The Best Cleansers for All Skin Types: A Comprehensive Guide

Despite not being the most exciting step in skin care, cleansing is frequently the most crucial. It doesn’t matter if your skincare routine consists only of a wash and moisturizer or if it involves several steps that your younger self would probably find to be quite impressive; the key is to start fresh Cleansers. After you wash your face to get rid of dirt, makeup, and extra oil, your skin will be able to absorb products like toners, essences, serums, and moisturizers. These products will help your skin.

To make this daily task a little more fun, here are 19 options that are both refreshing and pampering, do the job well, and wash away without leaving a trace. This elite group of all-star face cleansers includes Best of Beauty winners and Readers’ Choice winners that are as gentle as can be board-certified dermatologist favorites that have a lot of benefits for those who want to give their skin a spa-like treatment.

So, what makes this group of cleansers different from all others and in a league of their own? The answer is in the careful formulas, which combine cleansers that get rid of dirt and cleansers that melt away makeup with a lot of water, making the skin feel very soft. This leaves skin feeling clean and fresh without being over-stripped. The result is a fresh, smooth, and glowing skin tone that makes a daily chore feel like a twice-daily treat.

Which cleaner should I use?

A board-certified dermatologist says that if your skin is as dry as a desert, you should use hypoallergenic creams with glycerin and hyaluronic acid to lock in moisture. Experts say that balms are great for dry skin because they are made with rich oils that keep the skin moist.

They recommend an oil formula for people with acne-prone skin, which helps clear breakouts. It is really what a lot of people with acne-prone skin types are missing from their routine. Even though it seems counterintuitive, oils can help lift and remove dirt without making your face dry. Look for acne treatments with any of these three ingredients: 

  • Salicylic acid (for whiteheads and blackheads)
  • Benzoyl peroxide (for big, angry pimples)
  • Sodium hypochlorite (for bacteria reduction and inflammation relief)

To choose the best face wash for yourself, you must first understand your skin type and what it requires. If you use a face wash that isn’t designed for your skin, it can irritate it and aggravate its problems. Here are some options to help you select the best face wash.


When it comes to skincare, there is no single product that can provide all solutions. As a result, it is appropriate to choose a face wash that is necessary for your skin type. If you have acne-prone, oily, or sensitive skin, then you have to use gentle gel-based cleansers. Moisturizing formulas are best for dry skin. People who have normal or mixed skin can use cleansers with creamy and foamy formulas.


Always look for face wash ingredients that are good for your skin type. If you have oily, acne-prone skin, the best face wash for you is one with tea tree oil, clay, niacinamide, BHAs like salicylic acid, and aloe vera. These ingredients help open up your pores and keep acne at bay.

If you have dry skin, choose a good cleanser with hydrating ingredients like aloe vera, vitamin E, ceramides, honey, milk, jojoba oil, lanolin, and hyaluronic acid. These ingredients clean the skin’s surface while keeping moisture in. People with sensitive or combination skin should choose a face wash that is hypoallergenic, very mild and doesn’t have any harsh chemicals.

Best Cleansers for All Skin Types

Gentle Facial Cleanser by Vanicream

Because it is made with glycerin and coco glucoside, the brand’s Gentle Facial Cleanser is highly regarded by Viera because it is designed to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup without causing skin irritation. Because of what it excludes, we adore how soothing this formula is, making it perfect for sensitive people. It is free of sulfates, dyes, fragrances, parabens, soap, and botanical extracts.

Cleanser for the Moisture Barrier with Avocado Ceramide

There are regular cleansers that deeply hydrate the skin barrier. The Avocado Ceramide Moisture Barrier Cleanser is one of the latter. Even though most cleansers are rinsed off, this lotion-to-foam formula is made with anti-inflammatory colloidal oatmeal and ceramide NP to keep skin from losing moisture and reduce redness. You’re ready for the rest of your skincare regimen because avocado oil makes sure that any lingering makeup and dirt are removed from your complexion.

Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser 1.7 fl oz

Consider Tracie Martyn’s Amla Cleanser if you’re willing to spend some money on a miraculous facial cleanser. The natural formula’s benefits of mild exfoliation, acne prevention, and improvement of fine lines make the pricey price tag worthwhile to us, thanks to papaya enzymes, salicylic acid, and vitamin C.

SuperFruit Brightening Cleanser by Rose Ingleton MD

Using the Rose Ingleton Brightening Cleanser, you can remove a day’s worth of sweat, makeup, and dirt from your face and wash it down the drain without over-robbing your skin of its natural oils. Last year, this cleanser won our highest honor, the Best of Beauty Award, for its cooling gel texture and high levels of hyaluronic acid and pro-vitamin B5. With the aid of chemically exfoliating acids derived from citrus fruits like orange and lemon, it also dissolves pore-clogging oils and dead skin.

Daily Cleansing Gel with AHA/BHA by Alpha Beta

This cleanser is well known when it comes to high-end skincare. The renowned dermatologist’s Pore Perfecting Gel has glycerin, buchu leaf extract, and both beta-hydroxy acids (BHAs) and alpha-hydroxy acids (AHAs). This product makes the claim that it will control oil production, eliminate blackheads, and minimize pore size.

Gentle Facial Cleanser by Vanicream

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser has been described as “a go-to cleanser recommendation by dermatologists for those with sensitive skin for years” by a board-certified dermatologist. The list of ingredients is short and sweet, with purified water and glycerin at the top. Widely accepted irritants like colourings, perfumes, lotion, artificial ingredients, and more are not included. Try this one if you have eczema, excessive dryness, or are prone to ingredient allergies.

Good Morning Gel Cleanser by COSRX Low pH

This foam cleaner is invincible against redness. Centella Asiatica, also called cica, is the main ingredient in this rich wash. It also has heartleaf, which is popular in Korean beauty products because it soothes the skin, soybean peptide, moringa seed extract, and a lot of glycerin, which helps keep moisture in the skin. This formula, which has a green tint, is proudly fragrance-free, as is the case with any facial cleanser that is best for rosy, sensitive skin.

The Rice Wash Tatcha

The Rice Wash by Tatcha transforms your nightly deep cleanse into an opulent ritual. This cream cleanser easily removes impurities while also smothering skin in hydration. It has Japanese rice powder in it to gently remove dead skin and extra sebum. It also has a mix of Okinawa algae and hyaluronic acid to keep your skin from losing moisture.

Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser by La Roche-Posay

Looking for a straightforward cleanser that works without literally rubbing your skin the wrong way? La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser has a creamy, soap-free formula that takes off makeup and dirt without drying out your skin. It has calming ceramides, niacinamide, glycerin, and prebiotic thermal water. These ingredients help to keep your skin hydrated and repair your barrier. However, it doesn’t have irritating ingredients like fragrances, dyes, or sulfates. Spend the reasonable $16 to purchase this 2021 Best of Beauty Award winner, and you’ll thank us later.

One of the top face washes on the market, according to our dermatologist friends, likes this specific formula for dry skin and calls it a great go-to cleanser for the colder months that cleanses skin without stripping the skin.

Face Cleanser for Pure Skin by First Aid Beauty

Aloe soothes and calms the skin, and First Aid Beauty’s Pure Skin Face Cleanser is loaded with antioxidants that help maintain the natural pH level of your skin. According to board-certified dermatologists, “This creamy, gentle cleanser also has glycerin, a potent humectant that pulls water into the skin,” which makes your face incredibly soft.

We love it so much that we included it in the lineup for the January 2023 edition of your Beauty Box for just $23.

How to Select the Best Facial Cleanser

A good, thorough cleanse essential when it comes to skincare. It is critical to properly cleanse your skin in order to remove oil and dirt. But how do you know which cleanser is best for your skin type?

Facial Cleanser Types

Oil Removers

Oil cleansers are great for getting rid of excess sebum, blackheads, dirt, and grime that are caused by oil. When it comes to removing full-face makeup, nothing beats an oil cleanser. They can be in the form of cleansing oils, which are liquids, or cleansing balms, which have a thick, sorbet-like consistency that melts into an oil once massaged into your skin.

Typically, oil cleansers are followed by a water-based cleanser (hence the term “double-cleansing”). Our Oil to Milk cleanser is an oil cleanser with a unique formula that can be easily rinsed away with water. It has grapeseed oil, almond oil, sunflower seed oil, and vitamin E, which nourish the lipid barrier of your skin while cleansing and leave it feeling soft and smooth. You can use it on its own because it can be rinsed clean with water, or you can follow it up with your preferred step 2 cleanser.

Cleansing Gels

Gel cleansers are ideal for people with all skin types. They are lightweight, gel-textured cleansers that have a bouncy feel to them. Gel cleansers are gentle and soothing on the skin, and they cleanse without removing the skin’s natural oils. If you have normal, combination, dry, or acne-prone skin, you can use a gel cleanser. Gel cleansers can contain a wide range of ingredients, including salicylic acid, green tea, and Centella Asiatica. When choosing a gel cleanser, pay close attention to the ingredient list to determine which one will work best for your skin: For example, if you have acne-prone skin, choose a gel cleanser that contains salicylic acid to remove blackheads and unclog pores.

Cleansing Creams

If you have dry skin, you should consider using a cream cleanser. These are intended to nourish the skin barrier, leaving your face soft and supple after cleansing. People with dry skin frequently complain that foaming cleansers leave their skin feeling dry and tight. By using a cream cleanser, you can avoid this!

Cleansers that foam

For oily skin, foam cleansers are ideal. Surfactants in these products bind to excess sebum and oil-based impurities on the skin, pulling dirt and grime out of your pores. However, they can be a little drying at times, so we wouldn’t recommend them if you have dry skin.

Cleansers with Exfoliation

Exfoliating cleansers are exactly what they sound like: they also have an exfoliating agent (or two) to gently remove dead skin while cleaning. They can be enzyme cleansers containing exfoliating enzymes that only work on the skin’s surface. Exfoliating hydroxy acids, such as glycolic or lactic acid, work by loosening the glue that holds skin cells together. Alternatively, they can contain exfoliating granules such as sugar, which physically exfoliate the skin. There are also many different types of exfoliating cleansers, from thick, creamy formulas to gels and even exfoliating enzyme powders that work when mixed with water.

Whatever cleanser you choose, it should be appropriate for your skin’s needs. Before you buy a cleanser, do your research on the consistency and ingredients. Even if a product is often recommended by beauty experts, your skin may not like it. A cleanser lasts a long time, at least several months, so choose a product that will be gentle on your skin in the long run while also effectively cleansing it. Also, keep in mind that it should be a product that you enjoy using! Because above all, skincare is a form of self-care that you should enjoy both when you wake up and before you go to bed.

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