It’s easy to go overboard with your facial-cleansing routine,” says Dr. David E. Bank, a dermatologist in Mount Kisco, NY, and author of The Acne Prescription. So how do you know if you’re overdoing it? “Cleansing more than twice a day is excessive,” says Dr. Bank. And using harsh scrubs or astringents can irritate skin and cause breakouts.
The bottom line: A simple routine of a gentle cleanser followed by a light moisturizer is all you need for healthy, beautiful skin. Here, we’ve rounded up the best beauty products to wash your face with, according to dermatologists.
1. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
This creamy, non-foaming cleanser washes away makeup and dirt without stripping skin of its natural oils. It’s great for sensitive types who find that other cleansers leave their skin feeling dry and irritated.
2. La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser
This gentle foaming cleanser contains thermal spring water to soothe and calm skin as it removes dirt and makeup. It’s free of harsh surfactants that can strip and irritate skin.
3. Avène Extremely Gentle Cleanser Lotion
This no-rinse cleanser is perfect for those with sensitive skin. It gently removes impurities without drying out the skin.
4. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
This hypoallergenic and fragrance-free cleanser washes away dirt, oil and makeup without irritating or drying out skin. It’s ideal for those with sensitive skin or conditions like eczema.
5. Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
This no-rinse cleansing water is perfect for removing makeup and impurities from the face in one step. It’s gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin types.