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When you have oily skin, it is important to have an effective cleansing regimen because the main contributing factors to hyperactive oil glands are blocked pores. Since women with oily skin generally have larger pores, dead skin cells and residue from products you use can easily get trapped – and this is what often leads to nasty acne breakouts. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that you use a facial cleanser specifically made for oily skin.
So without any further ado, check out my list of drugstore and high-end facial cleansing brands for oily skin:
1. Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser
Neutrogena markets this product as “An oil-free penetrating facial wash that cleanses deeply and thoroughly to improve your complexion”
The Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser is meant to be used with normal to dry skin types and as mentioned in their tagline, it really does clean the face thoroughly. Unlike most facial cleansers, this is even strong enough to remove makeup. If it can remove makeup, you can bet that it can also take out excess oil and deep-seated dirt in your pores.
If you’re worried that it may dry out your skin, relax! While it removes the excesses, it won’t strip the natural oils from your skin completely. In fact, its specialized formula leaves a type of film that is responsible for keeping your skin hydrated throughout the day. Now with dirt and excess oil out of the way, there’s nothing to block your pores. Furthermore, the Neutrogena Deep Clean Facial Cleanser contains Salicylic Acid which can exfoliate dead skin cells and battle pimples. As a result, you get clear, oil-free, and radiant skin.
2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
If there is a product that is most recommended by dermatologists, it would be Cetaphil. This brand has been around for ages! It’s recommended for most skin types but those with sensitive skin benefit the most from using it. Before you think that the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser will do nothing for your oily skin, consider these factors.
Oily skin is a condition that can be aggravated by the use of products with high concentrations of chemicals. You see, these chemicals can disrupt the pH balance of your skin thus causing your oil glands to overreact. If you treat your oily skin as you would a baby’s, you restore the pH balance thus controlling the production in your glands. Moreover, the Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser won’t dry out your skin because it has a unique hydrating power.
Before you head to your local drugstore, it is important for you to know that this product does not contain Sodium Laureth Sulfate or SLS. That means it won’t lather up. So, if you’re not used to non-lathering cleansers, it is recommended that you first get a small bottle so you can try it out. If you are satisfied with the results despite the absence of foam, go ahead and purchase a bigger bottle.
3. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash
If you’re really looking for a foamy face wash that works for oily skin, this is the product for you! The Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash is free from soap, alcohol, and oil but can effectively remove dirt and excess oil from the skin. Since it is manufactured by Johnson & Johnson, you can trust that this product is a mild formulation. Thus, there is very little risk of it worsening the condition of your skin.
The lather is great for removing impurities on your face without drying it up. Also, it is known to be extremely mild so it won’t aggravate existing breakouts. Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash has received numerous beauty awards from magazines like Allure and InStyle. That alone says that this face wash is definitely worth a try.
If you are looking for face wash brands that are on the higher end of the price list, here are a few that have received great reviews:
4. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Oily Skin Formula)
That signature green font has probably been a staple in your mom’s vanity table ever since you were little. For good reason too because if there’s a skin care brand that you can absolutely trust, it would be Clinique! The Clinique Liquid Facial Soap (Oily Skin Formula) has received tons of positive feedback from those who use it. It has been proven to clear up skin and improve oiliness after only a few days of use.
Its formulation can dry up existing acne and exfoliate dead skin cells as well as blackheads. This can significantly help in controlling oil production. Lastly, it can minimize the size of your pores if you use it religiously thus preventing future breakouts and improving your complexion.
5. Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser
The Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is a no-frills face wash. The company claims that its quick lathering formulation is very effective in stripping impurities off the face while leaving it hydrated at the same time. This is particularly important for oily skin types as impurities left on the skin can clog pores and cause your skin to break out.
The main selling point of the Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Cleanser is that it contains no silicone, parabens, and oil. Plus, it is fragrance-free thus making it very suitable for sensitive and oily skin types. Moreover, since a small amount of the product is enough to lather up and cleanse your whole face, you save more money in the long run.
6. Philosophy Purity Made Simple Cleanser
Philosophy has actually released two types of Purity Made Simple Cleansers – emulsifying and foaming. If you are thinking of getting one, make sure to get the foaming type because it works best for oily skin.
The Philosophy Purity Made Simple Foaming Cleanser is great for quite a number of factors. First, it is made from (mainly) natural ingredients. Some chemicals can be found in the list of ingredients but only minimal amounts are included. Next, although most foaming face cleansers can be drying, this isn’t. The foam turns into a somewhat creamy consistency after a minute or two of massaging. This provides the hydration your skin needs after the foam has lifted off all the impurities.
Lastly, it is a 3-in-1 cleanser! It can remove makeup (including waterproof ones), cleanse your face, and moisturize all at once. This will help you save a lot of money from having to buy an entire skincare line because it can pretty much provide you with all you need to care for your oily skin.
Keep in mind that the products we’ve mentioned are only recommendations and we don’t guarantee that they will work for you. Every skin composition is different so products will almost always deliver different results for each person. Because of this, you may want to try alternating between one face wash to another. This technique has helped a lot of women who like you, are also dealing with oily skin. Let us know how that goes for you.