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Editor’s Picks: 16 of the Best Cream Cleansers to Calm and Hydrate Your Skin While You Cleanse

A gentle way to wash.
Best cream cleanser

If you’ve got dry skin, sensitive skin, or skin that always feels tight after cleansing, then you may want to switch to a cream cleanser.

Also known as cleansing cream, this type of formula is both gentler and more hydrating than other kinds of face wash, like foams and gels. That’s because it has a thicker, richer texture and produces only a mild lather (or no lather at all). Not only does it clean your skin without throwing off its pH level or stripping its protective barrier, it can also deposit soothing and moisturizing ingredients.

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But not all cream cleansers are made equal. Keep reading to discover the best cream cleansers on the market, why I chose them, and what you need to know about each one.

Editor’s Picks (At a Glance)

What to Look for in a Cream Cleanser

The Best Cream Cleansers of 2022

First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Blume Daydreamer Face Wash
Tatcha The Rice Wash
Tata Harper Softening Cleanser
Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser
Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser
Pai Middlemist Seven Camellia Rose Gentle Cream Cleanser

Best for Post-Procedure Skin: SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser

SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser