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Best Face Washes for Acne

Acne is the most common skin condition, affecting up to 50 million people in the United States, according to the American Academy of Dermatology. It’s not just something that teenagers struggle with — acne can strike any age group — and if it becomes severe, it can lead to scarring.

One of the most effective ways to prevent and treat acne is to regularly wash with cleansers that are designed to keep skin clear and healthy. These acne washes are typically inexpensive, widely available, and simple to use. Choosing the right one may take some trial and error as everyone’s skin is different.

What to Look for in a Face Wash for Acne

  • Active Ingredients Check the product label for key active ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide, advises dermatologist Sandy Skotnicki, MD, founder of Toronto’s Bay Dermatology Centre and author of the skincare book Beyond Soap. Other ingredients to look for include oils that can help to moisturize skin — just make sure the package says non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores.
  • Free of Fragrance Dr. Skotnicki also recommends using products without any added fragrance that could irritate already inflamed skin. “No facial wash needs fragrance,” she says. “It’s an irritant, and your skin is already irritated with acne and possible medication. This includes botanical or plant-based fragrance.”
  • Avoid Soap Another thing to avoid is washing your face with a regular bar of soap. “It disrupts the skin barrier, and leads to irritation from acne medications,” Skotnicki says.
  • Formulated for Face And don’t think that just because you’ve got a body wash for acne, that you can use it on your face as well. Skotnicki notes that the ingredient concentrations of the two products are regulated differently, with higher concentrations of detergents in body products, which may make them more damaging to sensitive facial skin.
  • Avoid Too Many Products If you are using acne medication — either over-the-counter or prescription — then you may want to avoid using an acne wash, says Skotnicki. “The combination of both is too much and often dries the skin out.”

Here are some face washes to try:

Is Dry Skin the Cause of Your Acne or a Result of Treating It?

Can dry skin cause acne?

It’s well known that excess oil is a contributing factor to acne, but many people are unaware that dry skin can play a role as well. Dryness prompts the skin to produce more oil, which can lead to clogged pores and further acne.2 Dry skin can be due to genetics or age, caused by acne treatment products or result from a combination of both.3 Moisturizer is a key product in any skincare routine, but some hydrating products for dry skin can feel too rich for acne-prone skin, or might contain ingredients that can clog the pores.4 This is why it’s important to be especially careful when selecting a moisturizer for dry acne prone skin. Dry skin and skin with acne have also been associated with lower levels of ceramides that play a key role in the skin’s protective barrier,5 so a moisturizer with this ingredient can also be beneficial. Keep reading to find out what to look for in a moisturizer when you are dealing with dry skin and acne.

Acne treatment for dry skin

Many common anti-acne ingredients cause dryness—and this is one of the main reasons people give up on acne treatment.6 More is not always better when it comes to the concentration of active ingredients in anti-acne skincare products. For example, a study comparing the effectiveness of 2.5%, 5% and 10% benzoyl peroxide gel found that a 2.5% concentration provided similar reduction in acne lesions as 5% and 10%, but with significantly less peeling, redness and irritation than 10% benzoyl peroxide.7 This shows that a “maximum concentration” anti-acne product is not necessarily more effective—and a lower strength can deliver acne improvement with less side effects, including dry skin.

Skincare solutions for dry skin and acne

The proper skincare regimen can help manage both dry skin with acne and dryness caused by acne treatment products. An acne cleanser that contains an effective concentration of benzoyl peroxide while still being gentle on the skin can help control acne—and a formula with hydrating ingredients like hyaluronic acid and soothing niacinamide can help care for dry skin.

Ceramides are a vital component of the skin’s natural barrier. As a skincare ingredient, ceramides may be especially beneficial for those with acne, since research has shown that a weakened skin barrier may contribute to acne formation.8

Any effective skincare regimen should include hydration, and a moisturizer for dry acne prone skin should be labeled as “non-comedogenic” so you know it will not clog pores. Whether you opt for a morning moisturizer that contains sunscreen protection or prefer to apply moisturizer and sunscreen separately, this skincare step can help improve dryness associated with acne treatment—and complement other anti-acne products that are being used.9 A non-comedogenic moisturizer designed for evening use can help alleviate dryness and provide additional skincare benefits such as soothing while you sleep without causing clogged pores.

Best Moisturizers For Acne Prone Skin: Top 7

Decided I’d do this post some justice, because one quick google search for “best moisturizers for acne prone skin” turns up a bunch of unsatisfactory and arbitrary answers.

I actually have a hard time trying to follow the logic behind the recommendations a lot of these websites make. It’s like “Dude, WHAT EVEN are you talking about?” Anyhow….

Here’s the top 7 list.

  1. CeraVe PM (full review)
  2. CeraVe Cream (full review)
  3. EltaMD PM
  4. CeraVe Baby (full review)
  5. CeraVe Lotion (full review)
  6. Sebamed Clear Face Gel (full review)
  7. Dr. Lin Hydrating Gel (full review)

But before we break down each of these in details, let’s first asks ourselves….

What makes a good Acne Moisturizer?

The answer to this question is pretty straight forward. It only comes down to 3 main things. Let’s go over each from most to least important:

1. Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier?

In other words, will it replenish the irritation that active ingredients might cause? When treating acne it’s no secret that we might be using other active ingredients to target breakout directly. For example, benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, tretinoin, sulfur, clay mask etc.

These often have irritating and drying effects on skin. And in case you didn’t know, irritated skin is more prone to getting breakouts. Let me repeat that because it’s important:

Irritated skin = more breakouts.

That’s why very few people see success with benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin monotherapy — that is, using these active ingredients by themselves is simply too drying on the skin to be significantly effective. And the worst part is that it’s always the most irritating things that get recommended for treating acne. Case in point, have you seen pinterest and all it’s ridiculous recs?!?! Scrub harshly, spot treat with toothpaste, apply urine….

Wait, what? Yes. That’s actually a thing. DON’T DO IT.

Anyhow, to combat the negative side effects from acne treatments, it’s important to use a moisturizer that replenishes and mitigates the potential irritation these cause. This is best done by using skin-repairing ingredients like ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid (among others).

The takeaway: nourish your skin dang it! It’s important for overall skin health and combatting acne.

2. Is it hydrating enough?

Contrary to popular believe, we do not want to dry out our skin to treat acne. That will only exasperate breakouts, or cause damage to the acid mantle and moisture barrier in the long term.

Just remember this: a skincare routine can never have enough moisture! The more hydration the better. The American Academy of Dermatology said it best:

“Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize. Keeping the skin properly hydrated is the key to successful acne therapy, and the daily use of a moisturizer has been shown to increase the skin’s ability to tolerate medications that often cause irritation.”—American Academy of Dermatology (1)

As a quick aside, have you ever wondered why the people who use multi-step asian routines have gorgeous skin? DING DING DING. Thats right! It’s because most of those steps focus primarily on hydrating the skin, which will turn you into a baby’s assss. Or uh… put more scientifically, it’ll strengthen the “moisture barrier.”

And a final point on this. Yes, it’s still important to moisturize oily skin. It’s a commonly held myth that one should avoid moisturizers if they look like grease balls. The trick is simply finding products that are light and look cosmetically elegant. :p

The takeaway: hydrated skin means a better moisture barrier. A better moisture barrier means skin is more able to fight off pathogens and skin diseases.

3. Will it clog pores?

This one is a bit arbitrary because the whole science behind comedogencity is outdated, and relies on data obtained from rabbit ear testing. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that rabbit skin is not human skin. What clogs poor bunny ears will not always clog human skin.

There’s been several occasions when rabbit ear testing has suggested an ingredient is pore-clogging, only to work perfectly fine on humans. Go figure.

Point being, use the comedogenic scale as a really vague guideline instead of fact. Everyone reacts differently, which is why we should always PATCH TEST. It’s the only way to ensure something won’t go astray and break our skin out.

Simply test the product out on a small area of skin (e.g. half the chin) for a few days, and see if anything happens. See any new breakouts? Clogged pores? That would be an indication that this moisturizer sucks balls for your skin. If you see nothing wrong after a few days or a week, go ahead and use it on your full face.

The takeaway: comedogenic scales aren’t very accurate, so use them cautiously. And most importantly, make sure to patch test first!

And that’s it! Without further ado, let’s break down my top 7 list. We will be going over each moisturizer, and seeing how well it fares up against the 3 questions:

  • Will it replenish skin on an acne regimen? (worth 10 points)
  • Is it moisturizing enough? (worth 10 points)
  • Will it clog pore? (worth 5 points)

Best Moisturizers for Acne-Prone Skin.

Everyone who reads this blog knows I’m a huge fan of CeraVe. So it’s no secret that they will be littered throughout this top 10 list. With that said: no, I’m not endorsed by them. I just really believe in their products because they’re well-tolerated across a plethora of skin concerns, and have worked miracles for my ridiculously acne-prone skin.

But let’s be real, if CeraVe is reading this…. YO, HOOK IT UP!

Anyway, to no one’s surprise, making it at the top of the list is my holy grail. :p

1. CeraVe PM

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My ride or die moisturizer! A.k.a. the ceramide master, the OG skin-brightener, the sexy…. Okay, I’m getting carried away.

How does it measure up as an acne moisturizer? Let’s answer the 3 questions.

Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 10/10

Oh god, yes! BALLS-TO-THE-WALLS-YES! Check out the ingredient list.

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglycerides, Niacinamide, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Phytosphingosine, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Disodium EDTA, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

As you can see it comes with hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, and 3 different types of ceramides! All of these are a natural part of skin that strengthen the epidermal layer. The less of these on the surface of skin, the more prone it is to wear and tear and general skin issues like acne.

It also comes with phytosphingosine, which exerts strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial effects against the acne causing bacteria itself (propionibacterium acnes). (1)

Not only not, CeraVe PM includes 4% Niacinamide, a.k.a. vitamin B3. This is an antioxidant that does it all. It prevents melanosome transfer which is great for general skin discoloration and treating hyperpigmentation, or the brown or red marks that are left behind from old acne. It does comparatively better than antibiotics when treating acne. (2) And just for the heck of it, has brightening, hydrating, and anti-aging benefits. (3)

Is it moisturizing enough? 10/10

In my experience, yes. I’ve seen it recommended for all skin types, from dry to oily. I personally teeter on the drier/dehydrated side and this thing has done wonders for my face.

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 2/5

Unfortunately, COSNDA shows that CeraVe has 2 potentially pore-clogging ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol (rates 2/5) and Polyglyceryl-3-Diisostearate (rates 4/5). Like always just make sure to patch test, because you never know whether something will work for your skin or not.

My skin’s crazy and this is one of the only moisturizers that has worked wonders for me. Screw the bunny data. However, do make sure to avoid this if you’re sensitive to fatty alcohols.

Overall Score: 9.2/10

Check out the full review here.

2. CeraVe Cream

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Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 9/10

Yippie! Here’s the full ingredient list:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Ceteareth-20 And Cetearyl Alcohol, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Petrolatum, Dimethicone, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauryl Lactylate, Disodium Edta, Phenoxyethanol, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Phytosphingosine, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum.

Like CeraVe PM, this also comes with the addition of ceramides, cholesterol, and hyaluronic acid, which will all counteract the negative effects from harsh acne treatments. Like CeraVe PM, it includes phytosphingosine but it’s so far down the ingredient list it’s probably used more as preservative than anything else. Unfortunately, CeraVe Cream doesn’t come with niacinamide though. :'(

Is it moisturizing enough? 11/10 (Okay, fine…. 10/10)

Absolutely. This is one of the most moisturizing product listed in this entire blog post! It comes with the addition of petrolatum a.k.a. vaseline. Now before you start freaking out about the putting vaseline on your face because you think it’ll clogs pores — calm down. Let me assure you that petroleum jelly is one of the safest non-comedogenic ingredients available today.

Vaseline works by forming a film over the surface of skin to prevent transepidermal water loss (TEWL). In other words, the evaporation of water through the epidermis. This is why vaseline isn’t pore-clogging. It just sits on top of the skin. It’s molecules are simply too big to clog pores. What it will do however, is hydrate the daylights out of skin!

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 3/5

There are two potentially pore clogging ingredients in this formula — cetearyl and cetyl alcohol, both of which are fatty alcohols and rate as 2/5 on the comedogenic scale. Again, if you suspect you have sensitivities to fatty alcohols then tread lightly before trying this moisturizer.

Overall Score: 8.8/10

3. EltaMD PM

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Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 8/10

Yes. Full ingredient list:

Purified Water, Ethylhexyl Isononanoate, Niacinamide, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/ Sodium Acryloyl Dimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Hydrolyzed Rice Protein, Linoleic Acid, 1-3-Bis (N-2-(Hydroxyethyl) Palmitoylamino) -2- Hydroxy Propane, C10-30 Cholesterol/Lanosterol Esters, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycereth-26, Cetearyl Glucoside, Thioctic Acid, Distearyldimonium Chloride, Tocopheryl Acetate, Xanthan Gum, Oleth-3 Phosphate, Butylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Bisulfite, Sodium Hydroxide.

Alrighty let’s quickly break down the interesting ingredients that will help with acne in this formula.

  • Niacinamide; remember? That all star-ingredient we just mentioned above.
  • Linoleic Acid; acne-prone skin has been shown to have low levels of this fatty acid, so the assumption is that applying this topically helps reduce breakouts. (4)
  • Sodium Hyaluronate: a crazy strong humectant that hydrates the skin by pulling water to its surface. Also good for wound healing.

Overall, a couple solid things here that’ll help acne.

Is it moisturizing enough? 10/10

Yes, ma’am (and sirs). It feels like a rich cream, without being too greasy.

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 4/5

Only two ingredients register as potential pore-cloggers: PEG-100 Stearate and Butylene Glycol. Both come in at a measly score of 1 anyway. So overall, nothing to really worry about here. For you folks that are sensitive to fatty alcohols, you’ll be happy to know this one doesn’t include any.

Overall Score: 8.8/10

4. CeraVe Baby

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Le ingredient list:

Active Ingredient: Dimethicone 1% (Skin Protectant)

Inactive Ingredients: Purified Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Cetostearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, Emulsifying Wax, Niacinamide, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Allantoin, Tocopheryl Acetate, Lauric Acid, Zinc Citrate, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Arginine PCA, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, EDTA, Sodium PCA, Phytosphingosine, Cholesterol, Xanthan Gum, Carbomer.

Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 10/10

Yes! Can you guess why? That’s right! Because like all the other CeraVe products it comes with hyaluronic acid, cholesterol, and 3 different ceramides. By now you probably understand why they call themselves CeraVe…. in other words, their products have ceramides. I don’t even want to admit how many months it took me to realize this haha.

Besides the 3 skin identical ingredients listed above, CeraVe Baby also comes with the following beneficial ingredients.

  • Niacinamide; again, that sexy awesome antioxidant that does a little bit of everything.
  • Allantoin; good for soothing irritated skin.
  • Tocopheryl acetate a.k.a. vitamin E; this inhibits tyrosinase, an enzyme that contains copper and produces melanin which makes skin-discoloration issues like old acne marks worse. Vitamin E may also help treat wounds (the science on this is a bit mixed however).
  • Arginine; a skin-restoring ingredient. And last but not least…
  • Lauric acid; a fatty acid that has anti-microbial effects against p. acne (the bacteria that causes acne). (5)

Is it moisturizing enough? 7/10

Unfortunately this is the least moisturizing of all the CeraVe products listed. It does however have a cosmetically GORGEOUS finish! It dries as matte as possible, leaves absolutely no residue on the skin, and makes the skin feel super soft and smooth.

It simply vanishes into the skin. There’s no better way of explaining it. The application and feel of CeraVe baby is one of my favorite parts about it. However, having such a nice finish obviously comes with the caveat of not being as moisturizing as goopier-looking creams. :p

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 2/5

You might be thinking, “4 ingredients? Oh hell NAH! This thing gonna clog my FACE!” But again, you’re not a bunny! Be very skeptical about comedogenic rates. I have used CeraVe Baby with no problems in the past and my face is ridiculous acne-prone. JUST MAKE SURE TO PATCH TEST.

Overall Score: 7.6/10

5. CeraVe Lotion

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Don’t worry this is the last of the CeraVe products! :p

It’s essentially the lighter version of CeraVe Cream. This one dries very nicely on the skin and provides some lightweight moisture.

Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 8/10

For all intents and purposes, it will do exactly what CeraVe Cream does. So yes, it will be a fuseful adjunct to an acne treating regimen. Here’s the full ingredient list to see what I mean:

Purified Water, Glycerin, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Behentrimonium Methosulfate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceteareth-20, Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-II, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Dimethicone, Polysorbate 20, Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum

As you can see, it’s quite literally the same formula as CeraVe cream just without vaseline. So if I didn’t convince you that vaseline isn’t gross :p, or you simply want a moisturizer that feels a little lighter on the skin, then this is a good bet!

Is it moisturizing enough? 8/10

Yes. It’s marketed for normal to dry skin. But to be honest I think it’s just a tad too light for dry skin. I think oily folks could pull of using this as well considering how light it feels on the skin.

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 2/5

Unfortunately this does come with 3 potentially pore-clogging ingredients: Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetyl Alcohol, and Polyglyceryl-3 Diisostearate. Cetearyl and cetyl alcohol rate as a 2/5 on the comdegonic scale, and polyglyceryl-3 diisostearate comes in at 4/5. Like always, patch test. And avoid if you have fatty alcohol sensitivities.

Overall Score: 7.2/10

6. Sebamed Clear Face Gel

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This is by far one of the best moisturizers for those dealing with acne cosmetica. That is, breakouts caused by skincare products. You will know if you’re this kind of person because you breakout from EVERY product under the sun. Doesn’t matter what you try, every moisturizer seems to give you clogged pores and pimples.

Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 6/10

Let’s check out the ingredient list and find out:

Aqua (Water), Aloe barbadensis leaf juice, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Sorbitol, Panthenol, Sodium Hyaluronate, Allantoin, Sodium Carbomer, Citric Acid, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol

You’re probably looking at that and thinking, “wow! That barely contains anything!” That’s right. That’s why it’s such good moisturizer for those that breakout from everything. In other words, it’s completely void of anything that could potentially clog pores or irritate skin.

This gel doesn’t even include any oils or emulsifiers!

With that said, there’s nothing in this formula besides hyaluronic acid and panthenol that will reduce the irritation of harsh active ingredients that treat acne. Hence, it isn’t ideal if you’re planning to use stuff like benzoyl peroxide or tretinoin. You will simply find that this doesn’t provide nearly enough hydration to counteract the irritating effects of these actives.

Is it moisturizing enough? 6/10

Unfortunately, I can’t say it is. Unless you have oily skin then this moisturizer will not provide nearly enough hydration. It’s very lightweight, and does the bare minimum when it comes to moisturizing the skin.

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 5/5

As you might have expected with it’s super simple ingredient list, there’s nothing in here that is potentially pore-clogging. Check out the super safe profile it has on COSDNA. Absolutely no potential acne or irritating triggers.

Overall Score: 6.8/10

You may have noticed that this is a pretty low score. Just remember that I think this is a good standalone moisturizer. In other words, it’s great if your skin needs a break or is irritated and you want to avoid anything that will potentially break you out. However, I can’t say I recommend this if you will be using it with active ingredients like salicylic acid, retinoids, benzoyl peroxide etc.

7. Dr Lin Hydrating Gel

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This is basically the same thing as Sebamed Gel but with the addition of a ton of extracts and arbutin which is good for hyperpigmentation. Here’s the full ingredient list:

Water, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Arctostaphylos Uva Ursi (Bear Berry) Leaf Extract, Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Fruit Extract, Anthemis (Chamomile) Nobilis Flower Extract, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Glycerin, Pentylene Glycol, Allantoin, Arbutin, Panthenol, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexyl Glycerin, Hexylene Glycol, Phenoxyethanol Polysorbate 20, Sodium Hydroxide, Carbomer, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer.

Will it make adhering to an acne regimen easier? 7/10

Unfortunately there’s not much in this formula that will lessen the irritating effects of acne treatments like clay masks, chemical exfoliates, benzoyl peroxide…. baking soda. WAIT WHAT?!?!? I’m kidding! I’m kidding!

If you didn’t get that joke, let me clue you in: YOU SHOULD NEVER BE USING BAKING SODA ON YOUR FACE. Don’t know why? Read my article about pH.

The quick and dirty version — baking soda has a pH of 9 which is waaaaay to alkalizing for the skin. Using highly alkaline substances will completely screw up the skin’s natural pH (around 4.7). This can do all kinds of nasty things like disrupt the acid mantle, moisture barrier, and skin flora (i.e. the healthy yeast and bacteria that live on skin’s surface). In other words, it will mess you up! So just don’t do it. 🙂

Anyhow… besides sodium hyaluronate, allantoin, and panthenol there’s not much in here that will seriously reverse or reduce the irritation from acne treatments. So again, unless you have oily skin that’s particularly resilient this won’t be the best option to use alongside an acne-treating regimen.

Is it moisturizing enough? 6/10

Unfortunately not. Like Sebamed this does the bare minimum when it comes to moisturizing the skin.

Will it clog pore? (Take this information with a grain of salt). 4/5

There’s just one ingredient that’s potentially pore-clogging: Hexylene Glycol. But even that only comes in at a nefarious 2/5 on the comedogenic scale, so not much to worry about here.

Overall Score: 6.8/10

Like Sebamed gel, this scores pretty low because it’s not the best option to use with active ingredients. However, this is a great choice if you have very oily skin and are keeping your use of drying acne treatments to a minimal.

And that does it for this guide on the best moisturizers for acne-prone skin! I hope you’ve enjoyed it and found it useful. I will be updating this with more recommendations as time passes. If you think I missed any good products, or want me to check some others out. Feel free to leave a comment down below!



7. Lierac Paris Demaquillant Confort Cream Cleansing Milk

“It’s one of my favorite drugstore cleansers because it contains hyaluronic acid and it’s super hydrating. It’s best for sensitive or dry skin,” said Dr. Debra Jaliman.

8. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

“I am a fan of this classic cleanser because it’s not too harsh and will not dry out the skin. It doesn’t have reactive ingredients in it so even the most sensitive skin types can use it,” said aesthetician Melanie Simon, whose clients include Vanessa Williams. “Aggressive cleansers with acidic ingredients, like salicylic acid, strip the epidermis which makes the skin look dull. Cetaphil doesn’t strip the top layer of the skin which reflects light and makes us appear more youthful.”

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Top 16 Best Non Comedogenic Face Wash in India (2020)

Best Non Comedogenic Face Wash in India

Comedones are the small bumps which erupt when pores on your skin get blocked due to sebum and bacterial infection. Blackheads and whiteheads, both are comedones. There are effective treatments that can help to get rid of these. There are face washes to treat and uproot comedones and pimples. The face wash which are rich in the glycolic acid, benzoyl Peroxide, salicylic acid etc are the ones which are more frequently found in the anti-comedones face wash. Here, we have compiled this list of the best non comedogenic face washes for oily skin in Indian market.

List of Top Non Comedogenic Face Wash in India (2020)

There are face washes which are also made for sensitive skin, oily skin and acne prone skin. These are also face wash for oily skin with open pores, which I’ve posted earlier, you can also read that.

1. Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion is one of the best products, which is non-comedogenic and is also suitable for oily skin and acne prone skin types. This is not like the foaming fancy face wash that we use. Rather the product has a creamy lotion like formula that cleanses the skin very well. This is also one for the best face cleansing lotion for sensitive oily skin.

Price of Cetaphil Cleansing Lotion for Sensitive Skin: 135 Rupees for 125 ml

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2. AHAGlow Skin Rejuvenating Face Wash Gel

The face wash has a mild yet foaming formula that is able to give you an oil free skin. The formula is rich in the AHAs which are the beneficial Alpha Hydroxy Acids. This face wash can be used twice in a day to get rid of the extra oils that can cause breakouts. With its fruit extracts, it effectively unclogs the clogged pores and also prevents the occurrence of blackheads and pimples. It is one of the best face wash for sensitive oily skin.

3. Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel

Kaya Skin Clinic Soothing Cleansing Gel is one of the best non comedogenic face wash for acne prone skin. This is rich in the ingredients that can help reduce the bout of acne and gives oil free clear skin. The gem of the face cleanser has a light formula and has foaming nature. It is non-drying and is non-comedogenic too, therefore, if that is your main concern then using quality product from a brand like Kaya is essential. Honestly, one of the best face wash for oily-acne proven skin and my most loved face cleanser for days when my skin behaves badly.

Price: 550 Rupees for 200ml

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4. Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser

Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser sounds good as mint extracts can do so much for oily face. But what? Mint helps to make skin oil-free and pimple free. It soothes your red irritated skin that is also inflamed. This facial cleanser also reduces bacterial growth to treat painful acne. It has extracts like peppermint, spearmint, clove, neem and pure, organic essential oils of geranium, rose and tea tree oil. So, with this powerful list of ingredients, this face wash has to be one of the best non-comedogenic face wash for oily skin and acne proven skin types. It can be used by men too, by the way, if you’re wondering. You shall also read about the post that I shared on best face wash for pimples and acne in India.

Price of Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser: 115 Rupees for 50ml

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5. Ducray Keracnyl Foaming Gel for Acne-prone Skin

It is a fast acting face wash for acne prone skin that is also non comedogenic. The best part is that the mild foaming lathers removes the oils, sebum, deep seated impurities and the bacteria from the skin layers. All these make the skin clear and free of the harmful pollutants and impurities. When the impurities are removed then skin becomes clears within few days. The face wash has acne fighting ingredients like glycolic acid and zinc salicylate. Glycolic acid also gives mild peeling which keeps the pores clean. For keeping the skin pimple-free, you can also try these best salicylic acid face washes available in India.

Price: 525 Rupees for 100ml

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6. Proactiv Solution Renewing Cleanser

The cleanser is an amazing face wash for people who have got very sensitive and acne prone skin. This is a medicated face wash for oily skin in other words. You can use this twice in a day to treats the pimples and even preventing them afterwards. The main acne fighting ingredient in this is Benzoyl Peroxide which has been proven to kill acne forming bacteria. It is non-comedogenic and has salicylic acid which kills the acne causing bacteria.

Price: 2395 Rupees for 120ml

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7. Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam

Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing Foam is one of the best face wash for acne prone sensitive skin. In India, the brand is really famous. It has the revolutionary acne fighting formula that helps treat the acne and the swelling. There is an ingredient like Montaline C40 that eliminates the acne causing bacteria. It also contains Vitamin B5, which improves the skin tone appearance.

Price: 550 Rupees for 150ml,

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8. Clean and Clear Foaming Facial Wash

We can explain how popular this face wash is amongst the teens and young adults. This is a very inexpensive and budget buy that everyone must have used. It is a salicylic acid face wash and is one of the best non-comedogenic face wash in Indian that is also pore cleanser. The active triclosan in this fights the bacteria and reduces the acne. It can be your HG daily face wash for the pimple prone face type.

Price: 140 Rupees for 150ml,

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9. Jovees Tea Tree Face Wash

Tea tree is one of the most used herbal product in acne and oily skin acre products. The tea tree extracts in this cures the acne, pimples, and blackheads and prevents them from coming back. It has gentle lathering formula that is sufficient enough to remove sebum, sweat, oils and also the pollutants.

Price: 130 Rupees for 120ml,

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10. Vedic Line Neem and Brahmi Disinfecting Face Wash

Vedic Line Neem and Brahmi Disinfecting Face Wash is a herbal face wash with soap free formula and has no ingredients that can result in comedones. It is quite affordable and is available online. It has Brahmi and neem oil as main anti-acne ingredients.

Price: 135 Rupees for 120ml

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11. Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel

Himalaya Clarina Anti-Acne Face Wash Gel is a gel like face wash with the antibacterial ingredients and is loaded with the anti-inflammatory products. This face wash gives foaming lathers that helps to get rid of the pimples and their infection. Its anti-oxidants helps to ease out the irritated skin and also soothes the face. It prevents bacterial infection by reducing the sebum occurrence.

Price: 100 Rupees for 60ml

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12. The Body Shop Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash

This Seaweed Deep Cleansing Gel Wash is an oil-free cleanser which is also the best non-comedogenic face wash and anti shine face wash for oily skin. The price may be a little more but it is worth trying face wash. It gets rid of the excessive sebum and the oils which can be a reason for breakouts later on. The soap-free face wash is also paraben free and perfect for the summers for teenagers too.

13. Clean & Clear Pimple Clearing Face Wash

Clean & Clear has multiple variants of face washes. This one is the pimple clearing face wash which is loaded with the neem and lemon extracts. This is a herbal face wash with salicylic acid suitable for acne prone skin, It reduces the breakouts and keeps the skin clear. It can be applied 2-3 times in a day to keep the skin oil-free and pimple-free.

Price: 99 Rupees for 80g

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14. Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash

Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash is one of the best face wash for oily skin. The non-comedogenic formula is good for blackheads and whiteheads prevention. It can be used by men and women both. It clears the clogged skin pores and allows the skin to breathe more. It deeply cleanses the skin without the over drying effects. It maintains a healthy pH balance which is why the skin’s oil secretion also gets under control. It can dissolve the makeup and other impurities well and can be used 2-3 times in a day. It is one of the best non comedogenic and salicylic rich face wash in India for acne proven skin.

Price: 405 Rupees for 200ml

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15. Garnier Skin Naturals Pure Active Purifying Face Wash

Garnier Pure Active Purifying Face Wash is herbal non-comedogenic formula that helps to combat the acne and pimple breakouts. It is enriched with neem which helps control acne and frees the skin from the sebum and comedones. This is a soap free face wash appropriate for summers and winter. It also does not have skin drying effects.

Price: 85 Rupees for 100ml

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16. Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash

Pond’s Pimple Clear Face Wash is one of the best affordable face washes in Indian market for acne and pimples. The face wash is creamy white and is thick. A tiny drop of this face wash can cleanse the face and remove all the impurities that can make the face dull and dark. It has salicylic acid and the power of the Thymo-T Essence to remove blackheads.

Price: 140 Rupees for 100 ml

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These are the best Non-comedogenic face wash in India for men and women for oily and acne prone skin. Have you used these face washes? Which is the one that you liked? You should also read out list of the best face wash for combination skin and the best facial cleanser for the medicated face wash in India.

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  • Finding products to incorporate into your skincare regimen can be quite difficult. Everyone has different types of skin. What will work for your friends and family’s skin might not necessarily work as well on your own skin. It is very important to know what to use on your skin. Knowing what to use on your skin starts with knowing what ingredients go into your skincare products. Some ingredients are known to cause breakouts. If you are looking for the best non-comedogenic face wash on the market then you’re at the right place.

    If you are prone to getting any sort of acne then you know to look for products that are non-comedogenic. Comoegeneic ingredients include Almond oil, Avocado oil, Beeswax, Cocoa butter, Coconut butter, Coconut oil, Hydrogenated vegetable oil, Mineral oil, Olive oil, Palm oil and many more ingredients. These comedogenic ingredients are known to increase acne and breakouts on your skin. It is very important that you look out for these ingredients when looking for products. Luckily Cerave offers a face wash that you don’t have to worry about the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

    What the product is: A no-fuss non-comedogenic face wash that will help you tackle acne (not make it worse).

    Things to know about the product:

    • Non-comedogenic
    • Non-irritating
    • Fragrance-free
    • Moisturizing
    • Gentle

    Gentle wash

    This face cleanser is delicate on the skin. Regular face washes which foam up usually strip your skin of its natural sebum. It is necessary to keep excess sebum off your skin to prevent pimples from forming, but the product should not strip your face of the sebum entirely. It washes away any external pollutants, dirt and impurities that may be sitting on your skin without drying the skin out.


    One of the best humectants that can be used in skincare is hyaluronic acid. This ingredient works well to moisturize your skin, it can hold x1000 its weight in water. This ingredient can be found in serums or in everyday facial products including this one. Thus the product hydrates not only the surface of the skin but the deeper layers of the dermis as well. Finding a face cleanser that will cleanse your skin without having it feel dry but rather moisturised is always a great thing.


    Fragrance in skincare can be used to make the product more appealing to consumers. It can also be used to mask the smell of something else in the product. None the less, it is used to make the product better in some way. Unfortunately, it can lead to irritation on the skin especially if you have sensitives skin. Fragrance can result in itchiness, redness or even a rash on the skin. This product has no fragrance so you can use it on all types of skin

    Repairs the skin

    The skin needs maintenance on a regular basis to ensure it stays in tip top shape. This cleanser contains ceramides. They work to form a protective barrier on the skin. This is great for preventing moisture loss on the skin. This is also helpful if you have a damaged moisture barrier and you need to repair it. Ceramides naturally occur on the skin but are depleted as we age. In order to maintain the high level of ceramides on the skin a boost of ceramides is necessary. This boost will come from skin care products will make your skin look even better.

    Safe to use:

    This product has been developed by dermatologists, it is also accepted by the national eczema association. All CeraVe products are either recommended by or developed by dermatologists. You can rest assured that if you have skin issues they won’t be irritated by this product.

    How to use:

    This product can be used in the morning or night, it can also be used twice a day if necessary. You don’t have to wash your face that often if you don’t want to.

    1. Wash your hands before you touch your face
    2. Wet the skin on your face, warm water is best, hot or cold water can be detrimental to your skin
    3. Apply the product on your wet face, massage gently for 60 seconds getting into all the nooks and crannies.
    4. Rinse the product off
    5. Pat dry your face with a clean face towel or let your face air dry.


    If you need a product that will clean your face and hydrate it but one that won’t clog your pores then this is the one for you. It will remove all the dirt, pollution and excess sebum off of your skin from the day. It will also maintain your skins natural moisture barrier. Your skin won’t feel dry or striped after using this product, only hydrated and clean. Overall it’s a straight to the point, no mess no fuss basic cleanser, it will do the job of cleaning and it won’t have any adverse effects on your skin

    Other non-comedogenic products

    If you have acne-prone skin it will be of great benefit to you if your whole skincare routine is free from comedogenic products. I have a couple of articles looking at various non-comedogenic products that you can use. You’ll need a good non-comedogenic moisturiser to use after you’ve washed your face. A good option to use is this lovely gem, this article explains why. If you would like something for the nightime then this will be great for you. If you’re a makeup lover and would like a primer or a bb cream then click on the links for options that will transform your face.

    I hope you enjoyed this article looking at the best non-comedogenic face wash. If you enjoyed the article please share it.

    • CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

      A hydrating cleanser can remove dirt, makeup and other debris. It’s important to choose a formula that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural protective barrier or strip the skin of its natural moisture. CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser is a gentle face wash with ingredients like ceramides which reinforce the barrier and help the skin lock in moisture, along with hyaluronic acid that attracts hydration to the skin’s surface.

      CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to cleanse and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three types of essential ceramides to restore the skin’s barrier and hydrating hyaluronic acid, this non-comedogenic face wash is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regimen for normal to dry skin—and it uses MVE Delivery Technology to supply the skin with a steady stream of nourishment throughout the day and night.

      • Suitable for normal to dry skin
      • MVE Technology: This patented delivery system continually releases moisturizing ingredients for 24-hour hydration
      • Ceramides: Essential for healthy skin, ceramides help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
      • Hyaluronic acid: This ingredient attracts hydration to the skin’s surface and helps the skin retain moisture
      • Non-comedogenic, non-irritating and fragrance-free
      • Developed with dermatologists
      • Accepted by the National Eczema Association

      CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser

      Acne is a common skin concern at any age, spanning from the teen years to adulthood. An effective acne cleanser is the first step of an anti-acne regimen, and it sets the stage for other products that follow, including over-the-counter and prescription-based acne treatments. Beyond helping to clear acne pimples and blackheads, an acne cleanser with benzoyl peroxide can also help give acne blemishes a chance to heal while maintaining the skin’s barrier.

      Ceramides are an essential component of the skin’s barrier. Their levels can be depleted over time by using harsh skincare products, which can lead to a potential increase in dryness and irritation. Acne-prone skin has been associated with lower levels of ceramides that play a key role in the skin’s protective barrier,1 so an acne face wash that is formulated with these lipids may be able to help maintain clear skin.

      CeraVe is the #1 dermatologist-recommended moisturizer brand for acne*, and our first acne-treatment product with benzoyl peroxide is backed by well-established skincare knowledge and expertise. The new CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser acne face wash is formulated to thoroughly dissolve dirt and excess oil while clearing acne with benzoyl peroxide. This formula also features hyaluronic acid to help retain the skin’s natural moisture and niacinamide to provide soothing benefits, while allowing skin to heal.

      Developed with dermatologists, this benzoyl peroxide cleanser clears acne breakouts and helps prevent new blemishes from forming. Gentle on the skin, CeraVe Acne Foaming Cream Cleanser helps maintain the skin’s barrier with three essential ceramides, leaves skin feeling soft and comfortable, and reduces acne without dryness or flaking.

      *#1 recommended non-OTC moisturizer brand for acne-prone skin. Source: IQVIA, ProVoice Survey, 5/1/18-4/30/19.

      • Benzoyl peroxide:
        • Helps clear acne and blackheads
        • Helps prevent new acne pimples from forming and allows skin to heal
      • Ceramides: Help maintain the skin’s natural barrier
      • Hyaluronic acid: Attracts hydration to the skin’s surface and helps the skin retain moisture
      • Niacinamide: Helps calm the skin
      • Non-comedogenic
      • Developed with dermatologists


      CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

      A foaming facial cleanser is ideal for removing excess oil, dirt and makeup but it’s important to choose a formula that won’t disrupt the skin’s natural protective barrier. It’s also beneficial to choose a gentle cleanser with ingredients that help maintain moisture balance. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser features ceramides hyaluronic acid and niacinamide to help reinforce the skin’s barrier, attract hydration and soothe the skin.

      CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser was developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse, remove excess oil and refresh the skin without over-stripping it or leaving it feeling tight and dry. Featuring three types of essential ceramides, hyaluronic acid and niacinamide, this gel-based foaming cleanser is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regimen for normal to oily skin.

      • Suitable for normal to oily skin
      • Refreshing foaming action
      • Ceramides: Essential for healthy skin, ceramides help restore and maintain the skin’s natural barrier
      • Hyaluronic acid: This ingredient attracts hydration to the skin’s surface and helps the skin retain moisture
      • Niacinamide: Helps the skin barrier and calms the skin
      • Non-comedogenic, non-irritating and fragrance-free
      • Developed with dermatologists

      CeraVe is a brand of dermatologist-developed skin care products can alleviate a range of common skin concerns by starting at the source of the problem: the skin’s natural barrier. The importance of a strong, intact skin barrier can be compared to the importance of having a strong, intact roof on your house. If your roof is damaged or weak, the interior of your home could be damaged by things like rain, wind, or even animal intruders. Similarly, a damaged or weak skin barrier allows things like bacteria, pollutants, or other irritants to pass through the top layers of your skin and cause damage. Ultimately, this leads to common skin concerns such as acne, rashes, and sensitive skin.

      Based on this concept, the dermatologists that developed the line of CeraVe products incorporated specific ingredients that would help to repair and strengthen the skin’s natural barrier. In this review on the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, we’ll discuss how this product can deeply cleanse the skin, effectively removing excess oil, dirt, and makeup, while still keeping your skin hydrated and smooth.

      Who is it for?

      CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser can be used on normal, oily, and even acne prone skin since this product is non-comedogenic. If you have found that other cleansers are too harsh, this product may be right for you since it has the power to cleanse deeply without disrupting the skin’s barrier. Plus, since this cleanser is fragrance free it is suitable for sensitive skin.

      Formulation insight

      All CeraVe products, including the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, contain essential ceramides that your skin needs to help restore and maintain its natural protective barrier. Ceramides are lipids (oils) that are naturally produced by the skin and are vital in supporting the skin barrier as well as retaining moisture. Without ceramides, the skin barrier is weakened, allowing moisture to escape from skin. The result is skin that can easily become dry, itchy, or irritated. Topical application of ceramides on the skin can help to replenish ceramide levels, thus restoring the skin’s natural barrier.

      The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser contains ceramides 1, 3, and 6-11. All of these ceramides carry out different functions. For example, ceramide 1 strengthens skin while ceramide 3 helps to lock in moisture. Moreover, a 2008 study published by the International Journal of Dermatology found that ceramides 1 and 3 act synergistically on maintaining skin hydration and preventing transepidermal water loss.

      Another ingredient found in the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser that can repair and strengthen skin is niacinamide. Also known as vitamin B3, niacinamide exerts antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-aging effects, as well as improves the epidermal barrier function. In fact, niacinamide is one of the most well-studied antioxidants for use in skincare because its small molecular weight enables it to easily penetrate the skin.

      The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is also formulated with two humectant moisturizers, glycerin and hyaluronic acid, that are well known for hydrating the skin. Glycerin, also referred to as glycerol, is a natural alcohol and humectant that’s been used in skin care products for centuries, says Dr. Wendy Bollinger Bollag, cell physiologist. Research published in The Journal of Investigative Dermatology demonstrates that glycerin helps skin to look and function better by helping skin cells mature properly. In fact, glycerin is not just a humectant but also an occlusive moisturizer as well. This means that while it softens skin, it also pulls water from the environment and helps prevent transepidermal water loss.

      Hyaluronic acid is also a very popular humectant moisturizer used in skin care products. This molecule is naturally found throughout the human body, and it is particularly abundant in the skin. Hyaluronic acid is able to restore hydration to your skin based on its structure as a glycosaminoglycan, a sugar molecule that has a high propensity for attracting water. When hydrogen bonding occurs between adjacent carboxyl and N-acetyl groups, hyaluronic acid has the capacity to retain up to 1,000 times its weight in water! Increased hydration leads to a healthy, firm complexion with fewer lines and wrinkles.

      Of note, the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser does list two parabens on the ingredients label. Parabens are synthetic preservatives that can mimic hormones in the body if they are absorbed through the skin and potentially disrupt functions of the endocrine system.

      How to use?

      Start by wetting skin with warm water. Then, massage the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser into skin in a gentle circular motion. Rinse and gently pat the skin dry.


      The CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser has received a very positive response from its users, with an overall rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. The majority of reviews state that this product is ideal for those who suffer from acne breakouts as it effectively clears excess oil from pores while be gentle enough not to aggravate existing blemishes. Reviewers also frequently commented that this product can remove makeup well, which is a plus if you do not want to use a separate makeup remover. The few negative reviews for the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser are from those with inherently dry skin who stated that this product made their skin feel too dry and tight.

      Overall, the CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser is a drugstore staple for effectively removing excess oil, dirt, makeup, and other impurities from the skin while simultaneously locking in moisture.

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