Cream cleanser, also known as creme cleanser, generally refers to a type of skin cleanser that comes in a thick liquid form, similar in texture to a lotion, though a bar cleanser could contain cream as well. There are cream cleansers available for both the face and the body. Some cleansers are designed with a specific purpose in mind, such as to moisturize extra-dry skin or to fight the appearance of acne.
Cream cleanser by nature contains rich moisturizers as a primary ingredient, making it different than other types of cleansers that simply contain soap, or other cleansing ingredients without moisturizer. The simplest of cream cleansers will only be designed to cleanse and moisturize the face, and is a good idea for those with sensitive or dry, flaking skin. Of course, other types of cream cleansers exist for more specific needs.
A popular type of cream cleanser is one that contains acne fighting ingredients such as benzoyl peroxide or salicylic acid. Because these products can be drying to the skin, using them in a cream cleanser can be beneficial, because the moisturizers in the cleanser can help prevent the skin from becoming too dry. Remember, do not use a cream cleanser designed for the body on the face, because it may be too harsh on the delicate skin there.
Another type of cream cleanser is one that contains an exfoliating ingredient, such as microbeads, oatmeal, salt, or sugar, among others. The exfoliating ingredient will gently slough off dead skin cells, revealing fresher, brighter skin underneath. The cream in the cleanser will help to moisturize the newly exfoliated skin. Keep in mind that not all exfoliating cleansers are designed to be used every day, so be sure to read the directions on the package. Once again, an exfoliating cream cleanser designed for the body should only be used on the body, never the face.
Finally, other types of cream cleansers might contain additional ingredients for the benefit of the skin. These might include oils, such as olive oil, wheat germ oil, fruit oil, or soy oil, among others, which work as moisturizers. Vitamins such as C and E may also be included, which are antioxidants that may restore a younger-looking appearance to the skin, along with other ingredients such as green tea. Some cream cleansers are scented with lavender, which may have a calming effect, or with other pleasing scents. There are cream cleansers available for every skin type or preference.