Gel-to-Foam Facial Cleansers for Oily Skin

Let your skin shine without the shine.

Oily peeps need to strike a delicate balance when choosing a face wash: anything too heavy will clog pores and cause irritation. Anything too drying will cause skin to overcompensate by creating more sebum…clogging pores and causing irritation! Gel-to-foam face cleansers are the answer.

Gentle Option

Part of a line of complementary products, this a.m./p.m. cleanser not only combats oil but also treats sallowness and discoloration. Obagi


Purchasing a set of complementary products (e.g. cleanser, toner, moisturizer, etc.) from one particular line takes the guesswork out of shopping for products, because you don’t have to worry about contraindicating ingredients. In this collection’s face wash, alfalfa extract detoxifies to prevent breakouts, and borage (or starflower) extract reduces excess sebum. Aloe vera helps soothe inflammation and calm redness.


Quillaja Saponaria (a.k.a. soapbark) naturally foams to rinse skin, while lemon balm and lavender calm it down, making this gentle pick perfect for sensitive types. Dermalogica


If you can’t commit to a luxury skin care product, look for brands that offer multiple sizes and invest in a small one. Just make sure to use it for three to four weeks to decide whether you like it: skin can go through a purge period, when breakouts occur. That doesn’t necessarily mean the product isn’t for you—your complexion may just need time to adjust.

Subtle Fragrance

The soothing formula is packed with antioxidants and AHAs, which slough off dead skin sans stripping, leaving you dewy. Glow Recipe


Richer than straight gel, a gel-to-foam formula works for all skin types. The bubbles remove makeup and dirt, and as long as your cleanser also has moisturizing ingredients, like hyaluronic acid, it’ll hydrate too.