Not all body cleansers are made the same, and they shouldn’t be considering each person’s skin has different needs. While some need an ultra-gentle body wash, others wish they could use their acne face wash head to toe. That would be an expensive habit, not to mention they’re not all formulated for the full body, so we have the solution for you. If you’re looking to clear blemishes below the neck, swap your standard body wash for a body wash that helps combat body acne.
Pacifica Acne Warrior Body Wash ($16)
If you’re fed up with body breakouts, this medical-grade treatment will fight for you. The dermatologist-tested formula is packed with maximum-strength salicylic acid, cucumber, niacinamide and aloe.
Differin Acne-Clearing Body Wash ($16)
From the acne experts at Differin comes a body wash designed to eliminate breakouts and prevent new ones from forming on the body, including the chest, back, shoulders, and anywhere else acne might pop up. The two percent salicylic acne is to thank for unclogging blocked pores.
Dove Beauty Body Love Salicylic Acid + Bamboo Extract Acne Clear Body Cleanser ($10)
Dove has always been a classic standby in showers, but this body cleanser provides leveled-up skin care. It features face skin-care ingredients like salicylic acid and bamboo extract to help clear blemishes and prevent new ones from forming.
Starface Outer Space Foaming Body Wash ($13)
Similar to the brand’s face wash, this body wash helps refresh acne-prone skin and prevent future body breakouts. It washes away bacteria, soothes, exfoliates, brightens and reduces inflammation.
Sol de Janeiro Bom Dia Bright Clarifying AHA BHA Body Wash ($26)
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.
Naturium The Perfector Salicylic Acid Body Wash ($14)
The texture of Naturium’s body 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.
Typology Anti-Blemish Body Wash with 6% Glycolic Acid ($21)
This bottle will look beautiful sitting in your shower, but that’s not its biggest benefit. The formula is concentrated with glycolic acid to promote exfoliating effects. It helps unclog pores, reduce blemishes and even prevent ingrown hairs.
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’s 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.
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, clean cleanse. The formula helps unclog pores, smooth skin texture and combat body acne.
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 body. The lush exfoliating wash deeply cleanses and clarifies pores.
OffCourt Deep Cleansing Body Wash ($14)
OffCourt calls their body washes “fuel for post-sweat skin.” If you’re prone to breaking out after going to the gym or heading out for a run, this formula is for you. Glycolic and lactic acids exfoliate, balance and hydrate skin. There are three alluring scents to choose from.
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 team up in this formula to both treat and prevent body breakouts.
ZitSticka SILKSHAKE Probiotic-Rich Body Wash ($25)
This 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.
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 blemishes. Meanwhile, the formula also helps restore the skin barrier for all-around healthier skin.
Medicube Red Body Wash ($33)
While this body wash will help address body acne and irritation, it’s also safe for sensitive skin. It helps reduce dirt and skin cell buildup in pores, which often leads to blemishes. Reviewers say it promotes smoother, clearer skin, with 94 percent of people saying they noticed improvement in their rough, bumpy skin following use.