8 Of The Best Pharmacy Cleansers For Under $20


You can cleanse your skin without also cleansing your bank account of all it’s cash. 

All most of us need from our cleanser is something that’s going to clean our skin properly without stripping it of moisture. Simple, really. 

So if you’re looking to save some money in your beauty budget, opting for a cost-effective cleanser will leave you more money to spend on serums, treatments and other specialist products that can target your skincare concerns. 

Below, we’ve put together our edit of the 10 best cleansers under $20, as reviewed by beautyheaven members.

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Alya Skin Foaming Micellar Cleanser

We say: Rejuvenate, hydrate and cleanse the skin with Alya Skin’s plant-derived formula. It uses watermelon seed and rose oil to hydrate and cleanse the skin. 

You say: “The product smells lovely and really does a good job of cleansing the skin, My skin felt clean, soft and super smooth, Lovely for night time use, as it is a makeup remover. Excellent value, plant based and smells and feels beautiful, aswell as very effective makeup removal.” –  Shop A Everyday

Want to know more? Read Alya Skin Foaming Micellar Cleanser reviews here…


Essano Clear Complexion Purifying Gel Cleanser

We say: Balance sensitive, reactive and inflamed skin with Essano’s soap-free formula infused with rosemary and sebum-controlling Bio-D-Tox.

You say: “I love love love this face wash! I have had very bad acne and i am allergic to most face washes but not this one! It is so gentle on my skin. It will help removing any might makeup you have on which is great. I have been using it for about 5 months and I will not be changing any time soon. You only need about a pea size so it lasts awhile. Gets nice and soapy in wet hands. I love that it’s vegan! As a vegan myself finding a product that is also vegan and works great on my skin is an added bonus! Love it so much.” – VeganLllama99

Want to know more? Read Essano Clear Complexion Purifying Gel Cleanser reviews here…


Natio Ageless Gentle Cleansing Milk

You say: Natio’s super-gentle formula is enriched with rosehip oil to rejuvenate all skin types. Plus, the non-foaming formula delays the signs of ageing and leaves skin soft and clean. 

We say: “I love this cleanser it’s more of a milk then a cream cleanser but feels great on the skin nourishes and cleans all traces of makeup smells great my skin feels soft calm and happy afterwards when used with the other ageless prouducts in the range it’s like giving yourself a facial.” –  Lisa7153

Want to know more? Read Natio Ageless Gentle Cleansing Milk reviews here…

Sukin Naturals Cream Cleanser

We say: Remove makeup and dirt from the skin while injecting nourishment and hydration thanks to the inclusion of  rosehip, avocado and wheat germ in this natural blend. Sukin’s cleanser is suitable for all skin types, but works espescially well on dry and sensitive skin types. 

“I have used Sukin for many many years now and being a beauty therapist of course the skin is important to me! I find that this product in particular is amazing for any skin type! It does not strip the skin (like foaming cleanser do, stay away from those!). It leaves my skin feeling clean, nourished and balanced and moisturised. I highly reccomend this product to any! It is also really affordable.” – montannarose

Want to know more? Read Sukin Naturals Cream Cleanser reviews here…

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask

We say: This Neutrogena pick isn’t your average cleanser – it’s a dual-action mask and cleanser.  The $12 steal works as an effective first-step (or treatment when used as a mask) to draw out dirt, oil and makeup, while preserving the skin’s moisture. 

You say: “My skin hasn’t looked and felt so good in a long time. It has visually reduced breakouts on my skin. My pores are smaller and no oily patches on my skin.” – MsUrban77

Want to know more? Read Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying Clay Cleanser & Mask reviews here…



Blessed by Nature Deep Cream Cleanser

We say: This 5 star rated cleanser uses antioxidants, aloe vera, evening primrose, vitamin E and geranium to invigorate skin while removing impurities. And, it retails for under $15, I mean seriously…

You say: “This cleanser from Blessed by Nature is great at removing any left over make up & dirt without stripping your skin of any natural moisture. I used it twice at the end of the day along with my usual toner & night moisturiser and found my skin felt clean & fresh every time. It also smells great – I’m not sure what ingredients make it smell so good but I love it.” – APounder

Want to know more? Read Blessed by Nature Deep Cream Cleanser reviews here…

Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash

We say: Cetaphil’s oil-controlling wash helps to reduce sebum levels, making it perfect for those suffering from acne and excess oil. Formulated with an oil-absorbing zinc complex, this cleanser helps to control oil production without drying out the skin. 

You say: I started out using the Foam Wash daily and within about 2 weeks I was seeing results. It isn’t too harsh on my skin, it doesn’t leave my skin too dry however I follow this with Moisturizer as alone it can be drying. It has combated my acne prone skin and my oily skin. I have now reduced to using the Foam wash to once a week now and my skin is clear!”  jessica_k57

Want to know more? Read Cetaphil Dermacontrol Oil-Control Foam Wash reviews here…

Skin Physics Dragon’s Blood 3-In-1 Advanced Treatment Cleanser

We say: Skin Physics Dragon’s Blood 3-In-1 Advanced Treatment Cleanser gives the skin a deep cleanse without stripping it of its natural oils. Using a blend of natural AHA fruit extracts, honey and meadowfoam seed oil, the formula gently exfoliates while soothing sensitive skin. 

You say: “I absolutely LOVE this cleanser from Skin Physics. the smell is so refreshing and nice too smell. the cleanser is super gentle and smooth but gives you an amazing cleanse. My skin tend to be dry but this skin physics cleanser keeps my skin super hydrated which I love.” –  Ameena0805

Want to know more? Read Skin Physics Dragon’s Blood 3-In-1 Advanced Treatment Cleanser  reviews here…

Have you tried any of these? What’s your favourite budget cleanser?

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  1. No, I haven't tried any of these cleansers but I'm desperately hunting for a new one that my skin will love because my favourite one has been discontinued, or they changed the formula and now my skin reacts to it.

  2. Much prefer solid, bar cleansers. Dove sensitive skin fragrance free, Nuebar sensitive skin, Ethique Bliss bar, Lanolips egg white bar… there are so many gentle options which are also plastic free!!

  3. I use the Sukin cream cleanser because it's non-stripping, natural and the right price – especially when it's on sale. My absolute favourite is the Trilogy cleanser, but it's not in the same price league so I'll only buy it on sale.

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