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The Best Oil-Controlling Cleansers That Won’t Irritate Sensitive Skin

You don’t have to strip the skin of *all* oils to keep shine at bay. …

If you struggle with oily skin, you’re probably painfully aware of the difficulty that comes with finding a solid cleanser that won’t completely strip your skin of all oils entirely (because this can cause increased sebum production) or irritate reactive skin types. Fortunately, there are plenty of cleansers that keep the skin shine-free but are also suitable for sensitive skin that won’t worsen redness and over-dry. While many mattifying face washes are formulated to leave skin feeling tight and dehydrated, gentle cleansers that combat grease, but also help out with your anti-aging skincare endeavors do exist.

If you have both sensitive and oily skin, looking for a gentle formula that doesn’t contain harsh ingredients like sulfates or comedogenic (aka ingredients that clog your pores) is the best course of action. Of course, there are also all-natural anti-bacterial solutions including Tea Tree oil that tend to be less likely to leave your skin feeling tight, flaky, and downright inflamed compared with other traditional treatments. Salicylic acid and Benzoyl Peroxide are the two gold-standard oil-absorbing actives that are found in most cleansers, and while they’re effective, they can be harsh on the skin — especially if you’re sensitive or dry. Opting for a formula infused with calming additives like Chamomile and aloe will help to offset any drying or irritation caused by them. Ahead, we’ve outlined some of our favorite face washes that keep oil at bay without leaving your skin cracked, dry, and uncomfortably tight.

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