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Face wash is a necessary skincare staple for us all. Cleanliness and hygiene never go out of fashion and face washes pose as the show stopper for the same. It is a daily requirement, it travels around with you and you trust your skin with it at least twice a day, this means you will need to know your face washes dearly to invest in them.

I have an oily skin that is prone to unforgiving acne, knowing your skincare for your specific skin type is a task on its own, so I did a little digging to bring to you the best face washes out there that would pamper and coddle your oily skin.

Here is our list of top 20 face washes that are definitely worth a try.

Top 20 Best Face Wash For Oily Skin In India | Product Reviews

1. Tatcha The Deep Cleanse

  • Fragrance : 9.8/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.8/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.9/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.9/10
  • Value For Money : 9.7/10
  • User Rating : 9.9/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.8/10

Product Features:

  • The product comes in a blue container with 150 ml of the product, it is lightweight, oil free and gel like in consistency
  • The key ingredients in the product include Japanese Luffa fruit, Japanese wild rose and Japanese leopard lily
  • It claims to promote healthy skin renewal, tighten the skin and giving us a soft and hydrated skin
Pros
  • Makes the skin feel baby soft and smooth
  • It gives a brightness or glow to the skin
  • The cleanser does a wonderful job deep cleaning and exfoliating
  • It is non comedogenic, non-irritating, cruelty free and is free of parabens, sulphate, phthalates
  • A little product is enough to give you the results you desire
Cons
  • Expensive
  • User reviews point out that you might need to be careful to extract out the right amount of product you need from the bottle

2. Youth To The People Age Prevention Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.9/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.9/10
  • Value For Money : 9.7/10
  • User Rating : 9.9/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.8/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle contains 237 ml of the product, it is green coloured wash that is 100% vegan and made with cold pressed extracts
  • Made with kale, spinach, green tea and alfalfa, this gel is a powerhouse of vitamins A, C, E, K, polyphenols and other potent antioxidants
  • It is designed to give your skin an ultimate cleanse and age prevention qualities
Pros
  • The face looks bright and healthy
  • Long lasting effects
  • Enriched with antioxidants
  • Gentle and works for all skin types
  • Increases natural moisture content and cooling effects
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Some user reviews suggest that the pump dispenser is fragile to use

3. Murad Clarifying Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.9/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.8/10
  • Value For Money : 9.7/10
  • User Rating : 9.7/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.7/10

Product Features:

  • The tube contains 2 ounce or 59 ml of the product, a little amount of product is enough to meet your needs
  • The active ingredient in the formulation is salicylic acid which dissolves excess oils inside pores and green tea extract which is anti-inflammatory
  • The product claims to dissolves excess oil, purify pores, clear blemishes and prevent further breakouts
Pros
  • The product exhibits thrillingly fast results
  • Best for oily, mature and combination skin types
  • It makes the skin look younger and refreshed
  • Reduces acne and oil production in the skin brilliantly
  • Comes in a travel friendly packaging
Cons
  • Expensive
  • The product is quite concentrated so overdoing its use can cause flakiness to the skin, if that happens reduce the use to 3-4 times a week

4. Cerave Foaming Facial Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.7/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.6/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.8/10
  • Value For Money : 9.7/10
  • User Rating : 9.7/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.6/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle contains 355 ml of the product and is non comedogenic, non-drying a non irritating
  • The key ingredients of note are the unique MVE formula that releases ceramides into the skin in a steady pace, it also contains niacinamide and hyaluronic acid
  • It is gel like in consistency and claims to repair and restore the skin barrier
Pros
  • A tiny amount is enough to cover the whole face
  • It is fragrance free and non-irritating
  • The product does not rip your skin off moisture and skin’s natural oils
  • Its goodness lingers on the skin for a long time
  • It works best for oily and acne prone skin
Cons
  • Contains parabéns
  • Some reviews suggest that the cream is too thick for their liking

5. La Roche-Posay Effaclar Purifying Foaming Gel Cleanser Oily Skin

  • Fragrance : 9.5/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.6/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.7/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.7/10
  • Value For Money : 9.6/10
  • User Rating : 9.6/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.5/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle comes with 400 ml of the product, the product is gel like in consistency
  • The key ingredients here are zinc pca, citric acid, coco-betaine, glycacil and more, together they remove the impurities in the skin meanwhile not disturbing its pH level
  • It is blended with an anti-irritant spring water that helps the integrity of the skin, it is designed especially for oily skin types
Pros
  • It is very gentle on the skin and does not strip it
  • Removes makeup and other impurities effectively
  • It reduces excess sebum production and keeps the oil in control
  • The pH of the cleanser is 5.5 which means it will not suck out moisture from within the skin
  • Will leave your skin squeaky clean and soft
Cons
  • There is fragrance which could be an issue for certain people with sensitive skin
  • Some reviews suggest that the product leaves a soapy residue if you do not clean it thoroughly, which to be honest is true for most products

6. Kiehl’s Rare Earth Deep Pore Daily Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.7/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.5/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.6/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.8/10
  • Value For Money : 9.6/10
  • User Rating : 9.5/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.5/10

Product Features:

  • The tube contains 150 ml of the product and is clay like, mildly grainy in consistency and applies well and gentle on the skin
  • The face wash is developed with Amazonian white clay, finely crushed diatomaceous earth particles, oat kernel flour and more
  • The product claims to deep cleanse the skin while removing dirt and reducing the pores
Pros
  • The product does a good job in curbing oil secretion in the skin
  • It helps reduce pore size and helps remove excess dirt
  • A little amount of the product is enough to meet your needs
  • The packaging is hygienic and travel friendly
  • Provides a deep cleaning effect to the skin
Cons
  • Immediate results from the product may not meet your expectations but on prolonged use it will work its wonders beautifully
  • The product contains alcohol hence might not be the best for dry skin types

7. Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Daily Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.4/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.4/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.5/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.8/10
  • Value For Money : 9.4/10
  • User Rating : 9.4/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.4/10

Product Features:

  • The white bottle comes with 354ml of the product, the cleanser is creamy in texture and is quite gentle on the skin
  • The most important thing of note here is the hydrophobically modified polymers that prevents clogging of pores
  • It claims to keep your skin free of impurities and is also devoid of parabens, allergens, irritants, sulphates and phthalates
Pros
  • The product is designed for sensitive skin type but works well for oily skin as well
  • The formula cleverly does not allow any soap to settle into the skin
  • Free of parabens, sulphates and phthalates
  • Eliminates dry patches
  • Controls oil production in the skin
Cons
  • The product contains fragrance in the formula, if your skin is sensitive to fragrance lead a little caution
  • A few reviews suggested that the cleanser might have aggravated the irritation to their overly sensitive skin

8. Kiehl’s Calendula Deep Cleansing Foaming Face Wash

  • Fragrance : 9.4/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.6/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.5/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.8/10
  • Value For Money : 9.5/10
  • User Rating : 9.4/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.4/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle comes with 230 ml of the product, it is creamy gel like in consistency
  • The soap free, paraben free formulation is made of Lemon Peel Oil, Anthemis Nobilis Flower Oil, Geraniol, Calendula Officinalis Flower Extract and more
  • Claims to remove all impurities without stripping the skin off of its essential moisture
Pros
  • Long lasting
  • The product is quite effective in its claims
  • Does not dry out the skin in the process
  • Gentle on the skin
  • Sturdy bottle with an effective lock pump
Cons
  • It has a floral scent which though faint might not be appreciated by all
  • Availability has shown to be challenging

9. Garnier SkinActive Micellar Foaming Face Wash

  • Fragrance : 9.4/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.3/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.4/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.5/10
  • Value For Money : 9.3/10
  • User Rating : 9.5/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.3/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle contains 6.7 ounce/ 198 ml of the product
  • This oil-free, fragrance-free, paraben-free micellar foaming face is made with grape fruit water, citric acid, glycerine and more
  • The micelles in the product acts like a magnet to dirt, oil and makeup, it cleans your skin and helps it feel refreshed
Pros
  • Cleanses skin while giving a healthy glow
  • Gives a refreshing look and feel to the skin
  • Paraben free and fragrance free
  • The bottle is hygienic and travel friendly
  • Doesn’t leave residue or dry the skin
Cons
  • The ingredient list includes SLS
  • User reviews suggest that the product might not reduce the already existing marks or dry patches, it is best as a makeup removing face wash

10. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Oily Skin Formula

  • Fragrance : 9.5/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.4/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.2/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.5/10
  • Value For Money : 9.1/10
  • User Rating : 9.3/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.1/10

Product Features:

  • Formulated specially for oily skin, this bottle comes with 200 ml of the product, the formula is gentle and non-abrasive on the skin
  • Dermatologically tested on oily skin types, this wash is paraben and fragrance free, it contains the goodness of aloe extracts
  • Claims to cleanse thoroughly, remove dirt and excess oil
Pros
  • Fragrance free, oil free and paraben free
  • Keeps the oil secretion from the skin at bay
  • A little amount of product is enough for use each time
  • Convenient and travel friendly bottle
  • Helps in removal of makeup
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Can be excessively drying if overused and on certain skin types

11. Kama Ayurveda Anti Acne Cleansing Foam

  • Fragrance : 9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.9/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.3/10
  • Brand Trust : 9.4/10
  • Value For Money : 9.2/10
  • User Rating : 9.1/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 9.1/10

Product Features:

  • The sleek bottle comes with 100 ml of the product, it contains plant derived salicylic acid and allantoin which provides oil control and conditions to the skin
  • Neem oil helps reduce acne and pimples while the tulsi extract helps to detoxify and provide anti-inflammatory effects
  • It also has pure calendula flower and aloe extracts that soothes a stressed skin, it claims to reduce acne, breakouts and blemishes
Pros
  • Travel friendly size and decent packaging
  • 100% natural
  • Works well on reducing acne
  • Oil control is done effectively
  • Neem and basil provide anti- bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
Cons
  • As with any ayurvedic formulation the fragrance might not be liked by all
  • The spring mechanism of the bottle might not be the best for use

12. Forest Essentials Kashmiri Saffron And Neem Delicate Facial Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.8/10
  • Lather Quality : 9.3/10
  • Brand Trust : 9/10
  • Value For Money : 8.9/10
  • User Rating : 9/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.9/10

Product Features:

  • This luxurious smelling face wash is gel like in consistency and contains a mild yet potent formulation
  • Filled with the goodness of Kashmiri saffron and neem, it gives an immediate glow, soft and refreshing touch to the skin
  • It claims to remove surface toxins from the skin and leave behind a pure and fresh skin
Pros
  • Gives an immediate glow to the skin
  • Does a decent job in reducing pore size
  • Does not get the skin rid of the necessary moisture
  • Has a pleasant and refreshing smell
  • Chemical free, all-natural formulation
Cons
  • The formulation is mild hence might not be best for a thorough cleanse
  • Some reviews suggest that the spray nozzle could get leaky

13. Origins Zero Oil Deep Pore Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 9.5/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 9.7/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.9/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.9/10
  • Value For Money : 8.9/10
  • User Rating : 9/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.8/10

Product Features:

  • The sea blue colour tube contains 150 ml of the product and is gel like, foamy yet liquid in consistency
  • It is made with saw palmetto and mint which refreshing feel to the face, it also has salicylic acid that helps with pore minimising
  • Claims to reduce excess oil, reduce shine, clear pores and leave a clean and refreshed skin
Pros
  • Works its magic on acne prone skin
  • Helps reduce large pores and alleviate high sebum production
  • Refreshing scent
  • Good for sensitive skin as well
  • The packaging is hygienic and travel friendly
Cons
  • Might need double the amount of product for cleaning makeup completely
  • The product might be too liquid in consistency

14. Paula’s Choice RESIST Face Wash

  • Fragrance : 8.9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.9/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.7/10
  • Value For Money : 8.9/10
  • User Rating : 8.9/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.7/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle contains 190 ml of the product, it is white and milky in consistency and is designed especially for oily skin
  • Contains sunflower seed oil, aloe, ceramides and hyaluronic acid, helps condition and nourish the skin
  • The perfectly balanced cleanser claims to anti-ageing and give a supple, youthful skin
Pros
  • Leaves the skin feeling hydrated and soft
  • Fragrance free formula
  • The cleanser is gentle on the skin
  • Cleans the skin thoroughly
  • The packaging is sleek and convenient
Cons
  • Might have difficulty removing stubborn makeup
  • Might not be best suited for a highly sensitive skin type

15. Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel

  • Fragrance : 8.9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.5/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.7/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.7/10
  • Value For Money : 8.9/10
  • User Rating : 8.8/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.5/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle contains 236 ml of the product, it is light green coloured and it does not foam or lather
  • The key ingredients include papaya fruit extract and grape fruit extracts which helps to hydrate the skin and remove the impurities
  • It claims to remove excess oil build up and rejuvenate complexion leaving behind a brighter looking skin
Pros
  • Even stubborn makeup can be removed with ease
  • The face wash is gentle on the skin
  • Provides gentle micro exfoliation to the skin
  • Little product goes a long way
Cons
  • May not be the best for sensitive skin types
  • The product is concentrated so it’s best to use it just once a day in the beginning

16. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser

  • Fragrance : 8.6/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.4/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.9/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.7/10
  • Value For Money : 8.5/10
  • User Rating : 8.5/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.4/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle comes with 177 ml of the product, it is foamy in texture and gentle on the skin
  • The ingredients of note are salicylic acid and soy extracts giving oil control and hydration simultaneously
  • It claims to reduce blemishes, prevent acne, provide hydration leaving behind a clear skin
Pros
  • Makes the skin feel smooth, soft and hydrated
  • The product is mild and doesn’t require heavy rubbing to the skin
  • The fragrance is soft and refreshing
  • Travel friendly packaging
  • The pump dispenser always lets out the right amount of product
Cons
  • The face wash is not free of paraben
  • If you are looking to clear your makeup with this product you might need 2,3 pumps of face wash to accomplish the task

17. The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Cleansing Facial Wash

  • Fragrance : 8.7/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.8/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.9/10
  • Value For Money : 8.5/10
  • User Rating : 8.4/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.3/10

Product Features:

  • The classy bottle comes with 250 ml of the product, it is 100% vegan and is a green liquid that’s gives a cooling effect to the face
  • Ingredients of note are community trade organic oil and lemon tea tree from Kenya and Tamanu oil from Madagascar
  • It has anti-bacterial benefits and claims to deeply cleanse and refresh the skin
Pros
  • Cleverly removes excess oil
  • Doesn’t dry the skin too much
  • Little product goes a long way
  • Helps in clearing out blemishes
  • Decent hygienic packaging
Cons
  • Might not suit for too much a sensitive skin
  • May not prevent occurrence of pimples though it can help clear them

18. Innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam

  • Fragrance : 8.7/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.8/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.8/10
  • Brand Trust : 8.9/10
  • Value For Money : 8.5/10
  • User Rating : 8.4/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.3/10

Product Features:

  • The tube comes with 150 ml of the face wash, it is cruelty free, paraben free and organic
  • The ingredient list is interesting with juju volcanic clusters that absorb oil and dirt from the pores
  • Claims to provide powerful sebum absorption and pore cleanse
Pros
  • Helps prevent pimples caused by excessive oily skin
  • Controls excessive oil and gives squeaky clean look
  • Brightens up the skin
  • Help rectify clogged pores
  • Really soft and gentle on the skin
Cons
  • Not best for skin types that are susceptible to excessive breakouts
  • Might not have an impressive effect on reducing prominent pores

19. Aroma Magic Face Wash

  • Fragrance : 8.5/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 8.5/10
  • Lather Quality : 8.1/10
  • Brand Trust : 8/10
  • Value For Money : 9/10
  • User Rating : 8.5/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 8.1/10

Product Features:

  • The green tube comes with 100 ml of the product, it is gentle and 100% natural formulation devoid of harmful chemicals
  • It is made with essential oils of tea tree, lavender, neem and rose extracts, best suited for oily or combination skin type
  • Claims to hydrate the skin, prevent blackheads, cure acne and blemishes
Pros
  • A complete herbal product
  • Small quantity goes a long way
  • Free of paraben and alcohol
  • Cleans the skin off its impurities and makes it soft and supple
  • Affordable and travel friendly
Cons
  • The product is quite runny in consistency
  • Claims to reduce blemishes and scars but user reviews might suggest otherwise

20. Clean & Clear Foaming Face Wash For Oily Skin

  • Fragrance : 7.9/10
  • Chemical Free Quotient : 7.9/10
  • Lather Quality : 7.9/10
  • Brand Trust : 7.9/10
  • Value For Money : 8.9/10
  • User Rating : 8/10
  • Critik’s Rating : 7.9/10

Product Features:

  • The bottle comes with 150 ml of the product and is runny and gel like in consistency
  • It is made with glycerin, myristic acid, lauric acid, betaine and more
  • Claims to cleanse thoroughly, remove excess oil, prevent pimples and blackheads
Pros
  • Affordable and travel friendly
  • Has a refreshing citrus scent
  • Leaves the skin feeling fresh and healthy
  • Little amount is enough for good coverage
  • Does a decent job with oil control
Cons
  • Contains fragrance in the ingredient list
  • Might not suit for sensitive and dry skin types

Common Mistakes For Oily Skinned Beauties To Avoid

Having an oily, greasy skin with respect to skincare products is in such a way that you are swinging between the two ends without often finding just the right product for you. So here are some things you need to look out for when you are investing in a face wash for oily skin.

  • Look out for a product that provides balance, a balance with pH and hydration, opt for something that hydrates rather than moisturising
  • Oily skin often is linked with acne prone skin as excessive oil accumulates dirt and deposits them in the pores, so most products specialised for acne prone skin would work well for an oily skin
  • Avoid products that contain occlusive elements like mineral oils, paraffin etc and opt for something that is more gel like in consistency
  • Coconut oil, the skincare goddess might not be best suited oil skin types as they are capable of clogging the pores even more
  • Rough physical scrubs that can over exfoliate the skin is a big no, the harsh granules in them will damage your moisture barrier and disrupt skin’s integrity
  • Alcohol based products is a double-edged sword, a few may work well while a few can over dry your skin so tread carefully when it comes to alcohol-based products

Conclusion

Face washes are a basic need in our skincare routine, even for those who aren’t much invested in makeup are definitely invested in keeping the face clean and healthy. It is of grand importance to choose the right face wash for you that would compliment your skin type effectively. Having oily skin is a boon and a ban in many ways but the right kind of face wash will up the boon side much better. Here I have given you a curated list of best face washes for oily skin, taking in account all the factors that would help your skin. I hope this is an insightful and fun read for you. Happy Shopping, you Oily skinned Beauties!!!

FAQs: Common Concerns Regarding Face Wash For Oily Skin

1. How many times should a person with an oily face wash their face?

The tendency to over cleanse is common in oil skinned people because of the shiny and greasy feeling the skin provides but it is not necessary to overdo it, using a good face wash twice a day should do the trick.

2. Can face wash cause damage to the skin?

The skin is a beautiful organ that is quite capable of protecting itself, the first layer of the skin is a protective barrier, too much washing and too much exfoliation of the skin can lead to erosion of this protective barrier and lead to hypersensitivity.

3. What can happen with inadequate use of face wash?

If you are too liberal with the use of face wash or cleaning your face in general, it can lead to excessive deposition of dirt and oil on the skin leading to excessive acne and breakouts, it can get the pores clogged as well. So, make it a routine to use your face wash twice a day.

4. Why can’t regular body soap be used as a face wash?

Our regular soap is mainly designed for the body and not for the face. Our face is made of much sensitive skin compared to the rest of our body so using a body soap on the face can be harsher and abrasive.

5. How often should exfoliating face cleansers should be used?

It varies from product to product, it assures gentle exfoliation then it can be taken for daily use but for products that provide deep exfoliation, it would be best to use it 3-4 times a week.

About the Author

Poojitha

Poojitha is a chronic shopaholic. Do you see these product lists? She has them all in her makeup and skincare kit. She does not review a single product without buying it. We wonder who pays for them all.

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