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The best face cleansers for all skin types

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Get clean and clear skin with the best cleansers available on the market

Finding the best cleanser for your skin type can be quite the challenge, especially because the long-term effects aren’t seen immediately.

Yes, your skin will instantly feel fresh, clean and soft (especially if you use a face cleanser brush), but in the long run, cleansers should also be a huge part of your anti-ageing regime. They work hard to fight off the years and reversing the daily effects of make-up and dirt on your skin – results that won’t be seen until much further down the line.

This is why you need to do your research or visit our sister site Powder who will find a cleanser that’s specifically matched to you. Like finding the best make-up remover for your skin, finding the ultimate cleanser for yourself in a saturated market can seem near impossible, so you’ve got to rely on recommendations from those who have tried them all.

That’s why we pulled together a team of beauty experts to give you a list of the best cleansers available on the market right now.

Best cleanser for acne

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Cleansing Gel, £18.50, Fabled

best cleanser Clinique Acne Solutions

Containing 2% salicylic acid (which works by breaking up the bond that sticks dead skin cells together and clog pores) this cleanser will get rid of daily grime without drying out your skin.

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Best cleanser for oily skin

Aveda Botanical Kinetics Exfoliating Cleanser, £22, Liberty London

best clenaser Aveda Tourmaline Charged CleanserInfused with jojoba exfoliating beads, this cleanser helps increase cell turnover and remove impurities while helping to balance your sebum production.

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Best cleanser for dry skin

Neutrogena Hydro Boost® Micellar Water, £7.99, Boots

This easy peasy cleanser protects and hydrates the skin while also removing make-up. Its patented cleansing technology and hyaluronic acid work together to protect your skin’s natural barrier and lock in moisture. No more dry skin woes.

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Best cleanser for pores

Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser, £18, John Lewis

This foams up a little bit, but definitely won’t strip your skin and leave it with that uncomfortably tight sensation. Instead, it washes away dirt and debris on the surface, while Amazonian white clay helps unclog and minimise the appearance of pores.

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Best cleanser for combination skin

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish Hot Cloth Cleanser, £14.50, Fabled

best cleanser Liz Earle

There’s a reason why this plant-based cleanser is a multi-award winner. Phase one, removes all traces of daily grime and make-up, even stubborn mascara. Then, phase two polishes your skin by using the pure muslin cloth to gently dislodge dead skin cells, making it purified and smooth.

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Best cleanser for sensitive skin

Bobbi Brown Soothing Cleansing Milk, £32, Fabled

best cleanser Bobbi Brown Cleanser

Lightly scented and soothing, this make-up removing cleansing cream is super gentle but packs a punch when it comes to cleansing power. You may be wary of using a cream cleanser near your eyes, but the formula is irritation free and removes every last scrap of even the toughest mascara.

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Best cleanser for blackheads

Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser, £15, BeautyBay

best clenaser Mario Badsecu

Blackheads are no match for salicylic acid, and Mario Badescu’s cleanser contains just the right dose. Paired with botanical extracts, it removes makeup, grime, and oil from the skin while tackling clogged pores.

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Best cleanser brush

Clarisonic Mia 2 Sonic Skin Cleansing System, £120, Fabled

best cleanser Clarisonic

A face cleanser brush takes your daily face wash to the next level. Using one of these in your skincare routine will leave your skin feeling smoother and will give your pores a much deeper clean than just using your hands or cotton pads. The best, like Clarisonic’s Mia 2 Cleansing System, are designed to be gentle enough for every day use, though if you have sensitive skin that’s easily irritated, it’s best to use every other day should you feel a bit wary about overdoing it with the scrubbing.

According to top derms, a facial cleaning brush beats your hands or flannel hands down. The Mia 2 has two different speeds depending on your skin’s sensitivity, a pulsing timer option, and a handy travel case (we’re also big fans of it’s little sister, the Clarisonic Mia Fit Device).

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