If you have oily skin, you probably have a beauty routine that includes mattifying moisturizers, powder foundations, and tons of blotting paper. But you might be underestimating one key product: Facial cleanser. You might not be too picky about it since it stays on your face for about a minute before you rinse it off, but your cleanser can have a big impact on your skin’s oil production. Below, we list some of our favorite face washes for oily skin. 


1. Fresh Food Apple Cleansing Foam

P179, available online 

Start your skincare routine with a refreshing apple scent. This facial wash is formulated with scutellaria baicalensis root extract to help remove excess oils and soybean ferment to make sure your skin has a healthy glow. It lathers into a creamy foam that can help remove sebum, dirt, and makeup residue, but it won’t dry out your skin. 

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2. Himalaya Oil Control Lemon Facial Wash

P189, available online 

If your oily skin is also really sensitive, try this soap-free cleanser. It’s made with lemon and honey, a delicious combo that cools and detoxifies your face for a less oily look. Its both deep-cleansing and moisturizing, and not only can it help reduce oily production, it can also help tighten your pores over time!


3. Human Heart Nature Balancing Facial Wash

P199.75, available online 

Support local and go natural at the same time with this balancing cleanser. It’s formulated with elemi, which helps remove excess oils, balance sebum production, reduce redness, and cuts down bacteria. It’ll also keep your skin matte throughout the day, so you can drop the blotting papers and face powder!


4. Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser

P223, available online

When it comes to facial cleansers, you can’t really go wrong with this cult classic. The Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser has been loved by tons of people for quite some time simply because it’s a no-fuss cleanser that works. It deeply cleans your skin, tightens pores, and controls oil production—no gimmicks necessary. 


5. Hada Labo Deep Clean & Pore Refining Face Wash

P295, available online

This Japanese facial wash is formulated with green tea extract, bentonite clay, and hyaluronic acid, making it the perfect gentle cleanser for oily complexions. The clay helps remove oil, dirt, and impurities from the skin, while the green tea extract will help your skin regulate sebum production throughout the day. Meanwhile, the hyaluronic acid will help keep your skin hydrated, so you won’t get that tight feeling once you rinse it off.


6. SENKA Perfect White Clay 

P299, available online 

Like the original Perfect Whip Cleanser, Perfect White Clay is a micro-foaming facial wash, but created specifically for those with oily complexions. Its inclusion of clay helps absorb oils and clean out pores, leaving you with a clean, matte face. And while this does sound drying, the cleanser also has hyaluronic acid to help hydrate and moisturize your face.


7. COSRX Salicylic Acid Daily Gentle Cleanser

P540, available online 

If you struggle with oily skin, it’s likely that you deal with the occasional breakouts, too. This cleanser not only removes impurities and excess sebum, it also gently exfoliates dead skin cells that could clog your pores. It also helps get rid of blackheads, and while the cleanser has a satisfying lather, it won’t dry out your skin. 


8. VMV Hypoallergenics Spring Cleaning Pore-Friendly Facial Wash For Oily Skin

P840, available online 

If your skin gets irritated easily, you’re probably familiar with VMV Hypoallergenics. The brand is famous for its gentle, fragrance-free formulas, and it has something for just about every skin type, including oily skin! Its Spring Cleaning Pore-Friendly Facial Wash For Oily Skin washes away dirt, grime, and oil without stripping it of much-needed moisture. It’s also formulated with antioxidants and monolaurin, so it’ll help nourish your skin as it cleans it.


9. Sephora Collection Mattifying Cleanser

P968, available online 

If your goal is to stay matte all day, look no further than this cleanser. It’s made with white clay to help remove excess sebum and aloe vera to help soothe and soften skin. And if you’re eco-conscious, the cleanser is made from 92 percent natural origin ingredients and its packaging is made up of plastic made from sugarcane residue!


10. Caudalie Vinopure Purifying Gel Cleanser

P1,535, available online

If you want to splurge on your facial wash, try this one from French brand Caudalie. It’s an oil-free, gel-to-foam cleanser that can help minimize excess sebum while also tightening pores and removing blackheads. It’s also made up of antioxidant grape seed polyphenols, anti-bacterial essential oil complex, redness-reducing gape water, and organic rose water, so skin looks supple and glowy. 



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