After years (literally) of research, I have discovered what I think are the best face cleansers for a variety of different skin types. Here they are!
Best Face Cleanser for Combination Skin; Best Face Cleanser for All Skin Types
The Cleansing Complex by IS Clinical is a wonderful face cleanser. This clinical face wash contains both glycolic and salicylic acid and it not only deeply cleanses your skin, but acts as a treatment for your face! This face cleanser is mild and does not suds up too much. It is a great face cleanser for combination skin, skin with mild acne, and basically any skin type as it is not too drying and contains clinical grade beneficial ingredients. Here’s a good tip: put this cleanser on dry skin, leave it on while you are showering and let the steam penetrate this cleanser into your skin, and then add some water, lather it in and wash it off at the end of your shower! It’s like a mini facial!
Best Face Cleanser for Mild Acne
A great face cleanser for mild acne is DDF Blemish Foaming Cleanser. This cleanser contains less than 2% salicylic acid so it is gentle enough for combination skin. I love this foaming cleanser because it goes on well and your face feels clean after using it. It’s a great face cleanser for the morning if you are using a stronger cleanser at night.
Best Acne Cleanser; Best Cleanser for Oily Skin
DDF Salicylic Wash is a wonderful cleanser for moderate to more severe acne. If you have oily skin, this face cleanser will dry your acne and help prevent new breakouts because it contains 2% Salicylic Acid. This face wash is also very concentrated, so a little goes a long way. I like DDF products for their effectiveness and great price point. DDF skin care products are relatively inexpensive and pack a punch!
Best Anti-Aging Cleanser
Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleanser is fabulous. This glycolic and salicylic acid face wash smells like peach bellini and works great! I love the ingredients in this face wash: glycolic acid acts as an exfoliant and salicylic acid helps to treat and prevent acne, as well as smoothing out fine lines. This face cleanser is a great all-around cleanser as well as being anti-aging, but it is a bit drying. My advice is to you this at night to remove makeup thoroughly and use the IS Clinical Cleanser in the AM.
Best Face Cleanser for Dry Skin; Best Cream Cleanser
Decleor Cleansing Cream works very well for dry, aging and sensitive skin. I started my mom on this face cleanser and it worked well on her rosacea as well! This is a great gentle cleanser but it is a cream so it does not foam or suds. Decleor Cleansing Cream also contains aroma-therapeutic ingredients so it feels and smells great!