Dermatologists Swear By This $9 Drugstore Cleanser to Treat Acne

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As anyone who has ever dealt with acne knows, treating and preventing breakouts can be a frustrating (and expensive) task. But we’re here to offer up a glimmer of good news: Finding an effective acne-treating face wash actually doesn’t have to be a miserable or pricey chore. 

While there are plenty of luxurious treatment systems out there that promise clear, pimple-free skin, oftentimes, the only result many of them can truly deliver on is helping you rack up credit-card points. It was refreshing, though, that both board-certified New York City dermatologists we consulted for this story — Dr. Elyse Love and Dr. Joshua Zeichner— were quick to cite a drugstore staple among their top acne-treating face wash picks: Neutrogena’s Oil-Free Acne Wash Pink Grapefruit Facial Cleanser, to be exact, which costs about $9 at your nearest drugstore or big-box retailer.