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Beauty: 5 Face Washes for Teens

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When you’re young, it’s easy to feel like you have plenty of time to start worrying about taking care of your skin. And while it’s true that you certainly shouldn’t be worried, that doesn’t mean you can’t start taking steps toward protecting your body’s largest organ now!

The two most important things you can do? Wash your face twice a day and never go outside without putting sunscreen on any exposed skin. Even if you don’t have skin issues like acne, keeping your face and pores clean is still important. “Problem” skin issues can come about at any time due to genetics and hormones, but are also highly affected by your diet and lifestyle.

Soon we’ll bring you our favorite sunscreens, but for today we want to round up five of our favorite face washes. It’s important to remember that the price tag on a product does not equal its level of effectiveness. The best thing to do is to pay attention to the ingredients and what works well with your skin. Once you’ve found what works for you, try to stick to a habit of washing your face in the morning and then right before you go to bed.

Check out our picks below and then let us know your top choice in the comments!

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Clinique is a well-known and respected brand in the world of face cleansers (not to mention makeup!). The liquid facial soap ($15) is our favorite and is an especially good choice for combination skin.

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Olay is a great product line for ladies with sensitive skin. The basic cleanser is an inexpensive drugstore staple that doesn’t contain any harsh ingredients that’ll inflame your skin. (Foaming Face Wash, $5)

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Neutrogena is definitely one of the leading brands in skin care and their classic orange Oil-Free Acne Wash ($5) is a standard choice among teen girls. Touted as the #1 recommended product among dermatologists for acne (hey, we believe it), the cleanser contains salicylic acid to get rid of any acne you have now and to help prevent future breakouts.

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This one doesn’t smell so great, so we apologize for that in advance. But other than that, Dermalogica Clearing Skin Wash ($33) is super well-reviewed by those with oily skin.

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This foaming cleanser by Suki is pricey, but it smells amazing (lemongrass extract!) and feels really cool on your face as it exfoliates. (Suki Face, $32)

Honorable mentions: Mary Kay, Proactive, Phisoderm, Boscia, Cetaphil, Philosophy, Purpose, Origins, Fresh, Kiehls, Basis, Aveda and Bioelements.

Girls, what do you use to wash your face? Are you loyal to one in particular, or do you switch products frequently? Sound off in the comments below!

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by siyyah00 on January 22, 2014 at 16:15

    I Love the St.Ives Apricot Scrub!!! I think it works really well, especially for acne!!! Definitely a must have!

  2. LizzieJean

    Posted by LizzieJean on September 29, 2013 at 16:35

    I would not recommend the clean and clear moisturizer. I used it for two days and it broke me out all over my chin and jaw line and gave me an itchy rash. It was terrible and took me about a month to clear up the acne.

  3. kaialauren

    Posted by kaialauren on September 26, 2013 at 17:35

    This is so funny. Am a total believer in Neutragena oil free face was.. the one above!
    While it works, i still have acne… and have tried everything! usually things make me break out though :(

  4. EaglesWings

    Posted by EaglesWings on March 30, 2013 at 17:24

    I am loyal to Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit exfoliating foaming scrub … it really makes my skin clear up/makes pimples less noticable. Plus, it smells amazing and is a great way to wake up in the morning.

  5. soccersk8r14

    Posted by soccersk8r14 on March 27, 2013 at 18:00

    im using pro-active gentle version right now but i havent had a good chance to use it cuz i got stitches by my eyebrow but its all good now and im going to start using it :)

  6. amanda_rae_15

    Posted by amanda_rae_15 on March 20, 2013 at 14:15

    Neutrogena is my fave

  7. Hisgirl

    Posted by Hisgirl on March 10, 2013 at 12:10

    I love Neutrogena & swear by it! :)

  8. hannah_grace

    Posted by hannah_grace on March 7, 2013 at 17:12

    I use the Aveeno Clear Complexion foaming cleanser. Probably my favorite cleanser of all time.

  9. AMDGgal

    Posted by AMDGgal on March 7, 2013 at 16:49

    A system that worked very well for me in getting my acne under control is called Murad. I only use the face wash since I was given a prescription topical cream for spot treatment, but it keeps my face clean and clear!

    I use Cetaphil moisturizer and it quickly heals dry skin on my face.

  10. GODgirl2599

    Posted by GODgirl2599 on March 7, 2013 at 16:35

    BIORE warming facewash. Best. Stuff. Ever. And CHEAP!!

  11. Project Inspired

    Posted by Joliela on March 7, 2013 at 15:09

    I use proactive

  12. Guarded by Angels

    Posted by Guarded by Angels on March 7, 2013 at 09:51

    Most nights, I do a cinnamon an and honey mask that was on the Internet. It’s one part cinnamon and one part honey( basically any measurement as long as the amount of honey and cinnamon in the mixture is even). It works wonders!

  13. songbird5470

    Posted by songbird5470 on March 7, 2013 at 06:57

    One that works well for me, although I am open to suggestions, is Clean and Clear’s basic oil-free face wash. It helps to keep my skin clean and soft. I also use Clean and Clear’s acne medicated face lotion. I wouldn’t recommend it for sensitive skin but it works well.

  14. Nickangel

    Posted by Nickangel on March 6, 2013 at 14:51

    I almost always go with clean and clear. It works like magic

  15. talyahxx

    Posted by talyahxx on March 6, 2013 at 07:37

    I used to use Velocity by MK as well and it worked really good. Now I don’t really wash my face because lately everything (facewash wise) with acne medication makes me break out, so when I do wash my face, I use Clean and Clear Morning Burst. :)

  16. katiebear0796

    Posted by katiebear0796 on March 6, 2013 at 06:58

    I normally switch around, because I haven’t found the right one for my face. Currently I’m using one from Neutrogena.

  17. Remedy

    Posted by Remedy on March 5, 2013 at 21:38

    I tried Dermalogica for awhile, and it didn’t help with my acne, but it definitely did help with the oil. I use the Neutrogena oil-free acne cleanser in the pink bottle (I can’t remember what it’s called, it’s too late at night, haha). I can’t give my opinion on if it is working or not because I use two dermatologist prescribed things for acne (the wash is just a bonus). One is just a pill that I have to take every night and then I recently got these wipes that have a really long sophisticated name that I can’t remember. If anyone wants to know, let me know! But I mentioned in an older article that the pill really does work but I haven’t taken it long enough to see improvements on my back. I’m not sure if it’s the pill or the new wipes I got, but my back acne is clearing up! There’s just a few cystic acne that obviously will just have to go away naturally. So my whole face is clear of acne, and now my body is clearing up too (: Also, maybe it’s because I’m not used to it, but I drank coffee for the first time about a week ago (I was never a fan of coffee, but I just HAD to drink it in order to stay up to write a paper), and I actually broke out the next day. Nothing major, just two little pimples on my cheek that weren’t very noticable. Plus, since I’ve recently started working out, my body is sweating a lot and releasing all the dirt and toxins out of my body which can cause you to break out at first since you’re not use to it. Just a thought!

  18. Deeblves3

    Posted by Deeblves3 on March 5, 2013 at 18:42

    I have the orange one! it works pretty good! and it makes your skin feel fresh :)

  19. brennaeskyler2

    Posted by brennaeskyler2 on March 5, 2013 at 17:14

    I ahve used Mary Ksy, and I loved it because it works with my sensitive skin! Right now, I am using St. Ives apricot cleanser, which also works great on sensitive skin! My mom enjoys using Clinique make-up products, so maybe I’ll try that face wash next!

  20. bethluvstheafters

    Posted by bethluvstheafters on March 5, 2013 at 09:36

    For me, CeraVe is hands down the best. I didn’t really like Neutrogena and I’ve heard that Cetaphil is junk. Also OXY Wash (10% benzoyl peroxide) is horrible. CeraVe has no benzoyl peroxide, was created by dermatologists, and cleans your skin without drying it up like a raisin. Also their Am/Pm moisturizers are THE BOMB!!!!!! You can moisturize your skin and it won’t look oily afterwards (which I’ve heard that Cetaphil makes your skin look oily) and the Am moisturizer contains 30 spf sunscreen.

    • EaglesWings

      Posted by EaglesWings on March 30, 2013 at 17:27

      Benzoyl peroxide should only be used once or twice a week, but that is what really clears up skin

    • Remedy

      Posted by Remedy on March 5, 2013 at 21:31

      The thing about Cetaphil is that there’s no beads or anything in it to actually get deep into your pores, and it makes it harder to actually exfoliate your face. From my experience it does clear up acne that’s not major, but if you have major cystic acne, this won’t help. And after using a facial product for an extremely long time, your skin eventually gets used to it (kind of like peaking when you exercise). Oh, and I used to use Cetaphil which is why I know this! And my brothers use it currently, but their acne is definitely not as bad as mine.

  21. hockeychick20

    Posted by hockeychick20 on March 5, 2013 at 09:27

    I use Clean and Clear with benzyl peroxide. It’s called Acne control I think. It keeps my face oil free which is really nice. I use the moisturizer that goes along with it too :) It works amazingly!

  22. cosbyl

    Posted by cosbyl on March 5, 2013 at 09:10

    clean and clear morning burst fruit infusions purifying cleanser I use whatever my mom buys me and she has been getting me the clean and clear stuff since I started having breakouts.

  23. EmilyRW

    Posted by EmilyRW on March 5, 2013 at 06:52

    I have something from Mary Kay called Velocity. Sounds familiar Nicole? You can also get the moisturizer with it. It works good as an exfoliator :)

    • sarah999

      Posted by sarah999 on March 10, 2013 at 08:00

      Yes the moisturizer is so nice!

    • Remedy

      Posted by Remedy on March 5, 2013 at 21:39

      I actually know someone that is really high up in Mary Kay! I didn’t know until someone told me today!

      • nld133

        Posted by nld133 on March 6, 2013 at 19:58

        yeah I have a relative who is kind of ” high up in Mary Kay ” too :)

    • nld133

      Posted by nld133 on March 5, 2013 at 20:25

      I was wondering if there were any other Mary Kay users out there :P i use Velocity too and it works great. Between the face wash and the moisturizer i use a Mary Kay toner that also works great :)

    • applebypie123

      Posted by applebypie123 on March 5, 2013 at 13:47

      I used the moisturizer until I ran out and I didn’t realize how amazing it was until I stopped using it! I’ve gotta buy more asap!