Original Illustration by Kimmie Perl
We take cleanser very seriously at Byrdie HQ. It can't be too drying, it can't be too harsh, and it can't be too creamy, either. It has to have just the right consistency that gets rid of every trace of makeup without wreaking havoc on our skin. That's not too much to ask, right?
In our never-ending quest to find the perfect formula, we turned to the internet—more specifically, our friends at Rank & Style—who have aggregated some of the best-selling drugstore cleansers on the web. And you know what's even better? All five of them are $10 or less, so not only are they approved by tons of customers, but they're also completely wallet-friendly. If all of this wasn't intriguing enough, the best-selling cleanser is a little-known brand even we're unfamiliar with. Keep scrolling to find out what it is, along with the other four top picks!
It seems that whenever we ask a dermatologist for their recommendation for a gentle cleanser, this offering is always one of their top choices. It's been around for ages, which says a lot about its quality. It also leaves our skin intact after we rinse up (no tightness or dryness), so it's a total win in our books.
Got testy skin? This soap-free cleanser is fortified with cotton and rice extract to gently remove makeup and impurities without disrupting your skin's chemistry.
Walnut shell powder, corn kernel meal, and apricot extract come together in this widely popular cleanser to slough away dead skin. However, while it is advertised as a face wash, we recommend using it on your body with a light hand as the shells tend to be a bit abrasive.
This ultra-light face wash is the first cleanser I ever used. My mom used to buy it in bulk because it was cheap, it got rid of every last inch of her makeup, and it didn't bother her skin in the slightest. I took her advice and used it for years growing up, and I can confirm its incredible efficacy (for the cost of one Abe Lincoln, to boot).
Want to know which other cleansers made the cut? Head over to Rank & Style for the full list!
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