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With “maskne” unfortunately running rampant, skincare is even more essential than ever. That being said, every basic skincare routine starts with a great cleanser — and some of the best cleansers on the market are actually under $20.
Sure, you can splurge on a cleanser over $20. But there are a plethora of options under that price that can still address your skin concerns. La Roche Posay, for example, offers this 13-ounce gel-to-foam cleanser for under $15 that’ll last you months. If you’re someone experiencing acne, the fan-favorite Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel Facial Cleanser or the Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser are good drugstore options for saying goodbye to blemishes.
There are tons of cleansers out there, but here are 10 cleansers under $20 that skincare shoppers seriously dig.
Shop: Olay Regenerating Cream Cleanser, $7.12 (Orig. $9.49)
With over 300 customer reviews, this cleanser from Olay is something to talk about. The product features brightening benefits with ascorbic acid, also known as vitamin C. Plus, there are hydrating ingredients like glycerin and chemical exfoliants like salicylic acid.
Shop: Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm, $17.99
This is the cleanser you want to use to break down a full face of makeup. Some oil cleansers can be a bit pricey, but this Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm from Versed comes in right under $20. Using eucalyptus oil and vitamin E, this cleanser starts as a balm and melts down to an oil as you massage it into the skin. Not to mention it easily rinses off along with all that makeup.
Shop: Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser, $18
Glossier’s Milky Jelly Cleanser is a fan-favorite (I’m on my third bottle). What’s interesting about this cleanser is it doesn’t lather. However, you can apply it with or without water because of its gel-like consistency. It also uses the same cleansing agents found in contact lens solution, making it safe for eyes.
Shop: Rosen Skincare Super Smoothie Cleanser, $18
Black woman-owned skincare brand Rosen Skincare offers this highly-rated cleanser that uses fruit powders (strawberry, lemon and raspberry) to tighten and brighten your skin. Ideal for helping you fade scars and improve dull skin, this $18 cleanser has left some shoppers with blemish-free results.
shop: Honest Gentle Gel Cleanser, $12.99
Honest Beauty is known for clean formulas that are family-friendly, and this cleanser is no exception. The gentle cleanser lightly foams up when wet, removes makeup and isn’t overly drying to the skin. Plus, it’s got soothing ingredients like chamomile extract and calendula extract — all for $13.
Shop: Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser, $11.48 (Orig. $15.99)
If this cleanser looks familiar, that’s because you’ve probably seen it on numerous lists — it’s just that good. The Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser is perfect for sensitive skin, removing makeup and dirt with ease. It’s a budget-friendly drugstore option that has more than 8,000 Amazon reviews.
For my melanin babies, this one’s for you. Buttah Skin carries skincare made to make melanin to pop. The Black-owned brand is the brainchild of actor and TV personality Dorion Renaud. While I think the Buttah cleanser is one of the best cleansers under $20 because it low-key smells like churros, it’s also super gentle. You can use it every day because of ingredients like lavender flower extract, which helps soothe the skin.
I’ve loved this cleanser from the moment I bought it. La Roche-Posay’s Toleraine Foam Face Wash is great for those with normal to oily skin. It works for those with sensitive skin, getting rid of excess oil without leaving you totally dry. Plus, you get 13 ounces for only $15. I’ve honestly been able to get a full face of makeup (and even glitter) off with just one pump of this stuff.
Carbon Theory is famous for its acne cleansing bar. Infused with charcoal to pull out bacteria and tea tree oil to reduce inflammation, this cleansing bar has over 4,200 Ulta Beauty shoppers talking. It’s vegan and cruelty-free, and you can reuse the packaging between washes. Plus, you can snag it for under $10.
Shop: Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Cleansing Gel, $7.64
Over 400 shoppers have left reviews at Walmart for this gentle daily cleanser. The gel cleanser features hyaluronic acid, leaving skin supple after pat drying. Plus, it’s oil-free, paraben-free and only $7.
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