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
Genetics is the obvious answer. But there may actually be other underlying causes, such as the ones listed below.
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.
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Sake Face Wash
|Japanese||ロゼット 洗顔パスタ 白泥リフト|
|Japanese||ビフェスタ 泡洗顔 オイルクリア|
|Japanese||キュレル 皮脂トラブルケア 泡洗顔料|
|Japanese||石澤研究所 透明白肌 ホワイトウォッシュN|
|Japanese||ビオレ マシュマロホイップ オイルコントロール|
|Japanese||RMK モイスト フォーミングソープ|
|Japanese||イプサ クレンジング マリンケイク|
|Japanese||RMK クリア クリームソープ|
Beauty Soap Red Box
Offers a Refreshing and Light Cleanse That Still Works Well On Oil
Clearfine Black Soap
Skin Care Wash
Sebum Care Foaming Wash (Quasi-Drug)
Moist Foaming Soap
Cleansing Marine Cake
No Foundation Soap
Clear Cream Soap
Hadajun Face Soap
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
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And why they didn’t quite make it.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Bioré’s Massage Facial Cleansing Gel earned a high score for its ingredients but offered below average moisture and cleansing power.
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.
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.
Pelican Soap’s Dot Washy offered average hydration but earned 1.0s on all other counts.
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.
We borrowed the expertise of former cosmetics R&D professional, Mizuha, to help with our tests.
<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.
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.
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.
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.
Here are two big things you should always look out for when choosing a face wash for oily skin.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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