15 Face Washes For Oily Skin

15 Face Washes For Oily Skin


I have a very problematic skin which is oily, sensitive, and prone to acne breakouts.  I keep on trying different products across all brands in a quest to find out the best products for my skin.  Clinique products have worked for me with only a few of them turning out to be duds.  Today, I am going to list out my current set of face washes which I have specifically picked up because they are for oily skin.  Some have worked, and some have not.  I thought I would do a post on face washes/cleansers that I have used and that are specifically for the oily skin category.  I have used various other face washes too, which I could not include them in this post, but I would list them down any way.

Here’s the list:

1.  Garnier Pure Active Neem Face Wash:   I would highly suggest this face wash to oily and acne-prone skin.  It thoroughly cleanses skin without making the skin overtly dry. Also, it does not leave any residue or film behind.  This gel face wash contains tea tree oil, neem leaf extract, salicylic acid.  I would vote this as one of the best face washes for oily skin.  Price is Rs. 49 for 50 gm.

Acne face wash

2.  Pears Oil Clear Cleansing Face Wash:  This face wash by Pears refreshes skin well.  This has a nice refreshing fragrance and works up to a good lather.  Available at Rs. 50 for 60 gm, it is convenient to be carried along during travels.

3.  Shahnaz Husain Tulsi-Neem Face Wash:  This lovely green gel contains neem, aloe vera, tulsi, and lemon peel extracts and keeps acne under check, but since there is glycerin in this one, its a little difficult to rinse off the face.

4.  The Body Shop Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleanser:  I had bought the entire range of TBS’s Tea Tree range, but sadly, except the face mask, all other products were duds.  This is an average foaming cleanser, but I do not get that squeaky clean feeling with this.  I always end up using another face wash.  This one contains organic tea tree oil.  Price is Rs. 620 for 150 ml.

5.  Pond’s Age Miracle Cell ReGen Facial Foam:  This facial foam from Pond’s foams so well and works for all skin types including oily skin.  I get a matte face after using this facial foam and this one does not leave any kind of residue behind.  Price is Rs. 299 for 100 gm.

Pond's face wash

6.  Freeman Superfruits Refining Facial Cleanser:  I am including this cleanser in this “face wash” category because this one too cleans skin very well and works like a normal face wash and lathers well, does not dry out the skin.  This is not effective in removing waterproof makeup.  This cleanser/face wash contains salicylic acid, blueberry extract, Lycium Chinese fruit extract, Peppermint oil.  Price is Rs. 220 for 150 ml.

Freeman Superfruits Cleanser

7.  Yardley English Rose Deep Cleansing Luxurious Facial Foam:  I am a big fan of face washes that foam up nicely, liked this one a lot, its creamy and lathers up well.  This one cleans skin effectively, leaves skin refreshed, and clear of impurities.  Does not leave skin dry or stretchy. Price is Rs. 120 for 100 gm.

8.  Aroma Magic Mint Cleanser:  Another winner from Aroma Magic, this cleanser is specifically for oily, acne prone skin.  This is a white creamy cleanser that leaves the skin refreshed and squeaky clean.  It does not foam or lather, but when you massage it on for some time on the face, and rinse off, you can see that it cleans impurities and oils thoroughly.  This cleanser contains Peppermint, Spearmint, Clove, Neem and pure organic essential oils of Geranium, rose, and tea tree.  Price is Rs. 115 for 50 gm.

Mint Cleanser

9.  Clinique Wash Away Gel Cleanser Gel:  Though I don’t like its strong, pungent smell, its a good foaming cleanser for all skin types, its 100% allergy tested, and cleans away all oil and makeup and does not make the skin dry or stretchy.  Contains chamomile, aloe extracts.  Its a costly affair at Rs. 1350 for 150 ml.

Clinique Face wash

10.  Pond’s No Blackheads Deep Cleansing Facial Foam:  Another foaming face wash that I picked up.  This face wash came with a scrublet and the main reason I picked it up was solely to get the scrublet.  I feel this is a little bit harsh on my skin and dries up the skin a bit, would not be suitable for sensitive skin.  Price is Rs. 75 for 50 gm.

11.  Lakme Perfect Radiance Fairness Face Wash:  Lakme has really got this right, it has revamped the packaging, and I am going to get Lakme Clean Up Face Wash now.  This one lathers nicely and cleans skin well.  Price is Rs. 80 for 50 gm.

12.  Pond’s Pure White Deep Cleansing Facial Foam with Activated Carbon:  I finished two tubes quickly, and don’t have the empty tubes with me, that’s why haven’t included in the pictures.  This face wash foams up nicely and cleans the skin effectively leaving it squeaky clean.  Love it.  Price is Rs. 150

13.  Neutrogena Oil Free Acne Wash:  One of the best face washes available for oily and acne-prone skin, it contains 2% salicylic acid, leaves the skin completely clean and helps control acne solution.  Its a bit costly at Rs. 425 for 175 ml.


Picture taken from Richa Singh’s review here.

14.  Clean and Clear Morning Energy Face Wash: Energising Lemon:  I love the fragrance of this.  This list would be incomplete without including Clean and Clear face washes.  With renewed packaging and lots of colored beads, its flying off shelves and I have tried all the variants, liked this lemon variant the most.  Price is Rs. 95 for 100 ml.


Picture taken from Neha’s review here.

15.  Lush Aqua Marina Face Cleanser:  Last but not the least, its one of my favourite cleanser/face wash.  Though this is not a face wash per se, I like to use it frequently to clean up my face.  Leaves the skin squeaky clean, does not dry out, clears tan, mattifies skin, a winner from Lush, I am going to purchase the full size of Lush Aqua Marina for sure 🙂

Lush Aqua Marina Cleanser

Hope you all liked this post of mine 🙂  Which is your favourite face wash, if you could list, it would be great 🙂

Nivea Visage Sparkling Glow Fairness Face Wash
Everyuth Naturals Cream Face Wash
The Nature’s Co Peppermint Face Wash
Medimix Face Wash
Shahnaz Husain Tulsi Neem Face Wash
Pond’s Daily Face Wash
VLCC Watermelon & Bergamot Gentle Exfoliating Face Wash
Lakme Clean Up Face Wash Fresh Fairness with Vitabeads
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71 thoughts on “15 Face Washes For Oily Skin

  1. perfect jomol… love this kind of articles as it helps us to decide from a lot.
    Hope we get it for other categories as well.

    *thankyou* *thankyou*

  2. i have oily skin too. very helpful post *happy dance* my fav face wash is aroma magic grapefruit face wash and ponds daily face wash *woot*

  3. OMG Jomol! AMAZINGGGGGG post *woot* *woot* *woot* *woot* *woot*
    My fav is the neutrogena acne face wash and the clinique 3-step face wash number 3 – lost count of the number of bottles I have used up of these 😀
    How are you doing?

    1. Aarbeeeeeeeeeee….how have you been, long time no C *hunterwali* I love that one too Aarbee….got lots of those as samples *powder*

  4. Nice post. I too suffer from acne and sensitive skin. Neutrogena one didn’t suit me and gave me tiny rashes. Pears and Ponds face washes have been kind to my skin though.

    Please please do a similar post about your moisturizers!!! All of them seem to break me out! Even aloe vera and rose water break me out *waaa*

    1. Joyi…..do try the Pond’s Cellgen facial foam, its really awesome. I will try to do a post on moisturizers soon *happy dance*

      1. Thank you for the suggestion! *thankyou* My current face washes will be over in a couple of weeks and was confused which one to buy next.

    1. Maria, I absolutely love the Lush one……it works amazingly for me, *powder* which is your favourite face wash?

  5. Very Nice post jomol….. *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* *clap* how come u haven’t tried Himalaya neem foaming face wash…..boon for oilies like us… *haan ji* *haan ji* *haan ji*

    1. Ayyoooooooooooo Shivani, *headbang* *headbang* *headbang* how can I leave you out….I am soooo sorry, missed you out *hunterwali* *hunterwali*

  6. Wow. Amazing. Thanks! I have the same skin type as yours – oily and acne prone and these days I’m using neutrogena deep clean foaming cleanser. Amazing it is. And so very cheap too. Loving it.

  7. Jomol di i am sooo lucky to have oily skin lol *hihi* rofl coz you post such amazing posts for acne and oily skin *clap* *clap* *clap* i loved all the face washes *happy dance* i have used 9 of them lol *hihi* lovely lovely post *happy dance*

      1. My favorites would be garnier neem, clean and clear morning burst, tbs tea tree and acnefree cleanser *hifive* *happydance* but i am never loyal to any one of them rofl *hihi*

  8. hi jomol thanks for the post currently am suffering from red bulby pimples on my face.i was having a clean face but after using sumangally face massage cream i got pimples all over my face.was searching for something that will help me to get rid of those.thanks a lot

  9. These are my fav ones Jomol
    To get a clean face without dryness-Seba Med
    To get a fresh face with cooling effect -lakme after sun face wash.
    For brightness-Lakme citrus blast

    1. Ayyoooooooooooo Shivani, *headbang* *headbang* *headbang* how can I leave you out….I am soooo sorry, missed you out *hunterwali* *hunterwali*

  10. Savior post!!! *woot* *clap* Bookmarked *happydance*
    clinique gel cleanser and lush aqua marina are totally going to this month’s grocery shopping list *jalwa* *jalwa* *jalwa* by the way does the lush one leave the skin stretched?? :confooooosed:
    *thankyou* jomol

    1. oh my bad! ‘does not dry out’ mentioned for lush. *headbang*
      Skipped reading a few lines with such awesome pictures in line *haan ji*

  11. Nice post jomol.. *puchhi*
    my fav ones that are not covered are :
    1.Saslic ds foaming face wash
    2.Fabindia tea tree face wash(think it’ll be my HG,coz i have repurchased!! *happy dance* )
    3.AHAGLOW face wash(it was amazing,shud repurchase*headbang* )

    Do try all these jomol…….they are too good…got all of them after reading IMBB reviews *puchhi*

  12. Sad to see my faves didn’t make the cut *nababana*
    1. Saslic DS
    2. Himalaya neem
    3. Cetaphil cleanser

    All IMBB approved *happydance*

  13. Nice list

    Jomol you must really try Fash foamy face wash, decent lather, squeaky clean, nice fresh fragrance, certainly not drying or any stretchy feeling

    Neutrogena is great too, and clean and clear- I liked the green apple one 🙂

    Ponds greem- love it for the fragrance. Wish the packing was sturdy

  14. i guess we grls missed KAYA SMOOTHING GEL <3 face wash, me to is havng vry oily skin, n its working great on me 🙂

    1. Sakshi, I haven’t used any of the Kaya products yet, have only added products which I have used. Thanks for the addition 🙂 *thankyou*

  15. i superlikes the post Jomol *clap* *clap* *clap* so many face washes for oily skin *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* *happy dance* this has never happened before *pompom* *pompom* *pompom* *puchhi* *puchhi*

  16. Good last Jomo! *hifive* I Would put Neutrogena deep clean foaming face wash at No 1 and Clarins Tamarind foaming cleanser next, and Lush Aqua marina third, I have oily acne prone skin and these cleaners work like wonder when it comes to cleaning the skin, controlling oil and prevent pimples *happydance* *happy dance*

  17. same skin type : Mint cleanser is my fav and Iv tried neutrogena and clean and clear too.

    lovely post 🙂
    try saslic face wash…u’ll love it.
    I liked Himalya Neem foaming face wash and lemon -honey face wash , both are good for monsoon seasons.

  18. Great post thanks jomol… I’m love the pears one ths days… *jai ho* U shud try loreal Icey matte gel face wash… It’s fabulous.. Wil try neutrogena n garnier neem next… Aroma magic tea tree face wash dint suit as such.. Got couple of pimples after using that twice *waiting*

  19. My skin type is the exact same as yours, I use a product called Sebamed Clear Face Cleansing foam, its really good,recommended to me by my dermatologist,really helped clear my skin. It costs around rs.650 for 150ml. Also on the weekends I use the 3 step Vichy Noramaderm 3-in-1 Cleanser,Scrub and Mask for sensitive skin. Gently exfoliates the skin and does not aggravate existing pimples this is rs.390 for 50 ml, pretty inexpensive for a vichy product! I highly recommend that you try both! 🙂

  20. My HF face wash is himalya oul controlface wash…ive beeen using it since years..n hav tryd tea tree face wash frm fab india offlate..
    Dat too works fr me…
    Lovely post jomol, very helpful for future selections..
    Wud love to try d neutrogena face wash!! *thankyou* *happy dance*

  21. Very very nicely put article Jomol..
    Just informed this month that my skin is not oily, but severely dehydrated due to oily skin products..(always had acne so thot its oily). *scared* *scared*
    Tried almost every of teh oily skin face washes.. 😛
    I really love the aroma Magic mint cleanser. Cant leave it despite realizing that my skin is not oily..
    Works well for my skin, so y not use it 😀 😀

  22. Amazing post but sebamed cleansing foam was missing..
    I have heard its also good for acne prone skin..
    I want to know is sebamed cleansing foam good for my skin I have oily sensitive acne prone skin but i dont get much pimples now a days just some zits, so can it be used as preventive to stay pimple free..? Or should i go for any other face wash which is not medicated..??

  23. My skin is very oily n i have blackheads on my face n whenever i use face wash it clean my face but it dosen’t remain dry for long n jomol it would be good for me if u suggest a cream n a facewash which bring fairness in my skin n keep oil free for 7 or 8 hrs ….
    Anyways it is a article 🙂 ….

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