The Best Body Washes for Brides with Acne-Prone Skin
Treat body blemishes before they start with these powerful cleansers.
While facial acne may be more visible—and therefore more annoying when it appears—breakouts that erupt on your body can be more stubborn. This is because the skin on your body is thicker and tougher than it is on your face, which means acne and breakouts on your back and chest are harder to get rid of than pimples that pop up on your cheeks and chin. Plus, body acne is harder to reach—and therefore treat—and that's especially true if it's on your back.
One way to fight it? By using a daily body wash formulated specifically for acne-prone skin. It's an important step in anyone's skincare routine, but it's especially crucial when you are getting ready for a wedding. Body washes, as they're diluted with water, can reach areas that you can't easily target with a spot treatment, and they can even help prevent acne before it happens. When a blemish erupts, a body wash made specifically for acneic skin will help heal it more quickly than it otherwise would.
To find a great body wash for acne-prone skin, look for the same ingredients as you would in an acne cleanser for your face: salicylic acid is a great one, as it breaks down oil, decongests pores, and gently exfoliates skin; charcoal is another stellar anti-acne ingredient, as it's a great detoxifier and basically acts as a sponge, attracting oil, dirt, and debris from the pores. Though harsher and a bit more drying, benzoyl peroxide is effective at clearing breakouts, and tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial that can help prevent acne. Here, we've rounded up the best body washes for acne-prone skin that you can use before your wedding day.
A cult classic, this body wash smells amazing and prevents and clears breakouts thanks to salicylic acid.
Neutrogena Body Clear Pink Grapefruit Salicylic Acid Acne Treatment Body Wash, $8.49, neutrogena.com.
Salicylic acid and tea tree prevent acne, while menthol cools and calms inflammation.
Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash, $39, ulta.com.
The biodegradable beads in this wash offer gentle mechanical exfoliation while salicylic acid chemically exfoliates.
Murad Acne Body Wash, $43, murad.com.
Crushed walnut kernel grains exfoliate with a blend of alpha hydroxy acids, and hyaluronic acid, along with cotton and argan oils, rehydrate the skin.
Biologique Recherche Gommage P50 Corps, $87, shoprescuespa.com.
Healthy bacteria is an important part of healthy skin, whether it's to stave off acne, dry skin, or rosacea, and this cleanser helps cleanse skin without stripping it of beneficial bacteria.
Mother Dirt Face & Body Cleanser, $15, credobeauty.com.
The black clay in this soap helps detoxify, balance, and tone the skin, while a blend of organic oils keep it moisturized.
Osmia Organics Black Clay Charcoal Soap, $24, osmiaorganics.com.
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Tea tree oil is a natural antibacterial and ever so gently dries out existing blemishes.
The Body Shop Tea Tree Body Wash, $15, thebodyshop.com.
After working out (or just when you're feeling lazy), use these giant body wipes to cleanse and eradicate oil and sweat.
Yuni Shower Sheets Large Body Wipes, $15, sephora.com.
Charcoal draws out toxins from the pores and a blend of essential oils cleanses and moisturizes.
Origins Clear Improvement Charcoal Body Wash, $26, sephora.com.
This two in one, salicylic acid soap can be used on the face and body to clear blemishes.
Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Face & Body Soap, $16.50, clinique.com.