Best Face Cleanser

How to Find the Best Face Cleanser for Your Skin Type

Studies show that 80% of Americans don’t wash their skin correctly, and it all comes down to not understanding what ingredients to look for. The first step to finding the best face cleanser to achieve your skin goals—from anti-aging to overcoming acne—is understanding your skin type, and Smart Skin is here to help!

Understand Your Skin Type

There are 5 primary skin types: normal, oily, dry, combination, and sensitive. The easiest way to determine where you fall is by performing an at-home test with an oil-blotting sheet. Simply wash your face, wait 30 minutes, and blot regions of your face in sections, holding the sheet up to a light to see where—if any—oil is picked up. 

If you notice oils every time, you likely have oily skin. If you only see oils from some sections, like your T-zone, you have normal or combination skin. If you notice little or no oil, you probably have dry skin. If you have sensitive skin, you’ll experience irritation, swelling, redness, and/or itching in response to new products. 

Here’s a look at some of our team’s favorite cleansers by skin type:


Colorescience’s Barrier Pro 1-Step Cleanser is praised as one of the best face cleansers for people of all skin types! With this unique formula, there’s no need to double-cleanse to wash away the day. Plus, it supports your skin’s microbiome, strengthens its moisture barrier, and gently exfoliates without leaving your skin feeling “stripped” or “tight.”


SkinBetter Science’s Oxygen Infusion Wash removes oil build-up and dead skin while infusing your skin with slow-releasing alpha-hydroxy acids and oxygen to restore a healthy glow. This purifying formula instantly rebalances your skin from the inside out for a lasting boost.


Looking for the best face cleanser to rehydrate your skin while detoxifying? Alastin Skincare’s Ultra Calm Cleansing Cream doesn’t interfere with your skin’s natural moisture balance, only containing rich, calming ingredients to reduce irritation and improve your skin’s softness.


Exfoliation is essential to any routine, but especially for those with combination skin. SkinMedica’s AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser perfects your skin’s texture and tone, powered by natural acids and jojoba oil to remove impurities and soothe your skin in one step.


SkinBetter Science’s Cleansing Gel is the best face cleanser for those prone to allergic reactions, as this clean formula contains zero irritants, parabens, or fragrances. This formula’s soothing blend of natural ingredients makes it perfect for washing off the day, every day. 

We’re Here to Help

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Nailing down your skin type and complexion goals is a good starting point, but there’s a lot more to understand beneath the surface. Just because you have the same skin type as someone doesn’t mean the same routine will work for both of you. That’s where we come in!

If you’re already investing in your skin’s health, it’s worth investing in quality, medical-grade skincare products. Smart Skin’s skincare experts are here to help you find the best skincare products to elevate your routine, no matter your skin type, concerns, or goals. Schedule your appointment today to begin your journey towards healthier skin and a more confident you!

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