Is there truly a difference between cleansers?

Is there truly a difference between using an otc cleanser (like Cerave, which my derm says is the highest-end of the otc products) vs. a medical-grade or high-end cleanser? Will an expensive cleanser clean the skin more thoroughly? Are the otc products really on shelves for years, therefore reducing quality?

I tend to agree with your derm on this. If you need to save money on something, save it on the cleanser. When you think about it, it’s really only on your skin for seconds. Unless you have acne or really oily skin, you want something gentle that doesn’t strip natural oils off the face. Cerave or Cetaphil generally do this just fine.


Then it just comes down to what you personally like. Do you like a creamier cleanser, a more foamy cleanser, the scent, something organic etc.? Like I said, is it worth spending the extra money for these factors? Only you can answer that? I personally like the organic skin care Eminence Lemon Cleanser because I like the creamy texture and the scent and that it’s organic.


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