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How to Choose the Right Cleanser for Your Skin Type

With so many different cleansers on the market, selecting the right one for your skin can be difficult without some guidance. The first step is to understand the characteristics that correspond with your skin type so that you can then choose a cleanser that will enhance the effects of the other products in your skincare routine. According to Dr. Leslie Baumann, Cosmetic Dermatologist “Your cleanser plays an integral role in the health and beauty of your skin, so it is important that you choose the right product(s) based on your skin type and goals.”


If you have dry skin, it is especially important that you choose a creamy cleanser that will not strip away lipids from your skin. Dry skin types should choose a creamy, milk, lotion or oil cleanser. Depending on the severity of your dry skin, you may be able to skip cleansing in the morning to avoid dryness and irritation. However, all skin types need to make sure they wash their face in the evening before going to bed. 

Here are a few of our cleanser picks for for dry skin types.


~ VMV Hypoallergenics Moisture Rich Creammmy Cleansing Milk For Dry Skin

~ Obagi Nu-Derm Gentle Cleanser 



If you have oily skin, foaming cleansers can help to remove excess oils from the surface of the skin. Oily skin types should use a foaming cleanser first thing in the morning to help remove excess oil and increase the absorption rate of subsequent skin care products. As a general rule, oily skin types should stay away from creamy or milky cleansers, as these products can deposit additional oil onto the skin. 

Shop our top cleanser selections for oily skin types:

~ Skinceuticals LHA Cleanser Gel 

~ JAN MARINI C-Esta Cleaning Gel

~ Obagi Nu-Derm Foaming Gel

~ PCA Skin Facial Wasg Oily/Problem



Many acne-fighting cleansers contain ingredients like salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide. However, these medications are very drying and are therefore not the best choices for dry, acne-prone skin. Oily, acne-prone skin types, however, can do well with cleansers that contain these ingredients.

If you have dry skin and struggle with acne, you may need to use two cleansers: a glycolic acid cleanser in the morning and a creamy cleanser in the evening. Glycolic acid lowers the pH of your skin, making it more difficult for P. acnes bacteria to live there. A creamy evening cleanser can help to keep pores clean and combat dryness.

Try these cleansers for acne-prone skin:

~ Glowbiotics Md Acne Clarifying Refining Treatment 2 Salicylic Acid 



Many people with sensitive skin or rosacea experience redness and other symptom flare-ups when they wash their face, even with just water. For this reason, you can skip morning cleansing if you struggle with red flushing. In the evening, use a gentle, non-foaming cleanser that contains anti-inflammatory ingredients such as argan oil, green tea, feverfew and aloe. Never mechanically exfoliate your skin if you have rosacea. This means no abrasive loofahs, cloths, scrubs or chemical exfoliants.

Here are some recommended cleansers for sensitive or rosacea prone skin types:

~ VMV Red Better Deeply Soothing Cleansing Cream 


If signs of skin aging are a concern, choose alpha hydroxy acids. Alpha hydroxy acids like glycolic acid are best for dry skin types, as they will not dry out your skin like salicylic acid. Salicylic acid, however, can help to clear your pores if you have oily skin.

Both types of hydroxy acids can also help to minimize signs of aging by lowering the pH of your skin, thereby causing skin cells to let go of each other and flake off your skin’s surface. This triggers existing skin cells to divide and make new younger-looking cells, thus improving your skin’s appearance.

~ SkinMedica AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser 



~ SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser

As you can clearly see, properly cleansing your skin is a crucial step in any skincare routine, so it’s important that you’re using the right products for your skin type. This will set your skin up for success and help you to maintain a beautiful, healthy-looking complexion. 

If you have any questions or need assistance in choosing the right products for your skincare needs, please do not hesitate to Contact Exclusive Beauty Club. We are here to help. Happy Shopping! :)