Skin Health Skin Care & Cleansing Products Print Best Products for Washing Your Face If You Have Dry Skin And the Surprising Product You Should Avoid By Heather Brannon, MD Updated August 01, 2019 Product Disclosure More in Skin Health Skin Care & Cleansing Products Anti-Aging Skin Care Hair & Scalp Care Acne Psoriasis Eczema & Dermatitis Fungal, Bacterial & Viral Infections More Skin Conditions Finding the right facial cleanser is not always easy if you have dry skin. The key is to look for a product that offers the right balance of cleansing and moisture retention. Sometimes you need to try a few different skin cleansers before choosing the one that's right for you. There are several options you can try, including fragrance-free washes, cleansing cloths, and products that are specifically formulated for sensitive skin. And the good news is that most people with dry skin don't need high priced or fancy products—drug store cleansers should be perfectly fine. 1 Skip the Soap PeopleImages/Getty Images Not all cleansers contain soap. If you have dry skin, most regular soaps are probably too harsh for you. They can strip your skin of its natural moisture and oil, leaving it dry. Dry skin can flake, and may also break out in pimples. How to Manage Your Acne When You Have Dry Skin Over the long run, drying your skin with unnecessary soap leaves it vulnerable to damage and signs of early aging. 2 Fragrance Free Washes Cetaphil Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser This is a water-soluble facial cleanser that is mild enough to be used on dry or eczematous skin, and it doesn't contain any fragrances or preservatives— that can irritate your skin. Cetaphil cleanser is a non-lathering lotion, and it rinses off without a washcloth. It doesn't remove makeup all that well, so you may need a makeup remover if you use waterproof makeup. Cetaphil is a line of skin care products from Galderma Laboratories in Lausanne, Switzerland, The company was founded in 1981 in a joint venture between Nestlé and L'Oréal. Neutrogena Extra Gentle Cleanser This cleanser is fragrance-free, non-foaming, and does not contain irritating ingredients. It is a good everyday choice if you have dry or sensitive skin. Neutrogena is a line of skin care products based in Los Angeles and was one of the first to market a clear cleansing bar soap back in 1954. Almay Cleansing Lotion for Dry Skin This cleanser is a nice choice for dry skin because it is fragrance-free and is made with a mild, water-based detergent. It also contains a small amount of plant oil to help dissolve makeup, as well as a cucumber extract which helps hydrate the skin, according to the manufacturer. Almay was founded in 1931 as a line of skin care products made specifically for sensitive skin. It is today owned by Revlon and based in New York City. 3 Cleansing Cloths Amazon Many people like cleansing cloths because they feel refreshing. They are also handy if you travel or like the convenience of a face cloth when you are out for a long day. Olay Daily Facials Cleansing Cloths for Sensitive Skin These cloths can be a good choice for dry skin because they don't contain any drying ingredients and are fragrance-free. Olay was founded in Durban, South Africa in 1952 and is today based in Los Angeles as part of the Proctor & Gamble family of companies. Dove Sensitive Essentials Fragrance-Free Cleansing Cloths These cleansing cloths work as a basic, non-irritating facial cleanser. They don't contain any special ingredients but are mild enough to use on dry and flaky skin. Founded in 1955, Dove is today owned by Unilever and based in the United Kingdom. 4 Deep Cleansing Amazon Sometimes you need a deep cleanser for your face—especially if you wear makeup or if your skin is exposed to dust, dirt, or other pollutants. Phisoderm Deep Cleaning Cleanser for Sensitive Skin This cleanser contains a high percentage of mineral oil that helps remove makeup and adds moisture to the skin. It is also fragrance- and detergent-free, making it a good choice for dry or sensitive skin. Phisoderm was a product developed by Dr. B. Thurber Guild back in the 1950s as a means to cleanse skin for persons who are typically allergic to soap. 5 Tips for Washing Dry Skin PeopleImages/Getty Images If you have dry skin, warm water may be enough to cleanse your face at night, especially if you don't wear makeup. If you shower in the morning, you might not need to separately cleanse your face at all, because washing in the shower may be enough to remove any excess oil or dirt. Keep in mind that frequent face washing, even with water, can contribute to dry skin. Does Water Dry out Your Skin? Avoid rubbing your skin with harsh washcloths, and try to let your face air dry after washing. A gentle moisturizer, particularly in cold winter weather, can help prevent dryness and flaking. Was this page helpful? Thanks for your feedback! Sign up for our Health Tip of the Day newsletter, and receive daily tips that will help you live your healthiest life. Email Address Sign Up There was an error. Please try again. Thank you, , for signing up. What are your concerns? Other Inaccurate Hard to Understand Submit Article Sources Zhu H1, Jung EC1, Phuong C1, Hui X1, Maibach H1.Effects of soap-water wash on human epidermal penetration. J Appl Toxicol. 2016 Aug;36(8):997-1002. doi: 10.1002/jat.3258. Epub 2015 Nov 15.