And in terms of the ingredients to look for in a face wash according to skin type, Robyn Gmyrek, MD, a board-certified dermatologist at Park View Laser Dermatology gave some suggestions:
Normal: You can usually tolerate most ingredients, including acids, clays, and oils.
Dry: jojoba oil, avocado oil, coconut oil, glycerin, and hyaluronic acid
Oily: salicylic acid and clay
Acne-prone: alpha or beta hydroxy acids like glycolic acid and salicylic acid
Sensitive skin: Look for cleansers that are alcohol-free and SLS-free. The less foaming, the better.
Overwhelmed yet? To further help navigate the world of face cleansers, I asked the experts to walk me through the different types and for some recommendations for each.