How To Choose The Right Face Wash For Your Skin Type

Are you wondering how to choose the right face wash for your skin type? Fret not; we’re giving you one less thing to worry about in your quest to find the face wash that meets your needs. Keep reading, mamas!

Have you always been overwhelmed by the rows of face wash options you see at the grocery aisle—or on your mobile screen if you shop online? Has your perfect face wash been eluding you even after months of trial and error? Are you worried you’ve been spending your money for nothing? Well, you may be approaching it differently.

You see, choosing the right face wash for you has a lot to do with your skin. According to Dr. Robyn Gmyrek, a board-certified dermatologist, it’s all about listening finding out what skin type you are—at the moment. Yes, it’s all about the state your skin is in now

According to Dr. Gmrek, one’s skin type may change over time. For instance, while you may have always had oily skin during your younger years, you may soon find your skin drier as you get older. Such is also the case for many mamas.

For pregnant mamas, skin changes are common because of the rollercoaster of hormonal changes you go through. “You may become less oily as you get older and [drier] as hormonal changes occur. So you may become more sensitive or less sensitive as well,” Dr. Gmyrek further explains.

Take a look at what we gathered from dermatologists and skin experts about how to choose the right face wash for your skin type!

How To Choose The Right Face Wash Based On Your Skin Type

Dry Skin

With its flaky appearance, you’ll need a face wash that hydrates and adds moisture to your skin. More often than not, facial cleansers that are non-foaming are ideal because they don’t contain harsh ingredients.

Oily Skin

If you have oily skin, a face wash containing salicylic acid, lactic acid benzoyl peroxide, or niacinamide is often recommended because it effectively removes excess oil. In addition, according to board-certified dermatologist Dr. Dianne Davis, “a more intense cleanser either of a gel or foam in consistency” is ideal for oily skin. 

Sensitive Skin

A mild and gentle cleanser is imperative for those with sensitive skin, which is prone to redness or stinging sensations. It’s also essential to look for cleansers that do not contain alcohol and fragrance, as these can trigger further irritation.

Combination Skin

Do you have oily T-zone but dry cheeks? Then you have combination skin. For this skin type, a face wash that gently removes dirt without being too harsh is recommended. Dr. Davis adds that “a cleanser that provides a balance between being gentle on dry patches but powerful on shiny oil spots” is what’s needed by individuals with combination skin.

Normal Skin

If your skin is neither dry nor oily, then a face wash that doesn’t clog pores (also known as non-comedogenic) is suitable for you. Overall, you can explore a broader range of facial cleansers but ideally, look for products without harsh and harmful ingredients that can throw off your skin’s natural moisture balance.

A Safe and Gentle Face Wash For All Skin Types

When you have a bun in the oven, you tend to second-guess things that you didn’t usually pay attention to, from the food you eat to the ingredients in your skincare products. Thankfully, there’s a face wash that gives you one less thing to worry about because it effectively cleanses your face no matter your skin type.


Mama’s Choice Gentle Face Wash removes dust, dirt, and makeup from your skin without stripping it off moisture.

Instead, it’s enriched with Rice Extract, which helps promote your skin’s natural glow. We’ve also added Hydrolyzed Collagen Extract, which nourishes your skin from within to keep it looking supple and maintain its elasticity.

But what makes our gentle face wash truly special is that we’ve made sure it’s safe for pregnant and breastfeeding mamas (and if it’s safe for mamas, it’s guaranteed safe for everyone!).

It’s free of ingredients and additives that can be harmful to your growing baby. For instance,  you won’t find SLS in our formulation, which can be detrimental to the skin.

In an article published by BBC, Professor Richard Guy at Bath’s Department of Pharmacy and Pharmacology found that “SLS can cause severe skin irritation and reduce the effective of skin function when left in contact with healthy skin.”

If you have sensitive skin, there’s no need to think twice about trying this too. There’s no fragrance and alcohol, which can irritate your skin. We’ve also gone the extra mile and made sure our product is tested in a world-class laboratory in Singapore!

Mama's Choice Gentle Face Wash

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