The Best Face Wash for Dry Skin

(Last Updated On: September 27, 2018)

So, what about the best face wash for dry skin? If you use a face wash won’t it just dry out the skin all the more? Who wants to have cracked skin that looks like a puzzle and feels like a desert anyway? I know I would not because dry skin can be very painful. But on the other side of the coin, a good body wash can come in handy to moisturize dry skin and keep it hydrated. It will also come in handy to keep the skin from getting dry, sore, and red. Nothing hurts more than when you smile or yawn and you have dry skin. It feels like you are stretching your skin 100 miles.

There really is inherent value in having a face wash that will treat and condition dry skin. It must not irritate the skin and your skin should not have any allergic reactions to the face wash. Ideally, the best face wash for dry skin will contain powerful moisturizing agents in the formula and it will have no ingredients that your skin would be allergic to. In extreme cases, a person may want to dry a skin patch test in a hidden place on the skin. Then they will want to wait and see if they have any allergic reactions to the face wash. It would look funny and hurt if you applied face wash to dry skin then you had an allergic reaction to the product. Anyway, let’s look at some of the top face washes for dry skin.

CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser 

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Benefits and Uses: The product has had over 2100 reviews written about it so it is a well-known face wash. Just because it is well-known does not guarantee that it will be a good face wash. We need to delve into the product description and the reviews to see just good or poor this face wash really is. The product contains ceramides that will cleanse and hydrate the skin as well as restore the protective skin barrier. It also has hyaluronic acid that maintains the skin’s natural moisture. The product is fragrance-free, non comedogenic and it will not irritate or dry the skin. It is designed for dry to normal skin. It will not irritate the skin or dry it out these are features we are looking for in a good-quality face wash.

Feedback: The customer had tried another product for years and decided to switch to this one. She likes the product because it does not dry out or irritate the skin. She has acne-prone skin and the product has not caused any breakouts on her skin. She says it can be confusing because when you apply the gel to the skin; it does not sud or foam and you may think it is not doing anything for your skin. It is absorbed into the skin and it cleanses the skin. The customer has been using it for 2 months and likes the product. She says she advises other people with acne-prone and dry skin to try it. The client calls it “her new holy grail cleanser” she likes it that much.

he male customer says that no one should this product which is not a fair thing to say. Just because it did not work for him does not mean it will not work for other clients. His dermatologist told him to use the product in the morning and in the evening. He tried it and he says his skin broke out in little red bumps and the skin looked like it was sunburned. He had not been out in the sun. He had an image to show what the product did to his skin. He normally has clear skin(then why did he go to the dermatologist?) and he decided to stop using the product once he realized it was causing the skin to react to it. A did not use the product for a few days and his skin cleared up. He writes he will try another product.

The customer says the soap feels like it is not hydrating because it leaves a dry film on the skin. The customer will not buy it again because it failed to meet their expectations. But it is odd because the product is made for dry skin and it should not be leaving a dry film on the customer’s skin. It is also a gel and another customer said it may feel like it is not hydrating but it is at the deeper levels below the skin. I wonder if the customer is perceiving it as not working when it really is.

This review is fresh today as the writing of this article on May,24,2018. In it the customer says she has a rudimentary skin care plan. She has never used a product that does not foam. This product does not foam but it works. She added it to her night and morning routine. She says the product absorbs deeply into the skin. It does not leave a greasy feeling on the skin and it feels so good on her skin. Her skin feels so good and feels so clean she cannot help but keep touching it.

She says she has not had a history of having problematic skin. She does not have acne and she is commonly told she looks 10 years younger than she is. Her husband who has very dry skin loves the product and he uses it all the time. The customer writes she will go through the jar twice as fast but that is alright with her. They are customers for life as long s the company continues to produce high-quality products like this one. The customer says it seems like the product is inactive in working on the skin but it cleanses the skin very well.

This is why it is hard to imagine why this product is not working for the customer who says it leaves a dry film on their skin. Yet this man, who has super dry skin, says it works great for his skin. The customer who complained it is not working maybe missing the fact that the skin is absorbing the product and it is moisturizing the skin.

Soapberry for Face. Real, Gentle Face Wash For Dry Skin, by Tree To Tub

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Benefits and Uses: The product is made of all natural ingredients and it will hydrate the skin without stripping it of essential oils. Supposedly, the product is said by customers to cleanse the skin deeply and make it feel very hydrated. The skin to remain plump and hydrated (according to the company) should stay at a 5.5 pH factor. This product is supposed to be able to do this. For eczema, winter dryness, and blemishes this is said to be the product for you. The usual products that have harsh chemicals will produce breakouts, dry and irritated skin, and itchy skin. Again, this is what the company claims but their product is made of all natural and gentle products. Of course, this means the product will not cause breakouts, irritation or dry itchy skin. The company says the product is obviously free of harsh chemicals well not it is not obvious. It is known that it is free of harsh chemicals because the company says it. It is also cruelty-free because the animals outrightly refused to allow this product to be used on them because it was too natural for their tastes. The company says if you order the product you will get a free bar of wild soapberry. It is a product that is antibacterial and antifungal and if you do not like the product then the company will refund the money to you.

Feedback: The customer is in her late 30’s and for years she has struggled with cystic/hormonal acne. rosacea, and oily skin. This product she tried even though she was extremely cynical. She thought the excellent reviews were padded by the company. It reduces the oil in her skin and it does not cause any irritation on her skin. It also cleans off her makeup very easily. She usually only has to use one application to remove the makeup. Unless she uses powder several times a day then she has to use more than one application of the product. She says she will use the product the rest of her life. This is the best product she has ever used. She did not say if the product helped to reduce her acne or not.

This is a regretful but positive review. The customer tried the product and really hoped it would work. The caused a rash to break out on her cheeks and it dried out her skin. She had to discontinue using the product which made her dad. Yet she recommends that people should use it even though it did not work for her. She said the company contacted her within 24 hours of her review being written. (This is speculation on the author’s part the contact came after the review was written) The company gave her credit that almost amounted to a free product. She said the company was caring and concerned their product did not work for her. She added a star in her rating of the product because of the customer service. The customer said the customer service was above and beyond what she expected.

This customer says they really liked the product and they would have used it for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, she went to reorder the product but they shot the price up by $7.00 dollars that is a major increase. She said she would not order the product again because she will not pay for a product that will skyrocket in price every time she needs to reorder it. The product worked well for her but it went up in price too much so she will not buy it again. The product (at the time of this article being written was almost $20.00 per container.

CeraVe Soothing Wash for Exttra Dry Itchy Skin

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Benefits and Uses: The product is designed for people with dry skin. The formula is ultra gentle on the skin. The product contains ceramides that will nourish and protect the skin barrier. The product was accepted by the National Eczema Association and will treat extremely dry skin, dry skin, and psoriasis-prone skin. It is free of harmful ingredients and it contains omega oils that effectively will soothe the skin.

Feedback: The customer says the son has had eczema for six years. (The boy is six years old.) The customer says they spent hundreds perhaps thousands of dollars on prescription drugs but to no avail. They tried this product for two weeks and the client says the boy’s eczema is completely gone. This is the first time he has had normal skin in six years. He always has had a patch of eczema somewhere on the body. The client was very happy the product healed the eczema and their bathroom is filled with the product.

This is a wonderful review for the healing power of the product. The client has an unusual condition that causes the skin to itch or more to the point makes the skin shock or sting. This happens right after the customer takes a shower and they had to fan dry themselves which was no fun in the winter. They would go without a shower as long as they could because the condition was unbearable. The tried this product and they still pat dry themselves after a shower. The wait until they come in from the heat to cool down before taking a shower. The product has not completely healed the condition but it has reduced the symptoms by 80%. The customer will continue to use the product.

Aveeno Ultra-Calming Hydrating Gel Facial Cleanser for Dry and Sensitive Skin

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Benefits and Uses: The product comes in a 5-ounce bottle that gently hydrates the skin. It is designed for dry and normal skin. It will nourish the skin without over-drying, irritating, or tighten the skin. The product has been clinically proven to remove dirt, oil, pollutants, and makeup while keeping the skin’s natural barrier intact. A couple of the product’s ingredients will help sensitive skin. It contains no harsh chemicals and it has an exclusive cleaning system to keep skin refreshed and healthy on a daily basis.

Feedback: The customer went a 30 product buying binge ultimately before they bought this one. The purchase of the product was a mere afterthought. The client says the product works well for her skin plagued by rosacea. It calms and cleanses her rosacea better than she could have ever imagined and she did not think this would be the facial cleanser she picked. She does not have to use a toner, lotion or any other product after she applies this product. Best of all it is reasonably priced and she really likes the product.

The client gave this product a 3-star rating because they said it does not lather but it will remove the redness from the skin. This is all the customer reports about the product. This review does not give enough detail as to why the buyer only gave it a 3-star rating. Why did it not lather and how did it get rid of the redness on the skin? We do not know what caused the redness on the customer’s skin. This information would be valuable for customers to read because they may have the same condition that causes their skin to turn red. The customer got straight to the point as to why this product was useless for them. It did not wash off all the makeup and the client did try it a few times. The customer thinks this product is for people who want a simple facial wash off. Not an extensive cleansing like this customer is expecting out of a facial cleanser.

Clinique Liquid Facial Extra Mild Soap for Very Dry to Dry Skin

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Benefits and Uses: This product is usually priced at around $17.00 per tube which is asking a lot for a product with only 6.7 ounces of product in the container. A little pricey for such a small amount. It is a clinical skin care product whatever that is supposed to mean. It is a beauty product which seems pretty obvious and strangely the packaging may vary. This product already has two strikes against it because it has a very limited product description and they want $17.00 per bottle for the facial cleanser for 6.7 ounces of content.

Feedback: The customer says the product glides on the skin easily and smoothly. The issue is the pump that releases the product. The last 3 bottles the customer has purchased have come with defective pumps. The customer will go to the store to buy this product where they will have no issues with the bottle pumps. product. The last 3 bottles the customer has purchased have come with defective pumps. The customer will go to the store to buy this product where they will have no issues with the bottle pumps. The customer complains the product is a lotion and not a soap. It does not work that the customer said the return shipping costs would be more than the price of the product. It sounds like the product was shipped from another country.


We have looked at some of the top facial washes for dry skin and some of them will treat more extensive skin conditions. A few of the products were very well-known because of the number of reviews written about these products and a few were just getting started in the market. There is a facial cleanser in this list that will meet your needs to keep your dry skin hydrated.


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Written by Irina Radosevic MD
Irina graduated from the University of Belgrade, School of Medicine as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) and spent over 3 years working in the Clinical Hospital Center Zvezdara, in the Department of Emergency Medicine. She also undertook a postgraduate in Cardiology from the same University and had previously worked for over a year as a Physician and Nutritionist Dietitian for the Fitness club Green Zone. She eventually left her chaotic but fulfilling job in the ER to pursue her passion of writing, travelling and mountain climbing which has included writing a first aid course for the alpine club of Belgrade. Irina currently works as a VA for PintMedia focusing on medical and travel writing. Feel free to connect with Irina on LinkedIn and FaceBook. Her CV can be seen here.