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The Best Drugstore Face Washes
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The Best Drugstore Face Washes

Based on 424,785 Influenster Reviews

Don't clean out your pocket—clean out makeup, dirt, and oil from your skin! Based on more than 300K Influenster reviews, these eight drugstore facial cleansers are easily accessible, affordable, and highly satisfactory!

Which is your favorite drugstore facial cleanser? We're on the hunt for Beauty Awards winners and this is a category, so let us know in the comments which you think will win and if it's not listed, be sure to review it so it can be a contender!

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CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser
BY CERAVE
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars65%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (1,685 reviews)
Buy on Target for $3.17
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser uses MVE Hydrating technology that controls the release of moisturizers throughout the day for a prolonged effect. Additionally, this formula is non-comedogenic, meaning it will not clog your poles, and contains Hyaluronic Acid which implements the skin's hydration!
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Emily B.Emily B. said...
I have struggled for years to find a face wash that works for extra sensitive skin. I feel like I was taught as a teenage, that for whatever skin type, you must use a SUPER harsh cleanser twice daily. However, now that I'm older, I have learned. Not all skin types are the same. I use this one daily because it has the best moisturizers out on the market. Yes, it is expensive, but you get a lot for your money. It is so gentle and I see results already. It does not have a tingly "feeling" when you put it on your skin, which I like. It does not have fragrance, which would irritate your skin. I use it in the morning and at night. It does not leave behind a residue of any sort.

I love the packaging - pumps are the bomb! It is in a white container, so that ingredients that are light sensitive are not denatured.

Overall, I will be buying this product for years to come.

I have fair, dry, sensitive, skin and use a Cerave moisturizer also. ...read more
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St. Ives Fresh Skin Scrub
BY ST. IVES
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars66%
  • 4 Stars21%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.5 / 5 (7,859 reviews)
Buy on Target for $3.64
If you're looking for an exfoliator that will give you glowing skin, give the St. Ives Fresh Skin Scrub a try! This cleanser is a strong exfoliant and will leave you with an extremely deep clean. 
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Chloe S.Chloe S. said...
I swear by this product. I have combination skin, which is prone to breakouts if I am stressed or do not take care of my skin (sleep with makeup on, don't wash my face after a workout, etc.). My skin isn't too oily or too dry. I started using this scrub after my dermatologist recommended that I stop using products with salicylic acid or are labeled "acne control", since it dried out my skin and made it prone to irritation. This scrub doesn't have parabens or salicylic acid, and has 100% natural exfoliants. I use this scrub every day in the morning as my face wash, and moisturize afterwards. I would recommend it for people who are looking for a face wash without "acne controlling" ingredients, or who are looking for a more natural cleaner. It is clearly an exfoliant, though, so if your skin would be irritated by regular scrubbing. ...read more
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Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser
BY CETAPHIL
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars63%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars9%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star2%
4.4 / 5 (11,049 reviews)
Buy on Walmart for $6.33
Cetaphil's Daily Facial Cleanser is a classic, simple cleanser. This cleanser is a great option for sensitive skin due to the scentless, low lather formula that will not strip the skin's pores. 
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Marielena O.Marielena O. said...
I have tried so many other face washes (Clean and Clear, St. Ives, Neutrogena, Clearasil) and none compare to good ol' Cetaphil. I am a 26 year-old with an extremely fair skin tone and my skin tends to get irritated if I'm not careful. I have slight rosacea on my cheeks and combination skin, meaning my cheeks and upper forehead are SUPER dry all the time, but my t-zone tends to be an oil slick. Cetaphil leaves my face feeling clean without overdrying, and in the year I have used it I have noticed a positive change in moisture balance. Because I do not have breakouts all that often, I would not be able to say if this wash is effective for acne sufferers, but with how gentle it has been on MY skin, I'd say it's a safe bet.

The cleanser is crystal clear (no annoying, gimmicky micro-beads or shimmers) and even their normal formula is gentle enough for my skin - it doesn't aggravate my rosacea! I can even use it around my eyes to get off eye make-up without a lot of crying. No heavy fragrances, either. This face wash is simple and perfect, just like the bottle it comes in. 16 oz will last you a few months, as 1 pump of this stuff goes a long way. Definitely a bargain, and worth purchasing and using for life! ...read more
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Aveeno Positively Radiant Skin Brightening Daily Scrub
BY AVEENO
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars57%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars10%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (2,127 reviews)
Buy on Target for $4.79
Aveeno's Skin Brightening Daily Scrub is a great product to even out your skin tone! This formula includes soy extract and exfoliating beads, yet it is completely oil free. This gentle, yet well rounded cleanser will leave your skin looking luminous, even for those with sensitive skin! 
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Jeanette G.Jeanette G. said...
This is my favorite scrub! I've been using Aveeno scrubs for a few years but this one is the best. I feel like it definitely brightens your skin and also helps with breakouts. The scrub itself isn't too rough on the skin and it smells good. I think its priced a reasonable price especially because it is super effective! I only use a little more than dime size amount and it works wonders. The product itself lasts me about 3months since I usually only use it at night unless its that time of the month then I use it in the mornings as well, since thats when I tend to break out a lot (sorry too much info, I know). I also had issues with dark spots on my cheeks and I feel like this helps them a lot. Overall I LOVE this product and I will keep buying it! I definitely recommend to anyone to try, you won't regret it. ...read more
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Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser
BY POND'S
4.4 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars66%
  • 4 Stars23%
  • 3 Stars8%
  • 2 Stars3%
  • 1 Star1%
4.5 / 5 (3,508 reviews)
Buy on Target for $4.99
Pond's Cold Cream Cleanser is incredibly hydrating, as it is 50% moisturizer! Choose this cleanser for soft, supple, and hydrated skin. 
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Nick P.Nick P. said...
Pond's Cold Cream has been on the shelves for decades, and there is no question of the reason for it's longevity. This is a thick, creamy, moisturizer that will remove any makeup, including waterproof. The oils in the formula break apart makeup and waterproof makeup completely and it leaves your skin feeling soft and supple. It has a light fragrance that I honestly quite like, and it doesn't leave your skin feeling oily or greasy. I was using coconut oil to remove makeup prior to purchasing this, and honestly this is comparable to coconut oil, both in its ability to remove makeup and its moisturizing properties. I also have acne, and this hasn't clogged my pores or caused any breakouts. Its also so affordable. Honestly, I would never buy any fancy bottle of makeup remover when I can spend less than $10 on a jar of this. Its been around for decades because it works. ...read more
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Garnier Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub For Oily Skin
BY GARNIER
4.2 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars53%
  • 4 Stars28%
  • 3 Stars13%
  • 2 Stars4%
  • 1 Star2%
4.2 / 5 (1,810 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.99
Garnier's Clean + Blackhead Eliminating Scrub is great for oily skin as it contains gel exfoliating beads which deeply cleanse the skin and tighten pores. The formula includes Charcoal which is used to extract any clogging substances while Salicylic Acid treats acne. 
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Brittany D.Brittany D. said...
I have very oily skin and break out very easily, and I was having trouble finding a cleanser that wouldn't make my skin more oily or too dry and still get rid or and prevent my breakouts. But this stuff is awesome! I've been using it for maybe 2 weeks and already my skin is so much more clear and I have a lot less oil. Everyone is noticing how great my skin looks, and the only thing that's different is that I've started using this. The only complaint I have is that the exfoliating scrub that is a major part of this cleanser is very fine so it gets everywhere. In my hair, eyes etc. And I still can feel it after I've rinsed my face. But I will 100% deal with it because of how great my skin looks! ...read more
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Clean & Clear Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub Oil-Free
BY CLEAN & CLEAR
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars56%
  • 4 Stars29%
  • 3 Stars12%
  • 2 Stars2%
  • 1 Star1%
4.4 / 5 (1,681 reviews)
Buy on Amazon for $9.98
Clean and Clear's Deep Action Exfoliating Scrub is an A+ exfoliator. The bursting exfoliating beads allow a deep cleanse, as your face is left with a cool, tingling feeling that is quite refreshing! 
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Abby G.Abby G. said...
Love love love this exfoliating scrub! I use this in combination with the deep action cream face wash as well. This is my go to facial cleanser. It's effective and it makes my face feel fresh and clean. I always buy it once I run out and get sad when I have to purchase the generic brand. ...read more
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Neutrogena Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash Facial Cleanser
BY NEUTROGENA
4.0 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars46%
  • 4 Stars30%
  • 3 Stars14%
  • 2 Stars6%
  • 1 Star4%
4.1 / 5 (3,091 reviews)
Buy on Target for $5.99
In Neutrogena's Oil-Free Pink Grapefruit Acne Wash Facial Cleanser, there's actually hidden exfoliation which gently smooths out any rough or dead skin. Meanwhile, the Salicylic Acid fights acne. This cleanser will leave you refreshed and satisfied with a clean, grapefruit smell! 
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Stephanie S.Stephanie S. said...
Before the pink grapefruit cleanser came around, I just used the standard version. I discovered this product in middle school, when acne was starting to become a problem. I've been in the beauty industry forever and have used HUNDREDS of cleansers - this has always been my go-to.

As soon as the pink grapefruit version existed....I knew it was meant for me.

It removes all of my makeup every time without being overly drying or oily, and doesn't leave any residue like soaps can.

I am now nowhere near middle school age, but occasionally get breakouts around that-time-of-the-month....this helps clear them up quickly. ...read more
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