(Last Updated On: February 27, 2018)

A good cleanser is essential in getting that gorgeous look you’ve always dreamed of. However, selecting a good cleanser can be a bit of a pain sometimes.

That is why we have done it for you.

Based on the kind of cleanser you may be looking for (whether you want a natural one or one suitable for dry skin) we have rounded up the best cleansers in 13 different categories.

And as always, our selections are made on objective criteria and based on our reviews of the best-selling products available.

The Best Cleansers

Cleansers – Top 5 Favorites

The Best Acne Cleanser

Take a cleanser, any cleanser.

No, that won’t work if you have acne-prone skin (or in any other case).

To deal with acne-prone skin you need your cleanser to exfoliate dead skin cells off of your skin and to have astringents. You also need you cleanser to shun comedogenic ingredients.

Because that’s a tall ask we at Unsullyd reviewed the hottest selling cleansers and listed the best acne cleansers for you.

The Best Cleanser For Oily Skin

If you have oily skin you need to be careful with your choice of cleanser. Your cleanser can’t be too mild. Neither can it be very drying. It should also avoid comedogenic ingredients.

It’s hard choosing. That’s why we at Unsullyd chose for you. We reviewed the best sellers and selected the best cleanser for oily skin.

The Best Cleanser For Dry Skin

Dry skin could easily be aggravated by overly harsh ingredients. On the other hand you need efficient cleansers to clear away dirt, dead skin cells and oil.

A lot to watch out for.

That is why we at Unsullyd reviewed the 20-odd top selling cleansers to select the best cleansers for dry skin.

The Best Cleanser For Combination Skin

Some parts of your face are dry but the rest is oily. Some products are too hydrating, others too drying. Such are the travails of combination skin.

To deal with that we at Unsullyd have selected the 5 best cleansers for combination skin making sure that they are gentle and include mattifiers and astringents.

The Best Pore Cleanser

A pore is a ‘duct in the skin that is attached to the sebaceous glands that produce sebum’ according to esthetician Renee Rouleau. Your pores should be clear of dirt to allow oxygen flow and stop bacterial growth.

Clearly you need cleansers that will exfoliate your skin and are astringent, among other things.

The Best Anti-Aging Cleanser

Ageism is not commendable. However, let’s be honest, we’d all like our skin to wrinkle a little less, to look a bit more radiant.

For that you will need antioxidants in your cleanser. It would also be good if your cleanser is hydrating.

Fortunately for you, we at Unsullyd did the heavy lifting. We went through the 10 or so hottest cleansers to select the best anti-aging cleansers.

The Best Drugstore Cleanser

A dollar saved is a dollar earned.

If you are discerning you can select a cleanser that is good at gently clearing dirt and grime BUT won’t break the bank.

Even better for you, we at Unsullyd are very discerning. We sifted through the most popular cleansers around to select the best drugstore cleansers.

The Best Natural Cleanser

Given a choice, we’d go back to Mother Nature, wouldn’t we?

But even among natural cleansers, there are choices to be made.

Is the cleanser hydrating enough? On the other hand, will it make us too oily? And even some natural substances can be harsh on the skin.

Keeping all such factors in mind, we at Unsullyd have come out with a list of the best natural cleansers.

The Best Foaming Cleanser

A rich but soft foam is always a good option to soften and sweep away dirt and oils from your skin.

However sometimes the foam itself can be harsh for your skin.

Selecting a good foaming cleanser is a bit difficult.

We at Unsullyd have done that difficult bit for you. We scoured the market and reviewed the dozen or so most popular foaming cleansers to select the 5 best foaming cleansers.

The Best Facial Cleanser For Men

A good facial cleanser is a must, even for men. Believe me, even the ‘ruggedly handsome’ and ‘outdoorsy’ types will want a good facial cleanser.

But which one to use? What to look out for?

We at Unsullyd selected the best facial cleansers for men based on objective criteria like whether it’s sensitizing and so on.

The Best Cleanser For Sensitive Skin

Selecting a cleanser good for sensitive skin is difficult. One problem is that while foam feels good on the skin, some foam producing ingredients are excessively drying.

Well, we at Unsullyd chose for you. We reviewed the various cleansers popular right now and selected the best cleanser for sensitive skin based on logical factors like preventing excessive drying.

The Best Facial Cleanser

A good facial cleanser should loosen and clear away grime and oils without drying or irritating your skin too much.

There a host of factors to watch out for. Some mattifying ingredients are excessively drying. Some foaming chemicals are sensitizing.

It can be a minefield. Fortunately, we at Unsullyd did the grunt work. We reviewed the best selling dozen or so cleansers to select the best facial cleanser.

The Best Glycolic Cleanser

Glycolic Acid is an alpha-hydroxy acid. It can exfoliate your skin and make your skin firm.

Below a ceiling concentration it is mild on the skin.

Cleansers containing glycolic acid are good for preventing acne, giving you a glowing look and to treat discoloration, lines and even wrinkles.

To harness all those benefits we at Unsullyd have selected the 3 best glycolic cleansers for you.

The Best Makeup Removing Cleanser

Foundation removal. Primer removal. Kohl removal.

For many people, a struggle.

Well, we at Unsullyd vow it will no longer be.

We reviewed the 20 best selling products to list out the 3 best makeup removing cleansers.

The Best Cream Cleanser

Why a cream cleanser?

One of the main virtues of a cream cleanser is that it locks moisture into your skin preventing excessive drying. However it’s important to choose a good one that will also allow your skin to breathe.

Don’t worry, we at Unsullyd, after a review of the 10 or so most popular cleansers, have listed out for you the 5 best cream cleansers.

The Best Skin Cleanser

Even if you don’t have a particular skin condition or type you can’t just pick the first cleanser you see.

Your skin cleanser should be neither too harsh nor too mild, have as few comedogenic ingredients as possible and so on.

Since that selection is difficult we at Unsullyd have done it for you. We have selected the 3 best skin cleansers after reviewing the 10 or so hottest selling products.

Is a cleanser different from a face wash?

A cleanser is mostly a non-foaming product (although you can very well have foaming cleansers) while a face wash foams.

Typically you would expect a cleanser to be milder on your skin than a face wash; however on application a face wash offers a more refreshing experience.

The key function of a cleaner is to remove oil, grime, makeup and dirt all of which should be oil-soluble.

A face wash foams and therefore is used to clean deeper impurities like that accumulated inside pores.

However these differences are not set in stone.

Typically, people with dry skin prefer cleansers while those with dry skin lean towards face washes.

We would recommend using both; use face washes whenever you feel the need to clean up and a cleanser before going to bed and perhaps before leaving for school/work.

How to best use a cleanser

Think of the cleanser as the base for everything else.

Then you understand, you need to use cleanser to remove any dirt or excess oils on your face before you put makeup on. This is also a tip in general – never go for a full makeup routine without cleaning your face. You can touch yourself up on the fly but not a full application.

You also need to use cleanser before you go to bed to rid your face of all the dirt and excess oils that have accumulated over the day.

Now to get down to the brass tacks.

First, make sure your hands are clean.

Use warm water to wetten your face.

Take some cleanser on your fingertips.

Massage the cleanser over your face. Concentrate on the areas where you think dirt piles up the most.

Leave the cleanser on for a minute or so.

Now, if you’re in a hurry, rinse the cleanser off with warm water.

However if you’ve got time, wetten a soft cloth with warm water for a few seconds. Drape the warm cloth over your face and use that to clean off the cleanser. Repeat this 3 or 4 times till you are free of cleanser.

Splash some cold water over your face to conclude the cleanse.

That’s about it! If you know a cleanser that’s better than the ones I’ve selected, feel free to tell me. The good suggestions may get a shout-out on Twitter and/or Facebook.

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