We all know how challenging it is to find a face moisturizer for combination skin. It's the same thing when it comes to searching for the facial cleansers. As the first step of any skincare routine, cleansers set the tone for how the rest of your products will work. And since this skin type has both dry and oily areas, it's important to use a face wash that balances out the complexion—nothing too mattifying or too heavy and emollient.
If you've been continuously searching for the best facial cleanser for combination skin that won't leave your face feeling tight or greasy, we have 15 options for you below.
Celeteque Hydration Facial Wash
Don't be worried by the word "hydration" on the product, this lightweight facial cleanser won't actually leave your complexion feeling greasy and sticky. Aside from cleansing your skin (duh), it refines it and prevents pimples from coming back!
Price: P85; P145; P315
Size: 60ml; 100 ml; 250ml
Where to buy: All leading supermarkets nationwide, Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store
COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
This cleanser with a pH level of 5 will literally wake you up! It contains refreshing extracts and oils to gently cleanse skin and dry out existing blemishes (But not your face!) without leaving it feeling stripped and tight. Ed's Note: If you're wondering why it's important for a cleanser to have a low pH, it's because this will help maintain your complexion's moisture barrier and prevent dryness, irritation, and acne from forming.
Where to buy: Watsons, Beauty Bar, Althea
Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
We can sum up this facial cleanser in three words: Simple and effective. Its soap-free and non-foaming formula works for all skin types and can instantly make any complexion feel soft and smooth. Bonus: You can also use this as a body wash!
Price: P127; P212; P428; P744
Size: 60ml; 118ml; 250ml; 473ml
Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store; Landmark Department Store; All leading supermarkets nationwide
Happy Skin Hydrating Facial Wash
Another low pH cleanser! This one deeply cleanses pores of makeup, oil, and dirt to reveal a revitalized complexion that's ready for all of your toners, essences, serums, and moisturizers.
Where to buy: Zalora, SM Beauty, Rustan's The Beauty Source, Beauty Bar, Watsons
FRESH Soy Face Cleanser
A very gentle gel-based facial cleanser that can also remove light makeup. Aside from that, the combination of rosewater and cucumber extracts will make you fall in love with its scent.
Price: P886; P2,427
Size: 50ml; 150ml
Where to buy: Sephora
Human Nature Balancing Facial Wash
If, like most Pinays, your complexion leans towards the oily-combination side, this is the perfect cleanser for you! Formulated with a blend of bamboo, elemi, and orange oil, this organic facial wash removes excess shine on your T-zone without stripping the drier parts of your face of hydration.
Price: P80; P200
Size: 50ml; 200ml
Where to buy: Beauty Bar, Robinsons Supermarket, Rustan's Supermarket, SM Beauty, Watsons
Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
A pH-balanced, gentle facial wash that can work for any skin type. It contains squalene, apricot kernel oil, and vitamin E to moisturize and protect skin from environmental aggressors.
Where to buy: SM Megamall, Shangri-La Plaza, Greenbelt 5, SM Aura, SM Makati, Rockwell
Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser
While the Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser has a powerful glycolic acid formula, it can suit an array of skin types because it gently removes dirt and acne-causing bacteria, refines pores, and brightens dark spots. Don't worry about the word "acid" on its label—it won't burn your skin. Instead, it will get rid of all the bad stuff (whiteheads and clogged pores) off your face!
Where to buy: Rustan's The Beauty Source
Clinique Mild Liquid Facial Soap
This simple facial cleanser for combination skin works up a gentle lather when applied on a damp face. It's fragrance-free and paraben-free so it won't leave your pores feeling tight and parched—just ~*clean*~.
Where to buy: SM Megamall, SM North Edsa, SM Aura, SM Makati, Rustan's The Beauty Source
In Her Element Low pH Rose Gel Cleanser
With a friendly pH level of 5.5 to 6, this Rose Gel Cleanser mildly purifies skin after every use and leaves it balanced and healthy! It's also free of fragrances and other skin-harming chemicals to further prevent dehydration, sensitivity, and pimples.
Price: P375; P675
Size: 50ml; 100ml
Where to buy: In Her Element
Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser
A classic facial cleanser for combination skin! The Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser is oil-free and dermatologist-tested so you know it's good. Its formula controls excess sebum production while sloughing off dead skin, bacteria, and dirt that could be trapped deep in your pores. When washed off, skin will feel refreshed, rejuvenated, and smooth.
Where to buy: Lazada, All leading supermarkets nationwide, Watsons, SM Beauty, Robinsons Department Store, Landmark Department Store
Nuxe Aquabella Micro-Exfoliating Purifying Gel
A facial cleanser + exfoliator in one! Use it during the day to wake up your complexion, and at night to get rid of all the gunk your pores have acquired throughout the day. Don't worry about the beads in this facial cleanser, too. It's all natural, so it's not bad for the environment!
Where to buy: Rustan's The Beauty Source
Waso By Shiseido Quick Gentle Cleanser
This facial cleanser is free of so many things: alcohol, oil, fragrances, and parabens! This results in a simple honey gel facial wash that thoroughly eliminates bacteria, sebum, and dirt from your complexion while preventing future zits from popping up.
Where to buy: SM Megamall, Rockwell, Greenbelt 5, Trinoma, Shangri-La, Eastwood, Robinsons Magnolia
Nivea Extra White Repair Pore Minimizer Foam
Underrated, yet so good. Nivea's Repair Pore Minimizer Foam facial cleanser does a ton of things for your skin. Namely, it elminiates acne-causing bacteria, controls excess oil production, refines texture, tightens pores, evens out the skin, and brightens dark marks. But the best part is once you wash it off, your complexion looks healthy and radiant!
Where to buy: All leading supermarkets nationwide, Watsons, SM Beauty, Landmark Department Store, Robinsons Department Store
Avene Cleanance Cleansing Gel
This soap-free option is perfect for both oily and combination skin types. It's soap-free, but it has the famous Avene Thermal Spring Water to soothe and calm skin down, monolaurin to reduce oil production, and zinc gluconate to get rid of irritations and redness. Bonus: It can be used on the body to treat different blemishes as well!
Where to buy: Watsons, SM Beauty, Lazada
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