7 Effective Body Washes For Clearing Breakouts
7 Effective Body Washes For Clearing Breakouts

7 Effective Body Washes For Clearing Breakouts

Statistics show two-thirds of us will suffer with body breakouts and ‘bacne’ at some point. If you’re prone, you’ll know how difficult they can be to get rid of – which is why we’ve rounded up the best exfoliating body washes out there.
By Rebecca Hull

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Acidenzyme Exfoliating Cleanser, Coming Soon | Beauty Pie

Launching on the 5th April, this new body cleanser contains salicylic acid and papaya enzymes to exfoliate dead skin cells and remove unwanted build-up. Despite the potent formula, it never irritates, while the gel consistency cools and hydrates skin as you go. You only need to use it once or twice a week to see results. Your back, chest and face will all benefit – plus, it’s great on areas like your thighs and under your arms.

Coming soon to BeautyPie.com


SA Smoothing Cleanser With Salicylic Acid, £14 | CeraVe

There’s a reason this is always recommended by dermatologists. Salicylic acid gently exfoliates and refines the skin, while hyaluronic acid and ceramides plump and soothe, ensuring skin stays supple and soft. You can use this all over but it works particularly well on areas like your back and bum. After just a few days, you’ll notice skin feels visibly smoother – just remember a little goes a long way.

Available at Boots.com


Bom Dia Bright Clarifying AHA BHA Body Wash, £23 | Sol De Janeiro

Like all Sol de Janeiro products, this body wash comes with an addictive tropical holiday scent. Full of exfoliating fruit acids, it keeps breakouts at bay and diffuses the appearance of any existing spots on your chest, back and shoulders. It’s a soft lather, so it won’t strip or dry out your skin barrier. It’s great for breakouts and acne, but we’ve also noticed keratosis pilaris (‘chicken skin’) becomes far less visible with regular use.

Available at LookFantastic.com


Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash, £20 | Kosas

Whether you suffer with big or small breakouts, this body wash will stop them in their tracks. Full of exfoliating AHAs and fruit enzymes, it swiftly removes dirt and sweat to keep your pores free from congestion. It’s also full of allantoin, which is known to soothe and reduce inflammation. It’s perfect for bacne, but also for improving overall skin tone. Plus, the jasmine, orange flower and vetiver scent is pretty addictive.

Available at SpaceNK.com


Acne Body Wash, £40 | Murad

Murad’s popular body wash is expensive, but the results are impressive. Ingredients like blemish-fighting salicylic acid and cleansing glycolic acid overhaul your skin, while soothing green tea locks in hydration. It targets active breakouts, but also prevents new ones by dissolving the bonds between dead cells that clog up your pores. Plus, it’s gentle – this won’t aggravate skin, so you can use it daily if needed. It works well on the back, but also on your chest and shoulders.

Available at LookFantastic.com


Pro Oil Removing Foam Wash, £35.81 | Cetaphil

It’s rare to find a foam wash that controls oiliness but doesn’t strip skin of moisture. Luckily, Cetaphil’s gentle formula is full of nourishing glycerine and castor oil, both of which will replace any lost hydration as you cleanse. As you massage it in, the soft foam breaks down dirt, oiliness and grease trapped deep in your pores. You only need two pumps to do your entire back and, within weeks, you’ll notice smoother skin that looks more even in tone. 

Available at Amazon.co.uk


Effaclar Micro-Peeling Face & Body Cleansing Gel, £16 | La Roche-Posay

If you’re prone to excess oiliness, try La Roche-Posay’s gentle gel wash. Its formula latches onto grease, sweat and oil, dissolving it for smoother skin overall. Regular use will also help minimise blackheads and prevent further breakouts. Meanwhile, added thermal spring water and zinc keeps inflammation at bay and hydration levels high. Just bear in mind that this one is scentless.

Available at LookFantastic.com

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