The Best Drugstore Cleansers For All Skin Types (From $7)

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Cleansing is one of THE most fundamental skincare steps. It keeps your skin fresh and free of dirt, oil, and other impurities. A proper cleanse in the evening is the only way to start your skincare routine, and we’ve become low-key obsessed with finding the best drugstore cleansers. So, we’re rounding up our absolute fave drugstore cleansers for your skin type, whether you have oily, sensitive or dry skin.

1. The Derm Fave: CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $11

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Skin type: Normal to oily skin
This drugstore cleanser is a derm fave, and if we trust anyone’s recommendations it’s dermatologists, aka the skin whisperers. This foaming cleanser gently removes excess oil, dirt, and makeup without stripping your skin’s natural oil due to its uber-hydrating ingredients. The simple yet impactful formula contains hyaluronic acid, as well as ceramides and niacinamide, all of which help strengthen the skin’s natural barrier, preventing moisture loss. It’s also non-comedogenic, non-irritating, and fragrance-free, so it won’t clog your pores or irritate your skin.

2. For Dry Skin: Shea Moisture Peace Rose Oil Complex Sensitive Skin Facial Cleansing Oil, $11

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Skin type: Normal, dry to sensitive skin
We’re obsessed with double cleansing and this is the perfect first step cleanser. The natural cleansing oil will melt away makeup, dirt, impurities, and excess oil without leaving an oily residue like other facial cleansers. The formula is infused with shea butter, as well as a complex of alpine, damask, and musk rose oil, which are bursting with antioxidants that’ll help promote a healthy glow and restore uneven skin. To use, warm the oil in your hands and massage onto the skin, after two minutes add water and the oil will become a milky emulsion that easily washes away.

3. For Acne-Prone Skin: The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser, $1o

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Skin type: Oily or acne-prone skin
This potent chemical exfoliant penetrates deep into your pores to dissolve the glue that binds trapped dirt and dead skin debris in your pores, which could otherwise lead to breakouts. This liquid cleanser contains 2% salicylic acid, plus zinc, which helps lower oil production as well as allantoin to soothe any existing pimples. As it packs a serious punch, make sure you follow with your fave moisturizer so your skin doesn’t feel too tight.

4. The Ultimate Cleansing Balm: Physicians Formula 3-in-1 Matcha Cleansing Balm, $10

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Skin type: Normal, dry and mature skin
Cleansing balms are a total game-changer and this drugstore cleansing balm is the bomb. The 3-in-1 cleanser annihilates makeup and dirt while also hydrating and moisturizing the skin. Matcha is also packed with antioxidants that help fight free radicals, which cause premature aging. Again, this is the ideal first step in your double cleanse. To apply, use the scooping tool and massage the balm into your skin and rinse with lukewarm water. Remove any traces of residue with a muslin cloth.

5. The Oily Skin Savior: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel, $7

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Skin type: Normal, combination and oily skin
This drugstore cleanser is one of our go-tos. It’s reliable, it offers up a really good cleanse, and it leaves our skin feeling clean and refreshed. It’s free of soap and oils and it also contains mega-hydrator hyaluronic acid to strengthen your skin’s epidermis, preventing moisture loss. The lightweight formula lathers almost instantly and feels silky smooth. If you have oily skin, this cleanser should be your new go-to.

6. The Sensitive Skin Solution: The Body Shop Camomile Sumptuous Cleansing Butter, $12

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Skin type: Normal, dry or sensitive skin
This cleansing balm literally melts on your skin; it’s super-rich and silky smooth. It’s a must-have if you have sensitive skin as it’ll gently remove all traces of makeup and dirt that’s lingering on the surface of your skin. It’s also infused with chamomile extract, which will help reduce any redness or inflammation in the skin.

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Skin type: Oily to acne-prone skin
If your pores are constantly blocked, using this detoxifying charcoal cleanser will help clear them out asap! The formula packs a serious punch as it boasts charcoal and salicylic acid, which will penetrate deep into the pores and remove any dead skin debris or oil build-up. It’ll also help lower oil production in the skin preventing future breakouts.

8. The Beauty Editor Staple: Garnier Micellar Oil-Infused Cleansing Water, $8 

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Skin type: Dry and sensitive skin
Micellar water is a skincare staple for all self-respecting beauty junkies but this micellar water takes it to the next level. The water is infused with oil to add an extra hydrating element leaving the skin feeling soft, hydrated and most importantly, free of any makeup residue or dirt. Use this as the first step of your nightly, double cleanse and your skin will majorly thank you for it.