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  • Writer's pictureDiana O'Donnell

Choose the Right Facial Cleanser for Your Skin’s Condition

Sometimes we’re dry, sometimes we’re oily. You might be oily with mature skin or have dry skin with acne. Rather than peg your skin as one “type” when choosing a facial cleanser, think about your skin’s needs. Then, look for a cleanser with the right type of consistency and ingredients. Use this list of main skin conditions as a guide and notice that some overlap. This should help you choose the best cleanser for your skin, an essential and critical step in anyone’s skincare routine.

What type of cleanser does your skin need?


Cleanser type: cream cleanser, cleansing milk, moisturizing wash, micellar water, oil

Active ingredients: hyaluronic acid, glycerin, lactic acid, sodium hyaluronate, squalene

Recommendation: HydroPeptide Cashmere Cleanse


Cleanser type: cream cleanser, cleansing milk, foaming or moisturizing wash

Active ingredients: hyaluronic acid, ceramides, oils, enzymes, AHAs, Vitamins A, B5, C

Recommendation: HydroPeptide Exfoliating Cleanser

OIL BALANCING Cleanser type: gel wash, cleansing oil, foaming wash

Active ingredients: AHAs, BHAs, ceramides, niacinamide, clay, enzymes, glycerin, aloe

Recommendation: Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

SOOTHING + CALMING Cleanser type: cream cleanser, cleansing milk, micellar water

Active ingredients: glycerin, prebiotics, allantoin, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, chamomile, aloe vera

Recommendation: Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser

ACNE Cleanser type: gel wash, foaming wash, micellar water

Active ingredients: salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, AHAs, sulfur, tea tree, charcoal, clay

Recommendation: Obagi CLENZIderm M.D. Daily Care Foaming Cleanser

NORMAL Cleanser type: cleansing milk, foaming or gel wash, micellar water, oil

Active ingredients: glycerin, ceramides, AHAs, hyaluronic acid, enzymes

Recommendation: HydroPeptide Cleansing Gel

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