The 11 Types of Cleansers

The first and most important step to any skincare routine is cleansing. Cleansing removes dirt, impurities and excess sebum on your face and preps your skin for other skincare products. Cleansing regularly will keep your skin healthy and prevent clogging, but not just any cleanser will do. Here is a quick look at the eleven different types of cleansers, what they do and which skin types they are suitable for. 

Oil Cleanser 

This type of cleanser is suitable for most skin types because the oils hydrate the skin and break down makeup. Those with oily skin shouldn’t be daunted because it helps to unclog pores and reduce breakouts. Oil cleansers also usually serve as step one in a double cleanse. 

Gel Cleanser 

Gel cleansers are lightweight and hydrating and leave your skin feeling fresh. It doesn’t foam much but still effectively decongests pores and cleanse the skin. It is suitable for all skin types, especially those with oily and combination skin. 

Micellar Cleanser 

One of the lightest forms of cleansers, micellar cleansers contain micelles, which are tiny molecules that attract dirt and grime like a magnet. It is very gentle but doesn’t deeply cleanse the skin. It is gentle enough for sensitive and dry skin types. 

Cream Cleanser 

Cream cleansers have moisturising properties in a thick and silky texture that softens and hydrates while cleansing the skin. It suits normal, dry and sensitive skin. 

Foam Cleanser 

Foam cleansers build to a foamy consistency when mixed with water. The foam deeply clears out pores but tends to be more drying. It works best for those with oily and combination skin. 

Milk Cleanser 

Despite its name, milk cleansers don’t actually contain milk. They’re called so because of the milky texture, which is somewhere in between the texture of an oil and cream cleanser. It is suitable for dry and normal skin. 

Balm Cleanser 

Similar to oil cleansers, balm cleansers are nourishing and breaks down makeup easily. There are no-rinse and rinse-off options, and are ideal for dry and normal skin. 

Clay Cleanser 

This is the perfect cleanser for unclogging pores and removing excess oil because clay has amazing absorbing powers. It also mattifies and detoxifies. It is great for oily, combination and acne-prone skin. 

Powder Cleanser 

This type of cleanser comes in powder form and turns creamy or foamy when combined with water. Enzymes are usually added to this form of cleanser as the texture helps the active ingredients stay fresh. It can be drying so it suits combination and oily skin types. 

Stick Cleanser 

Stick cleansers come in many formulas so it can fit many different skin types. The fuss-free, no-mess packaging makes this type of cleanser great for travelling. Just swipe it on your face and mix with water. 

Cleansing Wipes

Cleansing wipes are convenient because there is no rinsing required. It’s great for travel and lazy days, but doesn’t do a thorough job at cleansing. It is suitable for all skin types.