Skincare Matchmaker: Cleansers

Welcome to the second installation of our new skincare series. Last month, we talked skin types and concerns. This month, we’re taking on cleansers. Once again, we’ve enlisted Miami dermatologist Dr. Debra Price — she’ll help you find the perfect product for your regimen. Don’t skip ahead! If you missed the first edition of Choose Your Own Skincare Adventure, you can brush up on your skin type here.


Rosacea is just another word for sensitive skin. Dr. Price says to stick to fragrance-free, creamy cleansers, and to stay away from abrasive cleansers that will just irritate problem areas. Look for a gentle wash like La Roche Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Cream or Weleda’s Gentle Cleansing Milk.


Don’t aggravate skin with harsh cleansers — look for a product with therapeutic ingredients to calm skin and salicylic acid to combat clogged pores. Try suki Transformative Cleansing Clay, which uses willow bark and kaolin to purify skin. If your skin is both dry and acneic, use gentle cleansers and supplement them with spot treatments. Dr. Price recommends Mario Badescu’s Acne Facial Cleanser, which is less drying than many blemish-targeted cleansers.


Look for cleansers that have mild exfoliators included. For people with acne or oily/combination skin, Dr. Price suggests an exfoliating cleansing gel that has Lipo Hydroxy Acids (LHA), which will help clear out pores. For normal skin, look for a cleanser with glycolic acids, which gently help cellular turnover for a more even complexion.

Sun Damage:

Skin that has seen too many rays is sensitive and prone to dryness. Dr. Price says to go for “soap-free foaming face wash, lipid-free cleanser, or cleansing cream,” which will remove dirt and oil without drying out skin. Don’t overdo it! “Avoid vigorous scrubbing and limit exfoliation to once a week.”

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