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How to Choose a Cleanser for Dry Skin

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When choosing a cleanser for dry skin, it’s essential to understand your skin’s needs. From there, it’s important to choose a formula that is designed for dry skin and to know the beneficial ingredients to look for in order to optimize the appearance of your skin.


With so many options to choose from, you need to be strategic when shopping for a cleanser for dry skin. This first skincare step is vital for any skincare routine, and a cleanser for dry skin can help address the unique challenges of this skin type—and work with other products in your regimen to keep your skin looking healthy. At the very least, an effective cleanser for dry skin should provide the skin with optimal hydration—and it’s important to choose a gentle formula that does not disrupt skin epidermal barrier.

How to Choose a Cleanser for Dry Skin


  • A mild, gentle formula
  • With ingredients that help maintain the skin’s epidermal barrier and avoid disruption caused by cleansing, such as Ceramides
  • A non-comedogenic, gentle, fragrance-free formula

A closer look at dry skin

Anyone can experience dry skin at any age, and it is often caused by the skin’s Stratum Corneum losing too much water or its natural oils. Causes of dry skin could be a lack of available moisture in the surrounding air, harsh soaps and other skincare products, a genetic predisposition that results in the skin producing less sebum (or oil), certain medications (such as those designed to lower cholesterol)1 and chronic conditions like eczema and diabetes.

Regardless of the specific root cause, most dry skin has one thing in common: A compromised skin epidermal barrier. The skin’s epidermal barrier is designed to keep moisture in and protect against external aggressions, but when it doesn’t perform as it should it’s easier for moisture to evaporate and prone to irritations.

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TIPS: Ingredient to look for

Ceramides:Ceramides are vital components of the intercellular lipids mixture at Stratum Corneum that act as “mortar” between the epidermal skin’s cellular “bricks” to reinforce the skin’s epidermal barrier and help the epidermal skin retain moisture. With strong epidermal barrier, skin could be protected against environmental aggressors like irritants and pollution. Without the proper ratio of ceramides, the skin’s epidermal barrier can become compromised, leading to various skin conditions, such as dryness, itching and irritation.A cleanser for dry skin that contains ceramides helps minimize epidermal barrier disruption caused by cleansing, which in turn may increase the skin’s moisture levels.

1. Baumann, L. (2009) Cosmetic Dermatology: Principles and Practice (pp.83-91). New York: McGraw-Hill Medical

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