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Most of you have requested a quality cleanser (at a good price point) for specifically acne-prone skin, and after some digging around and testing I couldn't be happier with this little gem: the Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam from Skinfood.
My current double cleanse routine
The Tea Tree Bubble Cleansing Foam is perfect for the second part of your double cleanse (after the oil-based cleanser). It's a gentle water-based cleanser that pumps out airy and light foam formulated with tea tree oil, a superstar ingredient that is all kinds of amazing. Here's why:
Tea tree oil treats acne.
According to an official study on tea tree oil, it's one of the most useful products to treat acne (both open and closed comedones) because of its antibacterial properties.
When they conducted a study to compare the effects of tea tree oil and benzoyl peroxide, they found that they were both effective in reducing acne but tea tree oil was much more gentle and had less side effects than benzoyl peroxide. For those dealing with acne and sensitive skin, tea tree oil is a holy grail ingredient.
Another superstar ingredient is the zingiber officinale root extract (basically a fancy name for ginger extract), which is known to increase circulation and have anti-inflammatory properties that not only soothes the skin but scavenges free radicals (to prevent premature aging).
Glycolic acid exfoliates to prevent acne.
Oh boy. Glycolic acid, one of my favorite AHAs. Made out of tiny molecules, glycolic acid absorbs easily and are really great at getting down to business. (i.e. cleaning your pores of debris such as dead skin cells).
This cleanser also suits my fancy because it has a very light scent (most tea tree oil products are on the stronger side) and it pumps out easily into perfect little soft clouds.
Perfect little puffs.
If you're one of those blemish free faces and care more about aging or loss of elasticity, listen up. I liked the foaming action so much, I also curated the Green Tea Bubble Cleansing Foam cause green tea equals tons of antioxidants.
There is no doubt that the cleansers are the most loved here at Soko Glam, and my hunch is that maybe it's because there really aren't many great options out there. (Who else used Neutrogena and St. Ives for years like me?) This makes me a little sad because cleansers are really one of most essential products in a solid skincare routine and since you're using it twice a day, every single day, you should never settle when it comes to your skin.
Now I have to ask – Is there a cleanser that you recommend for acne-prone skin? What type of cleanser would you like me to curate next?