Updated Good, Great and just plain bad cleansers.

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My Don’t List:   1.) Biore Blemish Fighting Ice Cleanser.  It has been a couple of years since I used this cleanser, but the experience remains in my memory.  This product burned the heck out of my skin and it was dry and flaky for a couple of weeks.  If I remember correctly, I actually cried when I put it on. 
2.) Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Face  Wash.  When I first used this last night, I thought it was going to work well for me. Not the case when I woke up this morning.  I have a dry patch on my forehead and chin that were not there yesterday.  Tonight, I could feel some slight stinging and irritation when I used it.  Such a shame, I really wanted to like this product and now my dislike for natural products is solidified.  The few I have tried have done nothing but cause problems for my eczema.  However, this would be a great product for anyone with normal skin or people that have no plant allergies. I could see where my blemishes and blackheads looked better. 
Neutral:  1.) Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash.  I came upon this cleanser at a W Hotel and loved it at first.  It smells like bubble gum and is a really gentle cleanser; too gentle for my tastes.  It has small beads, so it is a cleanser and exfoliant in one. Which is pretty handy.  A lot of people say this cleared up blemishes, but I didn’t get that result.  If you have normal skin with minimal or no blemishes, this cleanser would probably work for you.  The travel size sells for $9 at Sephora and the luxury size retails at $34.  $34 seems a bit steep, but the luxury size is HUGE and you only need one pump.
2.) Lancôme Crème Radiance Cream to Foam Cleanser.  I normally love anything Lancôme, but their skincare isn’t up to par.  First of all, I could never get the stuff to foam. Secondly, I did not notice any improvements in my skin.  Thirdly, my skin felt strange after using it.  My skin did not feel thoroughly cleansed and was left feeling a bit dry.  This cleanser is for normal to combination skin and retails for $25 at Sephora, and is included in a couple of value sets.

3.) Boots Botanics Skin Brightening Deep Clean Gel.  I think this would be a great natural cleanser for people with oily skin, and if their skin is not sensitive.  It contains plant extracts, which cause my eczema to flair up a little.  It was not a bad flare up, and I am considering giving it another try to see if this cleanser really did cause it.   I did notice that my skin was not as oily, so this would be a good summer cleanser for anyone without eczema or sensitive skin.  This is a brand from the U.K. but some Boots products can be found at Target stores, and can be found on the Boots site and drugstore.com. 
Cleansers I love:  1.) Philosophy Purity Cleanser.  Great stuff!  A few months ago, my eczema on my skin flared up pretty badly.  I had a small bottle of this stuff from a set, so I tried it. It cleared up the redness in a few short days, along with getting rid of some small pimples.  It is gentle, but effective and leaves skin feeling soft.  The price ranges from $10-$40 depending on the size.  It does have a slight smell, but nothing overpowering, just a light, clean smell.
2.) Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser:  Perricone MD products are top notch and pretty pricey.  The effects of this were about the same as the Philosophy Purity Cleanser.  However, it does smell better. It smells like baby powder and has more of a gel like consistency.
3.) Noxzema, an inexpensive classic you cannot go wrong with. Gentle, refreshing and clears up minor blemishes.
4.) Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Cleanser.  This would likely be too strong for people with more severe eczema since it contains 2% salicylic acid.  This did not dry up my skin, but I only use it once a day and it did a nice job of quickly clearing up breakouts.  If this is too strong for you, I  would suggest a more gentle cleanser such as Noxzema Clean Blemish Control Foaming Wash.  It has %1 salicyclic acid and is much more gentle.
5.) Murad Vitalic Energizing Pomegranate Cleanser.  This is a foaming cleanser, but does not leave skin feeling stripped of moisture like many others.  It also acts as a toner, so it removes everything the first time and leaves the skin smooth. My skin looks a little brighter and healthier.  It is $26 but will last you a long time.  One pump is plenty for the entire face.

6.) Neutrogena Deep Clean Cream Cleanser.  It has been awhile since I have used this one, but it is one of the best inexpenisve cleansers. It leaves pores feeling squeaky clean and you will feel very refreshed.  I got compliments on my skin while using this.

7.) Perricone MD Skin Clear Cleanser: This is a good cleanser for sensitive, combination skin that is prone to mild breakouts. It does not contain salicylic acid, so it is more gentle than other acne cleansers.  I just swtiched to this cleanser, and other Perricone MD products. My overall tone and clairty have greatly improved in the last 3 days; my family has seen a difference.  There is more information in my "Skincare Overhaul" post.
8.) Garnier Nutritioniste Nutri-Pure wet cleansing towelettes.  These are perfect for nights you just don't feel like cleansing you face, but need to get makeup off. And they are also good if you go to the gym.  They are gentle, but effective.  They also smell really good and are refreshing. Plus, they are inexpensive ($4.50 for 25 towelettes).

I will review others as I come across them.

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  1. wow thanks so much for this post.i recently went to the derm and forgot to ask for reccomendations for cleasners for my face he gave me some creams tho that really have been improving my skin

  2. When I last went to the dermatologist, mine said CeraVe is a good one, and so is Cetaphil. I'm happy this has helped. It can be a challenge finding a good, non-irritating cleanser.


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