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The Best Face Wash on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed products and single out the most convincing. While we’ve covered Rio’s favorite cleansers, a certain natural face wash that’s ideal for fighting acne, and a pricey yet soothing oat face wash for sensitive skin, here we’re doing a deeper dive on all the best face washes on Amazon. (Note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity.)

Best gel face wash for acne-prone skin

La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser for Oily Skin
$8 at Amazon

“I’ve been using this cleanser for about six months now and it’s great. First of all, my skin is oily and I reckon is also sensitive, and since using this product nothing bad has happened to my skin. After every use my face feels refreshed and clean. I don’t feel dry or tight after using this product. The scent is also good; just a neutral skin-care type of smell. I recommend it.”

Best foaming face wash for sensitive skin

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
$7 at Amazon

“I love this! It’s my go-to face cleanser. The texture is creamy and smooth, so it always feels luxurious on my skin. The scent is a gentle, sort of floral fragrance that isn’t too strong or overpowering. I always feel soothed when I use it. As for my skin, it leaves it soft and smooth. If I use it every day, my face doesn’t usually get really dry. I also notice less acne issues when I use it and have sensitive skin, and this has never irritated it. I’ve used it for two years now.”

Best cream face wash for combination skin

Neutrogena Naturals Fresh Cleansing Daily Face Wash + Makeup Remover
$14 at Amazon

“I purchased this because my dermatologist recommended it to me for acne-prone skin. It feels very smooth and silky on my skin and removes a full face of makeup without any effort. It has a very pleasant, natural apple smell to it. After using this product, my skin feels very clean and soft. It doesn’t strip away all my moisture or leave a residue like many face washes do. I love that it doesn’t leave my face looking red all over; my face just looks fresher and plumper.”

Best oil face wash for dry skin

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser, 8 Ounce
$21 at Amazon

“I’ve tried many, many cleansers, but none are as good as this one. I use this year-round because it’s not overdrying, and does fine in the winter. This cleanser doesn’t leave a residue, so you get squeaky-clean skin without it feeling dry and tight. I feel like it really does what it says and keeps your face clean and balanced. I get zero breakouts from this, and I have tricky skin. It’s the only cleanser I can use twice a day without my skin going crazy. Love, love, love!”

Best face wash for removing makeup

Banila Co NEW Clean It Zero Cleansing Balm Original for Normal Skin 100ml
$18 at Amazon

“I LOVE this balm cleanser. I am so impressed with the formula and how it melts makeup off of my face. It dissolves and washes off easily, taking all of my makeup with it. It’s hassle-free, doesn’t make a mess, and doesn’t irritate my skin.”

Best exfoliating face wash

Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser, 6 fl. oz.
$16 at Amazon

“I have hypersensitive skin (I get rashes instead of regular breakouts) and I needed a chemical exfoliant. This saved my skin, period. I use it about every other day — it doesn’t make my skin peel and doesn’t leave my skin dry. Just refreshed. And it’s ridiculously soft afterward. I seriously cannot believe this cleared up my blackheads AND reduced my hyperpigmentation from acne scars in just two weeks. This stuff is freaking amazing.”

Best brightening face wash

La Roche-Posay Pigmentclar Dark Spot Face Wash Brightening Foaming Cream Facial Cleanser with LHA
$25 at Amazon

“I just had my second child at 33. I noticed my skin was dull and I just looked exhausted (because I was)! This is more than I have ever spent on a cleanser, but their sunscreen is a solid investment, so I took the plunge. Wow! Two weeks later and four separate people have told me that I have ‘beautiful skin.’ I have not heard that since I was 18. My skin is truly brightened, healthy-looking, and glowing.”

Best clarifying face wash

Bioré Baking Soda Pore Cleanser for Combination Skin
$6 at Amazon

“I love this stuff. I have sensitive, acne-prone skin with rosacea and large pores. I wear makeup nearly every day. I have always had issues with cleansers never removing my makeup from my deep pores. I would have to cleanse my face up to three times, and still makeup would show up on a cotton ball after toner. This stuff gets it all off at once. And even though I have delicate, sensitive skin, I can use it twice per day. My skin needs the exfoliation and it works.”

Best smoothing, tightening face wash

Roc Max Resurfacing Anti-Aging Facial Cleanser, 5 Fl. Oz.
$10 at Amazon

“This made my face feel soooo clean and soft! I absolutely love it! I have large pores, some which were blocked, and this seemed to clean everything out, giving my face a smoother-looking complexion. I would suggest this to any aging woman, and especially those with large pores or acne. I’m 44 years old and I don’t recall my face ever feeling so soft. Love it!”

Best gentle face wash for rosacea

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, For all skin types, 16-Ounce Bottles (Pack of 2)
$28 at Amazon

“I’ve been using Cetaphil and its associated moisturizer since I was a teenager. No other product cleaned my oily skin without drying it horribly, and it took care of my acne and later it helps with rosacea. It takes oils off your skin like a miracle cure. Also, I keep a little in a container in my purse. Because it’s so easy (put on, wipe off with tissue) to use, I can freshen my skin anywhere.”

Best face wash for men

Neutrogena Mens Invigorating Daily Foaming Gel Face Wash
$5 at Amazon

“My husband buys this all the time and I never paid much attention to it, until one day I realized I’d run out of my own. I used it, and OMG it felt so good! Immediately, there was a cooling sensation that I’ve never felt with more expensive face washes. Afterward, my face felt deeply cleansed and fresh. I’ve been using it for quite a while now and my pores look smaller and my skin is so clear. Also, my skin doesn’t feel dry, even though I’m probably washing my face way too often.”

Best tea-tree-oil face wash

Tea Tree Oil Face Cleanser
$16 at Amazon

“I’ve been using the same skin products for 30 (yes, really) years, interspersed with the occasional face washes, creams, ad nauseam, from my dermatologist. I have also been somewhat amused by the fact that, at the ripe old age of 65, you can suddenly develop acne. I have earned my wrinkles; acne is just insulting. I recently stumbled on Era Organics products, and they really are miraculous (not gushing; just stating the facts). The products feel soothing. And they work. My teenage acne is cleared up and my skin looks brighter, feels soft, and is no longer a thorn in my side.”

Best pH-balanced face wash

Cosrx Low PH Good Morning Gel Cleanser, 5.07 Ounce
$10 at Amazon

“I’ve been using foam cleansers for years because I love feeling squeaky clean. I have combination skin that’s dehydrated, sensitive, and acne-prone, and was horrified to find out that the cleansers I have been using are way too high of a pH to be good for my skin! Lower pH products are antibacterial, which is great for acne-prone gals like myself. In pursuit of a replacement cleanser, I came across this CosRx one, which a lot of beauty bloggers rave about. It is gentle yet effective, with a pH of 5.5, as its advertisement claims.”

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The Best Face Wash, According to Amazon Reviews