WHICH CLEANSER IS BEST FOR YOU?

WHICH CLEANSER IS BEST FOR YOU?

June 11, 2022

At A|N, we carry 3 cleansers that are great for a variety of concerns and skin types. So let’s break each cleanser down and determine which one is best for you and your needs!


DAILY ESSENTIAL CLEANSER →  THE TOP SELLER


The Daily Essential Cleanser is our top selling product, and for good reason. It not only deeply cleanses the skin, but it also hydrates and contains anti-aging properties. Oily, combination, and normal skin types can tolerate this formulation, and this cleanser can be used twice daily. The reason we don’t recommend it for dry or sensitive skin - or skin that is brand new to medical grade products - is because it can be a little drying due to the exfoliating and anti-aging properties! And as you may know, drying the skin out too much can cause irritation and further sensitivity!


To recap, this cleanser is great for: Oily skin, combination skin, normal skin that can tolerate medical grade products, and focuses on anti-aging and deep cleansing 


Some key ingredients in this cleanser include: 


Clary Extract: Contains a Linalyl Acetate, an ester derived from fatty acids.This is a powerful compound that works on top of the skin to reduce inflammation, restore the skin’s barrier, and soothe the skin.

Aloe: A powerful botanical containing vitamins A and C (antioxidants) which will help soothe, hydrate, and reduce inflammation.

Cucumber Extract: Delightfully hydrates, reduces puffiness, and helps reduce redness.

Hyaluronic Acid: A deeply hydrating humectant that enables the skin to hold onto water, helping to optimally hydrate the outermost layer of skin.This added hydration helps to improve skin’s appearance to appear more healthy and youthful.

Allantoin: Extracted from the root of the Comfrey Plant. Allantoin is known to help stimulate the growth of new tissue.

Pro-Vitamin B5: Helping to keep the skin soft and supple, this vitamin deeply hydrates by absorbing moisture from the air and into your skin. Pro-Vitamin B5 is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to soothe the skin.


GENTLE FOAMY CLEANSER → THE “DIP YOUR TOES IN” CLEANSER


The Gentle Foamy Cleanser is perfect if you are brand new to medical grade skincare, if you’ve been using over-the-counter skincare such as Cerave, and if you have sensitive, dry, or normal skin type. This cleanser gently removes dirt and debris without overly drying the skin and stripping too much oil in the skin barrier. It also comes out as a foam, which is a nice touch for those of you who love instantly foamy cleaners. 


To recap, this cleanser is great for: sensitive skin, dry skin, normal skin, anyone who wants a gentle cleanser


Ingredients worth highlighting in this cleanser include:


Glycerin: A dynamic duo of a humectant and emollient, which retain the skin’s moisture and softens skin.

Saccharide Isomerate: Provides the skin with instant and lasting hydration that can last up to 72 hours post-use.

Pro-Vitamin B5: Helping to keep the skin soft and supple, this vitamin deeply hydrates by absorbing moisture from the air and into your skin. Pro-Vitamin B5 is well known for its anti-inflammatory properties and its ability to soothe the skin

Lauric Acid: A gentle acting fatty acid that is used to soothe and calm inflamed skin and can help inhibit growth of acne-causing bacteria. .


OIL CONTROL CLEANSER → THE POWERFUL CLEANSER


The Oil Control Cleanser is the most powerful, oil-fighting cleanser we have! If you are oily, acne prone, have a hormonal teenager, or experience back or body breakouts, this one's for you. It’s also great for large pores, and congestion! Dry, sensitive and compromised skin might want to steer clear of this cleanser as the Salicylic Acid in this formula can be a bit drying, but it works wonders for acne and oil! 


To recap, this cleanser is great for: oily skin, combination skin, acne-prone skin, men and teens, and focuses on attacking oil and acne


Key things to highlight about this cleanser:


Salicylic Acid: penetrates deep into pores to gently exfoliate and cleanse the skin. This helps decrease excessive sebum and oil production helping to reduce acne-causing bacteria.

Clary Sage Extract: A powerful ester that is known for reducing skin inflammation, healing the Epidermis (outermost layer of skin), and soothing skin.

Licorice Root Extract: Brightens skin complexion while soothing and reducing inflammation.

Niacinamide: This active form of Vitamin B3 helps support the skin barrier by keeping skin naturally hydrated and plump to help smooth fine lines and wrinkles. This ingredient also helps tighten pores to improve their appearance and help fight acne.

Wheat Germ Extract: This antioxidant has major healing properties that improve cellular regeneration making the skin appear more healthy and youthful!


WHEN TO CONSIDER USING MORE THAN ONE CLEANSER IN YOUR ROUTINE:


Let’s chat about a few scenarios where it might make sense to incorporate two different cleansers, or even all 3, in your routine!


  • You have acne-prone skin but you are on the dryer side
  • If this is you, I would consider using the Gentle Foamy Cleanser daily, but adding in the oil control cleanser a few times a week - maybe 3 nights per week to start! This will help attack oil and deeply cleanse the skin without over-drying.


  • You want to deeply cleanse the skin and remove makeup but you get dry semi-easily
  • Maybe you want that SUPER clean feeling, but your skin is drier and you do better with foamy cleansers. In this case, I would suggest our Gentle Foamy Cleanser, but then also adding in our Daily Essential Cleanser a few times a week - 3 times a week at night to begin! This will help deeply cleanse the skin without over-drying!


  • You love foamy cleansers but have oily skin
  • I would suggest the Oil Control Cleanser to use almost daily, but then you can incorporate the Gentle Foamy Cleanser a few times a week as well! This cleanser is so soft and foamy, and won’t strip the skin barrier.


  • Your skin is sensitive but you would love to dabble with a stronger cleanser
  • You’re going to definitely want to use our Gentle Foamy Cleanser, but I would suggest adding in our Daily Essential Cleanser 1-2x a week at night once your skin feels ready to tolerate more!


  • You want a gentle cleanser, an anti-aging cleanser, and an acne fighting cleanser! 
  • You go on with your bad self, and get all three of our top selling cleansers! Use the Gentle Foamy Cleanser in the AM for a gentle wash, and then toggle between the Daily Essential Cleanser for anti-aging benefits and the Oil Control Cleanser for killing oil and bacteria! 


  • You have acne-prone skin but also want to focus on anti-aging
  • The Oil Control Cleanser is going to be great for you if you are acne-prone and have oily skin, but you will want to also add in the Daily Essential Cleanser to take advantage of the anti-aging benefits! You can toggle between the Oil Control Cleanser and the Daily Essential Cleanser throughout the week. 


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    As you can see, there are so many ways to mix and match cleansers! Each cleanser is a bit different, but all of them are medical grade and highly effective!