There are as many facial cleansers as there are stars in the sky. Luxurious creamy ones, refreshing gel ones and even foam ones. But how do you know which one is right for you? Well, it depends on what type of skin you have. Additionally, your skin type can change over the course of your lifetime due to age, hormones, even climate. You may have had oily breakouts when you were a teenager, but now you may have combination skin in your 30s. I’ve used many different cleansers over the years, and for me right now, a creamy cleanser works the best for my dry/combination skin.

Do you know what your skin type is?

  • Normal skin is even with occasional blemishes. Not too many overly dry or overly oily areas.
  • Dry skin features small pores and a feeling of tightness after a hot shower. It’s prone to blotchiness, dry patches and peeling.
  • Oily skin often has large pores. Skin is more prone to pimples and shininess.
  • Combination skin features dry cheeks, but an oily T-zone (forehead, nose and chin).
  • Sensitive skin is easily irritated and more prone to uneven skin tone.

Once you figure out your skin type, read the list below to choose what type of cleanser would work best for you. Remember to wash your face twice a day, everyday to remove dirt, impurities, makeup and excess oil. If you don’t, pores becomes clogged, skin looks dull and you could break out.

  • For dry skin, use a creamy cleanser because it won’t strip your face of its natural oils. You might also benefit from cleansing clothes or towelettes and avoid water altogether.
  • For oily skin, stick with a gel cleanser because it’s lighter in consistency and removes excess dirt/oil best.
  • For normal skin, you can use any either a cream or gel cleanser. Test both and go with the one you like best.
  • For sensitive skin, use a gentle, non-alcoholic and fragrance-free cleanser specially formulated for sensitive skin so it won’t cause irritation.