Best Body Acne Wash Formulas to Clear Back Acne and Beyond

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Not all body washes are made the same, and they shouldn’t be, considering each person’s skin has different needs. Some need an ultra-gentle body wash for their sensitive skin. On the other hand, some wish they could wash with their intensive acne product head to toe. However, that would be an expensive habit, not to mention not all acne products are formulated for the full body, so we have the best possible solution for you. If you’re looking to clear blemishes below the neck, swap your standard body wash for a cleanser that helps combat body acne breakouts and rids pores of oil, dirt and pimples for fresh skin.

The top body wash products to use for back acne and beyond

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Alba Botanica Acnedote Face & Body Scrub ($8)

Say goodbye to breakouts. This product is one of the best acne body washes, and it’s also great for the face, so it can help control blemishes head to toe. Great ingredients like two percent salicylic acid and willowbark extract make up the formula for this acne body wash. Studies found that 70 percent of people saw clearer skin in just seven days of use.

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Pacifica Acne Warrior Body Wash ($16)

If you’re fed up with breakouts, this medical-grade acne treatment will fight for you. The dermatologist tested formula is packed with top ingredients like maximum-strength salicylic acid, cucumber, niacinamide and aloe.

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Differin Acne Clearing Body Wash ($16)

From the acne experts at Differin comes a body wash designed to eliminate breakouts and prevent new pimples from forming on the body. It tackles areas like the chest, back, shoulders, and anywhere else acne might pop up. The two percent salicylic acne is to thank for unclogging pores blocked by oil and dirt.

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Dove Beauty Body Love Salicylic Acid + Bamboo Extract Acne Clear Body Cleanser ($10)

Dove has always been a classic standby in showers, but this cleanser provides leveled-up skin care for those with acne-prone skin. This formula features face skin care ingredients like salicylic acid and bamboo extract to help clear blemishes and keep the skin in its best health.

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Starface Outer Space Foaming Body Wash ($13)

Similar to the brand’s best selling face cleanser, this body wash helps refresh acne prone skin and prevent future body breakouts. It washes away bacteria, soothes, exfoliates, brightens and reduces inflammation.

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Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Clarifying AHA BHA Body Wash ($26)

Ingredients like fruit AHAs, vegan lactic acid, salicylic acid and a coconut-derived cleansing system team up to promote smoother skin through cell turnover and deep pore cleaning. This shower gel helps avoid skin congestion, including ingrown hairs, bumps and strawberry skin. Not to mention, it’s scented with the brand’s signature Cheirosa 40 warm floral fragrance.

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Naturium The Perfector Salicylic Acid Body Wash ($14)

The texture of Naturium’s wash is deeply sensorial and will leave your skin feeling like silk. The Perfector is specifically formulated with encapsulated time-released salicylic acid for gentle exfoliation to clear out pores and smooth skin without irritation, so it’s suitable for those with sensitive skin.

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Typology Anti Blemish Body Wash with 6% Glycolic Acid ($21)

This bottle will look great sitting in your shower, but that’s not even the best benefit of this cleanser. The formula of this acne body wash is concentrated with glycolic acid to promote exfoliating body effects. It helps unclog pores, reduce blemishes and even prevent ingrown hairs.

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Iota Supervitamin Body Wash+ Detoxifying ($23)

Not all body washes pay attention to skin health, which can leave skin dry and dull with signs of acne or accelerated aging. Iota’s formula supports the skin microbiome and also helps buff out bumpy spots. The ingredients in this formula work to purify pores and refine skin for a full body detox.

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Kosas Good Body Skin AHA + Enzyme Exfoliating Body Wash ($22)

Cleanse, exfoliate and moisturize all at once with this blue bottle. The exfoliating gel cleanser with AHAs and fruit enzymes is perfect for everyday use in those with some body blemishes or those who exercise regularly and are after a good, thorough cleanse. The formula helps unclog pores, smooth skin texture and combat acne.

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Hero Cosmetics Power Wash ($15)

Have you ever power-washed your home? If so, you know every crevice is sparkling clean after the intense hose-down. This Power Wash from Hero Cosmetics is designed to do something similar to your skin. The lush exfoliating wash deeply cleanses and clarifies pores so skin is in top shape.

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OffCourt Deep Cleansing Body Wash ($14)

OffCourt calls their body washes “fuel for post-sweat skin.” If you’re prone to breakouts after going to the gym or heading out for a run, this formula is for you. Glycolic acid and lactic acid exfoliate, balance and hydrate skin. There are three alluring scents to choose from and active ingredients like glycolic acid and lactic acid to combat oil, dirt and pimples.

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Murad Acne Body Wash ($46)

Murad knows what it’s doing when it comes to acne treatment for the face, so it’s no surprise this expertise carries over to the skin on the body. Physical exfoliants and salicylic acid in this wash team up to both treat and prevent breakouts on the body.

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ZitSticka SILKSHAKE Probiotic-Rich Body Wash ($25)

This great microbiome-enhancing formula is built for breakout prone bodies. The cleanser works by promoting good flora while ridding the body of bad flora that can cause acne.

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CeraVe SA Body Wash for Rough & Bumpy Skin ($14)

Developed with dermatologists, this body wash with salicylic acid cleanses and exfoliates the skin, helping rid it of pimples and breakouts. Meanwhile, the formula also helps restore the skin barrier for all-around skin health.

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Medicube Red Body Wash ($33)

While this body wash will help address acne and skin irritation, it’s also safe for sensitive skin. It helps reduce oil, dirt and skin cell buildup in pores, which often leads to pimples. Reviewers say it promotes smoother, clearer skin, with 94 percent of people saying they noticed improvement in their rough, bumpy skin following use.


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