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Bio Statement Buying a facial cleanser isn't as easy as it used to be. There are so many different acne products on the market that it is easy to get lost in the skin care aisle! With over a dozen cleansers to choose from, this article tries to simplify things by reviewing the best of what's out there.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser -- this product has great reviews from most users. The creators were aiming for a cleanser that doesn't strip the skin of healthy emollients and oils, and that's exactly what they got. It is gentle enough that it shouldn't dry out or irritate the skin, and is water-soluble so it comes off easily. Some found that it leaves a slight filmy feeling after rinsing, and others found that it was a little too gentle to remove makeup, but the general consensus is that this is one of the best acne cleanser products on the market.

Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser -- available in gel, cream, or cloth form, this product is much stronger than Cetaphil. For some people this is positive because it is strong enough to remove makeup, but for others it can be much too over-drying. This cleanser is oil-free and alcohol-free. Another plus with this product is that it contains hydroxy acids that help exfoliate the skin, a very popular ingredient for skin care treatment. While this cleanser is both oil-free and alcohol-free, it does contain fragrance and two separate color additives that most other cleansers can get away without.

St. Ives Medicated Apricot Scrub -- the special ingredient in this scrub is salicylic acid, an antiseptic compound that helps dissolve the outer layer of skin, clearing away dirt, oil, and dead cells on the skin's surface. This helps to keep pores open and unclogged. The exfoliating ingredients in this product are 100% natural, which is great, however it does contain fragrance which can irritate very sensitive skin. Also, many skin care specialists recommend that a mechanical exfoliant like this not be used on a daily basis, so an alternative cleanser might also be needed. This product is oil-free.

Clearasil Daily Face Wash -- another oil-free facial cleanser, this one comes in a rich cream form, and is intended to remove all dirt, oil, and makeup. Popular with many of those who have tried it, this cleanser is specially medicated with 0.3% Triclosan, an antiseptic chemical that rids the face of bacteria. It also contains microbeads that help exfoliate away dead skin cells. While alcohol-free, it does contain fragrance.

Johnson & Johnson Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash -- it doesn't come in a pretty container, but it certainly seems to do the trick. This cleanser is soap-free, hypoallergenic, and non-comedogenic, and yet purportedly strong enough to remove makeup, oil and grit. It also features a special non-stinging formula so that it can be used on eye-makeup without the pain. Some seem to find it too drying, but they are by no means the majority. Most were more than satisfied.

With so many acne products out there, it pays to do some research. Start by figuring out your skin type (dry, normal, oily, or combination) and go from there. If you still aren't sure what you're looking for, skin care professionals are always there to help. Remember, what works for a friend might not work for you, so don't be afraid to experiment and try a variety of skin cleansers until you find one that is right. Feeling great about your skin is definitely worth the effort!