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Choosing the Right Cleanser for Your Skin Type

To achieve beautiful, healthy skin you know you should be washing your face daily but walking through the aisles in the beauty store can leave you feeling overwhelmed!

Do I need a gel based or cream based cleanser?

Is expensive better?

Do I use the same cleanser for morning and night?

These are all important questions and actually do make a difference when choosing your cleanser, so we’ve got you covered and have all the answers you need in selecting the best cleanser for your skin.

What is My Skin Type?

The first step in selecting the best cleanser for your skin is determining what type of skin you have. Each person has unique needs when it comes to cleaning their skin and keeping it healthy and not all cleansers are treated equally.

The most common skin types are oily, dry, normal, acne prone, and/or a combination of these.

So how do you determine what type of skin you have?

This can be answered with simple observation.

Your skin type is based on the amount of sebum (oil) it produces and this can change over time or due to other factors like environment, nutrition, hormones, etc. Observing your skin to see how much oil it produces will be the main test to determine your skin type.

Read below to see the characteristics of each skin type and match them to the observations you make of your own skin to determine which is most like you, and ultimately help you determine the best cleanser for your skin.

Oily Skin


  • Appears greasy or shiny due to excess sebum, especially around the forehead, chin, and nose

  • Typically has less wrinkles, but larger pores resulting in blackheads, whiteheads, and acne blemishes

Cleanser Recommendations

  • Products that hydrate skin without clogging pores and triggering breakouts

  • Gentle, foaming cleansers possibly with lactic acid

Dry Skin


  • Produces less sebum

  • Appears dull and may have signs of flakiness or rough patches

  • Can feel tight

  • Often shows signs of fine lines and may feel itchy or irritated

Cleanser Recommendations

  • Cleansers that include gentle, soothing, and hydrating ingredients

  • Opt for fragrance and alcohol-free cleansers

  • Creamy formulas that don’t contain exfoliating beads

Combination Skin


  • Skin includes some areas that are dry and some areas that are oily

  • This skin type can vary depending on the time of year or stress/hormonal changes

Cleanser Recommendations

  • Lighter gel or creamy cleansers - these will effectively clear oil but won’t dry out the skin

Sensitive Skin


  • Can also be classified as dry, oily, or combination but shows regular signs of sensitivity like redness

  • May feel itchy, burning, or dry

Cleanser Recommendations

  • Try to identify what triggers the skin to become irritated, then avoid those ingredients in your cleanser

  • Once those ingredients are eliminated, choose a cleanser that best matches your skin type when it is not sensitive (dry, oily, or combination)


Finding the right cleanser begins with identifying your skin type, which can often be done with simple observation.

However, if you find it difficult to find the right product for you or want specific recommendations on a skin care regimen, visiting Luxe Vitality for a skin consultation may be the best move for you!

Our nurse practitioner, board certified in dermatology, can provide a complete skin care regimen tailored to any skin type and budget.

Make your appointment today to speak with our skin professionals!

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