FAQ: Gentle cleansers I reccomend for every skin type.
First of all, let’s break down the notion that if your skin feels “squeeky clean” after cleansing it means it’s done a good job. Thats extremely false, if your cleanser makes your skin feel tight, shiny and dry as hell it’s damaging your moisture barrier and dehydrating your skin. This is why you should always use a gentle cleanser with mild surfectants.
Second of all, cleansing IS the most damaging part of your routine. It takes off all the oils and damages the lipid barrier of your skin. This is also why you should use a gentle cleanser and only cleanse with the soap at night. It’s also why your skin may look red and “worse than before” after you cleanse in the morning, it’s from irritation caused by removing the moisture and disrupting the lipid barrier.
A gentle cleanser is also definitely reccomended for acne prone, oily skin. If youre acne prone you DO NOT want to be harsh to your skin!!! Thats the most damaging myth to acne prone folks. You should especially then be gentle to your skin as more irritation WILL cause you more acne. (Nodular) acne is also often caused by a wrong cleanser, one with soudium lauryl sulfate, which you should avoid at all cost.
There ofourse are great cleasers that aren’t on this list. I tried to only metion the most accessible ones that will fit most budgets.
Avène extremely gentle cleanser lotion: definitely a great choice for those with dry sensitive skin. Will also take off your makeup well. It does contain some potential acne triggers, cetearyl alcohol and coco-glucoside. Not everyone who’s acne prone is also prone to this (in fact, a lot of people aren’t), but its worth mentioning before you make a mistake.
ingredients: AVÈNE THERMAL SPRING WATER, CETEARYL ALCOHOL, SERINE, CETRIMONIUM BROMIDE, COCO-GLUCOSIDE, DIPOTASSIUM PHOSPHATE, DISODIUM EDTA, DISODIUM PHOSPHATE, o-PHENYLPHENOL, SODIUM CETEARYL SULFATE, WATER.
La Roche Posay hydrating gentle cleanser: contains beneficial ingredients; a ceramide, niacinamide and panthenol. Wont strip your skin of moisture and contains glycerin as the second ingredient, which will rather attract water to your skin.
ingredients: AQUA / WATER / EAU (LA ROCHE-POSAY PREBIOTIC THERMAL WATER), GLYCERIN, PENTAERYTHRITYL TETRAETHYLHEXANOATE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, AMMONIUM POLYACRYLOYLDIMETHYL TAURATE, POLYSORBATE 60, CERAMIDE NP, NIACINAMIDE, SODIUM CHLORIDE, COCO-BETAINE, DISODIUM EDTA, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, PANTHENOL, T-BUTYL ALCOHOL, TOCOPHEROL
Garnier micellar water: Has been approved by many people with acne prone skin. It’s a very gentle cleanser that will also remove your makeup and wont dry you out at all.
Ingredients: AQUA/WATER, HEXYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERIN, DISODIUM COCOAMPHODIACETATE, DISODIUM EDTA, POLOXAMER 184, BIGUANIDE
CeraVe hydrating cleanser: An absolute cult favourite. Known for the beneficial ingredient list and the right Ph to be used on the skin. Might break you out if youre acne prone and sensitive.
ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Behentrimonium Methosulfate/Cetearyl Alcohol, Ceramide 3, Ceramide 6-11, Ceramide 1, Hyaluronic Acid, Cholesterol, Polyoxyl 40 Stearate, Glyceryl Monostearate, Stearyl Alcohol, Polysorbate 20, Potassium Phosphate, Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate, Cetyl Alcohol, Disodium EDTA, Phytosphingosine, Methylparaben, Propylparaben, Carbomer, Xanthan Gum
Netrogena ultra gentle hydrating cleanser: Great for dry skin as well because it only contains a very weak surfectant. Will remove your makeup well. Might break you out: cetearyl alcohol.
ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Ethlhexylglycerin, Cetearyl Glucoside, Caprylyl Glycol, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Phenoxyethanol
Sylveco Chamomile sensitive facial wash gel: The one im currently using and the only one that doesnt break my ultra acne prone ass out. Contains salicylic acid, which mildly exfoliates and removes whiteheads and sebum plugs while cleansing. Very minimal ingredient list and also probably the cheapest one on here ($5, 18zł)
Ingredients: Aqua, Glycerin, Lauryl Glucoside, Salicylic acid, Panthenol, Sodium bicarbonate, Sodium benzoate, Chamomila Recutita Oil