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Splurge or Save on Cleanser?

I have oily skin. 

Should I invest in the Caudalie Instant Foaming Cleanser or buy one at the drugstore?


Also, Instant Foaming Cleanser or Gentle Cleansing Milk for oily skin? 


Thank you! 

Re: Splurge or Save on Cleanser?

No to all foaming cleansers and YES to a milk formula.  As for price, don't forget it doesn't stay on the skin long and is washed down the drain.  So, spend more on what stays on long enough to work and make an impact.

Re: Splurge or Save on Cleanser?

I adore most of Caudalie's products, so that's where I'd lean by default.


I've tried any number of cleansers and haven't found any drugstore products that I like as of yet.



Re: Splurge or Save on Cleanser?

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap for Oily skin works great on combination/oily skin. I also use Clinique Clarifying Lotion 3 and Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel. I do 3 steps before I go to bed, I wake up and with NO oil at all on my face (I used to have oily face when I woke up).  It's the best so far, my skin looks so much clearer, I'm more confident with my bare face.

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I have gentle skin and I save on cleanser, but I do research on ingredients.  I would go with foaming for acne prone.  I use a milk based only because my skin is combination/dry and milky cream will take care of both scenarios.


Moisturizers I'll splurge or save depending on product.  Whatever works.


I splurge more on eye cream and sunscreen because honestly, those are preventive.


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I found one I like and I'm willing to pay the $20 for it.  I use First Aid Beauty Cleanser.  I consider it not too expensive, especially because it lasts me a long time.  

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First of all, any foaming cleanser is a waste of money. The sulfates will turn your skin into a breeding ground for bacteria. Keep the pH of your skin low so the acid can kill bacteria that causes acne. 

If you're spending on a cleanser:
Tata Harper Regenerating 
Fresh Soy


If you're saving: 

Burt's Bees Radiance with Royal Jelly


Bon courage!

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I agree with Prospon and Mafan that if you find something that works, stick with it whether it is drugstore or high end.  I use Purpose cleanser six days a week and then once a week I use St. Ives Apricot facial scrub (which I've heard can harm your skin but which i've never had a problem with.  I frequently get compliments on how clear and even my skin looks, even before I started wearing makeup. Both purpose and st. ives are drugstore products.


I recommend trying some drugstore products that you've heard recommended and like everyone is saying, research the ingredients.  I highly recommend purpose and st ives (though, like i said, there is some talk that st. ives is bad for your skin so I wouldn't use it more than once a week - or at least that's what my derm. told me).


If drugstore doesn't work for you after some experimentation then maybe start spending some more money.  There is a great cleansers thread that if you do a search i bet you can find.  it had some RAD information about the cleansers people have tried.

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As a money saving girl and a experimentalist in skincare I will have to tell you that drugstore cleanser's are just as good if not better compared to expensive brand-name cleansers. save your money and head to one of these locations to care for oily skin.(publix , walmart , target) As I have oily skin too a few of my favorites to maintain smooth shine free skin is baby soap. I know, I know it might sound a little weird but this product will maintain the softness of skin without drying it out and will cleanse the excess oil and dirt off of your face. Now for the second answer I would say an instant foaming cleanser better then a gentle cleansing milk just because the foaming cleanser will help with oily skin while I think the cleansing milk is for sensitive or normal skin. If these don't work I hope you find a good solution, Have a nice day!

Re: Splurge or Save on Cleanser?

It's always a struggle knowing when to splurge and when to save...also, the level of spending that is classified as "splurge" vs "save" likely varies a lot from person to person based on your own situation.


I'm at a point where it's more important to splurge on my night cream (love Philosophy!), morning serum, REN AHA Resurfacing Treatment, foundation, and concealer.  I could certainly splurge on more, but my husband would have a heart attack, haha. 


My compromise with cleanser is to stick with the Mario Badescu line.  All of their cleansers are in the $10-15 range -- a little more than some drugstore brands, but definitely less than some splurge-y brands.  I use the Glycolic Foaming Cleanser at night and the Enzyme Cleansing Gel in the morning.  Both help keep my oily, acne-prone skin in check.  They also have milky, creamy cleansers as well.   

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I save on cleanser, but I have dry to normal skin so I don't have to deal with oily skin or constant acne flair ups, so I don't know if my opinion matters, but I thought I'd recommend my favorite cleanser.


I love Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser because it removes all my make up (including eye makeup, it's super sensitive around the eyes) and really cleans my skin. I have a friend who has sensitive skin and uses it as well and has never had a bad reaction. It's very cheap, so if you're looking for a foaming cleanser, I would give it a try to see if it works for you! If not, you're only out $5.

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