When it comes to developing a strong and effective skin-care regimen, washing your face is undoubtedly the most important step. If you don’t start with a high-quality face wash, your toners, serums, masks, and moisturizers aren’t going to work as well as they might.
Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist in New York City, suggests thinking of your skin as a canvas. “To begin, you’ll need a blank canvas. Active substances will penetrate and operate more efficiently if your skin is clean.”
While it’s true that a high-quality cleaner might cost a lot of money, there are plenty of less expensive alternatives that are just as effective. Some of the options are under ten and have all of the same nourishing, moisturizing, and dirt-busting components as fan-favorite luxury products.
So, to keep both your skin and your pocketbook happy, we’ve compiled a list of the best face cleansers under $15, all of which have been recommended by dermatologists and beauty experts. You may thank us later for your beautiful, clear skin and a balanced beauty budget.
Boré Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser
If you have acne-prone skin, you’ll need a strong cleanser to get rid of the debris, and Bioré’s Charcoal Acne Clearing Cleanser will do just that. It also has salicylic acid, which helps to combat acne. This effective skin-care component, according to board-certified dermatologist Naissan this cleanser is a winner when you really need to clear up pimples rapidly.
Olay Gentle Foaming Cleanser
Olay’s Gentle Foaming Cleanser, like several other cleansers on our list, is made with hydrating glycerin to keep skin from feeling tight and dry after use. It also contains citric acid, which brightens the skin by exfoliating the top layer. Plus, the cleanser’s creamy, frothy consistency is devoid of oil and soap, making it great for sensitive and acne-prone skin.
L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Cleanser
The L’Oréal Paris Pure-Clay Cleanser has three varieties of clay (kaolin, Moroccan lava, and montmorillonite) that mattify and cleanse the face without drying it out. The substance immediately changes from a clay to a mousse texture when water is added. Additionally, the cleanser contains eucalyptus for a relaxing sensation.
Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser
Clean & Clear’s oil-free Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser has tiny “burst beads” loaded with cooling cucumber and green mango ingredients to give skin a pleasant hydration wake-up call. Without blocking pores, the gel simply removes dirt and excess oil.
Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser
Vanicream’s Gentle Facial Cleanser is great for sensitive skin because it is free of soap, sulfates, perfumes, and parabens. Moisturizing glycerin and a light coconut-based surfactant are used in the composition to clean skin without taking away natural oils.
Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser
The Aveeno Ultra-Calming Foaming Cleanser, which has won two Allure Best of Beauty awards, is fragrance- and soap-free, and it eliminates debris, makeup, and oil without irritating or stripping skin. The recipe is moderate enough for twice-daily use and contains feverfew extract to help relieve irritation and minimize redness.
Carbon Theory Charcoal & Tea Tree Oil Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar
Nicola Dall’Asen, a staff writer, is normally wary of charcoal-based products, but Carbon Theory’s Breakout Control Facial Cleansing Bar quickly earned a spot on her skin-care shelf. It’s fantastic for dealing with sudden outbreaks or used right before applying matte makeup. Tea tree oil lowers inflammation in pimples, while charcoal helps pull excess oil out of pores
The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Acne Cleanser
According to Sandra Lee (aka Dr. Pimple Popper), a board-certified dermatologist, salicylic acid not only exfoliates away acne-causing debris and oil, but also helps to minimize the look of hyperpigmentation. The star of The Inkey List’s Salicylic Acid Cleanser is this ingredient, which makes it excellent for oily or acne-prone skin.
Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream
Burt’s Bees Deep Cleansing Cream’s chamomile and aloe vera soothe irritated and swollen skin as its soapy foam removes makeup, oil, and filth buildup. People with sensitive skin put this on your shopping list.
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Because it’s an all-in-one makeup remover and oil cleanser, senior beauty editor Dianna Mazzone always reaches for The Ordinary’s moisturizing Squalane Cleanser. “Since it melts into a spreadable cleaning oil, you just need the tiniest little of this balm to remove off every stitch of makeup,” Squalane, the major ingredient, is entirely responsible for how clean your skin feels afterward.
E.L.F. Gentle Peeling Exfoliant
E.L.F.’s Gentle Peeling Exfoliant is more like a face wash than a scrub, despite its name. In fact, if you’re prone to oil accumulation and congested pores, it’s mild enough to use every day. The way this Best of Beauty winner shucks off dead skin cells is particularly appealing to Allure editors.
Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel
The Acure Brightening Cleansing Gel has an antioxidant-rich mix of pomegranate, açai, and blackberry that protects skin from environmental stresses (such as pollution) while washing away the day’s grime, oil, and makeup. Lemon peel oil, on the other hand, reduces dryness and balances oil production..
Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
The Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser is a must-have in every skin-care routine, according to Allure editors and readers. Without overpowering odors, Neutrogena’s glycerin-rich gel solution dissolves built-up debris and makeup without depleting the skin of its natural oils.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Cleanser
This effervescent cleanser is a spin-off of Garnier’s Top of Beauty-winning Micellar Cleansing Water, so it’s no surprise that it can remove even the stubbornest eye makeup with a little water and elbow grease. The micellar water in this solution works because its molecules clump together and “act like magnets for filth and grease,” according to cosmetic scientist Joseph Cincotta.
Simple Moisturizing Facial Wash
Our tester loves Simple’s soft and soothing products, and the Moisturizing Facial Wash, which is made out of filtered water and pH-balancing glycerin, is no exception. Best for all skin types especially for sensitive skin.