Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash

Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash

Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash 1 Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash

Are you someone who often gets confused with a cleanser and face wash? Do you have doubts like – are they used for the same reason? Like those are just some fancy terms used for the same product? I know, many of us still do not know how is a cleanser different from a face wash. So, if you have questions like ‘Should I Use Cleanser or Face Wash?‘, then scroll below to get your answer! In this blog post, I have answered the most frequently asked questions and in the end, you’ll know which one is the best according to your facial skin.

Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash

What’s the Purpose of Face Cleanser?

A face cleanser is used to remove makeup, dirt, oil and other grime from the face. It can be used on a daily basis if you apply makeup. It’s a must-have product if you apply makeup. Cleansers also come in different forms – oil-based, lotion-based, balm based, water-based, etc. They are generally non-foaming and can be either washed off or wiped off.

You can use any type of cleanser irrelevant of your skin type. That is you can pick any from oil, balm, lotion or water-based cleansers.

(Scroll below to check out the best quality face cleansers available in the market!)

What’s the Purpose of Face Wash?

A face wash is a substitute for regular soap since regular soap could be too harsh for the sensitive facial skin. Face washes are used daily to remove the oil, sweat, dirt and other grime from the skin. They come in two forms – gel-based and cream-based. Face washes foam up and needs to be washed off with water. However, a face wash isn’t the best choice when it comes to removing makeup. Unless it’s a two in one product. Like the Iba Halal Face Wash + Makeup Remover

Those with normal to dry skin use cream-based face washes. And for combination to oily skin use gel-based face washes.

(Scroll below to check out the best quality face washes available in the market!)

What Goes First – Face Wash? or Face Cleanser?

For example, I apply makeup occasionally so I have a cleanser as well as a face wash. On the days when I don’t wear makeup, I only use my face wash to remove the oil and sweat. And on the days when I apply makeup, I first remove my makeup with a cleanser and then follow up with a face wash. But if you are someone who does not use makeup then you can skip buying a face cleanser. Or if you feel fancy then you can buy it and use it once in a week.

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Can I Use Face Wash and Face Cleanser Both?

Yes, you can use both. As I do too and I have shared above how. But say that it’s very late and you have makeup on your face. And feel very lazy to do the entire makeup removing and cleansing steps. In such cases, you can use a cleanser and wipe it all off and doze off! (Because you were doing this on your bed!)

Which One Is Best for Me? Face Cleanser or Face Wash?

Generally, a face cleanser is suggested if you use makeup on a daily basis and have dry and sensitive skin. Otherwise for non-makeup wearer’s a face wash is enough! However, a cleanser can not replace a face wash. Since face washes are used on a daily basis.

Here comes my personal preference, I have oily, acne-prone and sensitive skin. And currently I am using the Biotique Almond Oil Cleanser (Review coming up soon!) And my current face wash is Himalaya Herbals Neem Foaming Face Wash

So below I have some of the best quality and most raved about product recommendations. And that too they work well for all skin types!

One of the Best Face Cleansers for All Skin Types

One of the Best Cleansing Milk

One of the Best Cleansing Oil

One of the Best Cleansing Balm

One of the Best Face Washes for All Skin Types

Some of the Other Best Face Washes

The Bottom Line

Everyone needs to use a face wash irrelevant of your skin type or if you wear makeup. A cleanser is sort of optional depending upon your daily makeup routine. And even if you don’t wear makeup you can still use a cleanser once in a week just like I said earlier! I hope I have cleared your doubts. Feel free to drop any queries in the comment section below! 🙂

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28 thoughts on “Difference Between Face Cleanser and Face Wash

  1. Varsh says:

    I used both of them interchangeably and really didn’t know the difference. I have both and shall use them appropriately now.

  2. MeenalSonal says:

    Snehal, your posts always add value to my beauty knowledge. I am also one of them who is confused between these two items. Thanks for the informative post.

  3. Subhashish Roy says:

    Although I knew there is a difference between a cleanser and a face wash I didn’t know exactly what it was. Now my doubts are clear.

  4. Deepika says:

    I am not a make person so didn’t know about the face cleanser literally, I use face wash daily. Thank you for the post for differentiating the terms.

  5. Ruchi Verma says:

    Trust me there is so much confusion lot of people still have between the two but I am glad you shared it …I use both of them!!

  6. Princy Khurana says:

    I have to be true, I had no idea about the difference. all this while I thought they were same. ! thanks for this informative blog.

  7. Kara says:

    My skin is very sensitive. I can’t purchase anything from the store, I can only use products from and esthetician. So, I use what they recommend.

  8. Debra Roberts says:

    So all this time, I had no clue there was a difference between the two! I will for sure, change the way I’m washing my face now! Cleanser at night, Wash in the morning!

  9. Erica (The Prepping Wife) says:

    I seriously thought they were the same thing! I had no clue there was an actual difference, besides one having a prettier name than the other. That’s really what I thought it was. Like toilet paper is called bath tissue by manufacturers as a prettier name. I don’t really need a cleanser these days because I don’t wear makeup often. But face wash is an absolute must because my face gets really oily if I’m not washing it consistently. Thanks for explaining the difference.

  10. Erica (The Prepping Wife) says:

    I seriously thought they were the same thing! I rarely wear makeup these days, but I use face wash every day. My skin gets super oily if I don’t wash it consistently. Thanks for teaching me the difference, and that there really is a difference and not just one has a prettier name than the other.

  11. Norma Nikutowski says:

    Great information! I did not know the difference between a face wash and a face cleanser was. I usually don’t wear much makeup, so a face wash would be OK for me.

  12. Alexandra says:

    I actually never knew there was a difference. I just always bought one or the other and used it for everything. I don’t get pimples anymore so I don’t really look at what I pick out. But my son does so I really liked the post you did for men.

  13. Thuy says:

    I have the Garnier micellar water and it’s my favorite. I use both a face wash and cleanser too! There’s nothing more aggravating than breaking out because your pores are clogged or you forgot to remove the makeup from the day before.

  14. Quin Cl says:

    This is a great tip since I am quite confused with face cleanser and face wash. It looks like I only have to buy or use face wash. 🙂

  15. Kim Paradise - MumFLIX says:

    This is something I always thought about, and you’ve explained it quiet well.. Cleaners is more for makeup while face wash is for the face but gentle.. Great one..

  16. Kaye says:

    I legit, never knew the difference between face wash and cleanser. I only knew if it said that it specifically removed makeup. This is so helpful. I can’t wait to read more about beauty tips.

  17. Lindsay Brown says:

    Not going to lie, I had no idea that there was a difference between cleanser and face wash! I love reading your blog becasue I am always learning about great products and learning new things!

  18. Pragnya Mishra says:

    For years now I do oil cleansing . If i ever forget to carry mine, I go with facewash. Though I was curious on what was a cleanser.

  19. Despite Pain says:

    I very rarely wear make up, so I just use a face wash. Simple do one which is very cheap and it has no perfume. I’ve used that for as long as I remember.

  20. Joyce Osiango says:

    I try to do both but some days I miss the cleansing part, the face doesn’t feel the same when I don’t cleanse. Thanks for explaining the differences.

  21. Noor Anand Chawla says:

    This was an informative post. I always do a double cleanse, which necessarily involves both cleanser and wash!

  22. Diane C DeNicola says:

    I have always used both a face wash and a face cleanser and have used two separate products for as long as I can remember. The thought of a good all in one sounds perfect for me but I have never been able to find one that I liked. I’ll have to give these a try and see how they work!

  23. Kavita Singh says:

    I swear I had no clue what was the difference between these two. I have both at home and use it as and when I felt like. Thank you for sharing this, I finally know which one to be used when.

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