6 Drugstore Face Washes With Incredible Reviews (Bonus: They're All Under $10!)

September 18, 2015 by Lisa Fogarty
shefinds | beauty

Everyone loves a beauty bargain--especially one that loyal fans swear up and down is worth a hundred times more than it's retail price. When it comes to face washes, these 10 face washes are so beloved by beauty mavens that they are absolutely raving about them on Makeup Alley. Out of a five star rating, these are the affordable winners that either garnered an overall rating of over four stars or have so many positive reviews, we had to share them with you.

Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash

This cleanser averages a 4.0 rating. Its biggest fans claim it's the perfect foaming cleanser--one that isn't too drying or too moisturizing. Those who are sensitive to fragrances appreciate the Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash's fragrance-free formula, and those with dry skin seem to agree that it can help with flaking.

Olay Sensitive Skin Foaming Face Wash ($4.99)

Aveeno Moisturizing Bar

If you're in the market for a soap that performs double duty on your face and body, Aveeno Moisturizing Bar is a solid option. The extremely affordable cleanser has a 4.1 rating and seems to be a hit among acne sufferers, many of whom claim the soap cleared up pimples fast, without irritating their skin. Those with dry/sensitive skin are firm in their insistence that it's absolutely necessary to use a moisturizer after cleansing with this product. And, across the board, users noted that this soap bar is very soft and dissolves quickly--so stock up.

Aveeno Moisturizing Bar ($3.29)

Neutrogena Clean Pore Cleanser Mask

This cleanser/mask is a benzoyl peroxide wash that can be used as a daily cleanser, spot treatment, or five-minute mask. With a 4.0 rating and 603 reviews, it has a place in many user's hearts (many of whom admit they've been using this product since they were teens), but it should be noted that it works best on acne-prone and oily skin. It helped clear up many customer's pimples and whiteheads, but also caused redness and irritation when left on too long.

Neutrogena Clean Pore Cleanser Mask ($9.04)

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser

I was shocked to see Cetaphil only received a 3.5 rating because it is, by far, the number one cleanser dermatologists I've interviewed throughout the years have recommended for all skin types. With that said, out of the 1138 reviews, many laud Cetaphil for being incredibly gentle and ideal for sensitive skin, but also criticized it for not always doing a stellar job of removing makeup thoroughly. Others were irritated by the fragrance or annoyed that they had to remove makeup with a makeup remover or use a washcloth in conjunction with Cetaphil. Still, this facial cleanser is incredibly affordable and, in the majority of cases, won't upset acne-prone skin.

Cetaphil Daily Facial Cleanser ($8.99)

Dove Beauty Bar Sensitive Skin

Your grandmother will happy to learn that this classic soap bar earned itself a 4.1 rating and that 80 percent of beauty mavens would try it again. Women with acne, sensitive skin, and even eczema say they wish they hadn't spent so much money over the years on pricey cleansers when Dove managed to cleanse their skin without stripping it of natural oils and curb breakouts. And the price is beyond heavenly.

Dove Beauty Bar Sensitive Skin ($5.09 for two)

Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser

Got oily/combination skin and want a no-frills cleanser that removes all of your makeup? According to 111 reviewers who gave this product a 4.4. rating, this is the cleanser for you. Clean & Clear seems to do a stellar job of ridding the skin of everything--waterproof mascara, layers of foundation, you name it--with some even touting it as the best makeup remover on the market. If your skin is dry or sensitive, this might be ideal for you--but one user said it can be used to clean your makeup brushes and sponges. How's that for efficiency?

Clean & Clear Makeup Dissolving Foaming Cleanser



Lisa Fogarty is a lifestyle writer and reporter based in New York who covers health, wellness, relationships, sex, beauty, and parenting.

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