The key to finding the perfect cleanser has a lot less to do with the product, and a lot more to do with you. Knowing whether your skin leans more on the oily or dry side — or some combination of the two — will set you on the right track for keeping your face as healthy and clean as possible.
Especially if you find yourself in the dry category, cleansing your face with the wrong formula can be harsh on the skin and maybe even result in actual pain. Thankfully, there are plenty of products on the market that specifically address the concerns of those with dry skin, designed to wash away the day without stripping your face of vital, hydrating oils.
"Cleansers for dry skin will contain 'soap-free' ingredients that won't exacerbate skin [or make it] feel dry and tight, yet cleanse and remove makeup," says California-based dermatologist Dr. Nita Patel. "They typically are non-irritating and contain proprietary ingredients to help retain moisture." Dr. Patel also notes that the best cleansers for dry skin types will also be non-comedogenic and hypoallergenic, so if the skin is both dry and sensitive — as is often the case — you won't have to worry about irritation, either.
Here, we rounded up 11 cleansers ideal for those with dry skin — from drugstore favorites to natural finds — with the help of Dr. Patel, and a handful of other dermatologists and skin experts from around the country.
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