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Here's The Ultimate Guide To Finding The Best Facial Wash For Your Skin Type

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The first step to having healthy skin is to have a cleanser that will work for you. Your serums and moisturizersno matter how good their formulas arewon't work their full potential if your complexion isn't a clean slate. It should effectively get rid of impurities hiding beneath the pores while addressing other skin concerns. Like dating, it's quite difficult to find a perfect match (ahem, Bumble Pandemic Edition). To make everything easier for you, we created this cheat sheet to help you navigate the world of cleansers.

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How To Choose Your Cleanser: Know your skin type first.

Observing how your complexion is throughout the day will help you determine what skin type it falls under. Is it dry, oily, combination, sensitive, or normal? Wash your face first, and don't put on any product. Observe after an hour and check if your face shows any of the following characteristics:

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  • Oily - Shiny; prone to breakouts
  • Dry - Feels tight, sometimes patchy
  • Combination - Oily T-zone, patchy cheeks
  • Sensitive - Reacts to almost anything you put on your face
  • Normal - Clear, neither too shiny nor dry
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QUIZ ALERT: You may also take this quiz first and go back to this cheat sheet.

How To Choose Your Cleanser: Identify your specific skin concern.

Besides knowing your skin type, considering the specific concern you want to address will help narrow down the search. Here's a quick list of the most common complexion issues:

  • Acne - Pimples, blackheads, whiteheads, cysts
  • Clogged pores - Blackheads, whiteheads, "bumpy" skin
  • Oiliness - Shiny T-zone, occasional breakouts
  • Texture - Scars, bumps
  • Aging - Wrinkles, fine lines, sagging skin
  • Pigmentation - Dark spots
  • Dehydration - Flaky yet shiny
  • Sensitivity - Redness, inflammation, reactive

How To Choose Your Cleanser: Check the label, dear. Always check the label!

We've mentioned earlier that choosing the right cleanser is like dating, so you must make the effort to check the label. Read to find out if they'll work for your skin type and help target your problems Besides those, you can also refer to this general list of ingredients or labels you should look for:

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How To Choose Your Cleanser: Pick the right formula and texture for your skin type.

Facial washes come in many formulas and textures, and there are some that will work better for your skin type.

Best Cleanser for the Skin: Clay and foam

These formulas absorb excess sebum. Use this kind of cleanser if you have oily or acne-prone skin.

Pond's Mineral Clay Facial Foam Pure White Beauty
Pond's Mineral Clay Facial Foam Pure White Beauty, P194, Lazada
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The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash
The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Clay Wash, P695,  The Body Shop

Best Cleanser For Skin: Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser
Senka Perfect Whip Foam Cleanser, P279, Lazada
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Best Cleanser For Skin: Naive Peach Leaf Foaming Face Wash
Naive Peach Leaf Foaming Face Wash, P295 BeautyMNL
Best Cleanser For Skin: Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash
Beach Born Witch Hazel Wash, P227.50 Beach Born
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Best Cleanser For Skin: Hada Labo Hydrating Face Wash
Hada Labo Hydrating Face Wash, P385 Watsons

Best Cleanser for Skin: Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash
Kiehl's Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash, P1,825, Lazada
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Best Cleanser for the Skin: Gel cleansers

Gel cleansers are known to be refreshing the skin. Add these to your routine on super hot, humid days. Suitable for all skin types.

Best Cleanser for Skin: COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
COSRx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, P540, Watsons

Best Cleanser For Skin: Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel
Celeteque Dermo Science Acne Cleansing Gel, P270, Watsons
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Best Cleanser for Skin: In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser
In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser, P375 IN HER ELEMENT

Best Cleanser for the Skin: Creamy cleansers

Turn to cream cleansers if you're looking for a gentle, hydrating formula.

Best Cleanser for Skin: Mizumi Extra Mild Facial Cleanser
Mizumi Extra Mild Facial Cleanser, P379 BeautyMNL
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Best Cleanser for skin: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, P229/118ml; P799/473ml, Watsons

Special Category: Makeup Removers

There are three major types of makeup removers: Micellar water, cleansing milk, and oils. Micellar water works to lift lightweight makeup and dirt. Cleansing milk is a no-rinse makeup remover that dissolves waterproof and heavy makeup. Oil-based cleansers can melt heavy layers of makeup but require rinsing.

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Best Cleanser for Skin: Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin
Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water for Sensitive Skin, P249 Watsons

Best Cleanser for Skin: Simple Micellar Cleansing Water
Simple Micellar Cleansing Water, P219 Watsons
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Best Cleanser for Skin: Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser
Avene Gentle Milk Cleanser, P1,630/200ml Watsons

Best Cleanser for Skin: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil, reputable Shopee resellers
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Best Cleanser for Skin: Laura Mercier Conditioning Cleansing Oil
Laura Mercier Conditioning Cleansing Oil, P2,095 Rustan's

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