The Best Sulfate-Free Cleansers To Try If Your Pimples Won't Go Away

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So you've been doing your best in following your skincare routine using the best spot treatments in the market, but your breakouts still won't go away. You've tried almost everything—from patronizing salicylic acid products to practicing meditation to keep cortisol levels low—but the pimples won't disappear. Here's something new you can try: Switch to a gentle cleanser.

Here's the thing: That taut squeaky clean feeling you're craving (or the one you're used to) could be the culprit of acne. These cleansers have sulfate—the ingredient that creates the satisfying foam. This component can suck out your skin's natural moisture which can break down the barrier. This leads to excess oil production and clogged pores, aka more breakouts. Steer clear of these ingredients to keep your skin barrier resilient from environmental stressors: sodium lauryl sulfate, ammonium lauryl sulfate, and sodium laureth sulfate.

A sulfate-free cleanser won't further irritate the existing zits, and it can effectively lift the stuck dirt and oil buildup in the pores. To help you navigate the world of sulfate-free cleansers, we rounded up the best ones in the market. Check out our list below:

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Best Sulfate-Free Cleansers for Acne-Prone Skin

  1. Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel

    A derma-approved find, the Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel soothes existing breakouts and inflammation while keeping the skin properly hydrated.

    Best sulfate-free face cleanser: Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel



    Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel, P270, Watsons

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  2. Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash

    This facial wash is made of organic ingredients, so you're guaranteed you're only putting good stuff on your skin. It has bamboo extract and orange essential oil to purify clogged pores. Elemi extract works to control excess sebum production.

    Best sulfate-free facial cleanser: Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash



    Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash, P199.75, Watsons

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  3. Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash

    This much raved about facial wash is enriched with witch hazel, an ingredient known to refine pores, control sebum, heal acne, and reduce inflammation. It's free from sulfates, fragrance, and alcohol so it's safe for all skin types.

    Best Sulfate-Free Facial Cleanser: Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash



    Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash, P227.50, Beach Born

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  4. Physiogel Hypoallergenic Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin

    This is a mild soap-free cleanser that you can use with or without water. It's pH-balanced and leaves the skin soft and refreshed. It's recommended by many dermatologists, too!

    Best Sulfate-Free Facial Cleanser: Physiogel Hypoallergenic Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin



    Physiogel Hypoallergenic Daily Moisture Therapy Dermo-Cleanser For Dry And Sensitive Skin 300ml, P469, Watsons

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  5. COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

    When a cleanser has low pH, it doesn't strip away your skin's natural oils and it strengthens the barrier. It's so gentle that it is a recommended exfoliating facial wash for those with sensitive skin. Plus, it has essential ingredients that detox clogged pores and treat blemishes.

    Best Face Washes for Sensitive Skin: COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

    COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, P540, The Skincare Curator

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  6. Neogen Real Fresh Foam in Green Tea

    This cult-favorite cleanser can get rid of impurities such as sweat and dirt buildup from the skin without drying it out. Green tea extract works as a special add-on to soothe pimples and complexions that are exposed to hot, humid weather.

    Best Sulfate-Free Facial Cleanser: Neogen Real Fresh Foam in Green Tea



    Neogen Real Fresh Foam in Green Tea, P900, The Skincare Curator

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  7. Burt's Bees Soap Bark Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream

    This is a cleansing cream that's made of 99 percent natural ingredients. It has soap bark to deeply remove dirt, excess oil, and makeup. It also has aloe and chamomile for hydration. Menthol soothes inflamed skin.

    Best Sulfate-Free Facial Cleanser: Burt's Bees Soap Bark Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream



    Burt's Bees Soap Bark Chamomile Deep Cleansing Cream, P1,150, Watsons

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