Skin Cleansing Products

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With so many different skin types -- from sensitive to dry -- and so many different skin problems -- from wrinkles to acne -- it can be difficult to find the skin-cleansing formula that's right for you. Where's the best place to start?

By John Barrymore

If soap leaves your skin dry and irritated, you may need a soapless skin cleanser. Soapless cleansers are gentler on skin and just as effective at removing dirt and oil -- but how do they work?

By Christina Pander

If you've found your skin reacting badly to certain products, you might want to check the label for gluten. Those with very sensitive skin might benefit from using gluten-free cleansers that are gentle on delicate facial tissue.

By Chris Obenschain

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Less than 200 years ago, soap was considered a luxury item, and people's bathing habits were infrequent, at best. We've come a long way since then. These are the five cleansers you'll most commonly see in showers.

By Chris Obenschain

With so many different soaps and body washes on the market, it can be difficult to select the right one for you. Find out if body washes or other cleansers will work best for your skin type.

By Sarah Siddons

Dry, scaly skin can be a problem, especially in winter months. Moisturizing skin cleansers let you shed your scales and molt into spring-fresh skin.

By Sarah Siddons

Is your face itchy? Figuring out the right products and the most effective cleansing routine are the first steps in providing relief for your dry skin.

By Sarah Rutland

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Irritated skin -- whether red or dried-out -- can be a sign that you're using the wrong product for your skin. But is it time to change your cleanser?

By Sarah Jourdain

Some of us are trained to look at the list of ingredients on boxes of cereal and candy bars, but have you ever scoured the back of a bottle of skin cleanser? Do cosmetics companies put everything on their labels?

By Alexander Page

Using bar soap or liquid soap is essentially a personal preference, but debates have raged on over which skin product works better. Can you stand a little soap scum, or does your cleanser come from a bottle?

By Elizabeth Forester

Because everyone's skin type is different and using the wrong kind of cleanser can lead to irritation, skin cleansers have to be evaluated. What are some of the things you should look for when sizing up a product?

By Gina Fisher

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With so many options out there for body soaps, it can be hard to decide which to choose. Could you be using one that's wrong for your skin type?

By Sarah Siddons

You might not think the difference between soap and body wash is a big deal, but there are some important distinctions. While soaps are rougher on the skin, body wash tends to be better-suited for sensitive skin types.

By Christina Pander

For decades, cleansing creams have been popular for their ability to remove makeup and cleanse your skin. But take caution: This tried-and-true skin care product might not be for everyone.

By John Barrymore

The area around your eyes is home to some of the most sensitive skin on your body. What makes specialized wipes better-equipped to clean this area than a regular face or body wash?

By Sarah Siddons

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Although we don't think too often of skin cleansers going bad, a preservative called BHT keeps them from decomposing in our cabinets. How does BHT work, and is it safe to use?

By Alexander Page

Coconut tastes great in cakes and pies, but have you ever thought of the many things coconut oil can do? You'll often find it in skin cleansers and soaps -- what's it doing there?

By Elizabeth Forester

Many of us choose a cleanser to keep our skin healthy and feeling good, but scent can be a big part of the decision, too. What kinds of fragrances go into skin cleansers, and are they there to help or irritate?

By Sarah Siddons

Frankincense has been a go-to health and beauty product -- especially in the Middle East -- for centuries. But what skin types can truly get the most out of cleansing with it?

By Aida Duncan

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As an essential oil derived from tree bark, ho wood appears in many skin products and cleansers. What component can make it effective in treating itchy, irritated skin?

By Gina Fisher

Research has shown that lavender, when inhaled, may have a calming effect on people. But when it's used in cleansers, how does that effect translate to better skin?

By Aida Duncan

Lime not only adds a great aroma to cleansers, it can improve skin's overall appearance, too. Find out what makes it so effective in evening skin tone.

By Alexander Page

Many drink chamomile in teas to relax. But when used topically, can this natural product have the same calming effect on your skin?

By Aida Duncan

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Rose oil is one of the most sought-after -- and expensive -- fragrances in the world. When used in cleansers, what benefits does it provide besides making you smell good?

By Elizabeth Whitmore

Since it's derived from natural substances, sodium cocoate is unlikely to be a health hazard. But, when added to cleansers, what can actually do to improve your skin?

By Sarah Siddons