Best facial cleansers for every skin type

Katie Amey
Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser

(Courtesy of Clinique)

It's time to spring clean your beauty products, and that includes your skin-care regimen. Whether you have dry, oily, or super-sensitive skin, we've broken down exactly what you should look for on your quest for the perfect face wash.

If Your Skin Is Oily...

New York-based dermatologist Dr. Dennis Gross recommends gels and alcohol-based vehicles for ladies struggling with oily skin. You can also look for cleansing liquids or bars that are specifically targeted to help. "If you know your skin type, you can work with it and match the appropriate products," says Dr. Gross.

Clinique Wash-Away Gel Cleanser, $19.50;


The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

(Courtesy of The Body Shop)
or try...

The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash, $11;

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(Courtesy of Murad)If You Have Combination Skin...

Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream

If your skin is dry in certain areas, like on the cheeks, but continues to be oily in other areas, such as your forehead, nose, and/or chin, you have combination skin. Dr. Gross advises those with this skin type to use cleansers with hyaluronic acid that will cling to dry areas.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Cream, $36;

or try...

(Courtesy of DG Skincare)Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Cleansing Foam, $19.50; 

(Courtesy of Votre Vu)If Your Skin Is Dry...

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare All-In-One Cleansing Foam
Votre Vu Best Regards Lait Pour Le Visage

For those ladies who suffer from dry skin, Dr. Gross recommends looking for creams and lotions to incorporate into your daily routine. He also cautions against using any alcohol-based cleansers or toners. "They dry out the skin by stripping away its natural oils," he explains.

Votre Vu Best Regards Lait Pour Le Visage, $29;

or try this budget classic...

(Courtesy of Pond's)Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser, $8; 

(Courtesy of Mama Mio)If You Have Sensitive Skin...

Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser
Mama Mio Clean Slate Aloe-Rich Gently Foaming Cleanser

Does your skin have a tendency to get red and irritated no matter which products you try? You may be overusing them!

"For those with sensitive skin, using too much product is a critical mistake," says Dr. Gross. Instead of using your cleanser everyday, try cutting back to two or three times a week. "Non-scrub cleansers are a good choice and it's also good to avoid products with synthetic fragrances or parabens, which may irritate the skin.”

Mama Mio Clean Slate Aloe-Rich Gently Foaming Cleanser, $32;

or try...

(Courtesy of First Aid Beauty)First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, $20;

(Courtesy of Bioré)If You Struggle With Adult Acne...

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub

If your skin is prone to breakouts, it’s important to look for a cleanser that contains ingredients like salicylic acid to help clear your pores, or Witch Hazel to act as a natural astringent.

Additionally, Dr. Gross recommends that you “steer clear of cleansers with mineral oil to avoid clogging of pores, which may lead to a breakout.”

Bioré Acne Clearing Scrub, $6;

or try...

(Courtesy of Neutrogena)Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser, $8.50;

Neutrogena Naturals Acne Cream Cleanser

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