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.