Choosing a cleanser that’s the perfect match for your skin can be overwhelming. There are so many options out there! Foam, cream, gel-based, oil-based… the list goes on. So how do you make an informed decision about which cleanser is right for you, and is there much of a difference between them? We asked our Chief Dermatologist, Dr. Robin Schaffran to break down the pros and cons of foam cleansers versus other types.
“Foam cleansers contain an agent that causes it to become bubbly or foam as you mix with water and apply it to your skin,” says Dr. Schaffran. “The foaming particles can then help lift dirt and oils from the pores for a more effective cleanse. Foam cleansers are generally ideal for acne-prone skin because they can penetrate pores and help eliminate excess oil and impurities.” That said, if not formulated well, they can be drying and strip the skin of natural oils. “Some foam cleansers can be harsh on sensitive skin so it’s best to use one without sodium lauryl sulfate to avoid irritation,” Dr. Schaffran continues.
In contrast, gel cleansers and cream cleansers are usually thicker and provide a lighter cleaning experience which makes them good for those with very sensitive skin. “They are often water-based and have gentle ingredients, but many find they don’t get a good enough cleanse with these types of cleansers,” says Dr. Schaffran.
We'll leave the weighing of pros and cons up to you. But if you're in the market for a foam cleanser, our Gentle Foam Cleanser not only is gentle on sensitive skin, but also feels like cashmere. Some even use it as a makeup remover with a simple double cleanse.