Top 10 Best Cleansers for Acne Prone Skin in Malaysia 2022

Acne can be a pain to deal with because of how stubborn the acne can be and how long it takes for the breakouts to heal. Acne breakouts can occur during any time in your life, with it happening more prominently during puberty. Acne also occurs due to stress and imbalance in hormones. 

The first step in overcoming the issue is by cleansing the skin. This helps to remove impurities and grime that is on the skin’s surface due to the acne breakouts. Without using a cleanser, acne will become worse and even harder to remove from the face. Here are the 10 best cleansers for acne prone skin. 

1. La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser

La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser
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The La Roche Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser is a gel cleanser that helps to target acne. It is a gentle and calming cleanser that reduces skin irritations and cleans the skin from grime and filth. It contains the brand’s special thermal water formula that soothes redness while repairing the skin’s protective layer.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Peg-8, Coco-Betaine, Hexylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Zinc Pca, Sodium Hydroxide, Citric Acid, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Caprylyl Glycol, Parfum/​Fragrance
  • Country Of Origin: France
  • Size Available: 200ml, 400ml

Pros:

Repairs skin’s protective layer
Calms the skin
Clears excess oils and redness

Price: RM75.91 – RM94.91

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

2. Hada Labo AHA + BHA Face Wash

Hada Labo AHA BHA Face Wash
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The Hada Labo AHA + BHA Face Wash deeply cleanses the skin to rid it of any toxins and filth that has built up on the skin’s surface. This cleanser has a smooth and rich texture that contains AHA and BHA to deeply penetrate the skin’s barrier. This helps to reduce future breakouts from occurring while healing existing acne.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Butylene Glycol, Potassium Myristoyl Glutamate, PEG-40, Lauramidopropyl Betaine, Stearic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lauramide Dea, Glycolic Acid, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Lauric Acid, Glycol Distearate, Hydroxyacetophenone, Potassium Hydroxide, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Paradisi (Grapefruit) Peel Oil, Phytic Acid, Moringa Pterygosperma Seed Extract, Biosaccharide Gum-4, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil
  • Country Of Origin: Japan
  • Size Available: 130ml

Pros:

Deep cleaning
Clears skin of toxins and filth
Gently exfoliates

Price: RM25.13

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

3. NARUKO Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask Cleanser

NARUKO Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask Cleanser
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The NARUKO Tea Tree Purifying Clay Mask Cleanser is a cleanser that also works as a mask, making it a multipurpose product. This cleanser helps to gently exfoliate the skin to unclog pores, remove excess oil and sebum that causes acne to form. This cleanser helps to reduce blemishes and acne breakouts from reoccurring. The skin feels smooth and refreshed after every wash.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Kaolin, Lauryl Phosphate, Polyoxyethylene (1.0) Monoakyl (C12-15) Ethers Phosphates, Ethylhexylglycerin, Potassium Hydroxide, Dipropylene Glycol, Lauryl Glucoside, Hectorite, Glycerin, Titanium Dioxide, Zinc Pca, Phenoxyethanol, Tremella Fuciformis Sporocarp Extract, Fragrance, Panthenol, Pentylene Glycol, Glycolic Acid, Jojoba Esters, Allantoin, Menthol, Sodium Benzoate, PEG-7 Olivate, Camphor, Disodium EDTA, Tranexamic Acid, Piroctone Olamine, Hydrogenated Polydecene, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Retinol, Polyquaternium-51, Phospholipids, Kalanchoe Spathulata Extract, Glycyrrhiza Glabra (Licorice) Root Extract, Scutellaria Alpina Flower/​Leaf/​Stem Extract, Peucedanum Ostruthium Leaf Extract, Ginkgo Biloba Leaf Extract, Artemisia Umbelliformis Extract, Leontopodium Alpinum Extract, Epilobium Fleischeri Extract, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract
  • Country Of Origin: Taiwan
  • Size Available: 120ml

Pros:

Gently exfoliates
Removes excess oil and sebum
Smoothes the skin

Price: RM26.10

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

4. Safi Acne Solutions Whipped Cleanser

Safi Acne Solutions Whipped Cleanser
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The Safi Acne Solutions Whipped Cleanser is a cleanser that comes in a whipped formulation. This whipped formulation helps to penetrate deep into the skin to remove excess sebum and oils while cleansing the skin thoroughly. The infusion of neem in this cleanser helps to prevent breakouts from occurring and repairs any damage to the skin’s barrier such as scarring and dark spots.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Kaolin, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Stearic Acid, Methylpropanediol, Glyceryl Stearate, Decyl Glucoside, Ethylhexylglycerin, Pentasodium Triphosphate, BHT, Tetrasodium EDTA, Polyquaternium-7, Zinc Lactate, Melia Azadirachta (Neem) Leaf Extract, Salicylic Acid, Mandelic Acid, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Butylene Glycol, Arginine, Perfluorodecalin, 4-Butylresorcinol, Dextrin, Simmondsia Chinensis Seed Oil, Lecithin, Glycosphingolipids, Sucrose Palmitate, Xanthan Gum, Fragrance, Phenoxyethanol, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Benzoate
  • Country Of Origin: Malaysia
  • Size Available: 100ml

Pros:

Whipped formula
Fades dark spots
Removes sebum and excess oil

Price: RM8.82

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

5. Cosrx AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser

Cosrx AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser
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The Cosrx AC Collection Calming Foam Cleanser is a gentle daily cleanser that is efficient in soothing acne and removing grime from the skin’s surface. The skin’s texture becomes more refined and clear with each use of this cleanser. The cleanser contains centella that is highly effective in soothing any skin irritations and redness while clearing breakouts on the skin.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, PEG-32, Potassium Hydroxide, Palmitic Acid, Lauric Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Lauramide Dea, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Lavandula Hybrida Oil, Pinus Sylvestris Leaf Oil, Potassium Cocoate, Salicylic Acid, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid, Disodium EDTA, Linalool, Limonene
  • Country Of Origin: South Korea
  • Size Available: 150ml

Pros:

Soothes irritations
Clears breakouts
Texture of skin is refined

Price: RM55.20

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

6. SOMEBYMI 30 Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam

SOMEBYMI Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam
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The SOMEBYMI 30 Days Miracle Acne Clear Foam is formulated to remove dead skin cells while refining the skin’s texture. The cleanser has tea tree oil extract that aids in soothing skin redness and calming unruly pimples. PHA is another skin loving ingredient that is in this cleanser which helps to build a strong resilience against acne and maintain moisture levels.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Centella Asiatica Extract, Palmitic Acid, Stearic Acid, Lauric Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauryl Betaine, Butylene Glycol, PEG-100 Stearate, Glyceryl Stearate, Beeswax, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Water, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Salicylic Acid, Dipropylene Glycol, Sodium Chloride, Hydroxyacetophenone, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Caprylyl Glycol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Calamine, Gluconolactone, Citric Acid, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Artemisia Vulgaris Extract, Madecassoside, Asiaticoside, Asiatic Acid, Madecassic Acid
  • Country Of Origin: South Korea
  • Size Available: 100ml

Pros:

Build strong resilience against acne
Soothes redness
Maintain moisture levels

Price: RM24.95

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase

7. Mentholatum Acnes Deep Clean & Pore Refining Wash

Mentholatum Acnes Deep Clean Pore Refining Wash
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The Mentholatum Acnes Deep Clean & Pore Refining Wash is designed to specifically help those who are prone to acne on a regular basis. This cleanser contains salicylic acid that is highly effective in removing trapped filth and dead skin cells from the face while controlling the production of your natural oils. Centella is added in this cleanser to aid the recovery of blemishes and acne scars. 

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Palmitic Acid, Glycerin, Propanediol, Stearic Acid, Myristic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycosyl Trehalose, Alcohol, Glycol Distearate, Glycery Stearate, Cocamide DEA, Mannitol, Jojoba Esters, Hydrogenated Starch Hydrolysate, Menthol, Phenoxyethanol, Sodium Chloride, Salicyclic Acid, Cellulose, Fragrance, Chlorphenesin, Disodium EDTA, Tocopheryl Acetate, o-Cymen-5-Ol, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Oil, Chromium Hydroxide Green, Ultramarines, Butyl Avocadare, Methylparaben, Butylene Glycol, CI19140, Propylparaben, Centella Asiatica Extract, Asiaticoside, Chondrus Crispus (Carageenan) Extract, Madecassic Acid, Asiatic Acid, Propylene Glycol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Citric Acid
  • Country Of Origin: Japan
  • Size Available: 100ml

Pros:

Removes trapped dirt
Aid recovery of blemish and acne scarring
Controls oil production

Price: RM16.92

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

8. Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash

Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash
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The Cetaphil PRO DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash is a mild foaming cleanser that is suitable for those who have excess oil that causes frequent breakouts. The cleanser removes any lingering impurities and dirt from the surface of the skin to reveal a clearer complexion. Glycerin is added in the formulation to keep the skin hydrated after every wash. Zinc gluconate decreases the activity of acne-causing bacteria. 

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Zinc Coceth Sulfate, Glycerin, PEG-75, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Zinc Gluconate, PEG-200 Hydrogenated Glyceryl Palmate, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, PEG-7 Glyceryl Cocoate, Sodium Benzoate, Masking Fragrance, Disodium EDTA
  • Country Of Origin: America
  • Size Available: 237ml

Pros:

Decreases activity of acne-causing bacteria
Hydrates the skin
Promotes a clear complexion

Price: RM52.30 – RM84.90

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

9. Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser

Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser
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The Pyunkang Yul Acne Facial Cleanser is an anti-inflammatory acne face cleanser. This cleanser helps to calm the skin from acne, pimples, irritation and redness due to its main ingredient, mugwort. The cleanser will help to get rid of waste from the skin and unclog pores while delivering moisture to the skin.

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Methyl Oleoyl Taurate, PEG-75, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoamphodipropionate, PEG-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate, Dimethyl Sulfone, Pyridoxine Hcl, Salix Alba (Willow) Bark Extract, Forsythia Suspensa Fruit Extract, Butylene Glycol, Centella Asiatica Extract, Polygonum Cuspidatum Root Extract, Scutellaria Baicalensis Root Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Sodium Chloride, Copper Tripeptide-1, Allantoin, Citric Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Disodium EDTA
  • Country Of Origin: South Korea
  • Size Available: 120ml

Pros:

Moisturizes skin
Unclog pores
Calms the skin

Price: RM25.00

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

10. Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash

Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash
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The Origins Checks and Balances Frothy Face Wash will make the skin feel refreshed and soft without making the skin feeling tight, parched or pulled. This frothy cleanser has a thick consistency that enables it to thoroughly clean the surface of the skin by collecting any dirt and impurities as you wash your face. The cleanser is formulated without any alcohol and parabens too. 

Specifications:

  • Ingredients: Water\Aqua\Eau, Myristic Acid, Glycerin, Behenic Acid, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Palmitic Acid, Potassium Hydroxide, Lauric Acid, Stearic Acid, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil *, Mentha Viridis (Spearmint) Leaf Oil*, Pelargonium Graveolens Flower Oil*, Lavandula Hybrida Oil*, Citrus Aurantium Bergamia (Bergamot) Fruit Oil*, Styrax Benzoin Gum, Linalool, Limonene, Tourmaline, Laminaria Saccharina Extract, Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Ethylhexylglycerin, Tocopherol, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyquaternium-7, Butylene Glycol, Disodium EDTA, PEG-3 Distearate, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol
  • Country Of Origin: America
  • Size Available: 150ml

Pros:

Frothy texture
Free from parabens and alcohol
Leaves the skin feeling hydrated

Price: RM95.70

*Prices may vary at the time of purchase 

And here we have it! The 10 best cleansers for acne prone skin in Malaysia. These are some tips to consider before choosing the cleanser of your picking: 

  1. Medication

If you are currently on an acne treatment plan, you will need to discuss with your dermatologist on whether the acne cleanser of your choice will affect the treatment plan. Your dermatologist will advise you on which is the best acne cleanser to use.

  1. Ingredients

Some acne cleansers have ingredients that are designed to target acne in different ways, whether it be through exfoliation or gentle cleansing. You should choose an acne cleanser that depends on how tolerant your skin is. 

  1. Shelf Life

It is important to note how often you will be washing your face with a cleanser for acne prone skin as the shelf life of some acne cleansers are short. 

Disclosure: This list was compiled by the team at My Weekend Plan after extensive research and shared opinions to suggest helpful recommendations for the public. The sequence of brands is in no particular order so if you have any other great suggestions too, please email us [email protected] For more information, kindly refer to our copyright, privacy & disclosure policy.

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