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Article: How to Choose a Face Wash

How to Choose a Face Wash

How to Choose a Face Wash

With so many options, you’re probably wondering if you should be using a cream cleanser, gel cleanser or foaming cleanser.

Finding the best face wash suitable for your skin type is really important as this can delay healing; especially if you have problematic skin such as acne. 

Read on to find the best face wash for your skin type. 

If your skin is generally dry, you will find it is more beneficial to use a soap free creamy or milk cleanser which do not contain harsh chemicals, perfumes or alcohols. Our favourite is the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser loaded with ceramides.

Gentle free products free of irritants, similar to those used for Dry Skin. Look for labels such as “hypoallergenic”, “gentle” or “calming”.⠀

Our favourite is the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser loaded with ceramides or Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser.

Oily skin is usually a result of hormones and is usually more prone to break outs. Foaming and Gel cleansers that are oil free and won’t clog pores tend to provide the deepest clean; removing dirt, bacterial and oil. ⠀
They are more effective cleansing products but also tend to be more irritating especially if your skin type is more towards the dry sensitive type.⠀

Our personal favourite is the elle derm Exfoliating Face Wash. These are oil free and contain Alpha Hydroxy Acids to effectively rejuvenate your skin without over drying. 

Our Combination type skin partners tend to have both oily and dry skin. If you do have quite an oily T-Zone, opt to use a Foaming cleanser in this area and a milk cleanser for the rest of the face. ⠀

Your skin type can change according to climate, age, diet and hormone so it is a good idea to listen to your skin and respond, adapt quickly.⠀
It is recommended we cleanse twice daily to remove bacteria and oil from the skin surface. If you only cleanse once a day, make sure you do not skip the evening routine. 


Author: Helen Lam, Pharmacist and Editor for ellé derm