How Clean Does Your Skin Really Need To Be?

Here’s a breakdown on products to help you come clean.


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A clean face is important. When the day ends you can’t help but want to remove the grime, make-up and SPF of the day. Yes sure, you want a healthy, germ-free face, but you also don’t want to overdo it.

No matter your skin type, you should cleanse your face at least once a day – that’s evenings – to take away said make-up, oil and grime. If your skin is feeling tight and raw, you’ve gone overboard (Need visuals? Think about our gal Sam).

But get this, typically this isn’t about how often you’re cleansing, but rather which cleanser you’re using. That’s why it’s important to take time to use the correct one. We’ve done this nifty round-up.

Got Oily Skin?

Oily skin can be a little bit difficult to clean. It often requires a tailored arsenal of skincare products. You are dealing with excess oil, possible blackheads and occasional pimples. Try these selects:

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil Control Foam Wash

This is specially formulated to gently help wash away excess oils, make-up and impurities that can clog pores and cause spots. It helps to control shine without over-drying skin. Available at Dis-Chem.

Cetaphil Derma Control Oil Control Foam Wash

Garnier Skin Active Oil Control Complete Face Wash

You’re about to get a real deep clean with this cleanser that contains zinc and other purifying agents to deliver a good wash without exfoliating granules. Suitable for use on normal to oily skin. Available at Dis-Chem.

Garnier Skin Active Oil Control Complete Face Wash

Johnson & Johnson Face Care Face Wash Oil Control

Looking to feel refreshed while controlling shine? This one is specially formulated with grapefruit and lemongrass extracts to help control shine and leave skin looking beautifully matte. Available at Dis-Chem.

Johnson & Johnson Face Care Face Wash Oil Control

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Got Acne-Prone Skin?

Dealing with blemishes? Most experts suggest using formulas with some acid… we’re talking the salicylic and glycolic kind. Glycolic acid helps prevent acne blemishes while salicylic acid can reduce sebum secretion, which is another way it can help reduce acne. Try these options:

Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Purifying Gel

This gel provides a deep purifying cleanse that’s perfect for clearing excess sebum and impurities without over-drying your skin. It contains Vichy Thermal Spa Water, salicylic acid and glycolic acid, making it soap-free formula that’s gentle enough to use every day. Available at Dis-Chem.

Vichy Normaderm Cleansing Purifying Gel

Ponds Pimple Clear Facial Foam

Want clear skin? Try this cleanser formulated with active Thymo-T Essence, which targets pimples at their root cause and helps protect skin from future breakouts. Available at Dis-Chem.

Ponds Pimple Clear Facial Foam

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

This breakout-fighting foaming wash clears away dead skin cells, dirt and excess oils that clog pores and cause breakouts. Use on your face, back and neck. Available Dis-Chem.

Dermalogica Clear Start Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash

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Got Sensitive Skin?

Red, itchy, hot skin? This can be caused by a skin barrier that is either naturally thin or compromised by too many products. To find a cleanser that’s right for you, test on a small area for a few days to see if it causes a reaction. Here are a few to try:

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

A mild, non-irritating formulation that soothes as it cleans, it’s even gentle enough for a baby’s delicate skin. Available at Dis-Chem.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Dry/Sensitive Skin

As gentle as a cleansing milk and as effective as soap, this creamy foaming cleanser washes away make-up, pollutants and other impurities that can block pores, while preserving the skin’s natural moisture balance. Available at Dis-Chem.

Clarins Gentle Foaming Cleanser Dry

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Foaming Gel

An ultra-rich foaming gel that cleanses and soothes, this one is paraben-free, fragrance-free, soap-free and hypoallergenic. That all means: no irritation. Available at Dis-Chem.

Bioderma Atoderm Intensive Foaming Gel

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