How many cleansers do you see in the skincare aisle? Raise your hand if you stumble upon which one to choose? There are so many different cleansers out there, and I for one know how tricky it can be to narrow down choices. The most important thing to consider is your skin type and what ingredients work best for your skin. I mean the biggest mistake you can be making is using the wrong formula for your skin! Imagine using a cleanser with oils on acne-prone skin—this is a recipe for DISASTER. Today I will list the appropriate cleansers to use for 5 different skin types.

Before I begin, you can conveniently find all of my top picks for cleansers HERE.


When It comes to normal skin—consider yourself lucky. With pores barely visible and no real skin issues, you are free to use almost any type of cleanser out there. With minimal skin sensitives and blemishes present, this skin type is considered a blessing. Best types of cleansers: Micellar water, gel, oil, or cream based cleansers with hyaluronic acid to maintain a healthy and youthful appearance.


With it currently being fall and winter right around the corner, I am sure lots of you deal with dry skin. Dry skin lacks sufficient sebum (oil) and is an inherited skin type. Typically, with dry skin types, pores tend to appear smaller, and your skin looks dull and rough. Expect redness and flaking with this skin type as well. Best types of cleansers: Micellar water, creamy cleansers with humectants such as hyaluronic acid and glycerin to help attract moisture to the skin. Moisturizing ingredients such as plant oils, ceramides, and shea butter can also be used for dry skin.


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This skin type is probably the most common type of skin out there. I have combination skin, so you’re in for luck when it comes to my expertise with this category of skin. Normally with combination skin you will notice enlarged pores in your t-zone and oiliness. Sometimes acne and blackheads accompanies can be present as it is tricky to balance both conditions. Best types of cleansers: Gel/foam that contain glycolic and lactic acid.


Dry Skin

Many people experience sensitive skin all year round, while others experience it during the fall/winter seasons.  Sensitive skin can be tricky to deal with because you don’t know what will upset your skin. Pores tend to appear fine or larger with people that have sensitive skin. You will experience redness, itching and/or dryness of the skin. It is not uncommon to experience irritation of the skin as well. Be careful of using too many drying ingredients or skincare products if you suffer from sensitive skin. Less is more with this skin type. Best types of cleansers: Cream/micellar that are hypoallergenic and sulfate-free to help minimize skin irritation. For more information about sensitive skin, visit my article HERE.


Kudos to all you battling oily skin. It can be complicated to minimize excessive oiliness and shine throughout the day. Blotting papers were my best friend back in the day. On the other hand, they say oily skin ages slower than dry skin so that is a huge bonus to me!

Did you know oily skin can be dehydrated?

Dehydration means that your body is losing more water than it is taking in.  People with oily skin tend to have larger pores with shiny skin. With the skin excreting so much oil, it may experience blemishes and acne breakouts often. Best types of cleansers: Gel/foam that contain salicylic or glycolic acid to help dry out the skin. For more in-depth information about the benefits of acids for the skin, check out my recent article HERE.

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