Are you using the right facial cleanser?

If you’re experiencing tight, irritated skin and/or clogged pores, chances are you’re probably using the wrong type of facial cleanser. Since we all have different skin types, it’s essential to use cleansers based on your skin type to properly clean your face without over-drying it. If you’re unsure if you’re using the right type facial, keep reading to find out!


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Are you using the right facial cleanser?


Miscellar Water

Miscellar water is a gentle cleanser powered by tiny micelles to draw out oil and dirt without over drying the face.


Best: Dry, sensitive, and acne prone skin

Worst: Oily skin and those who wear makeup and/or sunscreen


Foam Cleansers

Foam cleaners are generally not the most gentle cleansers since they’re made to remove excess oil, makeup, and/or sunscreen on the face. With that in mind, you CANNOT forget to moisturize when using a foaming cleanser.  Note: if your skin starts to get irritated (burning, itching, flaking, etc), opt for a more gentle cleanser.


Best: Oily skin, acne prone skin, and those who wear makeup and/or sunscreen

Worst: Dry, sensitive, and mature skin



Cream Cleansers

Cream cleaners gently cleans and hydrates the skin without stripping natural oils. Generally, cream cleansers are made with from a combination of water, mineral water, petroleum, and waxes to remove dirt and makeup.


Best: Dry, sensitive, and mature skin

Worst: Oily and acne prone skin


Oil Cleansers

Oil cleansers contain oil to help attract and remove excess sebum and dirt from the skin. Specifically, oil cleansers work as a solvent to dissolve excess oil and makeup while smoothing the skin at the same time. Since oil clings to oil, oil cleansers typically are safe for oily and acne-prone skin (excluding ones that contain comedogenic oils).


Best: Dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, acne prone skin and those who wear heavy makeup and/or sunscreen


Are you using the right facial cleanser for your specific skin type?


25 thoughts on “Are you using the right facial cleanser?”

  • This post is so helpful! I am not at all in touch with anything beauty product related, but have been looking for a good facial cleanser, so I will be using this as a guide.

  • Ahhh Aveenooooo. I really wanted Miscellar Water to be my go too but it does nothing for me. I found Aveeno to be the best for my combination skin

    • Ah, same here 🙂 I love Aveeno’s Positively Radiant Brightening cleanser and Clear Complexion foam cleanser – they both wash my face nicely without over drying it !

  • For the longest time I have had a time finding the right facial cleaner because there’s an overwhelming number of them in the market. Lately I have found the Garnier micellar cleansing water to be working the best for my skin. I’ll check the others you mentioned here and test them out!

    • You’re right, there is so many product to choose from on the market! I’m happy the Garnier micellar cleansing water works great on your skin, Ria 🙂

  • I use the Garnier cleanser it really looks good to use on my skin face. but I will try to find Aveeno foam cleanser. 🙂 thanks for sharing this.

  • I had no idea I was using the wrong products! I have used the same thing for years but find that my skin is so dry.

  • This post is a great guide to facial cleansers. Although my skin is dry, I want to feel it clean and refreshed and that for I use double cleaning in my evening routine.

  • This is such a helpful post! I usually just try something to see if it works, but this really helps to narrow my options down.

  • I do a decent job of using the right cleanser but I have had help from a dermatologist. I haven’t ever heard of an oil cleanser.

    • Happy you’ve found the right cleansing for your skin! Oil cleansers are amazing (if your skin type is under the category) 🙂

    • Happy you know what cleansers work for you Patranila 🙂 Foaming cleansers can be harsh on the skin, which as a result, can cause dryness and clogged pores.

    • That is too funny! I don’t blame you though because I’m too a sucker for lovely scents! If you’re skin type is normal, you probably can get a way with any type of cleanser.. lucky you 🙂

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