What Is Amino Acid Cleanser and Why You Should Give It A Try

By Lai Wei

Have you ever wondered why that expensive serum doesn’t work as efficiently as you wanted it to for your face? You’re probably ignoring one of the most important parts of everyday skin care - Cleansing!

There are two major types of cleansers on the market: soap-based cleansers and amino acid cleansers. Amino Acid cleansers are getting more attention recently because they’re more gentle on your skin. But what is an amino acid cleanser exactly?

Amino acid facial cleansers are mild compared to soap-based ones. It cleans your face with low irritation while using acidic amino acid surfactants. The PH value is close to that of human skin. Amino acids are the basic substances that form proteins. So it is mild and skin-friendly. It is most suitable for people with acne prone or sensitive skin. [1]

Some people prefer soap-based cleansers, especially those who have oily skin. They think if they use soap based cleansers it will dry out their oily faces and control their skin better. Yet, here’s something that they don’t know: the more dry the face is after washed, the more oily it will become as it will secrete more oil to balance itself out

Yes it is true that soap-based face wash does better in oil-control. But given the skin’s dryness, it will then secrete more oil to balance itself out. So at the end of the day, your face becomes more oily. In addition, soap-based cleansers also remove oil from the stratum corneum. This will jeopardize the normal functioning of stratum corneum and make your skin more vulnerable to bacterial invasion, exacerbating any acne problems you might have. [2]

Differentiating Amino Acid Cleanser and Soap-based Cleanser

How do you know whether a cleanser is amino acid or soap-based? Soap-based cleansing is a combination of fatty acids + strong bases. If you see these two types of ingredients on the ingredient list, you can tell it is a soap-based cleanser.

Amino acid cleansers include ingredients such as glutamic acid, glycine, alanine and components followed by sodium, salt, potassium ions. Some soap-based cleansers will also add amino acid surfactants to reconcile its mildness. So cleansers with amino acid surfactants and no soap-based ingredients are the real amino acid cleansers.

Choose the proper facial cleanser

Nevertheless, using a soap-based cleanser is not always “bad.” It does a better job removing oil from the skin for deep cleansing. It’s wise to choose a cleanser based on your skin type. Generally speaking, a soap-based cleanser is more suitable for normal oily skin. And amino acid cleansers are better for those with dry, sensitive, and acne prone skin. 

A ‘clean but not over-cleaned’ skin is what you should aim at. Either too oily or too dry tells you to change to a cleanser that suits you better. If you have normal or dry skin, you can use deep cleansing face wash at night and wash your face with water in the morning. If you have oily skin, you can use an amino acid cleanser to avoid over cleaning.

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