Squeaky Clean SkinSkincare is not a one size fits all.


ARGUABLY one of the most important steps in your skincare regime, an effective cleanser should unclog pores, balance the skin’s pH level, remove all traces of make-up and shouldn’t dry out the skin after cleansing. There are countless types of face cleansers on the market, which doesn’t make it easy to suss out which one’s for you. Luckily, people is here to help. We’ve made it easy to choose a cleanser to sort out your skin issues.

  1. Gel

Gel formulas have a thick, gel consistency, and they’re amazing for deep cleansing, decongesting clogged pores and removing excess oils without stripping the skin. A Gel is ideal for deep cleaning without over-stripping and are perfect for calming acne-prone skin.


Thermale Cleansing Gel: R269, Vichy

  • Cream

A creamy formula mildly cleanses the skin. They’re meant for more sensitive, dry skin types and use natural oils and emulsifiers to cleanse the skin while helping to soothe redness and inflammation.

Purifying Cream Cleanser: R425, Elizabeth Arden

  • Foam

Foam cleansers are just that: cleansers that have some sort of foaming, sudsy quality to them. They’re usually suggested for oily and acne-prone skin types since they are meant to deep clean by getting rid of excess oil and sebum.

Advanced Cleanser: R575, Dermaceutic

  • Oil

Created on the premise that oil attracts oil, oil cleansers bind with the sebum and any make-up oil and dirt on the skin, and when you rinse, all the oil is removed together! It’s ideal for oily or combination skin and even dry skin in lesser amounts

Shea Cleansing Oil: R345, L’Occitane

  • Clay

clay cleansers are known for their absorbing power. They purify skin by drawing out excess oil and toxins from pores. Oily and combination skin types can benefit from this type of cleansing.

ClearCalm 3 Anti-Blemish Clay Cleanser: R415, REN

  • Micellar

This French creation is a super sensitive alternative to traditional cleansers, the formula looks and feels like water, but it contains tiny oil molecules (micelles). The micelles contain surfactants, which attract make-up, dirt, and sebum. Sensitive skins rejoice!

Micellar Pure Active: R89.99, Garnier

  • Powder

Powder cleansers don’t contain any water, so all active ingredients remain effective and undiluted. It’s also customisable: for deep exfoliation, add a splash of water and for a lighter cleansing, use ample water to turn the formula into a lather. All skin types can benefit from a powder cleanser.

Chinese Ginseng & Rice Clarifying Polishing Powder Wash: R100, The Body Shop

  • Bar

Just as skin-friendly and luxurious as their liquid counterparts, bars are becoming ever more nutrient-rich and moisturizing.  An ideal choice for oily and combination skins.

Gentle Cleansing Bar: R151, Cetaphil