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Here's our complete breakdown comparing the ingredients, attributes, and more of Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser versus La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser .

Last updated on September 07, 2023. Published on March 05, 2021

Overview

What they are

These products are both face cleansers. They have a total of 8 ingredients in common

Suited For

They're both likely to be good for dry skin and brightening skin

Free From

They both do not contain any harsh alcohols, common allergens, fragrances, oils, parabens, silicones or sulfates

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Face Cleanser American Brand United States
Face Cleanser French Brand France

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Face Cleanser

Face cleansers are used to remove makeup, dead skin cells, pollutants, oil, dirt, and/or clean out pores on the skin. Face cleansers may specialize in having one function (exa. just removing makeup) or may have multiple functions (exa. Removing makeup and cleaning pores).

Price

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Starts at $8.05
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Starts at $16.99

Ingredient Info

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alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free
alcohol-free
silicon-free
fragrance-free
sulfate-free
paraben-free
oil-free
fungal-acne safe
reef-safe
eu-allergen-free
vegan
cruelty-free

At a glance

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Benefits

Hydrating
Brightening

Concerns

Drying
Acne Trigger
Rosacea
Eczema

Notable Ingredients

Niacinamide
Ceramides

Benefits

Hydrating (2)
Good For Oily Skin
Redness Reducing (2)
Reduces Irritation
Reduces Large Pores
Anti-Aging
Dark Spots
Acne Fighting
Brightening (2)

Concerns

Drying
Acne Trigger
Rosacea
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Ingredients Side-by-side

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Ingredients Explained

These ingredients are found in both products.

Ingredients higher up in an ingredient list are typically present in a larger amount.

1
What it does: Skin Conditioning, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Water. It's the most common cosmetic ingredient of all. You'll usually see it at the top of ingredient lists, meaning that it makes up the largest part of the product.

So why is it so popular? Water most often acts as a solvent - this means that it helps dissolve other ingredients into the formulation.

You'll also recognize water as that liquid we all need to stay alive. Talk about multi-purpose! If you see this, drink a glass of water. Stay hydrated!

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 1.

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What it does: Humectant, Skin Conditioning, Skin Protecting, Solvent
Community Rating: Loved

Glycerin is already naturally found in your skin. It helps moisturize and protect your skin.

A study from 2016 found glycerin to be more effective as a humectant than AHAs and hyaluronic acid.

As a humectant, it helps the skin stay hydrated by pulling moisture to your skin. The low molecular weight of glycerin allows it to pull moisture into the deeper layers of your skin.

Hydrated skin improves your skin barrier; Your skin barrier helps protect against irritants and bacteria.

Glycerin has also been found to have antimicrobial and antiviral properties. Due to these properties, glycerin is often used in wound and burn treatments.

In cosmetics, glycerin is usually derived from plants such as soybean or palm. However, it can also be sourced from animals, such as tallow or animal fat.

This ingredient is organic, colorless, odorless, and non-toxic.

Glycerin is the name for this ingredient in American English. British English uses Glycerol/Glycerine.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 2.

3
What it does: Cleansing, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate is a cleansing agent. It can be naturally derived or synthetically-created.

As a surfactant, it helps clean your skin by gathering dirt, oil, and other pollutants to be rinsed away more easily.

Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 4.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 5.

4
What it does:
Community Rating: Disliked

Acrylates Copolymer is used as a film-forming agent and texture enhancer.

After applied, Acrylates Copolymer forms a thin film cover that helps skin feel more soft. It can help sunscreens become more water-resistant.

It is also used to make a product more thick.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 5.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 15.

5
What it does: Emollient, Humectant, Skin Conditioning
Community Rating: Liked

Caprylyl Glycol is a humectant and emollient, meaning it attracts and preserves moisture.

It is a common ingredient in many products, especially those designed to hydrate skin. The primary benefits are retaining moisture, skin softening, and promoting a healthy skin barrier.

Though Caprylyl Glycol is an alcohol derived from fatty acids, it is not the kind that can dry out skin.

This ingredient is also used as a preservative to extend the life of products. It has slight antimicrobial properties.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 6.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 14.

6
What it does: Masking
Community Rating: Very Disliked

Chances are, you eat sodium chloride every day. Sodium Chloride is also known as table salt.

This ingredient has many purposes in skincare: thickener, emulsifier, and exfoliator.

You'll most likely find this ingredient in cleansers where it is used to create a gel-like texture. As an emulsifier, it also prevents ingredients from separating.

There is much debate on whether this ingredient is comedogenic. The short answer - comedogenic ratings don't tell the whole story. Learn more about comegodenic ratings here.

The concensus about this ingredient causing acne seems to be divided. Research is needed to understand if this ingredient does cause acne.

Scrubs may use salt as the primary exfoliating ingredient.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 8.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 7.

7
What it does: Buffering
Community Rating: Mixed

Sodium Hydroxide is also known as lye or caustic soda. It is used to adjust the pH of products; many ingredients require a specific pH to be effective.

In small amounts, sodium hydroxide is considered safe to use. However, large amounts may cause chemical burns due to its high alkaline.

Your skin has a natural pH and acid mantle. This acid mantle helps prevent harmful bacteria from breaking through. The acid mantle also helps keep your skin hydrated.

"Alkaline" refers to a high pH level. A low pH level would be considered acidic.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 11.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 8.

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What it does:
Community Rating: Disliked

Disodium EDTA plays a role in making products more stable by aiding other preservatives.

It is a chelating agent, meaning it neutralizes metal ions that may be found in a product.

Disodium EDTA is a salt of edetic acid and is found to be safe in cosmetic ingredients.

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 12.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser contains this as ingredient number 12.

Here's what our community thinks of the ingredients in these two products.

25% are loved or liked
33% have mixed ratings
42% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet
40% are loved or liked
20% have mixed ratings
40% are disliked or very disliked
0% have no rating yet

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Reviews

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Vanicream Gentle Facial Cleanser 12 ingredients

3.8 /5
from 24 reviews
kyniwi's Avatar'
Jan 28, 2024

Good for fungal acne but it’s pretty drying. I have dry skin so it’s not the best for me. I’ll be finishing the bottle I have then switching out for something less drying. It’s been good on my fungal acne journey, plus it’s not...

Good for fungal acne but it’s pretty drying. I have dry skin so it’s not the best for me. I’ll be finishing the bottle I have then switching out for something less drying. It’s been good on my fungal acne journey, plus it’s not irritating on my sensitive skin. It’s got simple ingredients but yeah.. drying.

Great Value
Drying
No Scent
Rheapat's Avatar'
Aug 5, 2023

Does not strip my skin or make me break out

Does not strip my skin or make me break out

Lylz777's Avatar'
Apr 27, 2023

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my...

Made all of my skincare itchy
My derm recommended this because i have super sensitive skin. It was fine. No initial reaction. But i noticed all of my skincare that I used afterwards made me itchy. I ended up switching out most of my products trying to get rid of the itch, never realizing this was the culprit. After I stopped using it, i tried some of the old products again and there was no itching.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Purifying Foaming Face Cleanser 15 ingredients

4.4 /5
from 15 reviews
Albertorizzo006's Avatar'
Apr 1, 2021

Leaves your skin...
I have been using this product for a week and I am really happy.
After the use you can feel your skin soft and deeply cleansed, it has fragrance but being a wash off treatment I don't see it as a problem and it...

Leaves your skin...
I have been using this product for a week and I am really happy.
After the use you can feel your skin soft and deeply cleansed, it has fragrance but being a wash off treatment I don't see it as a problem and it leaves with a really fresh smell. Most cleanser has around 6.7 ounces of product, but this has 13.5 ounces.
I would raccomend this for people on a budget with combination/oily skin

Ludovica's Avatar'
Nov 25, 2023

This is my holy grail so far. It helped me recover from a pretty nasty breakout back when I was putting most of my attention to college to the point of skincare negligence. I healed in about 1 month (with the help of other products as well)

This is my holy grail so far. It helped me recover from a pretty nasty breakout back when I was putting most of my attention to college to the point of skincare negligence. I healed in about 1 month (with the help of other products as well)

Redacted's Avatar'
Sep 4, 2022

It works
I have really oily skin. For the first few uses it was amazing and helped clear up my skin, after about a month it began to strip away moisture and I noticed my skin feeling extremely dry after using. I kept using it and now...

It works
I have really oily skin. For the first few uses it was amazing and helped clear up my skin, after about a month it began to strip away moisture and I noticed my skin feeling extremely dry after using. I kept using it and now it’s not as drying but I can still feel a slight lack of moisture but that’s fixed by a good moisturizer.

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