3 Best Cleansers For Oily Skin (free of toxic ingredients): Dermatocare's Pick

Written By Dr Surbhi, MD Skin

Last updated: 19/09/18

Doctor, which is the best cleanser for oily skin?

A good cleanser is the backbone of oily skin care regime because it not only prevents the greasy look but also reduces open pores, blackheads and pimples. In this article, I have listed 3 best cleansers for oily skin in this article that:

  • have best oil-controlling ingredients
  • free of comedogenic ingredients
  • are easily available
  • free of harmful ingredients

Read further, to find out dermatologist recommended brands of face wash for oily skin!


Tips to choose cleansers oily skin:

  • Check if the face wash is transparent and devoid of additional moisturiser.

  • Look on the label for words like “oil control or for oily skin or foaming”.

  • Look for additional ingredients like benzoyl peroxide, tea tree oil, salicylic acid, neem etc. especially if your skin is very oily and acne prone, provided you are not taking or applying medication for acne.

  • Always buy the smallest possible pack for trial.

  • You might need a toner (alcohol-free) if your skin gets oily in few hours, however, restrict face wash to maximum three times a day.

  • Do not overspend money on a face wash that claims to reduce your dark spots or patches because the contact time of the face wash with skin is not enough for absorption of skin lightening ingredients.

I have tabulated below the 3 best cleansers for oily skin NOT prone to sensitivity breakouts: 

Brand name Advantage Check price in Read full review
  • has many anti-acne ingredients( salicylic acid, tea tree oil, lavender oil, orange oil etc)
  • anti-aging ingredients like green tea
  • skin lightening ingredient licorice.
  • The surfactant used are mild and safe.





Dermalogica Breakout Clearing Foaming Wash: Dermatocare Reviews
  • Has salicylic acid in 2 % concentration as oil controlling ingredients.
  • Has aloe vera that moisturises and repairs oily skin
  • Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract and Anthemis Nobilis soothes your skin.





Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash: Dermatocare reviews

It has innovative micellar technology that can remove the oils effectively without the use of water or surfactants.





Bioderma Sebium H2O: Dermatocare Reviews

If you are wondering why did not I choose benzoyl peroxide based face wash? Just because I would like to reserve this active agent in lotion or gel base as an anti-acne treatment!

Tips to choose cleanser for oily skin and sensitive skin:

Sensitive skin cannot tolerate either the oil control ingredients or harsh surfactants used in above face wash. Thus, we chose the milder face wash that might not remove oils efficiently but are less likely to trigger breakouts in sensitive skin:

  • Look on the label for words like “for sensitive skin, Gentle or Hypoallergenic”.
  • Avoid ingredients like salicylic acid, tea tree oil, neem, charcoal etc. because they might irritate your sensitive skin. 
  • If your skin is red, irritated, burning or breaking out, then stop the use of this face wash also; instead, massage a small amount of bland moisturizing lotion on your face and wipe it with wet cotton.

In the table given below, I have tabulated 3 cleansers that are less likely to cause a reaction in oily skin:

Brand name Advantage Check price in Read our reviews
Cetaphil Tops the list because it has a new surfactant Zinc coceth sulfate that can remove excess oils from your skin and kill the acne causing bacteria. It also has Zinc gluconate that further adds to acne control.





Cetaphil Dermacontrol Foam Wash
Bioderma The Bioderma Sensibio H2O is a micellar solution that helps in cleansing your skin by trapping the dirt and dust in the goblet of oil, without the need of surfactant or water. It worth trying for sensitive skin types. Though the Sebium version is meant for oily skin. However, it might irritate sensitive skin.





Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution
The Bodyshop This face wash is not meant for oily skin, but the gentle surfactants in this face wash might suit the sensitive skin. If your skin feels oily after washing this face wash, you can use the Bioderm sensibio as a toner to augment the oil control.





The Body Shop Aloe Vera Gentle Face Wash

How often should I wash my face?

You should wash your face three times a day:

  • in the morning during the bath (instead of putting soap)
  • during mid-day especially if your face feels dirty or greasy
  • At night before bedtime. 


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