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Question: What are the best face cleansers for oily skin?

Answer: A good cleanser is the foundation of most skincare regimens; you’ve just got to have one! With all the dirt, sweat, and makeup our skin puts up with on a daily basis, it certainly deserves that “Ahhh” moment at the end of the day. It’s like the skin’s equivalent of changing into sweats after a long day in skinny jeans and heels.

However, for the ladies out there with oily skin, finding the right cleanser can be tricky. You want one that will deeply cleanse your pores in order to prevent blemishes, but you also want to avoid a harsh formula that will strip the skin of oils entirely. Luckily, there are a lot of great products out there that strike just the right balance and give you perfect, glowing skin!

From the drugstore

For all of you fashionistas on a budget, Neutrogena makes a great face wash for oily and combination skin that is completely oil-free. Don’t let the name worry you if acne isn’t a huge concern of yours. This cleanser is effective for preventing breakouts and blemishes, but it’s also an ideal wash for anyone with oily skin. The salicylic acid helps to clear imperfections without leaving your skin feeling tight or dry. And with a yummy grapefruit scent, who could resist?

From Ulta

This product isn’t quite a face wash. Rather, it’s a cleanser that goes on more like a toner. Splash a little bit of the Forumla 10.0.6 So Totally Clean Deep Pore Cleanser onto a cotton pad and swipe it on the skin in order to clean and exfoliate. Formulated especially for oily and combination skin, this deep pore cleanser comes with a huge crowd of supporters. Just click through the reviews on Ulta’s website. You’ll see people who have used this cleanser for more than thirty years and still swear by it. With so many positive recommendations, it’s worth a try.

From Sephora

Kate Somerville is best known for her super handy tanning towelettes. But, she also makes a cleanser designed for oily and acne-prone skin. This face wash comes in a gel, which is lighter than a lot of the cleansing creams, oils, and balms you find in stores now. It’s specially formulated to balance the oil production of the skin. So the cleanser won’t just temporarily fix the problem, it will actually solve the problem. How’s that for multitasking?

Bonus pick

No post about cleansers would be complete without mentioning Philosophy’s Purity Made Simple cleanser. It’s great for skin of all types, from oily and acne-prone, to the super sensitive. I know hordes of beauty writers who swear by this stuff, and I always have a travel-size bottle in my bathroom. It’s a great do-all product because it effectively cleanses the skin, and removes even the most tenacious of mascaras. If you’re on the hunt for a cleanser, then you should really give this product a try. Most specialty beauty stores carry small bottles at reasonable prices for those of you who want to test it out before committing to a big bottle.

The search for the right cleanser is kind of like the quest for the perfect LBDit’s not easy, but it’s so worth it in the end. What are your favorite cleansers for oily skin?