cleansing systems

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for cleansing systems.

The best facial cleansers are the ones that clean your face without drying it out. They're also the ones that don't contain harsh detergents or oil-soluble ingredients that can strip your skin of its natural oils. And they're the ones that won't make you break out. Here are some of our favorite facial cleansing systems on the market.


I've tried every method imaginable: topical creams, pills, masks, medicated washes, the likes. The Clinique acne system has, dare I say it, CURED my acne. I could not be more impressed. ...For those with acne or acne-prone skin, this cleanser was made to be used with the Clinique Sonic System Purifying Cleansing Brush, and it works perfectly with it!

What it is: A refreshing cleanser with two percent salicylic acid that clears the look of blemishes and targets future breakouts.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Lightweight Gel

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Salicylic Acid and Acetyl Glucosamine: Remove dead skin cells that can contribute to clogged pores.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens and phthalates. This product is also gluten-free.

What Else You Need to Know: This refreshing cleanser with two percent salicylic acid clears the look of blemishes, absorbs oil, and unclogs pores. After use, skin feels fresh, soft, and smooth.

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I love the way this cleansing cream lathers. It works very nicely with my Clarisonic cleansing brush....Murad Resurgence Renewing Cleansing Cream...Wonderful product as it helps to moisturize and cleanse my skin and also removes makeup.

What it is:
An ultramoisturizing, pearlized wash that gently exfoliates to restore radiance and protect skin’s natural moisture barrier.

What it is formulated to do:
Renewing Cleansing Cream is a highly-concentrated, ultramoisturizing cleanser formulated to rejuvenate and rebalance hormonally aging skin. Papaya enzymes provide non-abrasive exfoliation while algae extract hydrates, soothes, and firms skin. Apricot and starflower oils work to provide intense hydration and improve skin resilience while essential fatty acids help maintain skin’s barrier function.


Really nice cleanser for multi use cleansing (single or double cleansing as the first or second cleanse). ...Good For double cleanse...I think this would be great for the last step of a cleansing system! If you skin is very dry, this is the cleanser for you.

What it is: A creamy cleansing milk with a multi-action formula designed to nourish, calm, and soothe sensitive, dry, irritated skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Black Currant Seed Oil: An oil rich in omega-3 and -6 essential fatty acids that soothes and hydrates itchy, irritated skin.
- Fennel Seed Extract: Protects skin from free-radical damage.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.


Great, basic cleansing oil. Takes off all the makeup as a first cleanse, and it’s also nice and effective enough as a first cleanse in the morning. ...Double Cleanse Converter...I use it as the first step of my double cleanse. I wasn't sure if double cleansing would make a difference, but I think its essential now.

Which skin type is it good for?
✔ Normal
✔ Dry

What it is:
A lightweight oil cleanser to remove makeup and impurities.

Solutions for:
- Dryness
- Dullness and uneven texture

If you want to know more…
This lightweight essential oil cleanser emulsifies with water to a cleansing milk, gently yet effectively dissolving even the hardest to remove makeup and impurities without over-drying.

DermalogicaPrecleanse Cleansing Oil

ITEM: 2002079

Size: 5.1 oz/ 150 mL

1.3K Reviews


Amazing first cleanse...This cleansing oil by Dermalogica is the perfect first cleanse step in my routine. ...This is the perfect addition to my double cleanse night system I do. It removes all of your makeup and sunscreen leaving your skin ready for all of your favorite nigh-time skincare products.

What it is: A thoroughly cleansing oil that melts away waterproof makeup, SPF, debris, and oil without clogging pores or stripping your skin’s natural oils.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Oil

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract: Antioxidant-rich ingredients that moisturize, smooth, and soften skin.
- Kukui Nut Oil and Borage Seed Oil: Supply vitamins A and C, as well as skin-barrier-supportive omega-3 fatty acids.
- Apricot Kernel Oil: Soothes irritated skin, nourishes, and moisturizes.

Dr. Jart+Teatreement™ Cleansing Foam

ITEM: 2300259

Size: 4.05 oz/ 120 mL

512 Reviews


After using the 3 step system (Cleansing Foam, Toner, and Moisturizer) my skin was completely oil-free and felt fresh, young, and healthy! ...I did see reduction in redness but still had several large pimples pop up in my 2 week trial of the whole system.

What it is: A gentle foaming cleanser with spot-targeting technology to fight new and emerging impurities while shrinking the look of pores.

Skin Type: Combination and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dark Spots, Acne and Blemishes, and Oiliness

Formulation: Foam

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Teatreement™ Solution (Tea Tree Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, 4-Terpineol): Cleanses impurities and supports skin‘s pH balance.
- Green Calming Complex (Green Tea Extract, Aloe Vera Leaf Extract, Chamomile Flower Extract, Pinus Pinaster Bark Extract): Soothes and hydrates.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, minera


A luxurious cleansing foam...I already use the dual cleanse system (oil cleanser/micellar water+2nd cleanser) in my routine so I don't see the need to splurge on a cleanser. ...It is thick, fragranced cleansing cream. Only a small amount is need to cleanse the whole face.

What it is: An antioxidant-rich, foaming cleanser that gently lifts impurities from the skin’s surface while delivering moisture and promoting resilience.

Skin Type:
Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Cream

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Raspberry Extract: Nourishes skin with antioxidant properties.
- Skin-Empowering Illuminator: Enhances skin’s ability to defend itself.
- L-Serine and Hyaluronic Acid: Provide moisturizing benefits and enhance suppleness.

What Else You Need to Know: The rich, cream-to-delicate-foam texture cleanses pores for total purification.


I really enjoyed this as a first cleanse. I am currently using tret so my skin is really dry and this cleansing oil kept my skin hydrated and feeling soft. ...Fancy packaging, with pump system. I used 3 to 4 pumps to wash my face. Its bigger then expected.

What it is: A certified organic dual-phase cleansing milk that gently and thoroughly removes the appearance of dirt, oil, and makeup.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Silver Ear Mushroom: Natural alternative to hyaluronic acid with better moisture retention.
- Babassu Oil: Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants to help nourish, soften, and smooth skin.
- Sunflower Seed Oil: Contains cleansing properties that help remove excess oil and dirt.


I went in to Sephora with my mind set on buying an Acne skincare system and with the consultants helps I walked out with a product much more suited to my needs. ...The dullness I saw before is virtually gone, and while that may be attributed to the new moisturizing system I am using -- the foundation of a solid cleansing system most certainly helps!

What it is:
A luxurious, antiaging facial cleansing gel that provides an exhilarating, peachy clean freshness to help produce a beautiful, fresh, youthful-looking complexion.

What it is formulated to do:
Oil-free, anti-wrinkle technology helps to rejuvenate, clarify, and brighten with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, extracts of peach, white oak bark, lemon, lime, linden, grapefruit, and arginine. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action supports natural cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It helps to effectively detoxify the pores, dissolve makeup, emulsify oil, and improve skin texture as it gently sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities that can make the complexion appear more dull.


A double cleansing essential!...I absolutely adore this cleansing balm. A staple for a double cleansing system that I'm sure I will never get rid of. ...Great for double cleansing...I don’t notice it leaving any sort of residue on my skin, but I always cleanse with a water based cleanser afterwards to double cleanse.

What it is: A fragrance-free, PEG-free makeup removing cleansing balm that melts away stubborn eye and long-wear makeup.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Balm

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Sunflower Oil: Melts away makeup without stripping or drying.

- Moringa Extract: Remove pollutants, cleansing and refreshing skin.

- Papaya Enzyme: Gently exfoliates and cleanses pores for a fresh-looking complexion.

Ingredient Callouts: This product is vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free, and comes in recyclable pa

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