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Finding the right cleanser is the basis of a great skin care routine, but it can also be the most overwhelming part. From foaming cleansers to oil-based makeup removers, it can be tough to know exactly where to start — especially if you're looking for an affordable drugstore option.
It looks Dr. Pimple Popper herself, Sandra Lee, might have provided a helpful hint in her new skin care routine video with Harper's Bazaar. Lee said that she reaches for the surprisingly affordable CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser to cleanse her skin in the evening.
Lee said that she likes to alternate her cleanser every other day to target different skin issues. She reaches for the CeraVe cleanser to target dryness, then the next day she'll wash with the SLMD Salicylic Acne Cleanser to reduce dark spots — which retails for $25.
New York-based dermatologist Joshua Zeichner told TODAY that the CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser is gentle enough for almost all skin types.
"This wash is a nonsoap cleansing lotion that can be used across almost all skin types, including those with sensitive skin," Zeichner told us. "It contains moisturizing ingredients to hydrate the skin, along with skin barrier repairing ceramides. Think of ceramides like spackle that sits between your skin cell tiles."
Though the cleanser should be gentle enough for most skin types, Zeichner does think it's best for those dealing with dryness.
"Given that the cleanser is so mild, those with oily skin or acne may need a more powerful, foaming cleanser to fully remove oil from the skin," he said.
To see what else Lee uses to keep her skin looking flawless, check out her nighttime skin care routine on Harper's Bazaar.
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