Your Guide To Every Kind Of Face Cleanser

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It’s no surprise we’re completely obsessed with beauty products of all shapes and sizes, and that includes facial cleansers of every variety. We’ve tried nearly every kind of face wash on the market—from balms to no-rinse micellar waters—and we’re sharing our favorites here. Shop the ones that work for you and your skin type. Aren’t you glad we did our homework?

Clean Up Your Act

For Dry Skin: Cleansing Balms

These balm-to-oil cleansers moisturize dry skin and melt away makeup, dirt and even oil. What's interesting about cleansing balms is that they're applied and massaged into dry skin and then followed with a quick rinse.

Extra Balm Rinse

$62

Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

$48

REN

Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm

$29

Clinique

For Sensitive Skin: Micellar Waters

Micellar waters remove even the most stubborn waterproof makeup and are gentle enough to cleanse without irritating sensitive skin. Apply with a cotton round to wipe face clean–no rinsing required.

Blue Plasma

$89

Perricone MD

Azahar Cleansing Micellar Water

$35

Darphin

Makeup Removing Water

$34

NARS

For Oily Skin: Foam Cleansers

Lightweight foams get deep into pores and clean out even the most stubborn oils in the skin. Apply to a damp face and work into a creamy lather before rinsing away impurities.

Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam

$28

L'Occitane

Pure Prodew Cleansing Foam

$45

Skin Inc.

Instant Foaming Cleanser

$28

Caudalie

For Combination Skin: Cleansing Oils

Cleansing oils are perfect for combination skin because they battle oily T-zones and moisturize dry patches. Apply to a dry face to loosen makeup, oil and sweat, then add water to transform into a creamy lather and rinse away.

Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil

$55

Erno Laszlo

Nourishing Oil Cleanser

$64

Tata Harper

Solid Cleansing Oil

$39

Erborian

For Dull Skin: Cleansing Powders

Make exfoliation a part of your daily cleansing routine. These innovative powder-to-cream cleansers polish dull skin away and leave you with a radiant complexion.

Radiance Boosting Powder

$58

Diptyque

Skincare Detox Brightening Fizzy Powder Wash

$42

NUDE Skincare

Hydra Sparkling One-Minute Glow Powder

$41

Givenchy