Just like your skin-care routine, showering is not one size fits all. Find the body wash that best suits your needs, according to derms.
Best Body Wash for Acne: AcneFree Oil-Free Acne Cleanser
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Tight spandex + sweat = bacne. Taking a shower immediately after working out helps prevent this, but if you already have breakouts, start washing with a product that contains benzoyl peroxide. And since many acne treatments bleach clothes, it's best to use washes rather than post-shower creams. "Benzoyl peroxide is one of the safest and most effective treatments for acne," says Hadley King, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City. It also has anti-inflammatory comedolytic properties, which means it works for all different kinds of acne—blackheads, whiteheads, and pimples.
(Related: The Best Beauty Products to Fight Body Acne)
Best Body Wash for Eczema: Dr. Bronner's Almond Castile Liquid Soap
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Dry, winter air can trigger red, itchy patches, aka eczema. To avoid irritating your already sensitive skin or triggering a reaction, it's best to look for a body wash with no detergents or synthetic fragrances. Try Dr. Bronner's Castile Liquid Soap in Almond and dilute it (half-water, half-soap) before showering, says Peggy Fuller, M.D., dermatologist and director for Esthetics Center of Dermatology in Charlotte, NC. She loves that the soap is made with nondrying, organic oils. "I'm an eczema sufferer and I always get compliments that my skin looks and feels like a baby's—the highest compliment for a dermatologist!"
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Best Body Wash for Workout Warriors: Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash
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Even if you don't have active breakouts, your daily workout routine makes you more susceptible to bacteria and clogged pores. Reach for a body wash with salicylic acid, which exfoliates to loosen dead skin cells, says Dr. King. Neutrogena Pink Grapefruit Body Clear Body Wash is perfect to keep in your gym bag because it helps remove dirt, sweat, and oils from your skin.
Best Body Wash for Dry Skin: Dove Deep Moisture Body Wash
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Best Body Wash for Every Day: Dial Enriching Body Wash
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When you have no real skin concerns (lucky you!), the properties in a body wash become simpler and more a personal opinion. "Just look for a body wash that gently exfoliates dead skin cells away without stripping skin of moisture," says Dr. King. Dial Enriching Body Wash purifies and has a moisture-attracting formula that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.
(Related: Your Guide to Flawless Post-Workout Skin)