Which Face Cleanser You Should Be Using, According to Your Skin Type - Men's Health Magazine Australia

Which Face Cleanser You Should Be Using, According to Your Skin Type

Healthy-looking skin couldn’t be easier with this simple guide.

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You probably don’t get notably excited about cleansers – after all, even to the most skincare-savvy men, cleansing can be the least thrilling part of the ritual.

But consider this: the success of your entire skincare regime can depend on you washing your face right. Cleansing should be the first step in any skincare regime! Throughout the day we’re exposed to many external elements such as pollution, dirt or bacteria. Cleansing sets your skin up for optimal use of the following product such as serum or moisturiser

Feeling a bit sweaty under the collar? Don’t worry, according to a recent survey 33 per cent of Aussie men feel the same*. Why? Because they just don’t know what they should be using.

So to lend you a helping hand, we break down our favourite facial cleansers for oily skin, dry skin, and everything in-between, with the help of our friends at CeraVe.

For those who haven’t heard of this iconic skincare brand, it is a must-try! The entire range is developed with dermatologists and features ceramides (ceramides are lipids and make up to 50% of your skin barrier) to help support your skin moisture barrier and keep your skin looking its best. The entire range is available at Chemist Warehouse.

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Hydrating Cleanser

Dry skin

Dry skin demands to be looked after with care: go in with anything too foamy and it might feel drier and tighter. Comfort from dry, tight, or dull skin can be achieved with a hydrating skincare routine rich in ceramides. A great option is a Hydrating Cleanser, just like this one from CeraVe, which works to help support the skin’s moisture barrier and help the skin lock in hydration. The non-comedogenic face cleanser is an effective yet non-irritating way to start off any skincare regime.

Shop it here.

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SA Smoothing Cleanser

Rough, dry and bumpy skin

With hero ingredient Salicylic Acid, CeraVe’s SA Smoothing Cleanser gently exfoliates the skin and will remove impurities without making skin feel dry or irritated. The refreshingly short ingredient list also includes essential Ceramides and Niacinamide.

It’s also a great pick if your skin is prone to mild keratosis pilaris, or if you just want to comfort and hydrate a rough and bumpy skin.

Shop it here.

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Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser]

Combination skin 

When skin feels dry in some places and oily in others, having a balanced skincare routine that cleans without over-stripping and adds moisture without feeling too heavy is key to keeping your skin looking and feeling its best. CeraVe’s Hydrating Cream-to-Foam Cleanser is a one-step gentle cleanser that hydrates and effectively removes dirt without disrupting the skin’s moisture barrier or leaving it feeling tight and dry. 

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Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser

Suitable for all skin types including Sensitive skin

CeraVe’s Hydrating Foaming Oil Cleanser is developed with dermatologists to deeply cleanse without stripping moisture from the skin and supports the skin moisture barrier. This cleanser contains squalene, leaving the skin feeling balanced, soft and smooth, while removing any form of tightness. A hydrating face cleanser for sensitive skin, this oil-based cleanser is non-comedogenic and contains no parabens or dyes, making it suitable for use on those with mild eczema-prone skin.

Shop it here.

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Foaming Cleanser

Oily skin

Oily skin comes hand-in-hand with a host of lovely potential issues: enlarged pores, breakouts, and that globally-loathed midday shine. 

Ironically, some cleansers for oily skin can tend to over-cleanse making oiliness worse. Simply speaking, if you strip your skin too much, it might compensate by producing even more oil in retaliation. Oily skin still needs moisture for balance and to look and feel it’s best.

The happy medium is this fresh, gel-based foaming face cleanser which is packed with gentle surfactants that sweep away grime, with ceramides to keep your skin moisture barrier supported. Also, it is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your pores. 

Shop it here.

*L’Oréal Australia, Bastion Insights, The beauty Collective. (January 2022). Australian Men age 16+ n=1000. Cerave.com.au

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