5 Best Liquid & Gel Cleansers

Top picks for best drugstore cleansers, an acne-fighting champion, luxury cleanser, and an organic option that I have loved for years.

I would almost say, “any cleanser will do” since most cleansers and a washcloth will adequately clean the face but there are a few that I think are exceptional. That’s not to say out of the hundreds of cleansers on the market, most don’t rate, they do. They get the job done. Neither does one have to spend very much money on a cleanser. After all, it’s on the skin for a very short amount of time then goes right down the drain.

I use liquid and balm cleansers equally in rotation. I have five liquid cleansers that stand out to me based on active ingredients that deliver a little something extra for the skin.

Best Drugstore Cleansers

MD complete cleanser CeraVe cleanser drugstore cleansers

MD Complete Restoring Cleanser – A recent discovery and drugstore brand as well. It’s creamy, foamy, hydrating, and calming to the skin.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser – I love this one for the quality skincare ingredients included in the formulation at a drugstore price. Hyaluronic Acid adds moisture and Ceramides protect the skin from irritants. It’s also fragrance-free.

Best for Acne

Quantum hydro gel cleanser face wash kalma toner acne

Quantum Hydrox Gentle Foaming Cleanser – I discovered this duo last year in a Canadian pharmacy. It’s difficult to get your hands on but well worth the effort. It’s a glycolic and salicylic based cleanser great for treating acne or for gentle chemical exfoliation.

Best Organic Cleanser

tata harper regenerating cleanser

Tata Harper Regenerating Cleanser – From the organic skincare line, Tata Harper, this cleanser is a little more costly but I highly recommend it for its organic properties. It’s a BHA exfoliating cleanser that is free of soaps, alcohols, and detergents. It’s also vegan and cruelty-free.

Best Luxury Cleanser

oskia renaissance cleansing gel

OSKIA Renaissance Cleansing Gel – My favorite luxury cleanser is this milky gel cleanser by OSKIA. It contains retinol and fruit enzymes to exfoliate dead skin.

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