Best Body Wash for Acne Prone Skin – 2018 Edition

In a fantasy world, those groups of little red circle marks on our skin also known as acne on our skin will never have existed. Unfortunately, we live in reality, and in reality if we do not take essential measures and steps and know how to take good care of ourselves, our skin will break out.That being said, one step you can take is to finding the best body wash for acne prone skin and now I 'll give you my complete guide on how to do exactly that.

What is a Body Wash?

From the word itself, a body wash also known as a shower gel is a product made of liquid formula intended to clean your body and remove dirt, oil, and sweat. Moreover, body wash is also great for moisturizing the skin as opposed to bar soaps that have the tendency to dry out your skin. This is because most body washes contain essential oils.

Benefits of Using a Body Wash

Well, it’s easy to use and compare to bar soap, it’s more hygienic. Your bar soap has the tendency to slip out of your hands and fall down to the floor. Unlike a body wash, in which you will just have to squeeze some product onto your hands and lather. Your bar soap can also be covered in hair or other residues or dirt buildup since it is just out in the open and exposed.

Numerous manufacturers of body wash have also started to put in some aromatherapeutic scents onto their products. They are infused with various fragrances and scents that can be very relaxing especially if you are taking a bath after a long day at work!

Shower gels or body washes are actually more cost-friendly. You get to control and regulate the amount you are going to be needing or using. As opposed to bar soaps which can get smaller rapidly most especially when left in a soap-dish with water.

One issue most often associated with the use of bar soap is skin disease contamination if a member the house has one. With the use of shower gels, any fear or worry of getting contaminated with a disease of a family member is going to be completely gone since the product is safely kept in a bottle.

Another edge of shower gel or body wash is that it has the capability to offer you a rich later with its liquid formula. Since it is a fluid formula, it is relatively easy to have a foam bath.

And as already stated, body wash and shower gels are more moisturizing than bar soaps that are most likely to dry out your skin. This is because they contain oils such as aloe vera, coconut oil, almond oil, soybean oil, and olive oil among many others.

What to Consider When Buying?

Well, of course, the most important thing you have to take into consideration is the specific kind and type of body wash your skin needs or what you want. Just like your skin which is programmed to be different from the others, various body wash products are also formulated with different substances.

First type is the gel-like formulated body wash. They are typically clear and and bright. Its main and number one purpose is to clean which is why its component is primarily made out of water and detergent. Since they are also surfactants, they do a pretty good job of removing oil, dirt, and grime from your skin and yes, even your hair.

However surfactants also have big tendencies to dry out your skin than usual and can even be irritating because gel body washes are more often than not, they are formulated with really strong fragrances and scents. This is recommended for those who do not have dry skins.

Second is the body wash with a cream formula. They highly resemble the form of a lotion; they also have a thick consistency. They are deeply nourishing especially since they contain different types of oil. Like, the gel wash, they are also made out of detergent and water since its primary purpose is to clean but moreover, it also has moisturizing benefits due to the different types and amount or level of oil they contain.

Because of its thick consistency, this also has a possibility of leaving you with a “sticky” feeling even after you have washed it off. This can be a great match for you, if you have dry skin.

Helpful Tips When Using a Body Wash

Never ever use hot water. Only, warm. A too high temperature can leave your skin dry or worse, can even burn it. Warm water will open your pores then rinse off the body wash with some cold water to close it.

Try not to use it for the face. Body wash products are intended for the body, hence the name, and not the face. No matter what brand it is, it is better if you solely use it for your body.

The saying a little goes a long way is especially true for body wash. Be careful when squeezing out product onto your hands. Too much product can leave your skin feeling greasy or sticky if you are not able to rinse it off properly.

Reviews of Best Body Wash for Acne Prone Skin


This is a product highly recommended by dermatologists, mainly because, its formula is very strong — so strong, that unfortunately if used in excess it can leave your dry or flaky. But other than that, it’s good for clearing breakouts, especially back acne. Since it has a very strong formula, I highly suggest that you only use this once a day and never forget to put a accompanying moisturizer.

Things We Liked

  • Highly recommended by dermatologists
  • Since it has a very strong formula, it is proven to clear acne, most especially back acne
  • Removes dirt and impurities that cause acne

Things We Didn't Like

  • Can be too strong, especially for those with dry skins already
  • Not recommended for sensitive skins
  • If used in excess, it can dry out your skin


This is another highly recommended product by dermatologist which should not come as a surprise seeing as this comes from a brand known to produce various skin care and hair care lines recommended by dermatologists.

This is a relatively mild product that contains an substances that fight acne but without any strong substance, thus making it a great match for those with sensitive skin. Moreover, it is also formulated with a great fragrant so definitely a plus point.

Things We Liked

  • Has a gentle and mild formula making it a very good fit if you have a sensitive skin
  • Relatively cheaper

Things We Didn't Like

  • Since it has a gentle formula, it may not be as effective for those with severe problems of acne


This body and facial wash in one product is also a natural and organic one that does not test on animals. This is especially good if you are adapting a vegan lifestyle. This is one hundred percent au naturale and dermatologist tested. From the word scrub, it’s probably safe to assume that it’s also a heavy exfoliator.

Well, not really. Alba Botanica Acnedote is formulated with ground walnut shells, meaning it is so gentle that yes, you can even use it daily. Moreover, its formula also contains salicylic acid that naturally comes from the extract of willow bark.

Furthermore, if you also have a dry skin, this can be the perfect match for you, since it contains hazelnut extract, a natural ingredient that helps tightening skin, reducing appearance of varicose veins, minimizing swelling, and just generally soothing skin.

Things We Liked

  • Very gentle, best match for people with dry skin
  • Au naturale and one hundred percent vegetarian
  • Does not test on animals
  • Organic and mild but highly effective
  • Relatively cheaper

Things We Didn't Like

  • Usage of this product must be consistent to clear all signs of acne


This product is formulated to unclog pores and thus prevent any appearances of acne, blackheads, and white hands. It is also formulated with gentle beads that aid in exfoliating your dead and dry skin cells, leaving you feeling completely refreshed.

Unfortunately, it has a a very thick consistency and does not come with any pump. You may or may not end up using more than you intend to and that can lead to a serious waste

Things We Liked

  • Clears scars
  • Two in one product as it is both a body wash and also an exfoliator
  • Proven to reduce acne

Things We Didn't Like

  • Very thick consistency
  • A bit expensive
  • Basic bottle and does not go with any pump
  • Product can be very hard to control


This product belongs to the expensive side, but its formula may be enough to convince you despite its hefty price tag. It contains salicylic and glycolic acid — two known substances famous for treating acnes.

It also contains a beaded formula so it’s best not to use it a loofah or scrub as this can be too harsh for the skin. Moreover, it is best to note that despite its salicylic acid content, it does not remove any natural oil from your skin.

Things We Liked

  • Contains ingredients that are highly effective in fighting and treating acne
  • Gentle and mild, best for sensitive skin

Things We Didn't Like

  • Overpriced for most people
  • Does not lather that much as compared to other products

Final Thoughts

And the verdict is: best body wash for acne prone skin 2017 goes to the last product — the Alba Botanica Acnedote. It is gentle enough to be a moisturizer, effective enough to clear, treat, and prevent acne, and furthermore, it also acts as an every day exfoliator.

As opposed to other products, it is relatively less expensive but certainly delivers on its promise, proving that a high price tag does not always equate to high quality. Moreover, it is also an all-natural body wash that does not test on animals. It is a hundred percent vegan product — all its acne fighting ingredients come from natural resources such as willow bark extract, walnut shells and hazelnut extract.

I hope this article really helped you on your journey to finding the perfect body wash for you! If you have any more questions, suggestions or just recommendations, do not hesitate to leave them down below! 🙂

Amanda Landers

Hi, I am Amanda. I live in New York City. I’m a passionate beauty aficionado and I have a burning desire for makeup and skincare products. I would like to serve up great beauty tips and awesome pictures to share the common interest with all beauty lovers.

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