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Top 52 Best Japanese Face Washes for Oily Skin in 2021 - Tried and True! (Biore, RMK, and More)

When you have oily skin, acne, a shiny face, and clogged pores always seem like an issue. To get rid of extra sebum and clogging, you might need to consider buying a new face wash. However, there are so many face washes out there that are advertised for oily skin that it can be very hard to decide what to buy. 

That's why we searched Japanese e-commerce sites (such as @cosme, Amazon, and Rakuten) for the best face washes for oily skin, chose the 52 most popular products and tested them, and asked an expert in cosmetic ingredients to look at the formulas and point out options safe for those with sensitive skin. We tested for the following:


1. Cleansing Power

2. Hydration

3. Ingredients

  • Last updated: 01-07-2021
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Table of Contents

First, What Causes Oily Skin?

First, What Causes Oily Skin?

Genetics is the obvious answer. But there may actually be other underlying causes, such as the ones listed below.

  • Stress
  • Hormone imbalance
  • Poor eating habits
  • Improper skincare
  • Dehydration (also known as inner dry skin)
As with any aspect of health, it’s best to take a multi-faceted approach. Make sure you exercise, rest well, eat right, and moisturize properly. And, at the end of the day, you need to cleanse properly with the right face wash as well.

Top 52 Best Japanese Face Washes for Oily Skin

We looked at how much artificial sebum these face washes could absorb and also checked how drying they were. We then had an expert analyze ingredients. Lastly, based on how they performed on our tests, we ranked the top 53 Japanese face washes for oily skin.

※Products in Japan known as quasi-drugs are not required to disclose full ingredients lists. Therefore, we were unable to complete a full analysis of the ingredients and gave each product a score of 0.0.
※Japanese prices for the products are given; they’ve merely been converted into USD for easy viewing.
1

Cow BrandBeauty Soap Red Box

3 pieces

$6.65

Japanese牛乳石鹸 カウブランド赤箱
Cleansing5.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score5.0
2

Cow BrandOffers a Refreshing and Light Cleanse That Still Works Well On Oil

$5.70

Japanese牛乳石鹸 自然ごこち 茶 洗顔石けん
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score5.0
3

PLuSClearfine Black Soap

$29.61

Japaneseプリュ クリアファイン ブラックソープ
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score5.0
4

KikumasamuneSkin Care Wash

Sake Face Wash

$6.02

Japanese菊正宗 日本酒の洗顔料
Cleansing5.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score5.0
5
Japaneseロゼット 洗顔パスタ 白泥リフト
Cleansing5.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score4.0
6

Mizubashi HojyudoItsukano Sekken

$26.50

Japanese水橋保寿堂製薬いつかの石けん
Cleansing4.0
Hydration5.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
7

Mocchi SkinFace Wash

$20.54

Japaneseモッチスキン 吸着泡洗顔
Cleansing4.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score4.0
6

BifestaFoaming Whip

Oil Clear

$18.64

Japaneseビフェスタ 泡洗顔 オイルクリア
Cleansing4.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
9

Curél Sebum Care Foaming Wash (Quasi-Drug)

$13.30

Japaneseキュレル 皮脂トラブルケア 泡洗顔料
Cleansing4.0
Hydration4.0
Ingredients0.0
Overall score4.0
10

Hime LaboWashing Soap

$15.92

Japanese姫ラボ 石鹸
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score4.0
11

Ishizawa LabsWhite Wash

$16.63

Japanese石澤研究所 透明白肌 ホワイトウォッシュN
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients4.0
Overall score4.0
12

BioréMarshmallow Whip

Oil Control

$6.21

Japaneseビオレ マシュマロホイップ オイルコントロール
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score4.0
13
JapaneseTHREE クリアリングフォーム
Cleansing4.0
Hydration3.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall score4.0
14

RMK Moist Foaming Soap

$46.56

JapaneseRMK モイスト フォーミングソープ
Cleansing4.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0
15
Japaneseイプサ クレンジング マリンケイク
Cleansing4.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall score3.0
16

Pelican SoapNo Foundation Soap

$9.98

Japaneseペリカン石鹸 ノーファンデソープ
Cleansing4.0
Hydration2.0
Ingredients2.0
Overall score3.0
17

RMK Clear Cream Soap

$34.14

JapaneseRMK クリア クリームソープ
Cleansing4.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0
18
JapaneseHACCI はちみつ洗顔石けん
Cleansing4.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0
19
Japanese米肌 肌潤石鹸
Cleansing4.0
Hydration1.0
Ingredients3.0
Overall score3.0

Compare the Best Japanese Face Washes for Oily Skin

Image
1
Cow Brand Beauty Soap Red Box 1

Cow Brand

2
Cow Brand Offers a Refreshing and Light Cleanse That Still Works Well On Oil 1

Cow Brand

3
PLuS Clearfine Black Soap 1

PLuS

4
Kikumasamune Skin Care Wash 1

Kikumasamune

5
Rosette Cleansing Paste 1

Rosette

6
Mizubashi Hojyudo Itsukano Sekken 1

Mizubashi Hojyudo

6
Bifesta Foaming Whip 1

Bifesta

7
Mocchi Skin Face Wash 1

Mocchi Skin

9
Curél  Sebum Care Foaming Wash (Quasi-Drug) 1

Curél

10
Hime Labo Washing Soap 1

Hime Labo

11
Ishizawa Labs White Wash 1

Ishizawa Labs

12
Bioré Marshmallow Whip 1

Bioré

13
THREE Clearing Foam 1

THREE

14
RMK  Moist Foaming Soap 1

RMK

15
ÍPSA  Cleansing Marine Cake 1

ÍPSA

16
Pelican Soap No Foundation Soap 1

Pelican Soap

17
RMK  Clear Cream Soap 1

RMK

18
HACCI  Honey Soap 1

HACCI

19
MAIHADA Hadajun Face Soap 1

MAIHADA

Name

Beauty Soap Red Box

Offers a Refreshing and Light Cleanse That Still Works Well On Oil

Clearfine Black Soap

Skin Care Wash

Cleansing Paste

Itsukano Sekken

Foaming Whip

Face Wash

Sebum Care Foaming Wash (Quasi-Drug)

Washing Soap

White Wash

Marshmallow Whip

Clearing Foam

Moist Foaming Soap

Cleansing Marine Cake

No Foundation Soap

Clear Cream Soap

Honey Soap

Hadajun Face Soap

Features

Took the Number One Spot With it's Amazing Cleansing Power

Green Tea Works Well With Skin Weighed Down by Oil

Sebum-Clearing, but Leaves Skin Supple

Smells of Sake and Works as Well as the Rest

Strips Away Oil and Impurities

Offers a Gentle and Effective Cleanse That Soaks up Oil

Has a Thick Texture That Washes Away Oil

Balances Hydration and Cleansing

Juggles Cleansing Power and Hydration in a Fluffy Foam Formula

Features Beautifying Ingredients from a Famous Onsen

Lightweight Cleanser from the Brand That Produced White Pack

A Well-Known Drugstore Brand That Works on Oily Skin

Recommended for it's High Cleansing Power and it's Typical THREE Scent

The Foam That Will Give You an Extremely Thorough Cleanse

A Beautiful, Foaming Soap That Also Works Well as a Cleanser

As a Cleanser, It Works, but the Practical Design Sets This Bar of Soap Apart

Citrusy Face Wash That Can Also Exfoliate

This Face Wash is Cleansing and Honey-Based

Cleanses While Nourishing With Maihada’s Patented Rice Power No. 11

Price$6.65$5.70$29.61$6.02$4.39$26.50$18.64$20.54$13.30$15.92$16.63$6.21$46.73$46.56$30.49$9.98$34.14$70.30$43.46
Japanese牛乳石鹸 カウブランド赤箱牛乳石鹸 自然ごこち 茶 洗顔石けんプリュ クリアファイン ブラックソープ菊正宗 日本酒の洗顔料ロゼット 洗顔パスタ 白泥リフト水橋保寿堂製薬いつかの石けんビフェスタ 泡洗顔 オイルクリアモッチスキン 吸着泡洗顔キュレル 皮脂トラブルケア 泡洗顔料姫ラボ 石鹸石澤研究所 透明白肌 ホワイトウォッシュNビオレ マシュマロホイップ オイルコントロールTHREE クリアリングフォームRMK モイスト フォーミングソープイプサ クレンジング マリンケイクペリカン石鹸 ノーファンデソープRMK クリア クリームソープHACCI はちみつ洗顔石けん米肌 肌潤石鹸
Cleansing5.05.05.05.05.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.0
Hydration3.02.02.02.01.05.04.04.04.03.03.03.03.02.02.02.01.01.01.0
Ingredients3.03.03.03.04.03.03.04.00.04.04.03.02.03.02.02.03.03.03.0
Overall score5.05.05.05.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.04.03.03.03.03.03.03.0
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Products That Didn't Make the Cut

And why they didn’t quite make it.

Not Bad, but Nothing Stands Out Either

Not Bad, but Nothing Stands Out Either

MAIHADA’s Hadajun Facial Cleansing Cream and COSME DECORTÉ’s Phytotune Foaming Wash were not particularly hydrating (scoring a 4.0) but offered only average cleansing power, which oily skin may find a bit lacking.

natu savon select’s Washing Cream (Chamomile & Pear) and ÍPSA’s Cleansing Fresh Foam e earned average scores of 3.0 all across the board.

Drying With Nothing to Compensate for It

Drying With Nothing to Compensate for It

SENKA’s Perfect Whip and Bioré’s Skin Care Face Wash (Moisture-type) offered below-average moisture but earned only average scores on all other counts.

Poreless Labo’s Pore Foaming Gel and ÍPSA’s Cleansing Moisture Foam were equally unremarkable, except they were even more drying, earning only a score of 1.0 for hydration.

Offers Moisture but Doesn’t Clean

Offers Moisture but Doesn’t Clean

Ettusais’s Jelly Mousse N and original Jelly Mousse were very similar; both were highly moisturizing but offered little cleansing power and had average ingredients. The same held true for Sunsorit’s Skin Peel Bar AHA and BLACK PAINT’s Koicha Oil Massage Soap.

Ingredients are Possibly Irritating but Offer Little in the Way of Cleansing

Ingredients are Possibly Irritating but Offer Little in the Way of Cleansing

BCL Cleansing Research’s AHA Wash Cleansing earned a score of 1.0 for its ingredients and yet did not cleanse well; however, it received high marks for moisture.

Sub-Par Moisture and Cleansing Power, though Ingredients are Mild

Sub-Par Moisture and Cleansing Power, though Ingredients are Mild

Bioré’s Massage Facial Cleansing Gel earned a high score for its ingredients but offered below average moisture and cleansing power.

Sub-Par Moisture and Cleansing Power, This Time Without the Mild Ingredients to Make up for It

Sub-Par Moisture and Cleansing Power, This Time Without the Mild Ingredients to Make up for It

ARSOA’S Queen Silver, Sekkisui’s White Washing Cream, Bifesta’s Foaming Wash (Bright Up-type), and natu savon select’s Washing Foam (Chamomile & Pear) too offered only sub-par hydration and cleansing, as well as average ingredients.

Mellsavon’s Face Wash (Floral Herb), Ridos’s Green Tea Bar Soap, and WHITE ICHIGO’S Organic Tech-Wash earned straight 2.0s for cleansing, moisture, and ingredients.

Decently Hydrating but Do Not Work as Cleansers

Decently Hydrating but Do Not Work as Cleansers

Dr. Ci:Labo’s Labo Labo Super-Keana Washing, Rosette’s Cleansing Paste(Ghassoul Bright), Kenkou Corporation’s Toroawawa Face Wash, and Transino’s Clear Wash all scored a 4.0 for moisture but got a 1.0 for cleansing. Ingredients were average, with all products ranking in at a 2.0 or 3.0.

Rosette’s Cleansing Paste (Hyogadei Cleanse) and Kanebo’s suisai Cream Soap scored 3.0s for hydration and ingredients but a 1.0 for cleansing.

Is Passably Moisturizing but Lacks in Everything Else

Is Passably Moisturizing but Lacks in Everything Else

Pelican Soap’s Dot Washy offered average hydration but earned 1.0s on all other counts.

Drying With Little Cleansing Power; Ingredients Earned Varying Scores

Drying With Little Cleansing Power; Ingredients Earned Varying Scores

Good Bye KEANA’S Baking Soda Face Foam got a whopping 4.0 for its ingredients but received only a 2.0 for hydration and 1.0 for cleansing. 


SENKA’S Perfect White Clay, LEAF & BOTANICS’s Face Wash MEBUKI, NATURE & CO’s Botanical Clay Wash all earned the same score for hydration and cleansing (2.0 and 1.0, respectively) but a 3.0 for ingredients.


Finally, ALLNA ORGANIC’S Natural Clay Wash scores were as follows: cleansing 1.0, moisture 2.0, and ingredients 2.0.

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Her Knowledge

We borrowed the expertise of former cosmetics R&D professional, Mizuha, to help with our tests.

Introducing the Expert Who Lent Us Her Knowledge

<Cosmetics Researcher Mizuha>


As a university researcher, Mizuha looks into the particulars of developing new pharmaceutical products. She also has experience working in R&D at a cosmetics company and uses her knowledge to further research into how ingredients and the use of cosmetics has an effect on sensitive skin.


She's recognized as a top cosmetics research specialist, a beauty consultant, and holds many accreditations. On SNS, her tests on beauty ingredients, which she's continued to do for over 10 years, have gained quite a reputation.

How We Tested Our Products

Our editing department made sure the face washes would work on oily skin but wouldn’t be drying. We also looked for mild formulas.

Test ① Cleansing Power

Test ① Cleansing Power

To test for cleansing power, we worked the face washes into artificial sebum, which we applied to a glass slide. We then looked at how much oil the cleansers absorbed and scored them.

Test ② Hydration

Test ② Hydration

We used a moisturize analyzer (the Corneometer) to measure water levels in our skin before cleansing, then letting the face wash sit on our forearms for 20 seconds and measuring the levels again five minutes after cleansing. We then compared the numbers.

Test ③ Ingredients

Test ③ Ingredients

We asked Mizuha, an expert who used to work in cosmetics R&D, to look at the ingredients list for us. In particular, she looked at the balance between the types of surfactants used and what moisturizers were included in the formulas and then ranked the products.


Keep in mind, however, that a low score does not equate to a dangerous formula; it simply means that there are some ingredients some people may have sensitivities to.

Tips on How to Choose Japanese Face Wash for Oily Skin – Buying Guide

Here are two big things you should always look out for when choosing a face wash for oily skin.

Oily Skin Can Take a Bit More Cleansing Power

Oily Skin Can Take a Bit More Cleansing Power
If you have oily skin, you’ll want a stronger cleanser that can get rid of all excess sebum. It should also be absorbent enough to clear up blocked pores that, combined with makeup residue, can lead to acne.
Bar soaps and potash soaps (simply soap that contains potassium) are said to be most powerful, so use that as a simple litmus test for efficacy.

Protect Your Skin With the Help of Moisturizing Ingredients

Protect Your Skin With the Help of Moisturizing Ingredients

Hydration is just as important for oily-skinned folks as it is for dry-skinned folks. And if you let your skin dry out, and it will actually overcompensate by producing more oil, so we recommend finding a face wash that has a good balance of moisturizing ingredients.

Toners and lotions are important, but it’s just as important that you choose a face wash that contains hydrating ingredients. These protect your face from over-eager cleansing agents, ensuring they won’t strip away essential moisture. To that end, look for ingredients like ceramides, collagen, and hyaluronic acid.

Should I Wash My Face in the Morning?

Should I Wash My Face in the Morning?

You should be using face wash at night–after all, you need to clean up makeup residue and rinse away any gunk accumulated throughout the day. But what about in the morning? 


Some people say that all you need is a little rinse with warm water, while someone else might’ve told you that it's better to cleanse with face wash each morning. With all this conflicting information, it can be a little hard to understand what the best routine is.

Basically, it depends on how much cream you put on and how much oil you excreted the night before. If your skin looks shiny or feels sticky, then go ahead and use a face wash. If not, just a quick rinse off will do.

Check Out These Specialized Face Washes

Check Out These Specialized Face Washes

Acne is largely the result of clogged pores. If you want to get rid of your pimples, you’ve got to clear up those pores–and a specialized face wash can help. There are also tons of face washes that target other particular skin types, so take a look at the links below for more.

Summary

We rounded up members from our editing department, purchased the 52 most popular Japanese face washes for oily skin, and tested them all.

Note that your skin doesn’t just stay dry or oily or normal your entire life. While you might be oily now, the use of these face washes may eventually tone down the shine permanently. When that time comes, consider using a milder cleanser and face wash to ensure your skin stays well-moisturized and healthy far into the future.

Author: Yukina Matsuda/Translation: Jasmine Li, Kristina Tan/Photos: Koichi Miura, Yuuki Inagaki, Hiroshi Takigawa


Ranking date: 06/23/2019


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