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Best Salicylic Acid Acne Cleansers for $10 or Less

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Updated April 14, 2014

You don't need to spend a ton of money for a great acne cleanser. High-priced brands don't necessarily work any better than bargain products. Not convinced? Here are some
salicylic acid acne cleansers that just might change your mind.

Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

Neutrogena skin care products have been around a long time, but now your choices go way beyond the traditional glycerin soap bar. For instance, their Oil-Free Acne Wash is a nice, basic cleanser that contains 2% salicylic acid.

As far a cleansers go, it can't be beat. It foams nicely and rinses away clean. It can be a bit too drying for sensitive skin, though. But the price is great, so it's definitely a keeper for the budget-conscious shopper.

If you're not in love with the scent (it's kind of bland and soapy smelling) you may like the Pink Grapefruit version. It has a fresh, citrusy scent that teen girls especially seemed to love. But be aware that while most people liked the aroma, some thought it was too overpowering.

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Aveeno Clear Complexion Cream Cleanser

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

This cleanser doesn't foam up, but you don't need a bunch of bubbles to get really clean skin. This cream cleanser from Aveeno does the job well.

Even though it has 2% salicylic acid, most people didn't find it to be drying. It does, however, contain very small scrubbing beads. These give the cleanser an exfoliating property, and help to leave your skin really smooth. But some people found them to be a bit too harsh for their taste. If you have sensitive skin you may want to forgo this cleanser.

Overall, though, this is a good cleanser for the price. It has a nice clean smell, and rinses away easily. If you like non-foaming cleansers, this may be a good choice for you.

Ambi Even & Clear Foaming Cleanser

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

For those with ethnic skin, Ambi products are often a staple, and after trying their foaming cleanser it's no wonder. Ambi products claim to keep skin even in tone and fade dark spots left from pimples.

We love the pump on the foaming cleanser, and the frothy lather that it dispenses. The smell is great too, clean and sweet but not overpowering. It rinses away clean and leaves skin super smooth.

Even those with lighter complexions can benefit from the use of this 0.5% salicylic acid cleanser, especially if your skin is sensitive or stronger cleansers leave you feeling dry.

If you like a bit of scrubbiness to your cleansers, You may prefer the Exfoliating Wash in the same line. It has small beads to help smooth away dead skin cells.

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Olay Total Effects Daily Cleanser plus Blemish Control

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

Women with adult acne really love this product. Anti-aging and anti-blemish? What's not to love about that?

If you have very oily skin, this non-foaming cream may not get your face feeling really clean. But it isn't the least bit drying, which is surprising for a 2% salicylic acid cleanser and is actually one of the best features of this cleanser.

This cleanser does have just the lightest amount of scrub to it, but the grit isn't harsh at all even for those with more delicate skin. The scent is really light and feminine.

This one was definitely a hit with the ladies. Guys wouldn't use it though because, well.. it is Oil of Olay after all.

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Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser

Photo © Angela Palmer
Photo © Angela Palmer

Another favorite, this cleanser is a hit with the super oily skin crowd. It really foams up well when emulsified, and leaves your skin feeling deeply cleaned but not stripped (although drier skinned individuals may find it a bit too drying).

The best part about this cleanser is the cool, mentholated feeling it leaves behind on your skin. It really wakes your skin up!

This cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid. It also contains lavender and eucalyptus extracts, although it doesn't really smell like either. Instead, it has a crisp, clean smell that's nice but not spectacular. The price and the smooth, cool way it leaves your skin feeling makes this a good buy.

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