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Clogged pores can cause blackheads, whiteheads or even skin infections. Oils, dead skin cells and debris can all clog pores. Keeping your skin clean is key, but finding the right cleanser may take some trial and error. This list provides you with some guidelines as to the best cleansers for clogged pores.


Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is an excellent choice for sensitive skin and can be used on all skin types, according to Elle Magazine. Cetaphil for Normal to Oily Skin offers a deeper clean to keep your pores clog-free. These non-comedogenic cleansers will remove excess oil and keep your skin clean without overdrying. If you use topical acne products along with a cleanser for your clogged pores, opting for a safe and simple cleanser can reduce skin irritation and redness, suggests Acne.org.

Biore Cleansers

Elle Magazine ranked Biore's Revitalize 4-in-1 Self Foaming Cleanser as one of its top five facial cleansers, while Real Simple deemed Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser its best pick for oily skin. If you prefer a gentle cleanser without additional ingredients, the 4-in-1 is a good choice to soothe and cleanse your skin. The Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser includes salicylic acid to exfoliate skin, encourage cell turnover and keep your pores clear. If you have oily skin and clogged pores, but no significant acne, the salicylic acid in the Blemish Fighting Cleanser may be adequate to keep your pores and skin clear.

Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser

If you want to battle clogged pores and fine lines and wrinkles in one cleansing step, consider Neutrogena's Pore Refining cleanser. This products includes both glycolic acids and micro beads to exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells, as well as excess oil, according to DistressedDerma.com The combination of cleansing and exfoliation in this product will unclog your pores and reduce breakouts. Keep in mind that you may not want to use an exfoliating product like Neutrogena Pore Refining Cleanser if you are using harsh acne treatments.