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Acne Cleansers

Acne 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:

Salicylic Acid Cleansers:
These break down keratin in the blackheads, and can be used for mild acne.
ACNEX® (Dermteck)
SALAC® (Medicis)
CLEARASIL® (Proctor & Gamble)
FOSTEX® (Bristol-Myers Squibb)
NOXZEMA® (Proctor & Gamble)
AVEENO® BAR (SC Johnson)

Benzoyl Peroxide Cleansers:
Breaks down keratin in blackheads, and has antibacterial effects.
PANOXYL® BAR - (Steifel)
BENZAC-W® wash - (Galderma)
CLEARASIL® - (Proctor & Gamble)
CLEAN & CLEAR® - (Johnson & Johnson)

Antibacterial Cleansers:
Role has not been fully established.

Also see mild cleansers.

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