All The Different Facial Cleansers You Need To Know About For Great Skin

A good scrub with soap and water may have done the job when you were young, but as your skin matures, an effective facial cleanser is essential for soft and supple skin. 

Healthy skin begins with a good skin care routine and this includes the vital step of cleansing once or twice a day. Failing to wash your face properly can lead to skin irritation, clogged pores and acne breakouts. 

A quality facial cleanser helps remove makeup and dirt, purifying the skin without stripping it of its natural oils — which is especially important for older skin. 

“The ideal facial cleanser is pH matched to the skin, fragrance-free, moisturises as it cleanses and is environmentally friendly,” says Melbourne dermatologist, Dr. Adam Sheridan. “Your age, skin type and any co-existing dermatological conditions are all considerations when selecting the best facial cleanser.” 

Choosing the best cleanser for you largely depends on your skin type. “For dry and/or sensitive skin, look for cleansers labelled ‘gentle’, ‘soap-free’ or ‘hypoallergenic’,” says Sydney dermatologist Dr Eleni Yiasemides. “These tend to be milky or cream-based cleansers. For oily or acne-prone skin, look for active cleansers that contain ingredients such as alpha hydroxy acids (AHA), such as glycolic acid or lactic acid; beta hydroxy acids (BHAs), such as salicylic acid; polyhydroxy acids (PHAs); witch hazel, benzoyl peroxide; or azelaic acid. These tend to be gel or water-based cleansers. 

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Read on to find out more about the different facial cleansers in the market right now: