Acne is one of the most common skin issues that “occurs when your hair follicles become plugged with oil and dead skin cells.” Along with red, inflamed pimples, acne may also cause whiteheads and blackheads. For those that suffer from acne, looking for beauty products that don’t inflame, dry out, or encourage oil production is a challenge all on its own. On top of that, finding a product that works for your particular skin type, but is also plant-based and cruelty-free certified seems almost impossible.
Luckily, it’s not impossible at all!
There are a host of brands that feature acne-sensitive, plant-based, cruelty-free products! Some of the most powerful over-the-counter acne-fighting agents are alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs) — such as glycolic and lactic acid which help remove pore-clogging dead skin — benzoyl peroxide — known to kill bacteria and reduce oil production — salicylic acid — an effective exfoliator and powerful anti-inflammatory agent — clay — to help calm inflamed skin — sulfur — known to reduce excessive oil — and tea-tree oil — an all-natural blemish fighter.
Check out these 10 acne-sensitive beauty products that are all available on Amazon and cruelty-free!
While this Finulite Anti-Cellulite Vegan Plant-Based Body Soap Bar may focus on reducing cellulite, it’s actually a powerful and effective agent for reducing and manage acne. Finulite instills this soap with a unique blend of green tea and peppermint oil — to stimulate blood flow and reduce inflammation — crushed coffee beans to exfoliate away dead skin, and palm kernel, coconut, and olive oils to provide rich moisture. This product is cruelty-free, vegan, preservative-free, and 100 percent biodegradable. A 2-pack of soap costs $12.97.
Gretchen W says, “I love this soap. I’ve been taking biotin for my hair growth and unfortunately, the stuff makes me break out bad! After reading some reviews of this soap which I intentionally got for Cellulite and razor bumps, I was surprised to read that it was good for acne too. Well, the truth is in the pudding my grand-mom would always say. And truth is, this soap helps tremendously with acne! My skin looks and feels 90% better after one week of use.”
This bioClarity Clear Skin Routine includes a 3-step kit that is recommended for all skin types, including those with sensitive, acne-prone skin. bioClarity also happens to be 100 percent vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and paraben-free. This kit uses a combination of “cooling cucumber, detoxifying green tea leaf, and calming chamomile,” as well as chlorophyll derived skin-protecting floralux to reduce redness, soothe irritated skin, and help reduce acne-causing bacteria. A 30-day supply of this 3-step kit costs $34.95.
Amazon Customer says, “In just a few weeks, this cleared up my acne and has been keeping it away ever since. I have sensitive skin so I’m always worried that anything I put on it is going to irritate it. Bioclarity was mild and didn’t irritate my skin at all.”
This Eve Hansen French Rose Clay Face Mask plays dual roles of acne-reducer and fine-line remover. Using plant-based ingredients such as turmeric root extract, moringa and safflower seed oils, calendula extract, and superfood spirulina, Eve Hansen has created a plant-based, cruelty-free product to help diminish fine lines and wrinkles, smooth skin, and improve acne. A 1.7-ounce jar costs $24.95.
Emily G says, “I have struggled in the past to find a good clay face mask that didn’t make my sensitive skin super red after using it. Eve Hansen is the perfect clay mask for me! I really enjoy the texture and that it is a lighter clay mask than others I have tried in the past … It has definitely become a staple in my skin care routine this past month.”
If you haven’t tried out plant-based champion Castile Soap yet, then now is the time! This Castile Soap Organic Peppermint Tea Tree by Sky Organics employs the natural acne-fighting compounds in tea tree oil in conjunction with moisturizing coconut oil, olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil, peppermint oil, aloe leaf juice, and shea butter. Castile Soap uses 100 percent all-natural, organic, non-toxic, non-GMO, vegan, and cruelty-free ingredients. Purchase a 16-ounce bottle for $14.95.
Busy Parent says “First time using Castille soap and was amazed by the versatility of this product. It is all natural and I’ve been using it to wash my hair and as a body wash. I love the peppermint and tea tree scent which has actual essential oils in it and leaves my scalp and body feeling rejuvenated, fresh and pleasantly scented. I have become a fan of Castille soap now and will definitely be trying the other scents as well.”
5. Athar’a Pure Herbal Skin Healing Cleanser
This Organic Face Wash for Acne Combination Skin is 100 percent natural, vegan, organic, and cruelty-free. Athar’a also promises their products to be free of parabens, chemicals, dyes, and gluten. This cleanser uses a mixture of willow bark, lavender, witch hazel, and clove to fight acne, remove dirt, oil, and makeup, without leaving skin dry. One 4-ounce bottle costs $24.95.
Amazon Customer says, “this cleanser [is] different. [It] cleared my skin and acne. I recommend it.”
6. Humane Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Acne Treatment Body & Face Wash
This Humane Benzoyl Peroxide 10% Acne Treatment Body & Face Wash relies on one of the most promising acne-fighting agents, benzoyl peroxide. Humane guarantees zero toxins — such as propylene glycol, parabens, formaldehyde, and sodium lauryl sulfate — practices cruelty-free testing and they don’t use animal products. This benzoyl peroxide treatment seeks to prevent breakouts by killing off acne-generating skin bacteria. Purchase 8-ounces for $20.85.
Ashton Williamson says, “I am 27 and have struggled with severe adult acne for nearly 2 years. I have tried hundreds of products, went to an esthetician monthly for chemical peels and microdermabrasion treatments, tried different forms of birth control and antibiotic treatments, and was put on spironolactone in January. I’ve been using this product twice a day for the last 2 1/2 weeks and I only have one, very tiny pimple left on my cheek.”
This Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser uses plant-based ingredients derived from cruelty-free practices. In particular, this acne facial cleanser employs acne-fighting salicylic acid, clarifying thyme, balancing and smoothing aloe vera, and calming chamomile. Best used on particularly oily skin, Mario Badescu focuses on a deep clean for current acne outbreaks. A 6-ounce bottle costs $15.00.
Julio says, “Love this product as well as many other Mario Badescu products. I was struggling with acne for about more than 3 years. I had blackheads, whiteheads, large cystic acne bumps, and I tried everything. I had honestly already given up but decided to give it a go with this facial cleanser … My acne slowly started to decrease. I was surprised because these products are way less intensive than all the other products I had tried, but the gentleness of this product allowed my face to slowly heal without all the irritation and dryness that resulted in more breakouts when I used harsher products. Now I only get just a couple of small spots around once a month.”
It’s all in the name! This product is perfect for those transitioning from chemical-based to plant-based beauty products. This Safe House Naturals Detox Face and Body Wash uses all-natural plant-based ingredients including activated charcoal, bentonite clay, organic aloe vera, coconut oil, and anti-bacterial and anti-fungal essential oils. This cruelty-free, vegan body wash fights acne, reduces oil, and clarifies skin. An 8-ounce bottle costs $19.99.
Rachel Jolley says, “I’ve been using this as a body wash to treat adult body acne for about a month now. I love the way it makes my skin feel clean but not dry, it has cleared up existing acne and seems to be preventing additional acne from developing. I also love the scent, kind of like black tea and pepper. I’m definitely going to continue to buy this product!”
This cruelty-free, plant-based, gluten-free Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream is stellar for sensitive skin! Using the naturally moisturizing powers of jojoba oil, argan oil, and aloe vera, this soothing cream will help reduce acne, fight inflammation, and moisturize dry skin. Plus, Acure infuses this cream with calming peony stem cell and sunflower amino acids. A 4-ounce, 2-pack costs $15.98.
Cygan says, “Love this cleanser. My skin is super sensitive and this one is gentle on my skin but still cleans well.”
This Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser is cruelty-free, 100 percent vegetarian, and great for most skin types from normal to dry complexions. The secret lies in the 3 percent alpha hydroxyl complex — referring to “a group of natural acids found in foods. Along with acne-fighting alpha hydroxyl and glycolic acid, this facial cleanser uses a soothing and hydrating blend of plant-based oils and extracts including lavandin oil, geranium rose oil, sweet orange oil, lavender extract, calendula extract, and cucumber extract. An 8.5-ounce bottle costs $11.79.
Nikki says, “I love this face wash. I admit I was nervous when I got it because I hadn’t noticed it had oil in it. I decided to try it anyway, and am so glad I did. My acne prone skin has dramatically improved. I just read an article about how certain oils can help with that, and I guess I’d heard that before (and decided it was a lie) but now it makes sense. I am in my late 30’s.”
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