15 drugstore face washes celebrity experts trust for great skin

Fabulous skin comes at a price — but only a drugstore one.
by Janell M. Hickman /  / Updated  / Source: TODAY

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Even celebrities aren’t all born with good skin; most of them work at it!

And wearing pore-clogging makeup as often as they do definitely doesn't help. But as top dermatologists and aestheticians know, you don't need pricey products or a skin expert on speed dial to look flawless.

TODAY Style reached out to 15 experts to find out their favorite face washes all available at your local drugstore for under $25. Read on to discover their picks (and why they love them).

For more of our drugstore beauty advice, check out our round-ups of anti-aging products, moisturizers, lip balms and products for curly hair.

Eucerin Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, $4, Walmart

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"It's fragrance-free and won't irritate sensitive skin types or strip moisture, which makes it a great value all around,” says Dr. Donna Bilu Martin. “I’m also a fan of Clark's Botanicals Soothing Herbal Face Wash!”

CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $8, Amazon

"This cleanser is my all-around favorite! It's gentle, hydrating, noncomedogenic and good for all skin types,” says Dr. Diane Walder, whose clients include George Hamilton.

Purpose Cleansing Bar, $7, Amazon

“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,” says Dr. Amy Wechsler.

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser, $13, Amazon

“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,” says Dr. Patricia Wexler, whose clients include Rita Ora. “It’s noncomedogenic and non-irritating — plus, it's great for normal to oily skin.”

Aveeno Positively Radiant Cleanser, $6, Walmart

“This cleanser isn't drying and helps even out my patient’s skin tones. Obviously, it is oil-free and hypoallergenic. Many of my patients with acne or sensitive skin really love this product,” says Dr. Jeanine B. Downie.

Burt’s Bees Facial Cleansing Oil with Coconut and Argan Oil, $16, Target

“I love a cleansing oil to take off makeup and this one is great for anyone with sensitive skin,” says celebrity facialist Joanna Vargas, whose clients include supermodel Karlie Kloss. “It's soothing, hydrating and doesn't have harmful chemicals in it.”

Cetaphil Daily Cleanser, $10, Amazon

“This is a great cleanser for all skin types but especially for anyone with sensitive skin,” says Dr. Dendy Engelman. “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.”

La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo-Cleanser, $24, Amazon

“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,” says 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.”

Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, $5, Walmart

“Many patients have been asking about the new ‘double cleansing’ trend, which can be time consuming and costly. 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,” says Dr. Eric Schweiger, whose clients include "Real Housewives" star, Kenya Moore.

Simple Micellar Water, $6, Amazon

“The first step to beautiful skin is thorough, effective cleansing,” says celebrity skin care specialist Kate Somerville, whose clients include Vanessa Hudgens, Anna Kendrick and Drew Barrymore. “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 DermaControl Oil Control Foam Wash, $9, Amazon

“I love this wash because it balances the skin and leaves a silky and matte finish,” says Dr. Fran E. Cook-Bolden. “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!”

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Hydrating Cleanser, $8, Amazon

"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,” says Dr. Elizabeth L. Tanzi.

Lierac Cream Cleansing Milk for Face and Eyes, $24, Dermstore

“It’s one of my favorite drugstore cleansers because it contains hyaluronic acid and it's super hydrating. It's best for sensitive or dry skin,” says Dr. Debra Jaliman.

Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $16, Dermstore

“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,” says aesthetician Melanie Simon, whose clients include Vanessa Williams. “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.”

St. Ives Nourished and Smooth Oatmeal Scrub and Mask, $5, Walmart

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

For more of our drugstore beauty advice, check out our round-ups of anti-aging products, moisturizers and products for curly hair.

This article was originally published in September, 2016.

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