Last Updated: September 17, 2021

The 20 best natural face washes for clear skin.

WRITTEN BY Grove Collaborative • 28 min read

It’s easy to see things clearly with a fresh face, and that’s why having a daily skincare routine has never been more important. Being able to feel good about yourself, especially when looking at your face close up in Zoom meetings and FaceTime chats, is crucial. A great face wash can help you rid your skin of dirt, oil, sweat, and dead skin cells that have built up as your busy day goes on. But finding natural face washes that don't have harsh ingredients like parabens, phthalates, or fragrances that take a toll on your skin is also important.


Our list of the best natural face washes for clear skin gives you some of the best face wash options like this Superbloom Hydrating Essentials Set - For Dry and Normal Skin to get your day started right or to send you off to dreamland clean and content. Read real Grove member reviews on the products in this list to find out more about which face wash is best for you.


This list of products was determined by ratings and reviews from Grove members.

1. Superbloom Spotless Cleansing Gel - For Oily & Combination Skin

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A non-foaming cleansing gel with antioxidant-rich passionflower to gently cleanse and balance skin without stripping it.

Skin types: Oily, combination, and normal
Helps defend against: Free radicals and pollution

  • CLEANSES, BALANCES, AND REFRESHES SKIN
    Superbloom’s Spotless Cleansing Gel gently washes away impurities and reduces excess …

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3 FL OZ
$25
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2. Tree To Tub Balancing Face Wash for Oily, Acne Prone Skin

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Give yourself the gift of a clear complexion with Tree To Tub Balancing Face Wash for Oily, Acne Prone Skin. This gentle, oil-balancing acne cleanser works to unclog and tighten pores while soothing problematic skin issues — without stimulating excess oil or drying out your skin. Made with wild soapberries, it’s dermatologist-recommended, …

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4 oz
$19.99
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3. Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Cleanser - Purely Coconut

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Searching for a gentle facial cleanser? Alaffia Everyday Coconut Face Cleanser, Purely Coconut, is made to wash away dirt, environmental pollutants, and other impurities while leaving your face feeling smooth and moisturized. This lightweight cleanser is gentle, nourishing, and suitable for all skin types.

Alaffia products are ethical, …

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12 OZ
$9.99
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4. Lavido Hydrating Facial Cleanser

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This gentle and hydrating facial cleanser opens and thoroughly cleanses the pores. Contains the antioxidant-rich Vitamin A, derived from organic carrot oil, which protects and nourishes the skin. Leaves the skin feeling soft and supple. Removes makeup and leaves the skin purified and refreshed. For normal to dry skin.

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3.38 oz
$29
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5. Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash

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Indie Lee Purifying Face Wash is a foaming cleanser, formulated with flower extracts of rose damascena and jasmine that leave your skin feeling soft and supple. Ideal for all skin types, this antioxidant-rich face wash also helps to brighten imperfections, with soothing extracts and essential oils that won’t dry out your complexion.

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4.2
$34
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6. One Love Organics Easy Does It Foaming Cleanser

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With a unique combination of Chilean soap bark, cold-pressed apple oil and vegetable glycerin, Easy Does It lathers into a soothing, non-drying foam that cleanses face, body and hair. That’s right. Turns out those 17 different soaps and shampoos aren’t necessary after all.
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6.3 oz
$25
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7. OSEA Ocean Cleanser

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With key ingredients rich in vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants to help slow the signs of aging, OSEA Ocean Cleanser keeps your skin soft, smooth, and supple. Lightweight sesame seed oil, organic algae extract, and jojoba seed oil with vitamin E cleanse your skin without drying. Wake up to glowing skin and a clear, radiant …

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5 oz
$48
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8. Rooted Beauty Sensitive Skin Facial Cleanser

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Silky in texture and gentle on your skin, this cleanser is packed with aloe, chamomile and our antioxidant-rich R7 complex. It gently removes dirt, oil, and makeup from pores to leave your skin looking (and feeling) refreshed.

Rooted is proud to be recognized by  EWG VERIFIED™, a program that shares our commitment to ingredient transparency and …
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5oz
$9.95
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9. Seed Nourishing Facial Cleanser

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Start each day with a refreshingly clean complexion by adding Seed Nourishing Facial Cleanser to your morning routine. Made in the USA with biodegradable, seed-derived ingredients sourced from independent, organic farms, this nourishing facial cleanser is gentle on even the most sensitive skin. The lightweight lather is ideal for everyday use. …

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8.5 oz
$28
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10. Pai Middlemist Seven Gentle Hydrating Cleanser

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Dirt and makeup can build up on your skin throughout the day. Pai’s Middlemist Seven Gentle Hydrating Cleanser removes dirt and washes away impurities without disrupting your skin’s pH balance. This Camellia and Rose formula is made to replenish your skin's moisture barrier, leaving it soft and supple.

Massage this hydrating cleanser into your …

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3.4 oz
$50
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11. Tree To Tub Gentle Face Wash for Very Sensitive Skin

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Tree To Tub Gentle Face Wash for Very Sensitive Skin is scent-free, with soothing botanicals like aloe vera, açaí, and chamomile to cleanse your face. The creamy, gentle cleansing foam of the soapberry is ultra gentle, so it will protect and soothe even the most sensitive skin types. Grove members agree its effectiveness is long-lasting, so you can …

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4 oz
$19.99
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12. Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser

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Go green when you clean. This Acure Ultra Hydrating Green Juice Cleanser not only uses the purifying power of greens such as holy basil, kale, spinach, and ashwagandha, but it also comes in packaging that’s been designed to be recycled. Doing good things for you and Mother Nature means a smoothie-like treatment for your pores and a chance to keep …

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4 Oz
$12.99
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13. Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser

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When you have dry skin, the last thing you need is a cleanser that strips your face of its natural oils. Mad Hippie Cream Cleanser uses a mildly acidic pH to gently wash away dirt and impurities from your face while maintaining its protective layer. The result: a glowing and balanced complexion that’s clean yet hydrated.

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4.0 oz
$15.99
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14. Acure Resurfacing Glycolic & Unicorn Root Cleanser

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Sometimes life really is all rainbows and unicorns, especially when it comes to Acure Resurfacing Glycolic & Unicorn Root Cleanser. This cream-to-foam cleaner works its magic using a special blend of amethyst, glycolic, lactic, and true unicorn root. Rose quartz and amethyst combine their superpowers to defeat dull skin, while hemp-seed oil and …

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4 Oz
$12.99
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15. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser

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Targeted for acne-prone skin, Yes to Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser is formulated to gently exfoliate your face while drawing out impurities. This non-drying facial cleanser combines the purifying power of salicylic acid with charcoal powder, tomato extract, and jojoba oil to reduce the look of blemishes. Give your skin a break, not a …

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5 Oz
$9.99
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16. Bulldog Face Wash

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If you’re searching for a facial cleanser that is suitable for a male complexion, try cleansing with Bulldog Face Wash. This refreshing face wash is specially formulated to leave your skin looking visibly clear without drying it out. Natural ingredients like soothing aloe vera, moisturizing camelina oil, and antioxidant-rich green tea enrich and …

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5 Oz
$7.29
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17. Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Daily Clarifying Cleanser

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A clear complexion is the aim of Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Daily Clarifying Cleanser. Made to remove excess oils, detox impurities, and refresh your skin’s texture, this daily cleanser helps to smooth blemishes and calm breakouts with a non-irritating formula that won’t dry out your face. Warning: You may not be able to stop yourself from staring …

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3.38 Oz - 100 ML
$9.99
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18. Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser

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Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser utilizes a potent blend of ingredients to hydrate and help protect your skin. This gentle facial cleanser is designed to wash away impurities, leaving you with a silky and luminous complexion. Use this cleanser to wash off makeup, or leave it on your face for a few additional minutes and it doubles as an exfoliating …

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4.2 oz
$34
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19. Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash

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This stellar Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash gets a gold star in our book for fabulous. This face wash gives your face a refreshing and energizing cleanse with a bit of AHA exfoliation. It removes oil and grime, while soothing, hydrating, and brightening skin, without messing with your pH balance. Keep in mind this Ursa Major Fantastic Face Wash is …

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8 oz
$30
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20. Lavido Purifying Facial Cleanser

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Cleanses, rejuvenates and balances formulated with plant-based hydrosol water. Organic pomegranate essential oil extract is an antioxidant and organic Propolis helps keep oily skin at bay. Provides deep cleansing and also removes makeup.

Use one to two pumps and apply to a damp face in the morning or evening and rinse well.
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3.38 oz
$29
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FAQs

How often should you use a face wash?

Whether you use face wash or facial cleanser — or even for those of us who just frantically use bar soap to wash our face — you should be washing your face at least once a day. Washing once a day with one of the best face washes you can find will get rid of the day’s dirt, sweat, and oil that’s been left behind. This helps prevent buildup and acne.


Here are some tips for washing your face depending on your skin type:

  • Oily skin: You may want to wash twice a day to keep oil at bay. Try using a face wash once in the morning and then again right before bed.
  • Dry skin: A night wash may be best if you have dry skin. Follow a nightly wash with moisturizer or serum.
  • Sensitive skin: When you wash is up to you, but with sensitive skin, you’ll want to make sure to use a face wash made especially for sensitive skin types.

Do face washes leave your skin dry?

Not all face washes leave your skin dry, but many can leave skin drier than you expected, based on the ingredients in the face wash you choose. That’s because a face wash’s purpose is to clean and draw out impurities like dirt, oil, sweat, and dead skin cells while it cleans. During that cleaning process, face wash can sometimes also strip your skin of moisture leaving it super dried out and in need of some love. If you’re finding that even the best face wash for acne that you’ve been using is leaving your skin too dry, you might want to try a more gentler face wash, possibly one made with naturally derived ingredients and made without harsh chemicals.


Here are some tips when you notice dry skin has found its way to your face:

  • Make sure you’re avoiding face washes with salicylic or glycolic acid
  • Try finding a natural facial care routine that uses a bedtime mask or serum after night washes
  • Use a light lotion with SPF during the day if you’re a morning face washer

What's the best way to use a face wash?

Whether you’re searching for the best men's face wash or the best face wash for oily skin, once you’ve found the one that works well for you, you’ll want to make sure you’re washing your face the right way. Let’s get down to the basics of the best way to use a face wash.


A beginner’s step-by-step guide to face washing

  1. Start by splashing your face with lukewarm water (not hot water as it can damage your skin)
  2. Put your face wash on your fingers and apply it to your face — always make sure your hands are clean and don’t overdo it on the amount of face wash you use
  3. Lather it on your face in circular motions but do not scrub hard
  4. Wash your face wash off using lukewarm water again
  5. Pat your skin dry with a washcloth or towel

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