7 clarifying face washes that’ll help keep acne at bay

These will become your best buddies in fighting breakouts this summer.

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The heat and humidity of summer is not the best combo for acne-prone skin, causing pesky pimples, redness, and sudden breakouts. And while there is no universal solution to dealing with acne, the right face wash can be a good starting point in your skincare routine. They help get rid of all the excess oil, dirt, and pollutants that may be clogging pores, and give you a clean canvas so the serums and moisturisers can do their job. 

Below, we’ve rounded up the ones that deserve to be on your bathroom shelf this summer. 

Murad Blemish Control Clarifying Cleanser, ₹2,500

Formulated with salicylic acid, which is a known acne-buster, and green tea extract, a powerful antioxidant, this cleanser will leave skin feeling soft and clear. 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Foam, ₹2,150

This one is a favourite among the skincare community and for good reason—it contains 2% salicylic acid and visibly clears acne along with unclogging pores. 

Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash With Glycerin, ₹2,400

Featuring calendula oil and glycerine, this face wash for normal to oily skin types refreshes skin without drying it out. 

Forest Essentials Delicate Facial Cleanser Kashmiri Saffron & Neem Face Wash For Oily Skin, ₹1,550

If a gentle but effective cleanser is on your mind, then this neem and kewda infused blend clears clogged pores and purifies skin. 

Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash For Oily & Acne-prone Skin With Salicylic Acid & Lavender, ₹3,000

The best foaming cleansers are known to deep cleanse and remove excess sebum plus impurities without being overly stripping, and this one does exactly that. 

The Ordinary Glucoside Foaming Cleanser, ₹1,250

While their squalane cleanser is more popular, this one is more suited for treating sudden breakouts and inflammation. 

iS Clinical Cleansing Complex, ₹4,310

Centella, willow bark extract, and sugarcane extract come together to create a potent formula that cleanses thoroughly, leaving skin clear and soft.

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