By now, you know that washing your face is a daily beauty do for maintaining clear, healthy skin. What’s less obvious, though, is how to choose a face wash that suits your particular skin. Yes, there are several factors you can consider, including age, hormones, genetics, and environment. And there are probably as many different skin types as there are people on the planet. But we’ve narrowed your options down to five, which serve as a great guide to choosing a cleanser: normal, oily, dry, combination, or sensitive.
Key Indicators: You’re constantly battling two complexion foes: blemishes and a sheen that just won’t quit.
Your Best Bet: Reach for a targeted acne cleanser that keeps shine and blemishes. Try Evologie’s Stay Clear Cleanser, a light formula that keeps hydration and oil levels in balance. It's also packed with willow bark extract, chamomile, and honey to instantly soothe redness and inflammation.
Key Indicators: Your skin is plagued by redness and flakes. Post-cleansing, you tend to experience tightness, and your can skin get itchy.
Your Best Bet: Dry skin needs a cleanser rich in essential oils and hydrating ingredients. We’re huge fans of Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish™ Hot Cloth Cleanser. Made with moisturizing cocoa butter, this creamy face wash uses plant oils to lift away dirt without disrupting skin's natural barrier.
Key Indicators: Your cheeks are dry, but your T-zone (that’s your forehead, nose, and chin) is oily.
Your Best Bet: Treating combination skin is tricky because different areas call for different tactics. Fear not: Vasanti Detox Nutrient-Rich Purifying Facial Cleanser is just what the dermatologist ordered. The gentle, foaming formula washes away toxins and pore-clogging impurities—without stripping sensitive skin of moisture.
Key Indicators: Lucky you: Your skin is even with no flaking or sheen.
Your Best Bet: An all-natural cleanser best serves your skin type. Opt for a dual purpose cleanser like suki® exfoliate foaming cleanser, which thoroughly cleans while gently buffing away dead skin cells using ingredients like lemongrass, chamomile, and synthetic-free cosmeceutical actives.
Key Indicators: You’re prone to both acne and irritation.
Your Best Bet: Sensitive skin calls for something gentle that’s oil-free, paraben-free, and hypoallergenic—like Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion. The weightless, highly effective formula is made with just a handful of ingredients, chosen specifically to suit even the most reactive skin types.