The Best Face Cleansers for Every Skin Type

If you’re serious about skincare, you’ll know that using products formulated for your skin type is key. While cleansers may not have the contact time with your skin that a serum or mask does, it’s still important to choose one that suits your skin concerns so that every step in your routine is tailored to get you on the track to clearer, brighter, more healthy and balanced skin. 

If you’re not sure what your skin type is, click here, then scroll down to find a cleanser that suits you. 

Normal Skin

So-called “normal” skin means that skin doesn’t have any major issues or lean towards being particularly dry or oily. Normal skin looks healthy and feels calm and comfortable most of the time – so you basically want to maintain this. Look for a simple formula like Dr Jart+’s Dermaclear Micro Foam Cleanser which will help to maintain balance without going heavy on the exfoliants or moisturisers. Instead, the the gentle formula uses mineral-enriched water to remove impurities while maintaining balance. 

Oily Skin

To remove excess oil and treat shine, blackheads, and congestion, look for products that offer a more intense cleansing experience. Typically gel and foaming formulas will be more suited to oily skin types, but it’s important that the cleanser still contains hydrating ingredients – if it’s too stripping, it could make your oiliness worse. Gallinee’s Prebiotic Foaming Cleanser is ideal since it contains lactic acid for gentle exfoliation alongside prebiotics to support skin’s good bacteria in aiding a clear complexion. 

Dry Skin

A rich oil or balm cleanser is needed to nourish dry skin types that struggle to retain moisture. The blend of natural oils in Upcircle’s Cleansing Balm includes sunflower, olive, and sesame seed oils which work to melt away makeup and impurities without stripping skin, and the formula is boosted with apricot powder – a gentle exfoliant which will help to buff away any rough dry patches, so skin is left soft and replenished. 

Combination Skin

Finding products that work for both dry patches and shiny spots can be a struggle, so look for formulas that promise to boost hydration whilst they cleanse in order to tick both boxes. The Skincare By BEAUTY BAY Super Jelly Cleansing Gel has enough power to wash away impurities and excess oil while replenishing moisture with glycerin and avocado oil, and strengthening the skin’s barrier with prebiotics in the process. 

Acne-prone Skin

Since acne and blemishes are caused by dead skin and oil (amongst other things like makeup and pollution) building up and clogging pores, cleansing with the right cleanser is essential if you’re prone to breakouts. Cosrx’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser contains the gold standard of spot-fighting, salicylic acid, to decongest clogged pores, reduce excess oil, and treat existing blemishes. 

Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is easily irritated and prone to redness and inflammation, so should be treated with extreme TLC. Avoid scrubs, foaming cleansers, and anything containing acids and look instead for gentle, hydrating formulas like PSA Skin’s Reset Nourishing Cleanser. Acai, manuka honey, yogurt, and grapeseed oil tag team in this kind-to-skin formula to keep the skin barrier intact and soothe irritation. 

Dehydrated Skin

If your skin struggles to retain moisture, you’ll benefit from a cream cleanser, since they serve dual purposes of cleansing while hydrating and nourishing skin. As its name suggests, Naturally Serious Skincare’s Gentle Cream Cleanser is ideal for dehydrated skin, utilising glycerin, coconut oil, and other emollients and humectants to leave skin soft and hydrated post-cleanse. 

Scarred Skin

Last week’s breakouts left you with red marks that look set to linger for months? While exfoliating toners, brightening serums, and even spot patches can help to fade your scars, even your cleanser can get in on the pigmentation-fading action. Combining the benefits of a cleanser and a skin-clearing serum, Holifrog’s Shasta AHA Refining Acid Wash is boosted with lactic, glycolic, and mandelic acids to exfoliate and brighten skin, fading the appearance of scars and post-acne pigmentation over time.