Each skin type is unique and requires a different regimen in order to maintain a clear, healthy-looking complexion. This means that the right formulations and ingredients are especially important to consider when choosing a cleanser (one of the main staples of any skin-care routine). Here, we break down what works (and what doesn’t!) for each skin type, so you can find the right fit for you.
This skin type tends to respond well to gentle cleansers that maintain a proper pH balance and don’t overdry or break down your skin’s protective barrier. Look for natural ingredients, like chamomile or lavender, which can help keep normal skin types on a balanced level.
What to Avoid: Sulfate- and alcohol-based formulas, which can be too drying for a normal complexion.
Product Pick: Shiseido Pureness Refreshing Cleansing Water, $23, shiseido.com
More fragile and susceptible to damage than other skin types, mature skin can best benefit from gentle cleansers that clean the skin without removing necessary oils that keep aging skin from looking crepey. Products with alphahydroxy acids (AHAs) can help remove dead skin, leaving behind a smoother, softer surface. Shop for multitasking formulas that not only cleanse, but also fight signs of aging.
What to Avoid: Cleansers with ingredients geared toward acne-prone skin (benzoyl peroxide and salicylic acid), which can be too drying for mature skin.
Product Pick: Fresh Soy Face Cleanser, $38, fresh.com
Breakouts are best kept at bay with antibacterial cleansers that feature ingredients such as salicylic acid, lactic acid, glycolic acid, benzoyl peroxide and tea tree extract, which will help to dry up blemishes and clean out pores.
What to Avoid: Thick, heavy, creamy cleansers or any formulas with oil
Product Pick: Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, $16, mariobadescu.com
What you really need is moisture, so experiment with cleansers that say “hydrating” on the label. Ingredients such as hyaluronic acid will help soften and nourish skin. Milk- and cream-based cleansers can also be good, as they will not leave your skin feeling tight and uncomfortable.
What to Avoid: Sulfate-based cleansers, which can strip away natural oils that are essential for healthy skin
Product Pick: Lancôme Crème Mousse Confort Comforting Creamy Foaming Cleanser, $25, lancome-usa.com
This oily-dry hybrid skin type requires a unique cleansing regimen. Try a detoxifying wash and exfoliating treatment to remove dead skin cells. Look for products with tea tree oil, which is a good ingredient for this skin type because it energizes the skin while also getting rid of bacteria. Because combination skin is often oily, it can often handle harsher cleansers and exfoliators than other skin types.
What to Avoid: Alcohol-based cleansers, which can overdry skin.
Product Pick: Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula, $17, clinique.com
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