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The Quest for the Perfect Facial Cleanser

Another day, another endless quest. I have forever been in search of the perfect oil-free face wash. I have tried everything from simple Dove Soap to specially formulated cleanser from my dermatologist. I have a theory that face wash is kind of like deodorant in that your skin builds up immunity to one if you use it for long enough. This may or may not be true, but that's what I believe.

Here are two of my faves from over the years:

The Drugstore Staple - Cetaphil® Daily Facial Cleanser For Normal to Oily Skin

This gentle cleanser won't clog your pores and it's only $6.99! You can buy it online here

The Department Store Winner - Lancome Ablutia Fraicheur

I like this one because it makes a nice foaming lather and it's oil-free, but specially formulated not to remove essential oils. It's kind of pricey, $27.00, but lasts a good six months. You can buy it online here

I am sure I will be looking for another one soon, so I'd love to know which facial cleanser is your favorite.

Join The Conversation
broose broose 9 years
I've tried everything and after about a week find they're not as great as I first thought. Recently I was in Sephora and one of the employees recommended Peter Thomas Roth's Beta Hydroxy Acid 2% Acne Wash. It's a bit pricey at $35, but my husband and I have been using the same bottle for 4 months and still have a good bit left. It takes a tiny amount and lathers up great. No smell, no residue and leaves my face feeling clean and not tight. I've recommended it to several people and they all love it.
Khameleon Khameleon 11 years
Clarins. Although I don't like fragrance in my facial cleanser so I'm going to try something new next time. Maybe the Kiehl's one suggested above.
momwith2cuties momwith2cuties 11 years
I use Mary Kay. I was so opposed to MK (not sure why), but my husbands aunt sells it and I didn't have a face wash I liked yet so I gave it a try. I like it pretty good. Better than what I was using. I still have the occasional zit. I don't wash my face regularly so that might be why. If I wear make-up that day I definitely try to wash it at night, but sometimes I get too tired. I was wondering recently though if proactive was good to use even if you just had the occasional bump. I'm not sure I want to pay the price though.
jmac jmac 11 years
Cetaphil has been a staple in my life for years.
mom2 mom2 11 years
dermologica is best!
AdventureGirl AdventureGirl 11 years
I love the Cetaphil cleanser. I use the body lotion on my skin (not my face) daily and it is a miracle product if you have super dry skin. Has anyone ever tried any of the products from Paula's Choice? I'm thinking about buying some stuff from her line but would love to get some feedback first.
Lia Lia 11 years
Neutrogena products are great! I also use tea tree oil soap from The Body Shop.
sanD13 sanD13 11 years
I love Kiehl's Non-detergent cleanser. It lasts long too.
rgruber rgruber 11 years
I love Cetaphil - my doctor had me switch to it when I got preggers and I haven't stop using it since. It is leaves my face perfectly smooth and zit-free! Plus it is cheap!!
atoxicsparkle atoxicsparkle 11 years
Agreed with the nueutrogena-ins out there. I have been using it since my freshman year of highschool (gaw i'm old!!) and hardly ever get a pimple, and their moisturizer is perfect for the horrible humidity we kansans must suffer through!
peepshow peepshow 11 years
I'd rip my own head off if I only washed my face 2-3 per week! I'm jealous!!! My face would be absolutely disgusting.
caligirl1201 caligirl1201 11 years
I agree with EP, Neutrogena keeps my face perfect. I've never had acne, but I had dry skin during the Fall because of the watery wind in San Fran. Since I began using Neutrogena I haven't had that problem anymore, plus it's sold at every store and is cheap.
ethiopian_princess ethiopian_princess 11 years
um, where's neutrogena? i've been pimple free since high school because of my 2-3 times/week face washing
e.b e.b 11 years
Great suggestions FAB. I use the Cetaphil lotion with SPF 15 and its perfect! For my soap I just use a DOVE bar (my derm recommended it), and it really works wonders. I used to spend over 200 a month on products for my face. Back then I wouldn't dream of using something so basic on my skin. Now you couldn't force me to use anything else. BUT if anyone out there feels they need to have a more "specialized" cleansing product I think Dermalogica has good cleansers. Their Special Cleansing Gel is a good one that always made my skin feel really clean.
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