types.
BEACH BORN Witch Hazel Wash, P227.50, Beachborn.ph
4. Physiogel Hypoallergenic Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin
This is a mild soap-free cleanser that you can use with or without water. It's pH-balanced and leaves the skin soft and refreshed. It's recommended by many dermatologists, too!
PHYSIOGEL Hypoallergenic Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin 300ml, P469, Watsons
5. COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
When a cleanser has low pH, it doesn't strip away your skin's natural oils and it strengthens the barrier. It's so gentle that it is a recommended exfoliating facial wash for those with sensitive skin. Plus, it has essential ingredients that detox clogged pores and treat blemishes.
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, P540, Beauty Bar
6. Neogen Real Fresh Foam in Green Tea
This cult-favorite cleanser can get rid of impurities such as sweat and dirt buildup from the skin without drying it out. Green tea extract works as a special add-on to soothe pimples and complexions that are exposed to hot, humid weather.
NEOGEN Real Fresh Foam in Green Tea, P900, The Skincare Curator
7. Burt's Bees Soap Bark Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream
This is a cleansing cream that's made of 99 percent natural ingredients. It has soap bark to deeply remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup. It also has aloe and chamomile for hydration. Menthol soothes inflamed skin.
BURT'S BEES Soap Bark Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, P1150, Watsons
* This story originally appeared on Cosmo.ph. Minor edits have been made by the Preview.ph editors.