The Best Face Washes For Oily Skin

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If your complexion is oilier than a dollar slice of New York pizza, it takes a little bit more effort than tapping your face a few times with a blotting paper to get excess shine under control.

Erin Lukas Sep, 12, 2017

This article originally appeared on InStyle.

If your complexion is oilier than a dollar slice of New York pizza, it takes a little bit more effort than tapping your face a few times with a blotting paper to get excess shine under control.

Using a cleanser at the end of the day and in the morning that’s specifically formulated for oily complexions is a good place to start. These face washes are packed with oil-absorbing ingredients that soak up excess grease, dirt, and makeup, but won’t strip your skin.

Keep scrolling for our favorite face washes for extremely oily complexions.

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Green tea, eucalyptus, algae, and Irish moss extracts may sound like the ingredients of a drink you'd pick up at a fancy juice bar, but the combo in this cleanser actually does wonders for eliminating oil from an overly shiny complexion without stripping it.

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Think of Origins' cleanser as a vacuum for your pores. The foaming salicylic acid, mint, and saw palmetto formula clears buildup to minimize the appearance of saucer-like pores and prevent blemishes.

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The foaming version of this dermatologist-approved cleanser is perfect if your skin is as reflective as mirror, but sensitive, too.

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This bottle is a drugstore classic for a reason. It effectively keeps excess shine at bay without drying out skin.

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Whether you're looking to make your skincare routine more green or love essential oils, rose hip is one that works well for oily skin types. This Indie Lee cleanser washes away excess oil and makeup while improving the appearance of firmness and tone.

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When in doubt, opt for an oil-free formula. These cleansers don't contain any oil-based ingredients that might make skin even shinier and lead to breakouts. The oil-free version of Kiehl's fan-favorite cleanser gets our stamp of approval because it's gentle enough for sensitive complexions, too.

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Clay clings to oil like glue. That's what makes Sunday Riley's French green and Morrocan rhassoul clay-based cleanser so effective at wiping skin of dirt and makeup while simultaneously keeping pores free of oil buildup.

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If excess oil needs to breakouts, opt for a cleanser that deep cleans pores to prevent and treat current blemishes. Acne-fighting salicylic acid and charcoal are this Biore wash's secret weapons.