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by Christine GlasgowNovember 26, 2016

There are literally thousands of different products in the market that claim to offer a host of benefits to your skin. From natural bar soaps to moisturizers and facial cleansers and serums, there’s really no shortage of products out there that you can choose from. However, before you start buying different products and become yet another victim to this hundred-billion-dollar industry, it’s important to understand exactly what your skin requires and how it works.


First of all, let’s focus on the skin directly. Your skin is constantly producing new skin cells, which replace the dead ones, and these replacements also die regularly. The epidermis, which is the outermost layer of your skin, uses various natural minerals and antioxidants to cleanse the skin on its own.


There are hundreds of pores on the skin, through which sebum is produced. The hair follicles lie at the bottom of these pores as well. People who have acne generally suffer from inflammation around the pores, which is caused when bacteria and dead skin cells create a blockage. Ultimately, this creates comedones, pustules, and pimples on the skin.

A facial cleanser is a simple product that helps cleanse your skin from these problem causing bacteria and dead skin cells. It is designed to clean the pores, remove excessive oil and dirt from the face, and leave your skin feeling fresher and smoother.


How to find The Best Cleansing Facial Washes for your Skin?

Basically, facial cleansers are designed to remove the pollutants from your skin. Most people don’t realize that their skin becomes the perfect trap for external pollutants. These tiny particles can get lodged in the pores of your skin, causing a serious imbalance and thus resulting in another acne outbreak. Most companies claim that using a cleanser is better than using a bar soap since they are specifically designed for removing impurities from the face.


However, for people who have acne prone, sensitive or oily skin, choosing the right cleanser is a bit of a hassle. There are plenty of different facial cleansers which are designed exclusively for use on oily or acne prone skin. In the following article, I will list ten of the best that I have used in the past. Here are the best ones that I have found in my experience.


The Search for the Best Facial Cleanser- Ten of the Best


#1. Cetaphil Cleanser

Cetaphil products have been around for a long time, and they have been recommended by hundreds of dermatologists and skin specialists in the past. I have been using the Cetaphil Cleanser myself for a while now, and I can easily say that there’s some credibility to all the good reviews you see online.

The facial cleanser is designed for all skin types. It contains all of the minerals and antioxidants that your body requires, and is designed for keeping your skin clean. It does exactly that. I have been using it for a while now, and each time I wash my face with the cleanser, I definitely feel a difference.

My only gripe is that the cleanser contains sodium lauryl sulfate, which is slightly irritating. If you are reactive to it, you might want to check up with your dermatologist before applying the product on your skin, just in case.


#2. CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

The CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser sells for around $12, and is one of the cheaper products on the market. However, don’t judge the product for its price, because it’s really quite effective. P

eople who are suffering from rosacea will actually feel quite relieved after using this product. It’s a cruelty-free product, meaning that it wasn’t tested on animals. The cleanser is free of all fragrances and is one of the top products out there.


#3. CeraVe Foaming Cleanser

Another product from CeraVe is their Foaming Cleanser. It’s a great facial cleanser that creates a foamy layer on your skin every time you wash your face with it. For people who have oily or sensitive skin, this is by far one of the top rated products in the market.

It would be fair of me to say that there’s virtually no difference between the Hydrating Cleanser and the Foaming Cleanser when it comes to the benefits they offer. Both are fantastic products, so the line between second and third is pretty much blurred.


#4. Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser

The Biore Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser is designed to unclog your pores and leave your skin feeling fresh and smooth. The product contains charcoal powder, which is why it comes out black. Charcoal has absorbent properties, especially when you apply it as a mask. However, in a rinse-off product such as this, I don’t think the charcoal actually works. That’s why I usually let it be on my face for at least a few minutes before washing it off.

Nonetheless, you should be aware that the product contains menthol, a popular skin irritant. It’s a water-soluble formula that will cleanse your skin properly. It’s also relatively affordable, so you won’t feel like you are paying over the top for the product.


#5. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

The Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is quite fragrant, and that was my first impression of the product. It contains a heavy essence of rose water, and can prove to be irritating for some people. However, it’s not really that big of an issue in a rinse-off product. Apart from this, the water soluble formula used in the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser is a great choice for use on a regular basis.

It only contains a very minuscule amount of soy (certainly not enough to merit its inclusion in the name), but that isn’t much of a problem. The only reason why the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser ranks lower on the list than others is because it’s a bit more expensive.


#6. Murad Clarifying Cleanser

The Murad Clarifying Cleanser is yet another decent product from a company that’s becoming more and more popular by the day. The Murad Clarifying Cleanser contains a range of essential oils as required by your skin, and also has antibacterial properties. This is a huge plus point, since it helps unclog those pores and remove the dead skin cells and bacteria from your skin. However, it also contains lime oils and menthol, both of which can be potentially irritating for your skin.

Also, it’s tested on animals, so for people who don’t want to use products that aren’t cruelty-free, this might not be such a good choice.


#7. Aveeno Clear Complexion Facial Cleanser

The Aveeno Clear Complexion Facial Cleanser is a detergent-based product that’s also water-soluble. It contains 0.5% salicylic acid, though it’s not really effective against acne breakouts. However, since this is a rinse-off product, you can’t really expect the acid to work for a breakout (it’s a time-based ingredient, which means it gets more effective the longer you leave it on your face).

The cleanser contains sodium olefin sulfate, which is bad news for people who have dry skin: it’s a serious drying agent that can leave your skin in dire need of moisture. Thus, it’s best to first check with your dermatologist.


#8. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleansing Formula

The Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleansing Formula is a good facial cleanser to use on most types of skin. It’s a pretty decent choice for those who want a tried and tested product.

However, it’s not exactly “ultra-gentle.” You can smell the fragrance as soon as you pop the bottle. It’s fine for using on oily or combination skin and doesn’t leave your skin feeling too dry when you are done.


#9. Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser

The Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser is a decent product that leaves your skin feeling fresh and smooth. I have used it on several occasions, and in most cases, I have been quite satisfied with it.

Albolene might not be such a huge brand right now, but I am sure if they continue releasing products like this one, it won’t be long before it becomes a big hit. It doesn’t contain any irritants, so that’s good. However, it’s just a standard product: it doesn’t do any harm, but doesn’t do a whole lot of good either.


#10. Olay Foaming Face Wash

Olay is a respectable brand in the skincare market, and their products are widely revered throughout the globe. That’s probably more to do with the pricing point of the company than the quality of the products however.

While the Olay Foaming Face Wash is better than many others, it also leaves a lot to be desired. It ranks at number 10 on my list, mainly because it doesn’t deliver any crazy results, especially when you consider what the company implies.


These are just some of the product that I have used and am thoroughly satisfied with. However, this list is by no means exhaustive. So, if you have any other products that you would like to recommend, I am all ears. Also, I would love if you guys could share your experiences with the products mentioned in the list. Let me know if they worked as well for you as they did for me!

Christine Glasgow
Canadian girl addicted to beauty and fashion. I'm a Blogger, Entrepreneur and web influencer 👑 I mostly talk about anything related to skin care and beauty. I created this site to share science-based information on skin conditions, treatments and skin care.
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