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Editor’s Picks: 16 of the Best Cream Cleansers for When Your Skin Is Feeling Dry or Sensitive

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. 

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That’s because it has a creamy 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 also deposits moisturizing and soothing ingredients.

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

The Best Cream Cleansers of 2021 (At a Glance)

  1. Blume Daydreamer
  2. First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
  3. Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser
  4. Tatcha The Rice Wash
  5. Tata Harper Softening Cleanser
  6. Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser
  7. The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
  8. Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser
  9. Pai Middlemist Seven
  10. Naturally Serious Major Moisture Gentle Cream Cleanser
  11. Peet Rivko Gentle Cleanser
  12. SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser
  13. Arcona Four O’Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream
  14. Honua Hawaiian Skincare Pa‘akai Cleansing Cream
  15. Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream
  16. MV Skintherapy Gentle Cream Cleanser

What to Look for in a Cream Cleanser

The Best Cream Cleansers of 2021 (Reviews)

Blume Daydreamer
First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser
Kinship Naked Papaya Gentle Enzyme Face Cleanser
Tatcha The Rice Wash
Tata Harper Softening Cleanser
Omorovicza Moor Cream Cleanser
The Ordinary Squalane Cleanser
Versed Keep the Peace Acne-Calming Cream Cleanser
Pai Middlemist Seven
Naturally Serious Major Moisture Gentle Cream Cleanser
Peet Rivko Gentle Cleanser
SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser
Arcona Four O'Clock Flower Gentle Cleansing Cream
Honua Hawaiian Skincare Pa akai Cleansing Cream
Acure Seriously Soothing Cleansing Cream
MV Skintherapy Gentle Cream Cleanser


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