The 6 Best Facial Cleansers for Oily, Acne-Prone Skin

Oily skin can be so stubborn, but vigorously scrubbing away at it won't get rid of it. It'll only end up causing irritation, and irritation plus oil equals acne. Because of your skin type, you're suited to use a wider variety of facial cleansers than most people. It's okay to use a bunch of different products, like a foaming facial cleanser, a mild scrub, and a facial cloth. If you're struggling with oily skin, try adding one of these great cleansers to your skin care routine to help reduce the risk of acne.


Dove Sensitive Skin Foaming Facial Cleanser

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Unfortunately, Dove doesn't make the Sensitive Skin Foaming Facial Cleanser anymore, but you can still find it on Amazon. Get it while you can because this is a great product. This cleanser might have "sensitive" in its name, but don't mistake it for a wimp. It's a great cleanser for people with oily skin because it's non-irritating, and the detergent that it contains can be a little drying—in a good way. It also removes makeup well and rinses off very easily.


Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

The Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser is such a great all-around cleanser for oily skin. Its dermatologist-tested formula easily rinses off and removes makeup and dirt without a hitch. It's also easy to spread all over your face since it's a foam—you don't have to work hard to make it lather. The product, which comes in a blue-colored bottle with white lettering, does contain fragrance, however, which is why it's recommended for oily skin that can withstand mildly irritating ingredients. A 6.7-ounce bottle costs $6.49.


Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub

If you have slightly oily to very oily skin, then you should use an exfoliating scrub regularly. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Gentle Scrub contains acne-fighting salicylic acid, as well as Beta Hydroxy that's been proven to clean way down into the pores. Added micro beads soften when exposed to water, making this product more gentle than the average scrub. The beads help slough off dead, dull skin cells and make your skin smoother, but they're able to exfoliate without injuring the skin. A 4.2-ounce bottle costs $5.99.


Olay Pore Minimizing Cleanser & Scrub

The Pore Minimizing Cleanser & Scrub contains microbeads, but not enough for it to be considered a strong exfoliator—it's somewhat mild. It's also a cleanser, and it removes makeup and rinses off well. This might be the only scrub that's safe enough to use as a daily cleanser.

It should be noted that microbeads in cleansers are controversial and some consider them an environmental concern. Manufacturers will be phasing them out of rinse-off cosmetics between July of 2017 and July of 2019. This is based on the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, an amendment to the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act that was passed by Congress. 

The federal law was passed because once the microbeads are washed off and go down the sink drain, they may not be filtered out of the water system and may end up in lakes and oceans. These microbeads become magnets for pollutants. The fish may mistake these microbeads for food and after eating them, the fish may become toxic. 


Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser

The Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser is another cross between a scrub and a cleanser. It's made with witch hazel and fragrance, which can be irritating, but it's a great choice if you know that your skin isn't sensitive.


Clinique Liquid Facial Soap

Clinique has several Liquid Facial Soap formulations for different types of skin, including one for oily skin, but I recommend using the mild formula. The oily skin formula contains enough menthol to be irritating. This is a great, basic cleanser that is fragrance-free. It removes makeup well and doesn't dry out the skin. It's more expensive than drugstore cleansers that are included in this list, but I want those die-hard Clinique fans to know their best option. A 6.7-ounce bottle costs $17. 

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