3 Best Cleansers for Oily Skin in 2022

Written by Kinnari AsharOct 10, 2022

Being blessed with baby soft skin throughout our lives is a wish that we all hope came true. But such is not the case as we start ageing. Our skin goes through a lot of damage due to both lifestyle and environmental factors. One of the biggest woes is having to deal with oily skin. When the sebaceous glands work over time and produce excess sebum, it leads to excess oil production making our skin oily and greasy. Excess oil in the skin is the main cause of pimples, acne and clogged pores. Indian skincare markets are filled with products that are beneficial for oily and acne prone skin. The first step is to choose the right soap or facial cleanser for your skin type. Below we will talk about three best facial cleanser for oily skin. We will also tell you how to choose the best facial cleanser for acne oily skin.

Best Cleansers for Oily Skin – The Basics

Oily skin can also be caused due to health reasons like genetics, imbalance in hormones and external factors like stress, unhealthy diet and pollution. Although there is no permanent solution to having oil-free skin, it can be managed by using facial cleansers or soap designed to control excess oil production without drying the skin. Cleansing twice with a facial cleanser specifically formulated for oily skin types is a must. Now, which is the best daily facial cleanser for oily skin? While picking out a cleanser or soap for oily skin type, look for natural ingredients like witch hazel, thyme, aloe vera, minerals like zinc and vitamins A and B. They help in preventing over production of sebum, mattifying the face, and adding glow and shine to dull skin. Ingredients like salicyclic acid, AHAs, BHAs and niacinamide (vitamin B3) help in unclogging pores, exfoliating and reducing acne and pimples.

Also, soap-free face wash or cleansers are better than soap-based cleansers for oily skin type. Soaps are alkaline that means they disturb the pH levels of the skin. Most soaps use sodium or potassium salts of fatty acids and other harsh ingredients to make a good amount of foam. These chemicals are not skin-friendly and can make the skin super dry. On the other hand, soap-free cleansers are made of synthetic surfactants and plant-based ingredients. Soaps can strip off the natural moisturizing factor (NMF) of the skin. NMF is responsible for maintaining the skin’s hydration. Soap-free cleansers contain a good number of humectants. It is also important to choose the right cleanser depending on your skin type.

1. Oiliness and Breakouts


Excess oil can lead to clogged pores and acne breakouts. One of the ways to control oil is to use a mattifying face wash at least twice a day. We recommend using Simple Daily Skin Detox Oil Be Gone Micellar Water. Infused with a detoxifying blend of thyme, zinc and witch hazel, the micellar water deeply cleans pores and remove excess oil. It leaves the skin mattified with no greasy residue that can lead to clogged pores. It is the best daily facial cleanser for oily skin.

Witch hazel acts as an astringent and has powerful anti-inflammatory properties. It prevents acne-causing bacteria from infecting the skin, and also helps shrink pores and reduce inflammation. Zinc is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and is commonly used to treat acne, rosacea and eczema. Zinc limits oil secretion and encourages the production of collagen which can firm skin and boost healing. Thyme increases blood circulation in the skin.

2. Dryness

Dehydrated or dry skin that is also oily is prone to clogged pores. The lack of water in the skin causes the oil to dry and harden. Hydration is the key to avoiding breakouts. Dryness can lead to flaky, dry patches and the excess oil in the pores is the cause of acne. Hence, we need to deal with dehydrated skin to avoid acne breakouts.

We suggest using Simple Kind to Skin Refreshing Facial Wash, which is the best facial cleanser for dry oily skin. This facial cleanser thoroughly washes away the makeup, dirt and other impurities. It removes that extra oil without drying out the skin and helps in retaining the skin’s moisture. It is infused with vitamin E and B that hydrates and soothes the skin, and triple purified water that cleanses the skin. It also contains allantoin which has soothing, moisturizing and healing properties. It prevents the skin from dryness and irritation.  

3. Dullness

Dull skin is when skin lacks a healthy glow and appears lusterless, tired and rough. Acne-prone skin that sometimes leave scars and dark spots behind can also make the skin look dull. To get rid of dark spots and dullness, use Simple Daily Skin Detox Purifying Facial Wash. Its unique formula is made with detoxifying blend of thyme, zinc and witch hazel. Thyme and witch hazel have anti-oxidants, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties. By treating dark spots and hyperpigmentation, these ingredients help bring life back to the face.

FAQs about Best Cleansers for Oily Skin in 2022

Q1. How to choose a cleanser for oily skin?

A. For oily skin type, best cleansers are that are light-weight, non-comedogenic, gentle, fragrance free, soap-free, alcohol-free and sulphate-free.

Q2. What ingredients to look out for in cleansers for oily skin type?

A. Ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, glycolic acid and niacinamide are beneficial for oily skin type. Salicylic acid is a beta hydroxy acid (BHA) that removes excess oil. Benzoyl peroxide is an exfoliating agent that prevents the development of acne. Glycolic acid is an alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that prevents clogging the pores that leads to breakouts on the skin. And niacinamide is a form of vitamin B3 that offers a host of benefits to the skin.

Q3. How many times should oily skin type wash their face?

A. Washing your face twice a day is recommended for oily skin type. Over washing can further damage the skin.

Q4. Why is the face oilier in the morning?

A. Our skin loses more water during the night causing the sebaceous glands to work with sweat glands and produce more oil. The oil secreted in the night is thicker than the oil produced during the day and hence it is not easily lost through sweat. Thus, the face looks oilier in the morning.