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The Best Drugstore Face Wash For Your Skin Type

by Taylor Borde

The Best Drugstore Face Wash For Your Skin Type
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You don’t have to splurge on fancy skincare to find a great cleanser. Rinsing your face has never felt better with these 11 affordable face washes—one for every skin type, concern, and seasonal flare-up. Keep scrolling to find the guilt-free formulas people love from Walmart, Target, and even Amazon.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Normal Skin

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser


Neutrogena’s Fresh Foaming Cleanser is a cult favorite, its versatility being one of the many reasons people have been obsessed with this affordable option for years. The fragrance-, soap-, and alcohol-free formula makes it great for all skin types without a serious skin problem. This reviewer said it best: “It's an awesome price and does its job. What more do you want in a cleanser? It really takes all the makeup off and cleans the pores.”

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Dry Skin

Derma E Hyaluronic Hydrating Cleanser


Say goodbye to dry, flaky skin with this hydrating cleanser from Derma E. The magic ingredient is hyaluronic acid, which helps to keep moisture in the skin, giving you a refreshed and radiant complexion with each wash. One reviewer said her “face didn’t feel like it was burning as it does with other drugstore brands,” and that it left her skin “instantly hydrated.” Just another Amazon beauty find to add to your cart.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Oily Skin

Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Cleanser for Oily Skin


Give your blotting sheets a break with Garnier’s Micellar Foaming Cleanser that takes care of dirt and shine with just one rinse. According to dermatologist Sonia Batra, “Foaming cleansers often work well for oily skin because they help break apart and dissolve oil on the skin surface.” With this gentle face wash you won’t have to worry about harsh scrubbing, thanks to micelle molecules that lift makeup and grime away for a squeaky-clean (and more importantly) matte face.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Combination Skin

Bliss Makeup Melt Jelly Cleanser


“I bought this cleanser on a whim not expecting much,” said one user. “It looked like a dupe for the Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, but it’s so much better.” This two-in-one cleanser-slash-makeup remover can literally melt away a full face of foundation without drying the skin, for less than $15. Not to mention it has an aesthetically pleasing bottle that would look great on your countertop.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Acne

Alba Botanica Good & Clean Gentle Acne Wash


Finding a cleanser that doesn’t irritate or break out acne-prone skin is a trial-and-error process, especially when you’re working with a budget. But with reviews praising the gentle, frothy formula, deep-cleaning salicylic acid, and subtle fruity scent, you can confidently purchase this Alba face wash for your sensitive skin—all at a drugstore price. Bonus: you can also use it as a body wash to combat that hard-to-reach bacne.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Sensitive Skin

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser


This non-alkaline, non-comedogenic cleanser won’t dry or dull your skin, making it the perfect option for sensitive skin. Cetaphil is drugstore classic for its gentle, lotion-like formula that reduces redness with immediate hydration and relief. One ride-or-die fan (who has been using Cetaphil for 13 years) says, “Although my acne is gone now, I still use this soap because of sensitive skin issues and occasional breakouts.” Need I say more?

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Rosacea/Eczema

Dove DermaSeries Face Wash


Aside from being a personal favorite from my local Target, Dove’s new DermaSeries line is just just what your clinically dry or itchy skin needs. “I recommend this for my patients with rosacea or eczema, or those just with dry, sensitive skin,” says Dr. Elizabeth Hale, MD, clinical associate professor of dermatology at NYU Langone Medical Center. Hypoallergenic, fragrance-free, and dermatologist-tested, this creamy cleanser has even won the 2018 Seal of Approval from the National Eczema Association.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Rough Skin

No7 Total Renewal Micro-Dermabrasion Exfoliator


With more than 4.5 stars and over 250 raving reviews on Target’s website, the new No7 line is clearly a leader among drugstore face washes. Tiny micro-crystals work to sweep away dead skin to smooth out an uneven skin tone. “This product is great for brightening my fair skin and fading acne scars,” says one glowing review. “I’ve been using this for about three months, and my ugly, red scars that I’ve had for four-plus years are almost completely faded away!”

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for Anti-Aging

Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser


Wrinkles and fine lines don’t stop when you’re running short on funds. Enter: the Aveeno Absolutely Ageless Nourishing Cleanser, ringing in under $10 at most corner stores. Removing 99 percent of skin-aging impurities like dirt, oil, and makeup, it’s gentle enough for everyday use without breaking the bank. “I’ve tried a lot of high-end stuff for my face in the past couple of years, but I have to say—Aveeno is doing better than anyone else,” says one satisfied user.

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Best Drugstore Face Wash for a Deep Clean

Bioré Deep Pore Charcoal Cleanser


Everyone knows the Bioré Pore Strips are pure gold for removing blackheads, but this charcoal face wash was a hidden gem. After hustling in the summer heat, makeup melting in your pores, you need something a little tougher than your daily face wash. “Affordability aside, I like this cleanser specifically because I can actually feel it tingling while it cleanses my pores,” says one reviewer. “I always keep a bottle in my shower and use it when my face needs a good, deep clean.”

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Best Natural Drugstore Face Wash

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil


If cruelty-free and natural ingredients are important to you, then you should try Burt’s Bees cleansing oil. With hydrating coconut and argan oil, it’s suggested for normal to dry skin, or anyone who loves an oil-based face wash. “The longer you leave this on your skin, the better the result,” says a satisfied user. “Ten minutes is like getting a professional facial. It dissolves clogged pores and blackheads and gives an incredible glow and softness to the skin.” She even claims it’s better than the cult-favorite DHC oil cleanser, but at half the price.