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Anyone that has oily skin can tell you that finding products that work can be a real headache. When you have oily skin, you need a face wash that will remove excess oil and limit oil production but not overly strip the skin.
While that is a daunting task, all hope is not lost. There are plenty of great cleansers for oily skin if you know what to look for.
To help you out, I combed through a sea of cleansers. After all of the research and testing, I’ve found the best of the best.
Read on for the best cleansers for oily skin you can buy right now.
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Versed Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm
Cleanse and renew your skin with Day Dissolve Cleansing Balm from Versed. Formulated with a purifying, soothing base of eucalyptus, clove, and jojoba, this balm cleanses and removes makeup and impurities with antioxidant-rich vitamin E to protect skin and help retain moisture.
This cleansing balm will make you feel like you’re at the spa. The great texture and the eucalyptus scent makes this affordable cleanser feel like a luxurious experience.
CeraVe Renewing SA Cleanser
A gentle salicylic acid cleanser can help exfoliate and smooth your skin while also effectively removing oil and dirt, sweeping away dead skin cells, and softening rough skin without leaving skin feeling dry.
This cleanser is a great for anyone that has issues with acne, large pores, and skin texture. Because this cleanser acts as a chemical exfoliant, I recommend only using at night or even every other night. Just make sure you don’t aggravate your skin by using it too frequently.
Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser
Formulated with the same hydrating properties as The True Cream Aqua Bomb, the cleanser provides a refreshing burst of hydration while cleansing the skin. Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser is formulated with amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents that gently remove makeup and impurities.
Like all belif products, this cleanser is formulated with a Napier’s moisture complex. The botanicals in the cleanser are very fragrant, but I didn’t mind the scent when I tested it. If you are especially sensitive to fragrance, you might want to proceed with caution.
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Peach & Lily Power Calm Hydrating Gel Cleanser
Peach & Lily’s Power Calm Hydrating Cleanser pairs deionized water with camellia, chamomile, and centella asiatica extracts to help soothe skin, while peach extract helps nourish and brighten skin.
Kiehl’s Since 1851 Calendula Deep Clean Foaming Face Wash
This Kiehl’s face cleanser is made with calendula flower extract derived from petals handpicked in the Mediterranean. It works to breaks down dirt, oil, and impurities without compromising the moisture barrier, helping skin look hydrated and feel soothed, not dry or tight. Ideal for normal to oily skin and sensitive skin.
When I tested this cleanser, I was surprised by just how much it foamed. A small pea size was enough to cleanse the entire face. A bottle of this cleanser will last you a long time, so don’t let the price scare you.
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser
Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser gently washes away makeup and impurities. An antioxidant-rich formula with strawberry seed oil, hydrolyzed wheat protein, and tomato extracts help strengthen, firm and protect, leaving the skin hydrated, silky and luminous.
Indie Lee makes great products that are gentle but effective. The strawberry seed oil and tomato extracts act as astringents and exfoliants, which are perfect for oily and acne-prone skin.
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Youth To The People Superfood Antioxidant Cleanser
Foaming cleansers work well for oily skin because they help break apart and dissolve oil on the skin surface. This superfood-based cleanser is loaded with healthy ingredients such as kale, green tea, and spinach to help remove impurities and deep cleanse the pores.
Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip
The Sunday Riley Ceramic Slip cleanser is one of those cleansers that is great for just about every skin type. This face cleanser is the perfect balance between cleansing and hydrating.
I reach for this cleanser in the evening to serve as the perfect start to the rest of our evening skincare routine. While it is marketed as a foaming cleanser, in our experience, this gel-cream formula behaves more like a cream cleanser.
Drunk Elephant Best No.9 Jelly Cleanser
Drunk Elephant’s Beste No. 9 Jelly Cleanser is a gentle foaming cleanser that contains a blend of mild surfactants and emollients to remove all makeup, oil, and grime. It is safe enough to use over the eye and it doesn’t leave any residue.
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Tata Harper Clarifying Blemish & Oil Control
Tata Harper’s Clarifying Cleanser is a foaming gel face wash for oily or blemish-prone skin. Specifically designed to deliver a smooth, clear complexion, the cooling formula contains purifying willow bark extract, soothing arnica extract, and refreshing wintergreen extract to reduce the look of redness and blemishes.
I love that even those with oily skin can have the Tata Harper experience. The beautiful bottle, the great ingredients, and the feel of the facial cleanser are all luxurious experience.
Shop Cleansers For Oily Skin
Now that you have purchased the perfect cleanser for your skin type, you should check out these:
- A Simple Skincare Routine For Oily Skin
- The Correct Order To Apply Your Skincare Routine
- Stop Making These Skincare Mistakes
- The Best Products for Textured Skin
PS. Stay tuned for a post all about the best moisturizers for oily skin.