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.

Best For Face Cleansers

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Good Ingredients

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Unfavorable Ingredients

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bareMinerals Pure Plush Gentle Deep Cleansing Foam

9/21 Best Ingredients
8/21 Good Ingredients
4/21 Unfavorable Ingredients
6/21 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
5
  • 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)
2
  • lauric acid
    Lauric Acid. Strong bactericidal and anti-inflammatory properties
  • sambucus nigra flower extract
    Elderberry. Skin-soothing properties
Protective Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf extract
    Rosemary. Antimicrobial, skin-conditioning agent
Abrasive Ingredients
1
  • sea salt (maris sal/sel marin)
    Salt. Nourishing ingredient, skin-conditioning agent, abrasive when in granules.
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • glyceryl stearate se
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • water (aqua/eau)
    Aqua. Water
  • sodium polyacrylate starch
    Sodium Polyacrylate Starch. Absorbing, film forming agent.
  • polyquaternium 39
    Polyquaternium 39. Film-forming agent
  • citrus grandis (grapefruit) fruit extract
    Grapefruit. Fragrance ingredient. Inconsistent evidence for phototoxicity.
  • fragrance (parfum)
    Fragrance.
  • limonene
    Limonene. Fragrance
Unfavorable Ingredients
4
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Liquid Neutrogena - The Transparent Facial Cleanser

8/16 Best Ingredients
5/16 Good Ingredients
3/16 Unfavorable Ingredients
2/16 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
6
  • sodium oleate
    Sodium Oleate. Cleansing agent. Possibly irritating to eyes
  • sodium cocoate
    Sodium Cocoate. Cleansing agent
  • sodium trideceth sulfate
    Sodium Trideceth Sulfate. Cleansing agent
  • disodium cocoamphodiacetate
    Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. Cleansing agent
  • trisodium edta
    Edta. Chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin. Considered safe because it's difficult to absorb through skin
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
Neutral Ingredients
5
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • sodium cocoamphoacetate
    Sodium Cocoamphoacetate. Cleansing agent. Believed to be non-irritating however cases of contact allergy exist.
  • yellow 5
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
  • red 33
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
  • blue 1
    Pigment. Pigment for skin care products.
Unfavorable Ingredients
3
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Banila co. Clean it Zero - Korean Cleansing Cream

8/20 Best Ingredients
8/20 Good Ingredients
4/20 Unfavorable Ingredients
9/20 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • peg 10 isostearate
    Peg-10 Isostearate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • rubus suavissimus (raspberry) leaf extract
    Raspberry. Skin purification properties
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • aspalathus linearis leaf extract
    Rooibos. Skin healing properties
  • carica papaya (papaya) fruit extract
    Papaya. Anti-inflammatory properties, used to heal burns
Abrasive Ingredients
2
  • polyethylene
    Polyethylene. Abrasive agent
  • bambusa arundinacea stem extract
    Bamboo. Used as a moisturizer or abrasive agent
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • peg 20 glyceryl triisostearate
    Peg-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate. Emollient
Conditioning Ingredients
1
  • cetyl ethylhexanoate
    Cetyl Ethylhexanoate. Lubricant
Neutral Ingredients
4
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • ci 16255
    Ci 16255. Red food color
  • ci 15985
    Ci 15985. Yellow food color
  • fragrance
    Fragrance.
Unfavorable Ingredients
4
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Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

6/12 Best Ingredients
3/12 Good Ingredients
3/12 Unfavorable Ingredients
3/12 Natural Ingredients
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Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
6
  • disodium cocoamphodiacetate
    Disodium Cocoamphodiacetate. Cleansing agent
  • sodium laureth sulfate
    Sodium Laureth Sulfate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • cocamide mea
    Cocamide Mea. Cleansing agent
  • laureth 10
    Laureth-10. Surfactant, cleansing agent
  • citric acid
    Citric Acid. Natural preservative, chelating agent, removes unwanted compounds from the skin.
  • peg 120 methyl glucose dioleate
    Peg-120 Methyl Glucose Dioleate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Neutral Ingredients
2
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • glycol distearate
    Glycol Distearate. Thickener, emulsifier
Unfavorable Ingredients
3
  • imidazolidinyl urea
    Imidazolidinyl Urea. Preservative. Potential contact allergy.
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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser, For Normal to Oily Skin

6/14 Best Ingredients
5/14 Good Ingredients
3/14 Unfavorable Ingredients
3/14 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • sodium laureth sulfate
    Sodium Laureth Sulfate. 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)
1
  • panthenol
    Vitamin B5. Heals broken or itchy skin
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • peg 7 glyceryl cocoate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Neutral Ingredients
4
  • water (purified)
    Aqua. Water
  • acrylates/steareth 20 methacrylate crosspolymer
    Acrylates⁄steareth-20 Methacrylate Crosspolymer. Film former
Unfavorable Ingredients
3
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Proactiv Renewing Cleanser

6/22 Best Ingredients
12/22 Good Ingredients
4/22 Unfavorable Ingredients
3/22 Natural Ingredients
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Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • disodium peg 12 dimethicone sulfosuccinate
    Disodium Peg-12 Dimethicone Sulfosuccinate. Surfactant, cleansing agent
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • anthemis nobilis flower extract
    Chamomile. Anti-inflammatory properties. Rare cases of chamomile allergy exist.
  • sodium hyaluronate
    Sodium Hyaluronate. Heals damaged skin
Abrasive Ingredients
1
  • polyethylene
    Polyethylene. Abrasive agent
Moisturizing Ingredients
5
  • glyceryl stearate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
  • tridecyl stearate
    Tridecyl Stearate. Emollient
  • neopentyl glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate
    Neopentyl Glycol Dicaprylate/dicaprate. Emollient
  • cetyl esters
    Cetyl Ester. Skin conditioner, emollient
  • tridecyl trimellitate
    Tridecyl Trimellitate. Emollient
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • other water
    Aqua. Water
  • magnesium aluminum silicate
    Magnesium Aluminum Silicate. Thickener
  • dimethyl isosorbide
    Dimethyl Isosorbide. Solvent
  • sodium pca
    Sodium Pca. Emulsifying agent
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
  • fragrance
    Fragrance.
Unfavorable Ingredients
4
  • propylene glycol
    Propylene Glycol. Antiseptic and preservative. Possibly irritating to skin.
  • imidazolidinyl urea
    Imidazolidinyl Urea. Preservative. Potential contact allergy.
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Albolene Moisturizing Cleanser

1/5 Best Ingredient
3/5 Good Ingredients
1/5 Unfavorable Ingredient
2/5 Natural Ingredients
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Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
  • beta carotene
    Beta-carotene. Heals skin and protect from sun damage
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • petrolatum
    Petrolatum. Helps other moisturizing ingredients by keeping them on the skin longer
Neutral Ingredients
2
  • paraffin
    Paraffin. Fragrance, thickening agent
  • ceresin
    Ceresin. Thickening agent, wax derived from ozokerite
Unfavorable Ingredients
1
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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser

9/23 Best Ingredients
9/23 Good Ingredients
5/23 Unfavorable Ingredients
2/23 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
3
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
  • polyoxyl 40 stearate
    Peg Monostearate. Cleansing agent
Healing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
4
  • 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 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 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
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • glyceryl monostearate
    Glyceryl Monoester. Skin-conditioning agent, emollient
Conditioning Ingredients
2
  • potassium phosphate
    Potassium Phosphate. PH adjuster
  • dipotassium phosphate
    Potassium Phosphate. PH adjuster
Neutral Ingredients
6
  • purified water
    Aqua. Water
  • behentrimonium methosulfate
    Behentrimonium Methosulfate. Emulsifying agent
  • cetearyl alcohol
    Cetearyl Alcohol. Thickening agent
  • sodium lauroyl lactylate
    Sodium Lauroyl Lactylate. Emulsifying agent
  • carbomer
    Carbomer. Controls consistency
  • xanthan gum
    Xanthan Gum. Thickening agent
Unfavorable Ingredients
5
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Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

1/10 Best Ingredient
8/10 Good Ingredients
1/10 Unfavorable Ingredient
1/10 Natural Ingredient
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
1
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • caprylyl glycol
    Caprylyl Glycol. Skin conditioner, moisturizer
Neutral Ingredients
7
  • water
    Aqua. Water
  • cetearyl alcohol
    Cetearyl Alcohol. Thickening agent
  • polyglyceryl 10 laurate
    Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate. Skin conditioning agent
  • ethylhexylglycerin
    Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin. Preservative derived from natural substances
  • cetearyl glucoside
    Cetearyl Glucoside. Emulsifying 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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Proactiv Deep Cleansing Wash

6/24 Best Ingredients
7/24 Good Ingredients
11/24 Unfavorable Ingredients
5/24 Natural Ingredients
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Anti-aging Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
2
Cleansing Ingredients (Best For Face Cleansers)
3
  • ammonium laureth sulfate
    Ammonium Laureth Sulfate. Cleansing agent. Irritating if not used with other good ingredients.
  • 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
  • polyethylene
    Polyethylene. Abrasive agent
Moisturizing Ingredients
1
  • jojoba esters
    Jojoba. Moisturizer
Neutral Ingredients
4
  • fragrance
    Fragrance.
  • chromium hydroxide green
    Ci 77289. Green food color
Unfavorable Ingredients
11