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Best Soaps for Washing Your Face if You Have Oily Skin


Updated July 03, 2014

Don't think you have to scrub hard to get rid of excess oil if you have oily skin. Irritation plus oil equals acne. You can use a wider variety of facial cleansers than most people. It's oK if you use a foaming facial cleanser and you might want to use a mild scrub or mesh sponge every couple of days to help exfoliate.

1. Dove Sensitive Skin Foaming Facial Cleanser

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Just because this cleanser has "sensitive" in its name, don't mistake it for a wimp. This a great cleanser for people with oily skin because the detergent can be a little drying. It's typically not irritating on oilier skin. It removes makeup well and rinses off easily. Add the low price and this cleanser is a heavyweight contender.

2. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser

Neutrogena's Fresh Foaming Cleanser is a good all-around cleanser for oily skin. It rinses off well and removes makeup without any problems. It does contain fragrance which is why it's recommended for oily skin, because it can tolerate mildly irritating ingredients.
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3. Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Scrub

Slightly oily to very oily faces are the only face types that can use a scrub regularly. I wouldn't recommend using them every day, but every couple of days would not be too irritating. This scrub contains polyethylene beads that don't have hard edges and soften the longer they're exposed to water. This makes them the ideal scrub, able to exfoliate without injuring the skin. While this cleanser has salicylic acid as an ingredient, it isn't enough to exfoliate.
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4. Olay Definity Pore Redefining Scrub

This scrub also contains polyethylene beads, but not enough to make it a strong exfoliant. It is a good cleanser that removes makeup well and rinses off well. This might be the only scrub that would be safe to use as a daily cleanser.

5. Clean & Clear Daily Pore Cleanser, Oil Free

This cleanser is a cross between a scrub and a cleanser. It does have witch hazel and fragrance which can be irritating, but would be a good choice if you know your skin is not sensitive.
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6. Clinique Liquid Facial Soap Mild Formula

This is a good, basic cleanser that is soap-free and fragrance-free. It removes makeup well and doesn't dry out the skin too much. It is more expensive than the other cleansers recommended here, but I wanted those die-hard Clinique-lovers to know their best option. You might be tempted to get the Oily Skin Formula instead of the Mild Formula but it contains enough menthol to be irritating.
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