Face Cleansers

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Do you know what’s in your face cleanser? Some cleansers contain harsh chemicals that do serious damage to your skin in the long run. Choosing the right face cleanser means understanding what’s inside so you can have clear, clean and healthy skin.

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Good Ingredients

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Image Vital C Hydrating Facial Cleanser

17/34 Best Ingredients
14/34 Good Ingredients
3/34 Unfavorable Ingredients
12/34 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
8
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
7
  • sodium peg 7 olive oil carboxylate
    Sodium Peg-7 Olive Oil Carboxylate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • peg 100 stearate
    Peg 100 Stearate. Cleansing Agent
  • saponaria officinalis (soapwort) extract
    Soapwort. Natural cleansing agent
  • stearic acid
    Stearic Acid. Surfactant, softening agent.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • phospholipid
    Phospholipids. Improves dry skin and is an essential structural components of cell membranes
Moisturizing Ingredients
6
  • isohexadecane
    Isohexadecane. Emollient
  • neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/ dicaprate
    Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/dicaprate. Emollient
  • glyceryl stearate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • dimethicone
    Dimethicone. Moisturizer
  • caprylyl glycol
    Caprylyl Glycol. Skin conditioner, moisturizer
Conditioning Ingredients
1
  • cyclopentasiloxane
    Cyclopentasiloxane. Lubricant
Neutral Ingredients
7
  • aqua
    Aqua. Water
  • cetearyl olivate
    Cetearyl Olivate. Emulsifier
  • sorbitan olivate
    Sorbitan Olivate. Emulsifier
  • ethylhexylglycerin
    Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin. Preservative derived from natural substances
  • hexylene glycol
    Hexylene Glycol. Preservative
  • magnesium aluminum silicate
    Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. Thickener
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
Unfavorable Ingredients
3
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Olay Total Effects Revitalizing Foaming Cleanser

14/25 Best Ingredients
9/25 Good Ingredients
2/25 Unfavorable Ingredients
4/25 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
3
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
9
  • sodium lauroamphoacetate
    Sodium Lauroamphoacetate. Cleansing Agent
  • sodium myristoyl sarcosinate
    Sodium Myristoyl Sarcosinate. Cleansing agent
  • sodium trideceth sulfate
    Sodium Trideceth Sulfate. Cleansing agent
  • peg 200 hydrogenated glyceryl palmate
    Peg-200 Glyceryl Palmate. Cleansing agent
  • sodium laureth sulfate
    Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
  • cocamide mea
    Cocamide Mea. Cleansing agent
  • disodium edta
    Edta. Chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin. Considered safe because it's difficult to absorb through skin
  • laureth 10
    Laureth-10. Surfactant, cleansing agent
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • sorbitol
    Sorbitol. Repairs and moisturizes skin
  • lauric acid
    Lauric Acid. Strong bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties
Moisturizing Ingredients
2
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • niacinamide
    Vitamin B3. Moisturizes skin and improves skin appearance.
Neutral Ingredients
7
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • acrylates copolymer
    Styrene/acrylates Copolymer. Filler
  • glycol distearate
    Glycol Distearate. Thickener, emulsifier
  • polyquaternium 10
    Polyquaternium 10. Film-forming agent
Unfavorable Ingredients
2
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CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser

13/23 Best Ingredients
9/23 Good Ingredients
1/23 Unfavorable Ingredient
5/23 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
    Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • disodium edta
    Edta. Chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin. Considered safe because it's difficult to absorb through skin
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
  • ceramide 6 ii
    Ceramide. Ceramides promote healthy skin. Used in the skin to create a waterproof barrier that is capable of protecting the underlying skin tissues
  • ceramide 3
    Ceramide. Ceramides promote healthy skin. Used in the skin to create a waterproof barrier that is capable of protecting the underlying skin tissues
  • ceramide 1
    Ceramide. Ceramides promote healthy skin. Used in the skin to create a waterproof barrier that is capable of protecting the underlying skin tissues
  • cholesterol
    Cholesterol. Promotes healthy skin. Used in the skin to create a waterproof barrier that is capable of protecting the underlying skin tissues
  • cholecalciferol
    Cholecalciferol. Vitamin D3, promotes healthy skin functions. Penetrates the skin to raise vitamin D levels in the body.
Abrasive Ingredients
1
Moisturizing Ingredients
2
  • niacinamide
    Vitamin B3. Moisturizes skin and improves skin appearance.
  • zea mays (corn) oil
    Corn Oil. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • purified water
    Aqua. Water
  • peg 150 pentaerythrityl tetrastearate
    Peg-150 Pentaerythrityl Tetrastearate. Thickening agent
  • sodium lauroyl lactylate
    Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate. Emulsifying agent
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
  • carbomer
    Carbomer. Controls consistency
  • sodium hydroxide
    Sodium Hydroxide. Controls pH levels. Skin irritation or pain if used above concentration limits.
Unfavorable Ingredients
1
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Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser by Philosophy

16/28 Best Ingredients
7/28 Good Ingredients
5/28 Unfavorable Ingredients
16/28 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
6
  • limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil
    Meadowfoam. Moisturizing and antioxidant properties
  • guaiac (guaiacum officinale) extract
    Guaiac. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
  • rosa damascena extract
    Rosa Damascena. Antibacterial, antioxidant and skin healing properties
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
  • sodium lauroamphoacetate
    Sodium Lauroamphoacetate. Cleansing Agent
  • sodium trideceth sulfate
    Sodium Trideceth Sulfate. Cleansing agent
  • coco glucoside
    Coco-glucoside. Coconut derived surfactant, cleansing agent
  • peg 120 methyl glucose dioleate
    Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • anthemis nobilis flower oil
    Chamomile. Anti-inflammatory properties. Rare cases of chamomile allergy exist.
  • daucus carota sativa (carrot) seed oil
    Carrot Oil. Skin healing properties
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • geranium maculatum oil
    Wild Geranium. Antibacterial properties
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • cocos nucifera (coconut) alcohol
    Coconut Oil. Skin-conditioning agent, moisturizing properties
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • water (aqua)
    Aqua. Water
  • cymbopogon martini oil
    Palmarosa. Fragrance, skin-conditioning agent
  • amyris balsamifera bark oil
    Amyris Balsamifera. Fragrance
  • santalum album (sandalwood) oil
    Sandalwood. Fragrance
  • carbomer
    Carbomer. Controls consistency
  • yellow 5 (ci 19140)
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
Unfavorable Ingredients
5
  • propylparaben
    Propylparaben. Preservative. Potentially irritating or sensitizing when applied to damaged or broken skin.
  • imidazolidinyl urea
    Imidazolidinyl Urea. Preservative. Potential contact allergy.
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Avalon Organics Intense Defense Cleansing Gel

15/27 Best Ingredients
6/27 Good Ingredients
6/27 Unfavorable Ingredients
18/27 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
  • decyl glucoside
    Decyl Glucoside. Cleansing agent
  • coco glucoside
    Coco-glucoside. Coconut derived surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil
    Bergamot Orange. Fragrance, cleansing ingredient
  • citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil
    Orange. Fragrance, cleansing ingredient
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • sorbitol
    Sorbitol. Repairs and moisturizes skin
  • arnica montana flower extract(1)
    Arnica. Helps heal broken skin
  • chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract(1)
    Chamomile. Anti-inflammatory properties. Rare cases of chamomile allergy exist.
  • bisabolol
    Bisabolol. Oil usually derived from chamomile. Soothing properties.
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • olea europaea (olive) leaf extract(1)
    Olive Leaf Extract. Anti-microbial properties
Moisturizing Ingredients
2
  • chenopodium quinoa seed(1)
    Quinoa. Used as skin conditioning agent and emollient.
  • glyceryl oleate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Neutral Ingredients
4
  • aqua (water)
    Aqua. Water
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
  • alcohol(1)
    Alcohol. If in large quantities, alcohol can be irritating and/or damaging to skin.
  • limonene. (1)certified organic
    Limonene. Fragrance
Unfavorable Ingredients
6
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Clinique Acne Solutions Cleansing Foam

12/32 Best Ingredients
17/32 Good Ingredients
3/32 Unfavorable Ingredients
10/32 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • sodium methyl cocoyl taurate
    Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • ppg 6 decyltetradeceth 30
    Ppg 6 Decyltetradeceth 30. Surfactant, skin cleansing agent.
  • capryloyl glycine
    Capryloyl Glycine. Fragrance, cleansing agent
  • disodium edta
    Edta. Chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin. Considered safe because it's difficult to absorb through skin
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • caffeine
    Caffeine. Possible anti-inflammatory properties.
  • algae extract
    Algae. Plant extract, skin healing properties
  • sodium hyaluronate
    Sodium Hyaluronate. Heals damaged skin
  • phospholipids
    Phospholipids. Improves dry skin and is an essential structural components of cell membranes
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • laminaria saccharina extract
    Sugar Kelp. Skin protecting, skin whitening agent, fragrance
  • sodium salicylate
    Sodium Salicylate. Preservative, anti-inflammatory effects
Abrasive Ingredients
1
Moisturizing Ingredients
2
  • sucrose
    Sugar. Humectant
  • 10 hydroxydecanoic acid
    10 Hydroxydecanoic Acid. Emollient, skin conditioning agent.
Conditioning Ingredients
6
  • arginine cocoate
    Arginine Cocoate. Skin conditioning agent
  • cola nitida (kola) seed extract
    Kola. Plant extract used as a skin conditioning agent
  • sea whip extract
    Sea Whip. Skin conditioning agent
  • stearamidopropyl dimethylamine
    Stearamidopropyl Dimethylamine. Conditioning agent.
  • beta caryophyllene
    Beta Caryophyllene. Perfume, skin-conditioning agent
  • sodium stearate
    Sodium Stearate. Cleansing agent
Neutral Ingredients
8
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • disodium phosphate
    Disodium Phosphate. Fragrance, buffering agent, other uses.
  • mentha piperita (peppermint)
    Peppermint. Fragrance, considered safe as used in cosmetics
  • peg/ppg 18/18 dimethicone
    Dimethicone Copolyol. Silicones are skin conditioning agents widely used in cosmetics.
  • lactobacillus ferment
    Lactobacillus Ferment. Bacteria used as a natural fermenting or preservative agent.
  • longifolene
    Longifolene. Resin based fragrance
  • polyquaternium 7
    Polyquaternium 7. Anti-static agent
  • chloroxylenol
    Chloroxylenol. Preservative
Unfavorable Ingredients
3
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Burt's Bees Radiance Facial Cleanser with Royal Jelly

14/32 Best Ingredients
12/32 Good Ingredients
6/32 Unfavorable Ingredients
18/32 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
6
  • decyl glucoside
    Decyl Glucoside. Cleansing agent
  • sodium cocoyl hydrolyzed soy protein
    Sodium Cocoyl Hydrolyzed Soy Protein. Cleansing agent
  • citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) fruit extract
    Orange. Fragrance, cleansing ingredient
  • gluconic acid
    Gluconic Acid. Chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
  • coco glucoside
    Coco-glucoside. Coconut derived surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • carthamus tinctorius (safflower) oleosomes
    Safflower. Lubricant, heals dry and damaged skin.
  • royal jelly
    Royal Jelly. Moisturizing and skin healing properties
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
    Rosemary. Antimicrobial, skin-conditioning agent
Abrasive Ingredients
1
  • sodium chloride
    Sodium Chloride. Table salt. Used as preservative or abrasive ingredient.
Moisturizing Ingredients
6
  • simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) butter
    Jojoba. Moisturizer
  • hydrogenated jojoba oil
    Jojoba. Moisturizer
  • saccharum officinarum extract
    Sugar Cane. Skin-conditioning and moisturizing properties
  • glyceryl oleate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • glucose
    Sugar. Humectant
  • canola oil (huile de colza)
    Canola Oil. Emollient, skin-conditioning agent
Conditioning Ingredients
1
  • acer saccharum (sugar maple) extract
    Sugar Maple. Skin clearing ingredient
Neutral Ingredients
4
  • aqua
    Aqua. Water
  • parfum (fragrance)
    Fragrance.
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
  • glucose oxidase
    Glucose Oxidase. Preservative
Unfavorable Ingredients
6
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The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash

12/26 Best Ingredients
10/26 Good Ingredients
4/26 Unfavorable Ingredients
11/26 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
3
  • sodium laureth sulfate (surfactant)
    Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • peg 120 methyl glucose dioleate (viscosity controlling agent)
    Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citric acid (ph adjuster)
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
  • panthenol (skin conditioning agent)
    Vitamin B5. Heals broken or itchy skin
  • melaleuca alternifolia leaf oil/melaleuca alternifolia (tea tree) leaf oil (natural additive)
    Tea Tree Leaf Oil. Antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties
  • calophyllum inophyllum seed oil (skin conditioning agent)
    Tamanu Oil. Heals broken skin and a variety of skin conditions. Antibacterial properties.
  • allantoin (soothing agent)
    Allantoin. Heals damaged skin
  • menthol (fragrance
    Menthol. Anti-irritant properties
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • leptospermum petersonii oil (fragrance ingredient)
    Lemon Tea Tree Oil. Fragrance, antibacterial properties
Abrasive Ingredients
1
  • sodium chloride (viscosity controlling agent)
    Sodium Chloride. Table salt. Used as preservative or abrasive ingredient.
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate (emulsifying agent)
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Sunscreen Ingredients
1
  • butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane (ultraviolet light absorber)
    Butyl Methoxydibenzoylmethane. Sunscreen ingredient
Neutral Ingredients
7
  • ci 19140/yellow 5 (colorant)
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
  • caramel (colorant)
    Caramel. Color, fragrance
  • ci 42090/blue 1 (colorant)
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
Unfavorable Ingredients
4
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Image Skincare Ageless Total Facial Cleanser

7/15 Best Ingredients
6/15 Good Ingredients
2/15 Unfavorable Ingredients
4/15 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • ammonium laureth sulfate
    Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. Cleansing agent. Irritating if not used with other good ingredients.
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
  • disodium cocoamphodiacetate
    Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. Cleansing agent
  • peg 120 methyl glucose dioleate
    Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • menthol
    Menthol. Anti-irritant properties
Abrasive Ingredients
2
  • ammonium glycolate
    Ammonium Glycolate. Abrasive agent
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Conditioning Ingredients
1
  • dimethyl lauramine oleate
    Dimethyl Lauramine Oleate. Skin and hair conditioning agent
Neutral Ingredients
2
  • aqua
    Aqua. Water
  • glycol distearate
    Glycol Distearate. Thickener, emulsifier
Unfavorable Ingredients
2
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Avalon Organics CoQ10 Facial Cleansing Milk

19/38 Best Ingredients
11/38 Good Ingredients
8/38 Unfavorable Ingredients
18/38 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
10
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • stearic acid
    Stearic Acid. Surfactant, softening agent.
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
6
  • helianthus annuus (sunflower) seed oil(1)
    Sunflower Seed Oil. Sunflower seed oil is used as an emollient. It is a good source of Vitamin E and helps heal dry skin.
  • arnica montana flower extract(1)
    Arnica. Helps heal broken skin
  • chamomilla recutita (matricaria) flower extract(1)
    Chamomile. Anti-inflammatory properties. Rare cases of chamomile allergy exist.
  • salix alba (willow) bark extract(1)
    Willow. Skin soothing properties
  • sodium hyaluronate
    Sodium Hyaluronate. Heals damaged skin
  • sorbitol
    Sorbitol. Repairs and moisturizes skin
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • olea europaea (olive) leaf extract(1)
    Olive Leaf Extract. Anti-microbial properties
Moisturizing Ingredients
4
  • glyceryl stearate se
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • caprylic/capric triglyceride
    Caprylic Acid. Coconut oil based skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter(1)
    Shea Butter. Very effective skin moisturizer.
  • prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil(1)
    Sweet Almond. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Conditioning Ingredients
1
  • borago officinalis seed oil(1)
    Borage. Skin-conditioning agent.
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • aqua (water)
    Aqua. Water
  • cetearyl alcohol
    Cetearyl Alcohol. Thickening agent
  • cetearyl glucoside
    Cetearyl Glucoside. Emulsifying agent
  • phenethyl alcohol
    Phenethyl Alcohol. Fragrance
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
  • alcohol(1)
    Alcohol. If in large quantities, alcohol can be irritating and/or damaging to skin.
Unfavorable Ingredients
8