Makeup removers can be harsh, triggering breakouts on acne-prone skin. Discover our favourite formulations to effectively and thoroughly remove makeup while staying kind on your skin.
Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution 250ml is a mild makeup remover formulated with sensitive and acne-prone skin in mind. Effortlessly removing even the most stubborn makeup, this multipurpose skin cleanser and toner is perfect for keeping skin clear and refreshed during a flare-up—without causing sensitivity or further breakouts.
This revolutionary micellar water uses water-soluble and gentle micelles to capture fatty molecules and impurities and remove them for a makeup-free finish. Micelles are perfect for acne-prone skin, as they emulate the skin cells’ natural membranes, locking in moisture and protecting the skin. Micelles also offer additional protection against environmental aggressors, which can cause outbreaks on acne-prone skin.
With its calming and refreshing formula, Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution 250ml is the perfect way to remove your makeup, tone your skin, and keep it clean, especially on acne-prone and sensitive complexions.
Dermalogica PreCleanse 150ml is a revolutionary skin treatment that helped pioneer the double cleanse method. The first step in your skincare routine, this nourishing, oil-based cleanser removes makeup, impurities, pollutants, and sunscreen to reveal a clearer, brighter, and fresher complexion. Suitable for all skin types, this cleansing oil optimises hydration and regulates sebum production to cleanse skin without stripping it or causing congestion. It’s the perfect choice for acne-prone skin.
To remove impurities and even the most stubborn waterproof makeup, this daily cleansing oil contains Kukui Nut and Apricot, which effortlessly eliminate build-up without disturbing skin’s natural moisture balance. A blend of Essential Fatty Acids then works to replenish the moisture that is typically lost through cleansing for a balanced complexion. This effective makeup remover is also infused with Rice Bran and Vitamin E to calm inflammation and protect the skin from environmental aggressors.
The unique formulation of Dermalogica PreCleanse 150ml is suitable for all skin types from oily to dry. This product works especially well for acne-prone skin, as it removes acne-causing impurities and makeup without causing irritation or congesting skin.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm is a bestselling makeup remover known and loved for its fast-acting, non-greasy, and non-drying formulation. Effortlessly removing makeup, eye makeup, sunscreen, and impurities, the solid balm transforms into a lightweight oil on application for a comfortable and thorough cleanse.
To remove impurities without stripping the skin of natural moisture and nutrients, this daily cleansing balm is infused with Safflower Seed Oil, which breaks up excess sebum and stubborn makeup to reveal a clean and clear complexion.
Clinique Take The Day Off Cleansing Balm has a lightweight formula that’s suitable for all skin types. This product can be used on its own or as the first step in a double cleanse routine for maximum benefits. The mild formula is particularly good for acne-prone skin, as it will remove bacteria without disturbing the natural balance of skin or provoking breakouts.
A mineral- and vitamin-rich micellar water for sensitive skin.
Skinstitut Microbiome Micellar Water 200ml is a mild micellar water, perfect for sensitive and reactive skin. Removing all traces of impurities and makeup, this nourishing cleanser restores essential vitamins and minerals to leave skin refreshed and clear. The ultra-gentle formulation of this daily makeup remover is suitable for acne-prone skin, as it removes acne-causing bacteria. This micellar cleanser also restores hydration levels for a calm and replenished complexion, free from irritation and blemishes.
Skinstitut Microbiome Micellar Water 200ml has been designed to replenish what is naturally lost from the skin throughout the day. A careful blend of minerals, vitamins, and hydrators from Coconut Oil, Aloe Vera, and Green Tea works to calm the skin while boosting skin with hydration and nourishment. This facial cleanser also contains Provitamin B5 to protect skin from environmental aggressors, which can cause ageing, irritation, and breakouts.
A foaming cleanser to hydrate, soothe, and strengthen the skin.
Thalgo Eveil a la Mer Foaming Micellar Cleansing Lotion is an ultra-gentle foaming cleanser developed with micellar molecules to remove unwanted fatty acids, impurities, and makeup. Containing a unique composition of Sève Bleue des Océans, this nourishing makeup remover works in 3 ways, hydrating, soothing, and strengthening the skin. Perfect for all skin types, including acne-prone and sensitive skin, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a brighter, clearer, and protected complexion.
This technologically advanced day and night cleanser uses superfine microspheres to attract impurities and remove them for effortless makeup removal. Thalgo Eveil a la Mer Foaming Micellar Cleansing Lotion will also remove stubborn sunscreens and daily pollutants to reduce the causes of breakouts and irritation. The cleanser contains Sève Bleue des Océans, a composition rich in silicium, manganese, and zinc, to provide an instant hydration boost, soothe inflammation, and strengthen the skin for maximum protection.
Looking to discover more amazing ways to cleanse your face and makeup tools? Check out some of our guides:
How to do a facial at home for sensitive skin & The Best Skincare for Sensitive Skin
So, let's recap the 5 Best Makeup Removers For Acne Prone Skin
Dermalogica PreCleanse 150ml
Skinstitut Microbiome Micellar Water 200ml
Thalgo Eveil a la Mer Foaming Micellar Cleansing Lotion
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This article has been updated on 12/02 to replace discontinued products with our recent product recommendations. Gemma from our Customer Service team has helped to bring you our most recommended products and up-to-date information.