Combination skin can be tricky to manage. Products that work on the dry patches might not always do the same on oily spots (and vice versa), which is why finding the right cleansers for combination skin is indeed a task.
You want to look for one that hydrates and smooths dry areas, while simultaneously provide oilier parts with a sufficient deep cleanse. Ahead, we’ll be sharing a few tips on how to pick the best cleansers for combination skin, as well as share some of our favourites.
How to choose the best cleansers for combination skin?
When it comes to the best cleansers for combination skin, experts say to look for ones with a gel or light foam base that have gentle exfoliants to counteract oiliness and ingredients like ceramides or hyaluronic acid for hydration.
You would need a formula that can help balance and protect the skin’s lipid barrier, locking in sufficient moisture while also cleansing away dirt, grime, and excess oil.
To help you narrow down your options, we rounded up some of the best cleansers for combination skin to help you choose the best one that suits your skin.
21 best cleansers for combination skin
Innisfree Green Tea Foam Cleanser
Leave your skin fresh and rejuvenated with the soothing benefits of highly concentrated green tea, amino acids, and green tea root extract. Your skin will feel refreshed after a long tiring day, especially in our humid weather. It also helps to remove impurities while keeping your skin hydrated.
Innisfree Green Tea Foam Cleanser (150ml) retails for RM41 at Hermo.
Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash
This cleanser is packed with pure ingredients and multivitamins such as vitamin B5, vitamin E, and bisabolol to keep your skin nourished. It is also free from harsh chemicals like colours, dyes, and artificial fragrances that can irritate the skin, making it ideal even for those with sensitive skin.
Simple Kind to Skin Moisturizing Facial Wash (150ml) retails for RM15.96 at Watsons.
Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash
One of the best cleansers for combination skin, this 100% vegetarian facial wash by Origins is made especially for those with that skin type. Broad leaf kelp extract helps prevent excess oil production while wheat protein in this cleanser protects and hydrates dry zones, keeping your skin fresh and balanced all day.
Origins Check And Balances Frothy Face Wash (150ml) retails for RM115 at Sephora.
Neutrogena Liquid Pure Mild Facial Cleanser
If you’re looking for a mild cleanser that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients, you might want to give the Neutrogena cleanser a shot. This glycerin-based cleanser is extra gentle on the skin.
On top of that, it is non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog your pores – perfect for those with an oilier T-zone! Plus, the formula is also made to remove any dead skin cells accumulated on the surface of your skin, which can cause dryness and a dull and rough complexion.
Neutrogena Liquid Pure Mild Facial Cleanser (150ml) retails for RM15.90 at Hermo.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
Of course, we can’t leave out the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser in a roundup of the best cleansers for combination skin. A crowd favourite, this cucumber-scented gel cleanser is packed with amino acid-rich soy proteins that can help remove impurities, including stubborn makeup. It’s also pH-balanced, so it won’t cause your skin to dry out or throw it off balance.
Fresh Soy Face Cleanser (150ml) retails for RM177 at Sephora.
Murad Prebiotic 4 in 1 Multi Cleanser
The Prebiotic 4 in 1 Multi Cleanser by Murad is a non-drying cleanser that removes stubborn makeup, dirt, and impurities. The prebiotics found in the formula works by nourishing our skin with good bacteria to promote healthy, balanced skin. Besides that, it also contains cyclic peptides that provide a deep cleanse without stripping your skin of its natural oils.
Murad Prebiotic 4 in 1 Multi Cleanser (148ml) retails for RM188.10 at Hermo.
Alteya Organics Organic Facial Cleanser & Wash – Grapefruit and Zdravetz
This organic cleanser is formulated with pure essential oils that can help remove dirt, impurities, makeup, and excess oil. It is also enriched with grapefruit and Zdravets oils to balance the skin’s overall moisture and sebum production. Hence, it’s perfect for those with combination skin. However, if your skin is particularly sensitive to essential oils, consider other fragrance-free options on our list!
Alteya Organics Organic Facial Cleanser & Wash (150ml) retails for RM35 at Shopee.
Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil
Infused with natural virgin coconut oil, the Laniege Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil is specifically made to get rid of heavy makeup, leaving no trace behind! It does not irritate the skin around the eyes, so you don’t have to worry about removing your eye makeup. This cleansing oil even removes excess sebum and blackheads with the help of pore-unclogging mugwort extract.
Laneige Perfect Pore Cleansing Oil (250ml) retails for RM135 at Shopee.
KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser
Formulated with certified organic noni fruit extracts, green tea extracts, sandalwood oil, and aloe vera, KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser removes nasties from your skin, balances oil production, while also protecting the skin against harmful free radicals. It also has soothes your skin to dial the redness down and keep it balanced.
KORA Organics Foaming Cleanser (100ml) retails for RM123 at Sephora.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash
The Body Shop’s non-drying formula cleanses away impurities, keeping your skin moisturised and extra clean. Packed with nourishing vitamin E and wheat germ oil, its light creamy texture effortlessly sweeps away dirt and oil.
The Body Shop Vitamin E Gentle Facial Wash (125ml) RM64 at Zalora.
Clinique All About Clean Liquid Facial Soap – Combination Oily Or Oily Skin
One of the most well-known cleansers for combination skin, Clinique’s facial soap cleanses your skin without stripping away its natural oils. It’s also soft and gentle, removing debris and dry flakes while also preserving the skin’s natural moisture balance. Many users have said it truly helped their dry or combination skin and it’s been a staple of theirs for years.
Clinique All About Clean Liquid Facial Soap (200ml) retails for RM100 at Clinique Online Store.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Purifying Cleanser
Another fan favourite, this Clarins cleanser is enriched with organic yellow gentian and organic lemon balm to give your skin the thorough cleanse it needs. Thanks to meadowsweet extract found in the cleanser, it helps to reduce the production of sebum, leaving your skin less oily. Besides that, the gentle surfactants help to preserve the skin’s microbiota balance too.
Clarins Gentle Foaming Purifying Cleanser (125ml) retails for RM115 at Clarins Online Store.
Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser
You know your cleanser isn’t the best for you if it leaves your skin dry and tight – but that’s not something you’ll experience with the Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser.
It cleanses and leaves your skin soft without disrupting the skin’s natural moisture balance, thanks to skin conditioners and its vitamin complex. It’s also fragrance-free and non-comedogenic, making it great for sensitive, acne-prone skin.
Cetaphil Gentle Foaming Cleanser (250ml) retails for RM32 at Watsons.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser
Hailed as one of the best cleansers for combination skin, Kiehl’s cleanser is a gentle one that contains squalane, avocado oil, and glycerin to preserve your skin’s moisture balance as it cleanses.
It effectively removes dirt, makeup, and impurities for soft, clear skin. This pH-balanced cleanser also helps to maintain the skin’s protective barrier.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser (150ml) retails for RM102 at Kiehl’s Online Store.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
An award-winning cleanser that removes makeup, dirt, and oils from the skin surface. It is enriched with meadowfoam seed oil extract that conditions, hydrates, and tones the skin in one simple step. Users said their skin feels refreshed instantly, so it’s easy to see why it’s one of the best cleansers for combination skin.
Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser (240ml) retails for RM97 at Sephora.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam
Need a balancing cleanser that also brightens your skin? The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam is one you have to try. This cleanser is enriched with rice extract, which is widely known to restore your skin’s radiance. It also washes away impurities effortlessly, keeping your skin hydrated and fresh all day long.
The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Cleansing Foam (150ml) retails for RM23.10 at Shopee.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
Ideal for removing makeup, dirt and excess oil, the CeraVe Foaming cleanser deeply cleanses your skin without stripping away too much moisture. It’s formulated with three skin-friendly ingredients – ceramides, niacinamide, and hyaluronic acid – to help restore the skin’s barrier and lock in moisture.
CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser (355ml) retails for RM102 at Threebs.
Dr.Jart+ Teatreement Cleansing Foam
Combination skin that’s also acne-prone is even tougher to manage. That is why we’re thankful that Dr.Jart+’s Teatreement Cleansing Foam exists. It’s a mild cleanser that can washes away impurities without irritating the skin.
It also balances the moisture levels in the skin to prevent it from drying out, especially if you’re already using an acne treatment in your routine. The antioxidants and salicylic acid help exfoliate and fight any impurities to keep your skin smooth and clear.
Dr Jart+ Teatreement Cleansing Foam (120ml) retails for RM90 at Sephora.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser
This vegan cleanser is super gentle, and while it doesn’t foam or lather up, it keeps your skin clean and fresh all day. That’s thanks to the five skin conditioners infused in the formula. The cleanser also contains Poloxamer instead of traditional soap, which is the same mild cleansing agent used in contact lens solution. Hence, it is a safe option that won’t sting your skin or eyes.
Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser (177ml) retails for RM149 at Zalora.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
The special cleansing gel by Dermalogica is a soap-free gel cleanser that gently cleanses your skin without being too harsh on it. It is infused with naturally foaming Quillaja Saponaria, which helps remove toxins and impurities from the skin. On top of that, this cleansing gel also contains balm mint and lavender extracts to soothe and refresh dry parts of your skin.
Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel (250ml) retails for RM219 at Dermalogica Online Store.
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
For silky smooth skin, try this iconic cleanser by SK-II. It is formulated with SK-II’s signature ingredient Pitera, a natural ingredient containing over 50 micronutrients, spanning vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and organic acids. Your skin will receive all the nutrients it needs and feel thoroughly cleansed after, thanks to one of the best luxury cleansers for combination skin.
SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser (120g) retails for RM249 at Sephora.
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