The Best Cleansers to Use with a Clarisonic
Want to know which are the best cleansers to use with a Clarisonic cleansing brush? You’re in luck. Below we share a few options for your next Clarisonic cleanse.
Assuming you’re up to speed on the latest and greatest ways to achieve clean skin, you likely already know about (or own) a Clarisonic cleansing brush. These devices can remove makeup and impurities six times—and even up to 11 times with some brushes—better than hands alone. And while it's clear a Clarisonic brush can quickly elevate your skin care routine, it comes as no surprise that one of the most frequently asked questions regarding the cleansing tool—in addition to how it should be used—is, "What face or body cleanser is best to use with a Clarisonic?" But, like with everything skin care, there's not a one-size-fits-all answer.
Fact is, the type of cleanser you use—whether you pair it with a Clarisonic or not—matters...a lot. You might be getting away with using any ol’ cleanser that’s not formulated for your skin type (or your skin concerns for that matter) but we’re calling it sheer luck. You see, the difference between using a well-formulated cleanser for your specific skin type and one that’s, well…not, can be anything from irritated skin to a dry, lifeless complexion. So, grab your cleansing brush and reach for one of our picks of the best cleansers to use with your Clarisonic—based on your skin type and concerns—below.
FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN: VICHY NORMADERM GEL CLEANSER
As one of the top skin care concerns for both teens and adults, acne can be tough to deal with. Tougher still is finding a cleanser to help you cleanse your acne-prone skin. This ultra-gentle cleansing gel from Vichy fits the bill. It's formulated with salicylic acid, glycolic acid, and LHA, and can help purify pores and remove excess sebum to lessen the possibility of new skin imperfections. Skin is left feeling soft, velvety, and ultra-clean.
Vichy Normaderm Gel Cleanser, $18 MSRP
FOR OILY SKIN: LA ROCHE-POSAY EFFACLAR GEL
Want to help reduce excess oil on your skin without causing over-drying? Pair your Clarisonic with La Roche-Posay's Effaclar Gel. The formula—with zinc pidolate—helps to purify skin and remove excess oil from the skin’s surface while respecting the skin’s natural pH balance. (Interested in learning more about the skin's pH? We asked our consulting dermatologist to shed some light on the importance of your skin's pH and share her answers here.)
La Roche-Posay Effaclar Gel, $19.99 MSRP
FOR COMBINATION SKIN: GARNIER CLEAN+ PORE PURIFYING 2-IN-1 CLAY CLEANSER/MASK
This formula—infused with charcoal and clay—draws out surface impurities like a magnet. When used as a daily cleanser, skin feels fresher and is clean. But that’s not the only way this product can be used. It multi-tasks as a cleanser AND as a mask to help purify pores. Use it as a cleanser with your Clarisonic, and on days your skin needs a little extra TLC, opt to use it as a face mask by leaving it on your skin for up to five minutes before rinsing off. When used as a detox mask, skin is deeply cleanser, impurities are removed, and the skin is glowing.
FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: VICHY PURETÉ THERMALE FOAMING CREAM
This cleansing cream—with Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water—rids the skin of impurities and pollution particles, while reducing the effect of hard water on skin. Thanks to the comfortable texture and moisturizing formula, skin is left feeling soft, hydrated, smoother, and more radiant.
Vichy Pureté Thermale Foaming Cream, $18 MSRP
FOR NORMAL SKIN: SKINCEUTICALS SIMPLY CLEAN
Normal skin types have it a bit easier than their oily, combination, and acne-prone counterparts when it comes to choosing skin care products. One of our favorite cleansers for normal skin is SkinCeuticals Simply Clean. The gel cleanser formula boasts a blend with botanical extracts—chamomile and aloe, to be exact—to help smooth out rough skin texture and gently remove impurities, excess oil, and makeup.
SkinCeuticals Simply Clean, $34 MSRP
FOR DRY SKIN: CERAVE HYDRATING CLEANSER
If you have dry skin, you'll need a cleanser that can remove impurities without stripping your skin of much-needed moisture. CeraVe's Hydrating Cleanser can do just that, thanks to a controlled release of ingredients—think: ceramides and hyaluronic acid—that help repair and restore your skin's natural protective barrier. Use it daily morning and night to gently remove dirt, oil, and makeup without drying out your skin.
CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser, $14.99 MSRP
FOR ALL SKIN TYPES: KIEHL’S ULTRA FACIAL CLEANSER
Maybe you do prefer a one-size-fits-all approach to your skin care routine and if that's the case reach for this cleanser from Kiehl's. This mild cleanser is specially formulated with a sugar-derived glycoside foaming agent to thoroughly cleanse skin and remove makeup without over-drying or stripping skin of its natural oils. The formula—with effective emollients squalane, apricot kernel oil, vitamin E, and avocado oil—dissolves excess oil, dirt, and debris.
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser, $19.50 MSRP
FOR MEN: BIOTHERM CLEANSING GEL
Clarisonic’s Alpha Fit brush is engineered to clean men’s thicker, oilier skin. Pair yours with Biotherm’s Cleansing Gel for men. The formula thoroughly cleanses and rids skin of impurities so it’s adequately prepped for shaving. No greasy residue, just clean, fresh skin.
Biotherm Cleansing Gel, $28 MSRP
FOR BODY: CLARISONIC REFINING SKIN POLISH
The skin on your body deserves some sonic cleansing love too. Pair your Clarisonic Smart Profile device with this invigorating body scrub infused with jojoba beads, acai fruit oil and grape seed extract. The polish helps soften rough, dry skin so that creams and self-tanners are better (and more evenly) absorbed.
Clarisonic Refining Skin Polish, $25 MSRP
FOR DULL SKIN: CLARISONIC RADIANCE FOAMING MILK CLEANSER
Why settle for dull-looking skin when you don’t have to? Formulated to help improve skin radiance, Clarisonic Radiance Foaming Milk Cleanser is—no surprise here—a great pick to pair with your device. The formula, which is rich in botanicals, can help you bring back your skin’s natural glow.
FOR MATURE SKIN: L’OREAL PARIS AGE PERFECT NOURISHING CREAM CLEANSER
Formulated for mature skin types, this nourishing face wash is enhanced with replenishing oils and can gently and effectively cleanse the skin and remove all traces of makeup. The result? Softer, smoother, and more supple skin.
FOR CONGESTED PORES: CLARISONIC PORE & BLEMISH GEL CLEANSER
Dealing with congested pores? Reach for Clarisonic’s Blemish Gel Cleanser. Formulated with salicylic acid and lipo hydroxy acid, the formula works to reduce the appearance of pores and redness.
Clarisonic Pore & Blemish Gel Cleanser, $19 MSRP
FOR ROUGH SKIN: SKINCEUTICALS CLARIFYING EXFOLIATING CLEANSER
Rough skin is no match against SkinCeuticals’ Clarifying Exfoliating Cleanser. This exfoliating face cream helps brighten the skin, refine its texture, and clear the look of acne blemishes. What’s more? It’s paraben-, sulfate-, soap-, fragrance-, dye-, and alcohol-free.
FOR COMPROMISED SKIN: SKINCEUTICALS SOOTHING CLEANSER FOAM
Skin that’s compromised is most compatible with soothing cleansers that help calm the skin, such as SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser Foam. Formulated with a high concentration of botanical extracts, this soap-free formula also helps dissolve impurities while comforting the skin.
SkinCeuticals Soothing Cleanser Foam, $34 MSRP
Have you heard? Clarisonic recently unveiled their smartest device to date! Clarisonic Mia Smart can not only take your cleansing routine to new heights, but can also firm and lift your facial contours, blend your foundation, and massage your eye contour. It's truly a force to be reckoned with! Our editor took Mia Smart for a spin (quite literally), and is sharing her full review here!