Facial Cleansers for Combination Skin

I’m trying to take better care of my skin. In my younger years, I would maybe wash my face in the morning and I would maybe wash the makeup off at night. Now I make a point to wash it both morning and night because it really is an important step in skincare. Not only does it remove dead skin cells and cleanse the skin of oil build up, but it provides a fresh base for facial products and makeup.
So let’s talk about some facial cleansers. I have combination skin, and because of that I like to switch up my routine to address different skin issues that I have. Here are some of my favorite facial cleansers that I use regularly.


Blemish Fighting:
Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser has salicylic acid, which is a common ingredient found in blemish fighting products. Salicylic acid helps to dissolve skin cell bonding agents, which results in a drying effect. If you use something with saliciylic acid be sure to moisturize well afterwards. I tend to use this more often in the morning.
Radiant Skin:
Aveeno Positively Radiant Facial Cleanser is a gentle formula that gives my skin a rest, and it contains multiple ingredients to give skin a brighter appearance. It has a light, fresh scent and cleanses without being harsh. Another thing that I really like about Aveeno is that their products contain natural ingredients. When I use this product at the end of the day I usually do a quick cleanse to remove makeup (or use a cleansing facial wipe) then use this a second time with my Clarisonic.
All In One:
On the higher-priced end of the spectrum, I love Philosophy Purity Made Simple. I didn’t want to like it because of the price tag, but it is honestly one of my favorites. It is said to be a one step product, meaning that it removes dirt and makeup while it cleanses the pores. This too has some natural ingredients such as sage, chamomile, and carrot. It truly does what it says and my skin feels amazingly clean afterwards.
The Mario Badescu Glycolic Foaming Cleanser is something I decided to try on a whim and recently added it to the rotation. I love that it lathers easily because for some reason it makes me feel like it’s working. *I feel the same way about shampoo…don’t ask. I only use this 2-3 times a week due to the exfoliating properties of the glycolic acid, which helps to break down the skin’s surface, reduce discoloration, and minimize pores.
Do you switch things up or do you keep things tried and true with one cleanser?

3 thoughts on “Facial Cleansers for Combination Skin

  1. I use cetaphil anti bacterial soap to cleanse. My dermatologist recommended it to me in my 20's when I had issues with acne, but even now in my 30's it still works great! In my 20's I never needed a moisturizer, but now I use pure aloe with a drop of lavender essential oil, and a drop of grapeseed oil. Most store bought moisturizers cause me to break out so I made my own. I actually exfoliate with baking soda, but only every few weeks. My skin does best when I don't mess with it a lot. The derm said as long as I remove my makeup before bed with cetaphil I don't really need to use anything else unless my skin feels dry. That's ok with me! My skin care routine costs me maybe $2 per month!

    I really enjoy your blog! Found you through Lauren's blog. 🙂 Have a great week!


  2. Rebecca – good to know about the Cetaphil. I've never tried it, but will definitely have to check it out! I've been using a little coconut oil recently at night (blog post coming soon) as a moisturizer. I may have to look into the lavender and grapeseed as well.

    Thank you for following. So glad you enjoy it. 🙂


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