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Cleansers For Every Skin Type

Cleansing is an important step in your skin care routine, but it can be confusing when it comes to choosing the right type that will work best for your needs and for your specific skin. To minimize the time spent determining the right choice, we’re sharing the best face cleansers for your skin type. 

Cleansers For Oily Skin | Sensitive Skin | Dry Skin | Combination Skin | Normal Skin

Why Use A Cleanser?

Cleansers help to remove dirt, oil, sweat and products like makeup and sunscreen from your skin. Your skin is also exposed to bacteria and pollution throughout the day. Cleansing is necessary to remove the buildup of these factors so you don’t develop breakouts. You can learn even more about the purpose of cleansing in this cleansers 101 guide

Cleansers For Oily Skin

Do you have oily skin? If your skin is typically greasy, prone to breakouts and has large pores, you may have oily skin. Your goal is to control the buildup of oil or debris and prevent breakouts. If you’re unsure, here are a few signs that you have oily skin

  • Greasy to the touch
  • Visible, large pores
  • Prone to breakouts 
  • Makeup gets soaked up quickly, but it also slides off easily 
  • Shiny looking

To combat oily skin, Lead Skin Care Trainer Natalie Pergar as well as our Product Support Representatives recommend the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil or the Charcoal Exfoliating Gel Cleanser. The Stone Crop Cleansing Oil gently cleanses and removes impurities. The formula consists of brightening stone crop and supercharged microgreens as well as moisturizing sunflower and jojoba oils. The Charcoal Exfoliating Gel Cleanser contains charcoal which draws out dirt and oil to help prevent clogged pores. This cleanser is also formulated with blue matcha which is rich in antioxidants that improve the visible signs of aging (think fine lines and wrinkles). You can watch her go into more detail about each cleanser in this In The Mix video.

Cleansers For Sensitive Skin

Sensitive skin is often genetic, and you’ll know if you have this skin type. Trying new skin care products can be difficult as your skin often becomes irritated, red or itchy. You may react to specific chemicals or ingredients, poor diet or hormonal imbalances.

Sensitive skin can benefit from gentle cleansers including foaming products like our Kombucha Microbiome Foaming Cleanser. It features micellar technology and actives that help balance the skin microbiome and protect the skin barrier, an essential for sensitive skin. A blend of pre, pro* and postbiotics improves the skin barrier while kombucha, jasmine, white tea and ginger combine to refresh and balance the microbiome.

Cleansers For Dry Skin

If your skin is rough, flaky or peeling — plus you find yourself constantly applying moisturizer — you probably have dry skin. Both genetics and environmental factors like heating or winter can exacerbate your symptoms.

When your skin is on the dryer side, cream cleansers are a great choice as they help lock in moisture while removing impurities. One of our top picks? The Lemon Grass Cleanser, which contains olive oil to soothe dry skin and sunflower oil, rich in vitamins to reduce the visible signs of aging. This hypoallergenic cleanser also contains wheat extract for hydration.  


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Combination Skin

Combination skin is characterized by oily and dry skin in one complexion. Your T-zone and chin feel extra oily while your cheeks or other parts of your face get dry. The goal for combination skin is to treat both oily and dry areas for a clear, balanced complexion. 

We recommend the Mangosteen Daily Resurfacing Cleanser which has a Lactic Acid Complex to remove buildup, gently remove dead skin cells and buff the skin to look smooth and polished. Mangosteen, a superfruit, defends your complexion from pollution and other environmental stressors that could dry out the skin.

Cleansers For Normal Skin 

Normal skin types simply need to maintain their balanced and healthy skin. You don’t notice dry or oily patches, nor do you suffer redness or itchiness from trying new products. You might occasionally notice breakouts related to hormones or infrequent cleansing, but your skin is generally balanced. 

Normal skin would benefit from using the Stone Crop Gel Wash. This gel cleanser offers a mild foaming action and leaves your skin feeling refreshed and clean. The stone crop ingredient hydrates and nourishes while chamomile calms the look of the skin. 

If you don’t gravitate to any of the above suggestions, the Stone Crop Cleansing Oil can be used safely for all skin types including normal skin. This non-greasy cleansing oil cleanses and removes impurities after each use. 

Have you found a cleanser that suits your complexion? To narrow your selection down, you can view the full lineup of Eminence Organics cleansers here.


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