Which is best cleanser for my skin- know from dermatologist (Dermatocare's beauty tips)

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 19/09/18

Amazon sells around 3,00,000 cleansers. Do we need so many choices? Which is the best cleanser for my skin? Can face wash help in washing away your wrinkles, dull skin or dark spots? How do I spot which face wash is best for my skin type? Looking for dermatologist recommended face wash? If you are looking for answers to these questions, then you are at the right place. Here we go!


How does cleanser works?

The purpose of face wash is cleaning dirt, pollutants, oils and dead skin cells from your skin. The face wash contains a surfactant that aids in cleaning by solubilizing oils, however, harsh surfactants like SLS might also remove natural moisturising factors from your skin. In general, a face wash that produces less foam is better because it contains skin-friendly surfactants. 

Which is the best cleanser for dry skin?

A right kind of skin cleanser that does not strip natural moisturising factors might restore the dull and patchy look of dry skin. Such face wash is usually creamy, because of added moisturiser content and is devoid of harsh surfactants, thus is “non-foaming.” Here are the tips on how to spot cleanser for dry skin from the cosmetic shelf:  

  • If the bottle of face wash is transparent or if the sample packs are available; look at the consistency of face wash, creamy one indicates they contain additional moisturiser (however the one with glycerin might be transparent).
  • Look at the label for words like “ for dry skin ” or “Gentle” or “ Moisturizing” or ”for sensitive skin” or “hypoallergenic.”
  • Look at the label for the absence of these words like “Foaming” or “oil control” or “for oily skin.”
  • Scan ingredients for the absence of Sodium lauryl sulphate, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, neem, etc.
  • Always buy smallest possible packing for trial.
  • When you use the face wash, look for the amount of suds it produces; the lesser, the better.
  • Your face might feel slightly dry after cleansing, but it should not feel very dry, stretched or flaky.
  • Checkout, Dermatocare reviews on top face wash for dry skin

Which is the best cleanser for oily skin?

Oily skin has an inherent tendency to secrete natural moisturising factors; the result is a greasy look, black/white heads, pimples and open pores. A face wash that can effectively degrease your skin and yet not leave it dry is ideal. Unlike commonly thought of, overzealous and frequent washing of face can trigger oil secretions from hyperactive sebaceous glands. Here are some tips that will help you spot the right kind of cleansers for oily skin from the cosmetic shelf:  

  • If the bottle of face wash is transparent or if the sample packs are available, transparent cleansers devoid of additional moisturiser are preferred.
  • Look at the label for words like “Foaming” or “oil control” or “for oily skin.”
  • If your skin is very oily and acne prone, then look for additional ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, neem, etc.
  • Always buy the smallest possible packing for trial.
  • After cleansing, your face might feel slightly dry, but should neither feel very dry nor oily and greasy.
  • You might need toner, if your skin gets oily in every few hours, however, restrict face wash to maximum three times a day.
  • Checkout, Dermatocare reviews on top face wash for oily skin

Which is the best cleanser for combination skin?

Patchy oiliness and dryness or oily T-zone and dry to normal cheeks are characteristics of combination skin types. Your skin might be oily in the morning but due to exposure to hot weather, pollution or air conditioner, it might turn dry in the evening. In such cases, you need to understand what your skin needs. If your skin is predominantly oily, you can choose the oil control face wash, and if it is dry, you need a creamy, moisturizing face wash. Checkout, Dermatocare reviews on top face wash for combination skin.

Which is the best cleanser for sensitive skin?

Sensitive skin cannot tolerate harsh surfactants or multiple active ingredients. Look at the label for words like" Gentle", "for sensitive skin" or “hypoallergenic”. Avoid ingredients like Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, etc. even if your skin is acne-prone. Checkout, Dermatocare reviews on top face wash for sensitive skin.

Can a cleanser wash away my dark spots, pimples, wrinkles or dull skin?

Claims that face wash can reduce fine line, dark spots, etc. are controversial because the contact time of face wash with skin is not enough for any active ingredient to penetrate into your skin. All you should expect from face wash is effective cleaning that does not leave a feeling of dryness or oiliness. 

Can I use soap on my face?

Bar soaps should be avoided on the face, as their alkaline pH does not match acidic pH of the skin. Also, they might clog your pores and increase the tendency of pimples. There are certain neutral soaps available in the market, but somehow their cost might match to that of a face wash.

How should I wash my face? 

Steps to follow for an effective face wash are:

  • Wash your hands first.
  • Splash tepid (not hot or cold) water generously on your face.
  • Massage cleanser in a circular motion starting from your T-zone then cheeks and end with areas around the eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Spend more time on your T-zone than cheeks.
  • Rinse well with tepid water.
  • Always pat dry (rather than rubbing) with a soft towel.

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