17 Best Facial Cleansers In Malaysia 2021 (Face Wash For Each Skin Type) & How To Choose

Keep your face clear of pimples with the best facial cleansers in Malaysia 2021!

A good cleanser will remove dirt and excess oil from your face without leaving it dry. And without messing up the pH balance of your skin!

Have a look at these reviews on facial cleansers for oily skin, dry skin, combination skin and more!

How To Choose The Right Facial Cleanser

Because it’s the first step in any beauty routine, it’s important that you select a cleanser that’s suitable for your skin type!

As you need your skin to be clean and prepped before you apply your toner, whitening cream or eye cream!

1. Identify Your Skin Type

Not sure what your skin type is? Read on!

2. Oily Skin

Skin tends to get shiny fast and has visible pores.

Go for: A cleanser with oil control. A balanced pH is preferable.

3. Dry Skin

There’s a tight feeling in your skin. And it can be itchy or flaky at times.

Go for:  A moisturizing cleanser that contains glycerin, hyaluronic acid, etc; Soap-free is good. Or you can try the best cleansing oil instead!

4. Combination Skin

You have both symptoms of oily skin and dry skin but limited to certain parts of the face. (e.g. T-Zone is oily)

Go for: Any cleanser that cleans your face well without stripping away moisture. You can follow the cleanser recommendations for dry skin.

5. Sensitive Skin

If you have sensitive skin that gets red and itchy easily, you’ll need to avoid fragrances! As with all your skin products like moisturizer, sunscreen and lip balm!

Go for: A fragrance free cleanser with soothing ingredients like aloe vera; Beware of foamy cleansers Maintaining your pH balance is important too.

6. Acne Prone Skin

This one is self explanatory. But just keep in mind that acne prone skin can be dry too. And is not necessarily oily!

Go for: Gentle cleansers that will not leave an oily residue. Or your skin dry! Anti-inflammatory or soothing ingredients like witch hazel or tea tree oil are recommended.

7. Check The Cleanser’s Ingredients

Avoid harsh cleansers. And by harsh, we mean that they leave your skin very dry.

They tend to contain:

  • Sodium Lauryl Sulfate
  • Strong fragrances
  • Parabens
  • Mineral oils
  • Alcohols like SD alcohol 40, isopropyl alcohol, and ethyl alcohol

17 Best Facial Cleansers In Malaysia

Best Facial Cleanser For Oily Skin Malaysia

1. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

For a product that’s marketed towards sensitive skin, Neutrogena’s Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser strangely has fragrance.

Otherwise, it’s gentle enough to use for washing off make up without leaving your skin tight and uncomfortable! Unless you wash your face a few times a day!

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser
  • Size: 354ml
  • Suitable For: Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Sarcosinate
  • Price: ~RM90

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2. Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel

The main cleansing ingredient in Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel is Sodium Laureth Sulfate (or SLES). Which is what makes the cleanser foamy!

There is lavender and lemon peel oil (citric acid) in the formula too. Both can be irritating to sensitive skin!

Dermalogica Special Cleansing Gel
  • Size: 250ml, 500ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Quillaja Saponaria, Balm Mint, Lavender Extract, Lemon Peel Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil
  • Price: RM219, RM299

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3. Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Facial Cleanser

This is a BHA cleanser with natural exfoliating properties and salicylic acid to curb excessive sebum production!

Regardless of the label, this cleanser is best for oily skin that is prone to acne. And even so, use it sparingly!

Interested in the benefits of AHA, BHA and PHA products? You might like what we have in our list of the best face serums!

Cosrx Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Facial Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Normal, Combination & Oily (Especially For Acne-Prone Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid, Melaleuca Alternigolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Evening Primrose Flower Extract
  • Price: RM30

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Best Facial Cleanser For Combination Skin Malaysia

4. Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash

Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash is frothy and doesn’t dry out the skin (i.e. no tight feeling)!

You don’t need to use a lot either!

Origins Checks And Balances Frothy Face Wash
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Normal, Dry, Oily, Combination, Sensitive
  • Key Ingredients: Lavender Flower Water, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Spearmint Leaf Oil, Bergamot Fruit Oil
  • Price: ~RM100

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5. SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser

Creamy and moisturizing, the SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser removes oil and grime. A little goes a long way!

People with dry or combination skin find that this makes their face softer and smoother!

SK-II Facial Treatment Gentle Cleanser
  • Size: 120g
  • Suitable For: Normal To Combination Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Pitera™ And White Willow Extract, Vitamin E, Niacinamide
  • Price: RM249

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6. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser

Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cleanser cleans without leaving any residue. Or disturbing your skin’s pH balance! You don’t need a lot of it to remove your make up either!

Just be sure to keep it stored with the cap up as it is prone to leaking!

Kiehl's Ultra Facial Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types including sensitive skin
  • Key Ingredients: Squalane, Apricot Kernel Oil, Vitamin E and Avocado Oil
  • Price: ~RM100

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7. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild

Ingredients like glycerin, sodium hyaluronate and olive oil in Clinique’s Liquid Facial Soap Mild will replenish moisture in dry to combination skin!

And you won’t feel sticky or oily afterwards!

Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild
  • Size: 200ml
  • Suitable For: Dry Combination Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Olive Fruit Oil, Cucumber Fruit Extract, Barley Extract, Sunflower Seedcake
  • Price: RM99

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Extra-Mild for Very Dry to Dry Skin:

Oily Skin Formula for Combination Oily or Oily Skin:

Best Facial Cleanser For Dry Skin

8. Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser

There are 12 essential oils in the formula of Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser!

And even though it feels gentle on the skin, it can still remove makeup! With the exception of waterproof mascara!

Philosophy Purity Made Simple One-Step Facial Cleanser
  • Size: 240ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Meadowfoam Seed Oil And Twelve-Essential Oil Blend Including Rosewood, Sandalwood, Sage
  • Price: RM110

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9. Laneige Multi Deep Clean Cleanser

Glycerin content in the formula of the Laneige Multi Deep Clean Cleanser makes it suitable for dry skin types.

But because it has comedogenic ingredients (e.g. lauric acid, stearic acid), oily and acne prone types may want to pass on this cleanser!

Laneige Multi Deep Clean Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Papain Enzyme, Blueberry, Cranberry, Strawberry & Raspberry Extract, Coffee Seed Extract, Lycium Chinense Fruit Extract, Sapindus Mukorossi Fruit Extract, Rubus Chamaemorus Seed Extract
  • Price: RM100

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Bonus: Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser by 100%Pure

Gentle on the skin with natural ingredients, the Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser by 100%Pure is just what dry skin types need!

It does not foam much but it is still effective at cleansing. And you don’t need to use a lot each time. It works best together with a konjac sponge!

Argan Oil Creamy Cleanser by 100%Pure
  • Size: 100ml
  • Suitable For: Dry Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Organic Aloe Juice Leaf Juice*, Cocoa Seed Butter, Saponified Coconut Oil, Argan Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Honey, Orange Fiber, Candelilla Wax Extract, Acai Oil Fruit Oil, Organic Green Tea Leaf Extract*, Rosehip Oil Seed Extract, Blood Orange Essential Oil, Japanese Honeysuckle Extract, Coenzyme Q10, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Resveratrol, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coffee Cherry Seed Extract, Limonene**, Linalool**
  • Price: ~RM250

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If you have dry skin, you can have a look at the options for sensitive skin types as well.

Don’t forget to check the last cleanser (that’s organic!) on this list too!

Best Facial Cleanser For Acne Prone Skin

10. Biotherm Biosource Foaming Cream Normal Skin

Biotherm’s Biosource Foaming Cream Normal Skin has a bunch of ingredients that are great for acne prone skin!

Like salicylic acid, lauric acid and zinc gluconate! To exfoliate and soothe your skin!

Biotherm Biosource Foaming Cream Normal Skin
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Combination Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Pure Thermal Plankton, Zinc, Complex Of 70 Revitalizing Minerals
  • Price: RM108

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11. Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Containing vegan ingredients, the Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser is a daily use cleanser with BHA ingredients to act as natural exfoliants!

It’s got tea tree oil to soothe inflamed skin as well.

Cosrx happens to have a great face mist too! See the face mist review.

Cosrx Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Dry Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Tea Tree Leaf Oil, Evening Primrose Flower Extract
  • Price: RM30

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12. The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser

Whether you have oily or dry skin that’s prone to acne, this salicylic acid cleanser by The Inkey will do the trick!

There’s vitamin E and glycerin for hydration. And salicylic acid to control excess oil. While allantoin soothes your skin!

The Inkey List Salicylic Acid Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: Normal, Combination & Oily (Especially For Acne-Prone Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Salicylic Acid 2%, Zinc Compound, Allantoin 0.5%
  • Price: ~RM90

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Best Facial Cleanser For Sensitive Skin

13. CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser

Despite the name, this cleanser is clear, with a gel-like consistency. However, using too much can be drying.

It’s so effective at cleaning that you may be able to skip your make up remover! The included Niacinamide (vitamin B3) will improve your skin texture over time too!

CeraVe Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • Size: 473ml
  • Suitable For: Normal To Oily Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Ceramides, Hydrolyzed Hyaluronic Acid, Niacinamide
  • Price: ~RM110

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14. Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser For Sensitive Skin

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser For Sensitive Skin has minimal ingredients. Something that sensitive skin types will appreciate! Especially if you have eczema!

And there’s glycerin to keep your skin hydrated!

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser For Sensitive Skin
  • Size: 237ml
  • Suitable For: Sensitive Skin
  • Key Ingredients: Glycerin, Coco-glucoside
  • Price: ~RM100

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15. Fresh Soy Face Cleanser

You only need a little to wash away dirt and light make up with the Fresh Soy Face Cleanser! It does not remove your skin’s natural oils!

The cleanser features natural ingredients that can calm irritated skin. Like aloe vera, soy and cucumber!

Fresh Soy Face Cleanser
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Amino Acid-Rich Soy Proteins, Calming Cucumber Extract, Balancing Rosewater, Borage Seed Oil, Panax Ginseng Root Extract
  • Price: RM122

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In case you do fancy adding vitamin C to your skin care, consider a vitamin C serum!

16. Simple Cleanser Refreshing Facial Wash

This highly affordable gel cleanser by Simple is mild enough for sensitive skin

And if you wash your face frequently, switching to a cleanser like this one may be less taxing (i.e. drying) for your skin in the long term!

Simple Cleanser Refreshing Facial Wash
  • Size: 150ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types (Even Sensitive Skin)
  • Key Ingredients: Triple Purified Water, Pro-Vitamin B, Vitamin E
  • Price: RM20

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Best Natural Facial Cleanser

There’re only a handful of organic facial cleansers in Malaysia. And as with most things organic, they don’t usually come cheap!

17. Sukin Signature Foaming Facial Cleanser 

Hailing from Australia, Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser should be avoided by anyone with oily or acne-prone skin! With rich natural ingredients like essential oils and shea butter!

On the other hand, dry skin and sensitive skin tend to benefit with use of this cleanser!

Sukin Foaming Facial Cleanser
  • Size: 125ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types including sensitive skin
  • Key Ingredients: Chamomile, Aloe Vera, Green Tea and Witch Hazel, Evening Primrose, Rosehip Oil
  • Price: RM31.9

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18. Golden Elixir Face Cleanser By HelloNaturalCo

Organic castile soap plant base soap provides the cleaning factor for the Natural Face Cleanser Malaysia | Golden Elixir Face Cleanser By HelloNaturalCo.

At the same time, this natural face cleanser has astringent (frankincense oil) and anti-inflammatory (rose geranium oil) properties as well! To reduce breakouts and skin irritation!

HelloNaturalCo Golden Elixir Face Cleanser
  • Size: ~50ml
  • Suitable For: All Skin Types
  • Key Ingredients: Frankincense Oil, Rose Geranium Oil
  • Price: ~RM40

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Conclusion

Take a minute or two to go through all the best facial cleansers in Malaysia! You might find your new holy grail cleanser to add to your existing beauty regime!

The most critical deciding factor is your skin type! Rich cleansers are not for those with oily or acne-prone skin. While dry and sensitive skin types should not use stronger cleansers with exfoliants!