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How to Find the Right Face Cleanser for Your Skin

In order to achieve a smooth and glowing complexion you have to create a skin care routine that will work for you and your skin. It’s all about building from the base up. Without the right face cleanser all the other products that come later in your routine like vitamin c and retinol may not take effect as instantly or as well.

Whether you want to help prevent acne, create a youthful complexion, or just want to ensure that your skin is clear and clean, choosing the right cleanser can ensure that your skin is reaching these complexion levels. Today we’ll be covering what ingredients and types of cleansers you should be looking at for your own skin type.

Why is Cleanser So Important?

Face cleaners are one of the most important elements to include in your skin care routine. They work effectively at removing dead skin cells, dirt, oil, sweat, sebum, and makeup from your skin, cleaning out any clogged pores. Cleanser can therefore work as one of the most basic treatments for acne prone skin, redness, and other conditions.

Dry Skin

Dry skin usually appears flaky and is devoid of moisture and oil. You’ll find that your skin will feel tight and can also become itchy because of the lack of moisture.

You’ll want to find a cleanser that will work at hydrating and moisturizing your skin. You should be looking for ingredients like lactic acid, hyaluronic acid, ceramides, and natural oils like avocado and jojoba. You’ll also want to avoid ingredients that are better suited to oily skin as these ingredients will reduce the oil in your skin and make your condition worse.

Normal Skin

This type of skin has the perfect balance of oil and moisture. You won’t be prone to any imperfections or breakouts with smaller pores.

If you think that having normal skin means that you can choose whatever cleanser you want, that isn’t always the best choice. If you want to increase your cell turnover and create a complexion that is deeply hydrated, soft and bright then you’ll want to choose a cleanser that incorporates chemical exfoliants like Alpha Hydroxy Acid, antioxidants like vitamin C or plant-derived enzymes. By including these ingredients, you can work at creating a youthful appearance and brighten your skin up.

Oily Skin

People who have oily skin will usually find that they have larger and more visible pores and a greasy sheen that appears after cleansing. They’ll also become more prone to breakouts like whiteheads and pimples.

To reduce oil and breakouts you should be looking for a cleanser that contains benzoyl peroxide or glycolic acid. These ingredients can work at cleaning out and removing excess oil from your pores and preventing blackheads and white heads.

Combination Skin

If you find that your skin is oily along your T zone (forehead, nose, and chin) and drier to your cheeks then you’ll want to use ingredients that can balance your skin's oil production and complexion out.

You’ll want to find a cleanser that balances these zones out. Similar to someone with dry skin you’ll want to find a product that can clear away oil and dirt without stripping the moisture from your skin entirely. Your ideal cleanser choice will be able to protect your skin's lipid barrier, locking in natural moisture while cleansing your pores.

Sensitive Skin

Your skin is often red and can sting or become irritated by your environment or the products you use quite easily. You'll find your skin is easily prone to redness, burning, itching and dryness.

You’ll want to find a cleanser that is light and creamy in texture, you want to avoid sudsy or foaming products. Cleansers that include aloe vera, willow bark and witch hazel are perfect in giving some relief to your skin. You’ll also want to make sure you're choosing a product that can balance your skin's pH, this is important as when your skin gets irritated it can mean an increased chance of drying out.

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