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The Affordable Drugstore Acne Busting Cleanser That Skin Expert Rio Viera-Newton Can’t Get Enough Of

It tackles everything from face to butt acne.

When the internet’s resident skin care expert Rio Viera-Newton recommends a product, you know it has to be good. 

Newton’s skin care must-haves, including Acropass’s Trouble Cure and Good (Skin) Days™ C’s the Day Serum, span every price point from $6 pimple patches to $53 masks. However, we were kind of shocked when we saw Newton recommend the $9 PanOxyl Acne Foaming Wash.

Rio Viera-Newton, image courtesy of Instagram

It’s not because the 10% benzoyl peroxide foaming cleanser doesn’t deserve the hype- it’s maintained a 4.6 star rating on Amazon with over 16,000 reviews- but because the drug store staple remains relatively low key, often looked over by beauty and skin editors. 

That’s about to change!

The Let’s Face It author sung PanOxyl’s praises in her latest YouTube video, detailing how it “got rid” of her cystic flare up in THREE days. Beyond the quick turnaround time, the top skinfluencer also detailed how PanOxyl can be used on the arms, chest, and on the butt for breakouts, too. A multi-tasking acne cleanser for only $9?! Yes, please!

The secret to this product’s acne vanishing success? Pimple crushing benzoyl peroxide paired with a massaging technique. 

Benzoyl peroxide’s long been known by dermatologists as a powerful top acne ingredient. It both exfoliates pores AND kills bacteria that causes acne.  It can be used for treating all types of acne, including cystic flareups, as experienced by Viera-Newton, and inflammatory spots. Because it’s so potent and targets bacteria, BP can also deliver pimple-diminishing results quicker than salicylic acid.

PanOxyl instructs users to massage the face and body cleanser into the skin for 1-2 minutes for full effectiveness. Newton also suggests using the buzzy product as a spot treatment, massaging the formula into any and all breakouts and following up with a great moisturizer, like the Hanskin Real Complexion Hyaluron Moisture Cream (benzoyl peroxide is a strong ingredient, after all!).

Finding a skin care product that tackles a variety of acne types across the body is rare. But, I’m pretty sure Rio Viera-Newton did just that. 

What’s your favorite benzoyl peroxide packed product? Share your recommendations below!

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