What’s Your Favourite Type Of Facial Cleanser?

by Gio

what's the best type of cleanser

Have you ever stood for ages in front of the cleanser aisle at the drugstore, wondering what the heck you should buy?

I have. Many times. There’s just too much choice these days, isn’t there? Foaming cleansers. Cream cleansers. Cleansers that also exfoliate.

How can you tell which one will cleanse your skin without irritating it? Here’s a quick guide to help you out:

P.S. For a complete guide on how to choose the best cleanser for your skin type, check out this quick guide instead.

1. Cream cleansers

What they are: these moisturizing cleansers contain emollients to keep skin soft during cleansing.

Pros: gentle on the skin, they don’t dry it out.

Cons: they don’t always remove makeup well

Best for: dry skin that needs the extra moisture

Best picks: 

Shop Cream Cleansers

Related: CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser Full Review

2. Foaming cleansers

What they are: they use surfactants, such as Sodium Laureth Sulfate and Cocamidopropyl Betaine, that cleanse skin and produce quite a bit of lather too.

Pros: cleanse skin well.

Cons: can be drying.

Best for: oily skin.

Best picks:

  • Corsx low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser ($11.00): ph 5.5. Available at Sokoglam and YesStyle.
  • Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser ($6.99): ph 6.2. Available at Ulta.
  • Paula’s Choice Skin Balancing Oil-Reducing Cleanser ($18.00): ph 5.5. Available at Nordstrom and Paula’s Choice. 

Shop Foaming Cleansers

Related: Are Foaming Cleansers Bad For Skin?

3. Oil-based cleansers

What they are: these cleansers use oils to attract and dissolve the oils on your skin and makeup.

Pros: they cleanse well (they easily remove waterproof makeup too).

Cons: can leave a greasy residue behind.

Best for: dry skin, but everyone can use them.

Best picks:

Shop Oil-Based Cleansers

Related: Why You Should Switch To The Oil-Cleansing Method

4. Exfoliating cleansers

What they are: they contain ingredients, such as glycolic acid and apricot kernels, that can remove dead cells from the skin while cleansing it.

Pros: cleanse skin and make it brighter.

Cons: don’t work well. Glycolic acid and salicylic acid must be left on the skin to work as they should, while apricot kernels and other small exfoliating particles can easily irritate skin.

Best for: no one.

Best picks: I don’t recommend them. More often than not, they are a waste of money.

Related: Why You Shouldn’t Waste Your Money On Exfoliating Cleansers

What is your favourite type of cleanser? Share your fave picks in the comments below.

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Marina(Makeup4all) March 26, 2013 - 3:47 pm

I love cream cleansers (and melting also) the best, for sure.

beautifulwithbrains March 26, 2013 - 10:21 pm

Marina, they are my favourites too. 🙂

Trisha March 26, 2013 - 5:06 pm

I’ve tried all of these, but I like foaming cleansers the most. My face feels the cleanest with these. Then, second I would say exfoliating cleansers, but only the ones with physical exfloiants, and not chemical.

Picky, picky! 😉

beautifulwithbrains March 26, 2013 - 10:22 pm

Trisha, if you want to use an exfoliating cleanser, then a physical one would be best indeed. Chemical ones are just a waste of money.

Katie March 26, 2013 - 5:08 pm

I like foaming cleansers more (they just feel easier to wash away somehow) but for some reason seem to own more cream cleansers at the moment.

beautifulwithbrains March 26, 2013 - 10:24 pm

Katie, that’s true about foaming cleansers. And I guess cream ones are better suited to the cold season as they are gentler and leave skin, which tends to be drier at this time, soft.

Janessa March 27, 2013 - 3:34 am

I like cream cleansers best because they tend to be gentler on the skin and they rinse off easier than the foamy ones. 😀

sorry I’ve been so busy. I dyed my hair! It’s now a warm brown with red undertones. No more jet-black hair hehe.

beautifulwithbrains March 27, 2013 - 7:52 pm

Janessa, it’s so nice to hear from you again! Hope life is treating you well. 🙂

Cream cleansers are my favourite too, and your new hair colour sounds gorgeous! I’d love to see pictures. 🙂

Nikki March 28, 2013 - 1:39 am

Cream or foaming are my best bet! I don’t know why, it feels like it cleanses my face better 🙂 I couldn’t go for exfoliating on a daily basis no matter how “sensitive” the beads could get! I guess it boils down to me having dry skin 😀

beautifulwithbrains March 28, 2013 - 11:00 pm

Nikki, exfoliating cleansers aren’t a very good option for people with dry skin I agree. Cream cleansers work better and are much gentler. 🙂


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