How to Find the Right Type of Cleanser for Your Skin

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Cleansers are really simple. That’s the stuff you use to clean your face. But when you check out a decently sized store or an online shop, you will find that there are hundreds of cleansers of all types with many different ingredients and effects.

I’ll start with the different types and then go a bit into the ingredients. However, I won’t cover them in too many details since that would be too much for this book. You could write a whole page about each ingredient, and there are literally hundreds of them! Also, they have all these in pronounceable names with new ones being developed all the time. An online resource will be more helpful and up-to-date on that topic.

Now let’s start with the different types of cleansers.

Gel Cleansers

Gel cleansers are clear and, as the name suggests, have a gel-like consistency. They are designed for deep cleansing, effective at clearing clogged pores, removing excess oil and killing acne-causing bacteria, thanks to their antiseptic and exfoliating properties.

IDEAL FOR: Oily and Combination Skin

Cream Cleansers

Cream cleansers usually have a thick, creamy consistency and contain moisturizing ingredients like plant-based oils. They cleanse your skin very gently without stripping it of its natural oils. Cream cleansers can also be available as “milk” or “lotion.”

IDEAL FOR: Dry and Sensitive Skin

Also read: Are You Using Toners Correctly?

Foam Cleansers

Foam cleansers are lightweight cleansers that start out as cream or gel and turn into a rich, foamy lather when rubbed between your hands with water. Removes excess oil as effectively as gel cleansers.

IDEAL FOR: Oily and Combination Skin

Oil Cleanser

An oil cleanser is a gentle way of removing pore-clogging debris – including waterproof makeup – without drying your skin. Can remove dirt that can’t be removed by water-based cleansers (like oil-based makeup).

IDEAL FOR: Most Skin Types

Clay Cleansers

Known for their absorbing power, clay cleansers purify your skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from your pores. Those are usually not a liquid but more of a paste.

IDEAL FOR: Oily and Combination Skin

Micellar Cleansers

Micellar waters feature “micelles” – tiny oil molecules suspended in soft water – that attract oil, dirt and makeup. Just apply some on a cotton pad and wipe your face with it. Often used in combination with another cleanser.

IDEAL FOR: Dry and Sensitive Skin

Powder Cleansers

These cleansers – powdery soft when dry – become a creamy mixture upon contact with water, thoroughly cleansing your skin with gentle exfoliation. Unlike traditional physical exfoliants, powder cleansers are gentler to your skin, so you can use them every day even on sensitive skin.

IDEAL FOR: Oily and Sensitive Skin


Okay, wow, that are a lot of different options!

There are no clear rules on what kind of cleanser you should pick. Whether you choose a gel cleanser or a foamy cleanser for your oily skin is up to you (and your skin). Try them both and see which you and your skin like most. Over time, you’ll know what kind of cleanser works best for you.


If you want to know more about cleansers and all the other skin care products, explained as simply as here, check out my book Skincare on a Budget! It’s all about helping you achieve glowing skin without investing a ton of time or money into skincare.


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