Updated: June 5, 2015

Facial Cleanser Reviews:

Are you in the market for a new facial cleanser? Instead of focusing on the product itself, dermatologists recommend that you determine what type of skin you have - dry, oily, combination skin, normal, or sensitive. Ultimately your skin type will dictate what product you should be using. Some facial cleaners are designed just for those with oily skin or sensitive skin. You will be much happier with the product if you find one that matches your skin type. There are dozens of reviews on facial cleaners, mostly in womens magazines but not all of them are very scientific in nature. We found some good consumer reviews on iVillage.com and About.com has an excellent rundown of the top facial cleansers in their "beauty" section. Even Consumer Reports has entered the feedback on facial cleansers with a recent article. CR had both men and women test the facial cleansers for ease of application, removal, and convenience. Another great source of opinions would be your friends - there's nothing like word of mouth to support a product that works.
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When it comes to washing your face, there are countless options such as using liquids, creams, pads, lotions, bars of soap, etc. Most of the products that were tested or reviewed in all the studies we found did a pretty good job of cleaning ones face. There were some people with irritated skin or outbreaks even after using a facial cleanser. This is why it's so important to find out what type of skin you have and get a product that will work with you. If you have dry or sensitve skin it appears that a basic product like Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser works the best. We found several reviews from experts and those with skin that irritates easily saying that Cetaphil works the best. Products like La Prairie Foam Cleanser get excellent ratings but at $70 for just 4 ounces it's hard to justify that kind of spending. A more reasonable priced foam cleanser might be the Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean Splash Away at $20 (4.2 oz). Pads and wipes are clear winners when it comes to convenience, but those with fragrances can be harsh on sensitive skin. Look for fragrance free facial cleansers if you do have allergic reactions. For those with acne prone skin conditions the Proactive Renewing Cleanser is a high end option. You may have seen celebs like Jessica Simpson in their ads, but overall Proactive gets fairly good reviews. The one drawback to purchasing their cleanser is that you end up with a toner and lotion that is sold along with it. Proactive has certainly helped out my adult acne and I like their products but Cetaphil also works ok and is much cheaper. The top brands for facial cleansers include La Prairie, Lancome, Pond's, Biore, Olay, Aveeno, Mary Kay, Neutrogena, and Cetaphil. You can browse the best selling facial cleansers here.

Best Facial Cleanser:

Several products made the grade in this category including the Mary Kay Timewise 3-in-1 Cleanser which quite a few sites put in their #1 position. It cleanses, exfoliates and freshens in 1 step and costs about $18 for 4.5 ounces. Users say it does an excellent job at getting your skin clean and it leaves it soft to the touch. The Estee Lauder Perfectly Clean foaming cleanser was very popular as well and is very comparable to the Mary Kay product in terms of price. If you are willing to give Cetaphil a chance, we highly recommend it since the price can't be beat and the results are definitely better than you might think. All these products are available in your local drugstores or department stores in the cosmetics section and you can find them online as well. Looking for a foaming gel or toner? Go with the Obagi facial cleansing products here.


Best Facial Cleanser Wipe/Pad:

Choose your preference - Aveeno Pads or Olay Daily Facials Wipes. Both get top billing from Consumer Reports and several leading cosmetics websites online. You get roughly 30 wipes/pads for around $7 and convenience is what sells these two. The Olay wipes are best for those with normal to dry skin and the Aveeno pads are double sided (one exfoliates and the other cleans). They are easy to apply and get above average scores for cleaning.

Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin:

Do you have oily skin that often leads to acne. Whether you are a teenager or adult, there are products that can help. One of the latest ones out there is Obagi Medical Clenziderm M.D. Acne Therapeutic System For Normal To Oily Skin. It's popular amongst those with acne in terms of treating oily skin. Obagi will unclog your pores, cleanse your skin, and calm irritated skin. Anyone who has oily skin knows how hard it is to keep up with. Facial cleansers that are designed to deal with acne tend to cost more than everday facial cleansers, but they do get better reviews from users. This Obagi product costs about $60.


Best Makeup Remover:

Beyond just cleaning your face, you'll probably want a product that is good at removing makeup at the same time. From all the reports and feedback we read online and in magazines, it appears that Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser ($5 for 6 ounces) is the superior product. The product contains hydroxy acid which penetrates deep into your pores to clean and get rid of dirt or makeup. Probably not the best solution for those with sensitive skin (try Cetaphil Gentle) but well respected nonetheless.