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Experts love these 14 face washes for all skin types — starting at $4

Fabulous skin may come at a price — but it can be a drugstore price!
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Finding the right cleanser for your skin type can be an overwhelming task. Sure, the packaging can say that a certain cleanser is best for oily skin or dry skin or acne-prone skin, but how do you know what actually works?

If walking through the skin care aisle makes your head spin for this very reason, don't worry. We've got you covered. Skin care experts know you don't need pricey products to achieve flawless skin, which is why we asked them to share their favorite drugstore face washes under $25. These picks prove that clear skin is attainable and budget-friendly.

Best drugstore face washes for dry skin

Eucerin Advanced Cleansing Body and Face Cleanser

"It's fragrance-free and won't irritate sensitive skin types or strip moisture, which makes it a great value all around," said Dr. Donna Bilu Martin, a board-certified dermatologist based in Aventura, Florida.

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

"I recommend Neutrogena frequently because [the formula] is gentle, won't strip the skin of its natural oils and also removes makeup. It's best for people with dry, sensitive or combination skin," said Washington D.C.-based dermatologist Dr. Elizabeth L. Tanzi.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Hydrating Gentle Cleanser

"This cleanser is well-suited for dry to sensitive skin but can be beneficial for all skin types — even oily and acne-prone skin. The product is surfactant-free and paraben-free to reduce dryness or irritation, leaving skin feeling smooth after cleansing," said New York City-based cosmetic dermatologist Dr. Jessica Weiser. "The milky consistency contains glycerin to prevent skin from drying, yet it is effective enough to remove debris and makeup from the skin's surface."

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser

"This cleanser is my all-around favorite! It's gentle, hydrating, noncomedogenic and good for all skin types," said Dr. Diane Walder, a Miami-based dermatologist.

St. Ives Gentle Smoothing Oatmeal Scrub and Mask

"I love this scrub-and-mask combo. It contains oatmeal, which can help nourish dry skin," said board-certified dermatologist Dr. Whitney Bowe. "It’s also gentle enough to act as an exfoliator for those with sensitive skin."

Best drugstore face washes for oily skin

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

"This product contains ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid, which makes it a great barrier to repair and soften the skin. It moisturizes while removing dirt, oil and eye makeup," said New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Patricia Wexler. "It’s noncomedogenic and non-irritating, plus it's great for normal to oily skin."

Cetaphil Pro DermaControl Oil Removing Foam Wash

"I love this wash because it balances the skin and leaves a silky and matte finish," said Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden of New York City. "Although it's made specifically for oil control and oily skin, it's great for most skin types because of the balancing effect. I use it and my skin is normal and mildly sensitive!"

Best drugstore face washes for acne-prone skin

Purpose Gentle Cleansing Bar

"I've been using this since I was a teenager with acne and sensitive skin. I have tried numerous other face washes and bars, but I always come back to this one. It cleanses my face without stripping natural oils and without making my skin dry or sensitive," said New York City-based physician Dr. Amy Wechsler.

Aveeno Positively Radiant Brightening Cleanser

"This cleanser isn't drying and helps even out my patients' skin tones. Obviously, it is oil-free and hypoallergenic. Many of my patients with acne or sensitive skin really love this product," said Dr. Jeanine B. Downie, dermatologic surgeon based in New Jersey.

Burt’s Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oil

"I love a cleansing oil to take off makeup and this one is great for anyone with sensitive skin," said esthetician Joanna Vargas. "It's soothing, hydrating and doesn't have harmful chemicals in it."

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

"This is a great cleanser for all skin types, but especially for anyone with sensitive skin," said Dr. Dendy Engelman, a board-certified dermatologist at New York City's Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. "After a long flight, I like to cleanse with a gentle formula and apply a moisturizer or sleeping mask if I’m turning in for the night."

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

"This hypoallergenic facial cleanser is gentle enough to remove dirt and makeup in one step while also deep cleaning the skin. It's great for all skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone," said Dr. Eric Schweiger, founder of Schweiger Dermatology Group.

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

"The first step to beautiful skin is thorough, effective cleansing," said skin care specialist Kate Somerville. "I really enjoy using the Simple Micellar Water to cleanse my skin at the end of the day. It’s made with purified water and vitamins, which is hydrating, while thoroughly removing makeup, dirt and clogged pores."

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

"I am a fan of this classic cleanser because it's not too harsh and will not dry out the skin. It doesn't have reactive ingredients in it so even the most sensitive skin types can use it," said electrical esthetician Melanie Simon. "Aggressive cleansers with acidic ingredients, like salicylic acid, strip the epidermis which makes the skin look dull. Cetaphil doesn't strip the top layer of the skin which reflects light and makes us appear more youthful."

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