The Best Korean & Japanese Water-Based Cleansers For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

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The first step to starting your Korean skincare routine is finding the right cleanser for your skin type (this post is talking about water-based cleansers AKA second step cleansers only).

If you have oily and acne prone skin, this can be especially difficult since you don’t want to start your skincare routine with something that will cause your skin to produce more oil or break out (you want to improve your skin, right?).

TL;DR: The 7 Best Korean & Japanese Water-Based Cleansers For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

Don’t have time to read this whole article right now? Here’s what I found are the 7 best Korean and Japanese water-based cleansers if you have oily and acne prone skin.

  1. COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  2. Tosowoong – Enzyme Powder Wash
  3. Innisfree – Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser 
  4. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Wash
  5. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Foam
  6. Sulwhasoo – Snowise EX Cleansing Foam
  7. Innisfree – Bija Anti-Trouble Gel Cleanser

There are so, so many Korean (and Japanese) cleansers on the market that you can have some real trouble trying to decide which one to buy. I just did a search for ‘cleanser’ on Yesstyle and it came back with 2710 products, EEEK! I have spent many hours before I decided which cleanser to order and even then, I still second guess my choice!

You can google “What are the best Korean cleansers for oily and acne prone skin?” – you will get an answer containing various products that you still hardly know anything about. And Google hasn’t considered other things you might want in a product – such as ingredients (both beneficial and harmful), pH of the product (which I talk about in detail below) and affordability.

So, I decided it’s time to look more closely at the most recommended Korean (and Japanese) cleansers for oily and acne prone skin. Just like my last post on Korean Centella products, I wanted to do a detailed comparison of the best Korean cleansers for oily and acne prone skin to determine which ones come out on top!

I decided to include Japanese cleansers in my review because many people who use Korean skincare products often also include some Japanese skincare products in their routine (most notably from the brand Hada Labo).

What Is A Water-Based Cleanser And What Is Double Cleansing?

Before we get into it, you might still be asking – what is a water-based cleanser? You also may have heard of the Korean double cleansing method and aren’t sure what that entails.

The first step in a Korean skincare routine involves cleansing your skin twice: first an oil-based cleanser, followed by a water-based cleanser – AKA double cleansing! Most people like to ‘double cleanse’ in the evening and only use a water-based cleanser in the morning to keep the skin’s moisture barrier nice and healthy.

I actually wrote my very first post on double cleansing and explain the difference between water-based cleansers and oil-based cleansers there, however the main difference is that oil-based cleansers remove makeup, sunscreen and excess sebum, while water-based cleansers remove substances such as bacteria, sweat and dead skin cells.

I really recommend you check out that post if you’re just starting a routine. I also recommend you check out my other post on how to start a simple Korean skincare routine if you’re unsure of what types of products you need to get started (hint: it’s not as many as you think).

pH: The Most Important Thing To Consider When Buying A Water-Based Cleanser

STOP! When looking for the right water-based cleanser, the most important factor to consider is the pH of the product. The pH of your second cleanser is important regardless your skin type, however I think it’s especially important for people with oily and acne prone skin.

This is because cleansing greatly affects the pH of your skin.

The pH of a healthy acid mantle (the protective layer of skin comprised of sebum mixed with lactic and amino acids from sweat) is actually a little acidic (4 to about 5.6). The reason for this is that slightly acidic skin helps to ward off bacteria and fungi and helps to prevent trans-epidermal water loss.

Tip: If you have oily or acne prone skin, you may actually have a damaged acid mantle. Repairing this skin barrier should be the first thing you do to reduce your acne and slows your skin’s sebum production.

It is therefore important to choose a water-based cleanser with a low pH (a pH of 5.5 or below) – this is especially so if you have acne-prone skin as using a cleanser with a high pH may cause an increased growth of acne-causing bacteria AND will also strip your skin of it’s natural oils – causing it to produce more sebum – which clogs your pores with sebum and bacteria, and thereby results in more acne!!

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After many hours of research, here’s what I found are the 7 best Korean & Japanese low pH water-based cleansers currently on the market for oily and acne prone skin.

Many Western cleansers leave your skin feeling tight and squeaky clean. This is actually a bad thing as the pH of these cleansers is too high and you’re stripping and destroying the protective acid mantle layer of your skin. Ever wonder why your skin feels so oily and greasy just a few hours after washing with one of these cleansers? It’s because your skin is trying to compensate for the loss of it’s protective layer by producing more oil!

You can rest assured that in this review, I haven’t included any cleansers with a pH above 5.6 (the upper range of healthy skin). Cleansers with a pH higher than this could compromise your skin’s acid mantle and worsen acne.

Also, if you’re doing a bit of reading about the importance of pH in skincare, you might be confused why some people say that it should be okay to use a cleanser with a pH up to 6.5 or even 7. I think there are two main reasons for this:

Firstly, the options for a truly low pH (below 5.6) cleanser is still quite limited and sometimes I have to admit – a little boring.

Secondly, since you will just be rinsing off the cleanser anyway, the pH shouldn’t matter so much, right? Wrong. This study actually states that washing with a cleanser with a pH above 5.5 (for just one minute, twice a day) actually raises the skin’s pH long term, AND that the skin’s pH only decreases again once the change has been made to an acidic cleanser :O

Are All Cleansers With A Low pH Good?

No. Just because a cleanser has a low pH, doesn’t mean that it is a good cleanser. This is because pH is not the only factor that makes a cleanser good or bad.

Although they won’t strip your skin of it’s moisture barrier, some low pH cleansers may actually not cleanse the skin well enough, leaving dirt, sweat and bacteria-filled pores. Not only could this result in more breakouts, but it actually also means that your skin isn’t ready to absorb all the beneficial ingredients of products you apply afterwards.

Avoid Water-Based Cleansers With Foaming Agents

We all love a satisfying foaming cleanser first thing in the morning (well, I do anyway). In fact, sometimes the terms second cleanser and foaming cleanser are used interchangeably.

But, what if I told you to be a little suspicious of a good old foamy cleanser? This is because to get a cleanser nice and foamy often requires additional ingredients that are not very beneficial for your skin.

Sometimes, these additional ingredients can include Sodium Lauryl Sulfate (SLS) or Sodium Laureth Sulfate (SLES), which are both surfectants that increase the foaming action of cleansers (and other products such as shampoos and body washes). However, these ingredients are incredibly sensitizing to the skin and cause dryness (as they effectively remove oil).

It can get confusing trying to remember all the foaming ingredients to avoid, so my best advice is to look for products marketed as ‘sulfate-free‘. You can also enter your product of choice into the SkinCarisma database and it will tell you if it is sulfate-free or not.

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It’s best to avoid skincare products that contain sulfates if you have oily and acne prone skin. I’ve checked out the 7 low pH cleansers I’m reviewing here, and only one contains sulfates (sad face, because it makes me sad as I really wanted give this much raved about cleanser a try).

You might now be confused why there are some foaming cleansers on the market that are also sulfate-free. That’s because there are exceptions to this, such as self-foaming pump cleansers (such as the Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Foam) and cleansers that contain gentler and safer surfectants such as Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate.

Avoid Water-Based Cleansers With Comedogenic Ingredients

Comedogenic ingredients are those that are likely to clog pores with sebum and debris, leading to what is known as comedogenic acne.

If you’re very acne-prone, it’s best to check the ingredients of products before you use them to see if they contain comedogenic ingredients.

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The comedogenic ratings of common oils and butters used as ingredients in skincare products. The ratings simply indicate the likelihood that an ingredient is going to cause acne.

Instead of remembering the comedogenic ratings of all skincare ingredients (there are a LOT – and I have only listed oils and butters above), I recommend looking at the full ingredients list of products on the SkinCarisma website, which also gives the rating of any comedogenic ingredients present.

The general advice (if you have acne-prone skin) is to only use products containing ingredients which are rated 0, 1 or 2. It’s best to avoid products containing ingredients rated with a 3, 4 or 5, however, ingredients rated with a 3 can be okay if the product you are using washes off (e.g. cleansers).

Comedogenic ingredients do generally take 4-6 weeks to clog pores (it doesn’t happen overnight), so this can make it difficult to determine which product in your routine is causing you to break out.

It’s important to note that everyone’s skin reacts a little differently to comedogenic ingredients (one person may not react at all but the next person may have very clogged pores in a few weeks).

Also, the way a product is formulated greatly affects how comedogenic an ingredient is! Ingredient combinations can make a comedogenic ingredient non-comedogenic (and vice-versa). And I should also mention that the concentration of comedogenic ingredients also greatly affects how much your skin may react (most of the time this information is not provided though).

Bottom line is that when it comes to comedogenic ingredients – the science is not clear cut and it really comes down to how a product is formulated and your individual skin chemistry. Since it’s quite inconvenient to patch test a product for 4-6 weeks to see if your skin reacts to a certain ingredient, my tip would be to just avoid products containing ingredients rated as a 3 or above.

Avoid Water-Based Cleansers With Fungal Acne Triggering Ingredients

Fungal acne is also known as Pityrosporum folliculitis or Malassezia folliculitis. It is a type of acne that responds poorly to traditional acne-treating methods.

There are certain ingredients that have been shown to promote the growth of acne-causing fungi. These include fatty acids, oils, esters, polysorbates and fermented ingredients.

Similar to comedogenic ingredients, the nature of fungal acne-triggering ingredients is quite complex, with many factors affecting whether ingredients do actually exacerbate fungal acne, such as:

  • the concentration of ingredients
  • other ingredients that fungal acne-triggering ingredients may be combined with
  • the combining effect of ingredients present in other products you use in your routine

Again, the SkinCarisma website is a great resource for checking whether a product you would like to use contains fungal-triggering ingredients.

The 7 Best Korean & Japanese Water-Based Cleansers For Oily & Acne Prone Skin

I spent many hours choosing what I believe are the current 7 best Korean and Japanese water-based cleansers for oily and acne prone skin. This involved reading many skincare blogs, reviews, forums (such as this one) and watching informative YouTube videos (I highly recommend Liah Yoo’s channel). I also scoured through ingredient information on both the SkinCarisma and CosDNA websites!

Many factors came into play when narrowing down to the final 7 products (which greatly affect oily and acne prone skin): pH, presence of comedogenic and fungal acne-triggering ingredients, addition of acne-friendly ingredients. Although price and customer ratings didn’t affect the products that I chose, I did choose products that are well known and reviewed often.

And here are the 7 best water-based cleansers for oily and acne prone skin:

  1. COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser
  2. Tosowoong – Enzyme Powder Wash
  3. Innisfree – Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser 
  4. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Wash
  5. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Foam
  6. Sulwhasoo – Snowise EX Cleansing Foam
  7. Innisfree – Bija Anti-Trouble Gel Cleanser

#1. COSRX – Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser

Probably the most popular Korean water-based cleanser on the market. It’s also the current cleanser that I use in my skincare routine.

pH: 3.5

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Sodium Lauroyl Methyl Isethionate, Polysorbate 20, Styrax Japonicus Branch/Fruit/Leaf Extract, Butylene Glycol, Saccharomyces Ferment, Cryptomeria Japonica Leaf Extract, Nelumbo Nucifera Leaf Extract, Pinus Palustris Leaf Extract, Ulmus Davidiana Root Extract, Oenothera Biennis (Evening Primrose) Flower Extract, Pueraria Lobata Root Extract, Melaleuca Alternifolia (Tea Tree) Leaf Oil, Allantoin, Caprylyl Glycol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Betaine Salicylate, Citric Acid, Ethyl Hexanediol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Trisodium Ethylenediamine Disuccinate, Sodium Benzoate, Disodium EDTA

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: betaine salicylate, tea tree leaf oil

Comedogenic Ingredients: butylene glycol

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: polysorbate 20, saccharomyces ferment

Where To Buy: Amazon and Jolse

If you don’t have time to muck around and you need a water-based cleanser NOW, then choose this one from the brand COSRX. It really is the best-selling Korean water-based cleanser for a reason – and even Western skincare blogs and magazine-style websites recommend it before any other cleanser!

I’ve been using this cleanser since I started my Korean skincare routine and I haven’t felt the need to switch to another cleanser as I think it’s works really well for my oily and acne prone skin.

But, what makes this cleanser so great for oily and acne prone skin? For starters, the pH is one of the lowest on the market (only 3.5), which keeps your skin’s acid mantle very, very happy.

It’s also sulfate-free and contains cocamidopropyl betaine and sodium lauroyl methyl isethionate in place of sulfates. It also contains two acne-fighting ingredients (betaine salicylate and tea tree leaf oil) and one anti-aging ingredient (citric acid). However, if you also have sensitive skin, then the tea tree leaf oil and citric acid may irritate your skin.

This cleanser contains only one comedogenic ingredient (butylene glycol). I use the word ‘only‘ as this ingredient is hard to avoid in Korean skincare products, and it has the lowest rating of 1.

If you suspect you suffer from fungal acne, then you may need to choose another cleanser I’ve reviewed here as it does contain two fungal acne-triggering ingredients (polysorbate 20 and saccharomyces ferment).

#2. Tosowoong – Enzyme Powder Wash

pH: 5.0

Full List of Ingredients: Zea Mays (Corn) Starch, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Sodium Palmitate, Badger Oil, Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Papain, Maltodextrin, Dipotassium Glycyrrhizate, Titanium Dioxide, Alcohol Denat., Phenoxyethanol, 1,2-Hexanediol, Fragrance

Sulfate-Free: No 🙁

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: None

Comedogenic Ingredients: None!

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: sodium cocoyl isethionate, badger oil

Where To Buy: Amazon and Jolse

This unique low pH powder-form cleanser has some of the best reviews I have read (especially from people with acne prone skin). Many people swear that they will never switch to another cleanser after using this one!

It’s quite an affordable choice (you only use a tiny bit of powder per wash and it comes in a generous 70ml bottle). Another positive is that it contains no comedogenic ingredients – YAY!

This was the only product that I reviewed here that contains sodium lauryl sulfate (SLS), so if your skin truly can’t handle sulfates then it might not be suitable for your skin. It also contains alcohol denat., which can affect some people with very sensitive skin.

Again, this cleanser may not be suitable for you if you are looking to fight fungal acne, as it contains two ingredients which are known to promote and feed the growth of fungal acne fungi.

I personally have been wanting to try this cleanser for myself for a long time now and after reading many reviews for this article I’ve been reminded how much I need to get myself a bottle!

#3. Innisfree – Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser 

pH: 5.5

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Sodium Cocoyl Isethionate, Glycerin, Diglycerin, Diethylhexyl Sodium Sulfosuccinate, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Vaccinium Angustifolium (Blueberry) Fruit Extract, Allantoin, Butylene Glycol, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis (Orange) Peel Oil, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Raspberry Ketone, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Benzyl Glycol, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Potassium Cocoate, Citric Acid, Sodium Chloride, Ethylhexylglycerin, 1,2-Hexanediol, Acrylates/C10-30 Alkyl Acrylate Crosspolymer, Polyquaternium-67, Sodium Acetate.

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: None

Comedogenic Ingredients: Butylene glycol

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

Where To Buy: Amazon and Jolse

Although the ingredients list is slightly longer than the Tosowoong cleanser (above), this cleanser has the benefits of being low pH and sulfate-free, with the added benefit of blueberry extract which serves as an antioxidant and soothes skin.

It only contains one comedogenic ingredient (butylene glycol, rated as a 1) and it contains two fungal acne-triggering ingredients (sodium cocoyl isethionate and sodium methyl cocoyl taurate).

While scouring the internet for the best cleansers for oily and acne prone skin, I found that people really raved about how awesome this cleanser is and how it really worked to improve their acne! It’s a super gentle cleanser that foams quite easily and has a pleasant (but not strong) blueberry scent.

It also contains citric acid for those of us wanting some anti-aging ingredients in our skincare routine.

#4. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Wash

pH: 5.5

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Sodium Cocoyl Glycinate, Butylene Glycol, Hydroxypropyl Starch Phosphate, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, PEG-400, Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Lauroyl Aspartate, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glyceryl Stearate SE, BHT, Citric Acid, Disodium EDTA, Hydroxypropyl Methylcellulose, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Lauric Acid, Methylparaben, PEG-32, Polyquaternium-7, Polyquaternium-52, Propylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Stearic Acid.

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: None

Comedogenic Ingredients: Butylene glycol (1), Glyceryl Stearate SE (3), Lauric Acid (4), Stearic Acid (3)

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: sodium cocoyl isethionate, sodium methyl cocoyl taurate

Where To Buy: Yesstyle

Where do I start with this cleanser? It’s raved about so much on the internet (and is one of the best-selling water-based cleansers on Yesstyle), however I’ve read some not so good reviews too. I think this might be down to it’s super long ingredients list (which includes some very comedogenic ingredients).

However, this cleanser is great for the skin’s moisture barrier as it is low pH and contains hyaluronic acid. I also like that it is free of any fragrances.

But it does seem to be a love it or hate it kind of product, which may be due to some people having trouble with some of the ingredients it contains.

I do need to mention too that it is very affordable as cleansers go!

#5. Hada Labo – Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Foam

pH: 5.5

Full List of Ingredients: Water, PEG-8, Butylene Glycol, Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, TEA-Cocoyl Alaninate, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate, Glycerin, Disodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Hydroxypropyltrimonium Hyaluronate, Methylparaben, Sodium Acetylated Hyaluronate, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Starch Hydroxypropyltrimonium Chloride, Succinic Acid.

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: None

Comedogenic Ingredients: Butylene glycol (1)

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate

Where To Buy: Amazon and Yesstyle

This cleanser and the Hada Labo Goku-Jyun Super Hyaluronic Face Wash (above) are the only two Japanese cleansers that made my top 10 list. I just couldn’t find any other Japanese water-based cleansers with a pH below 5.5!

This foaming cleanser is slightly better-selling than the face wash I reviewed above. I think it’s due to the much shorter (and skin-friendlier) ingredients list!

It contains only one low ranking comedogenic ingredient (butylene glycol again) and one fungal acne-triggering ingredient (polyglyceryl-10 laurate). It also contains hyaluronic acid and has no fragrance.

Instead of using sulfates, this cleanser comes in a pump bottle, which is what makes this cleanser so nice and foamy.

#6. Sulwhasoo – Snowise Brightening Cleansing Foam

pH: 5.0

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Potassium Cocoyl Glycinate, Glycerin, Acrylates Copolymer, Propanediol, Coco-glucoside, Cocamidopropyl Betaine, Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract, Kaolin, Oldenlandia Diffusa Extract, Hydrolyzed Ginseng Saponins, Morus Alba Root Extract, Lilium Candidum Bulb Extract, Honey, Nelumbo Nucifera Germ Extract, Polygonatum Officinale Rhizome/Root Extract, Panax Ginseng Root Extract, Paeonia Albiflora Root Extract, Rehmannia Glutinosa Root Extract, 1,2-Hexanediol, Methoxy PEG-114/Polyepsilon Caprolactone, Butylene Glycol, Sodium Lauroyl Sarcosinate, Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate, Titanium Dioxide, Polyquaternium-7, Potassium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Disodium EDTA, Sodium Benzoate, Phenoxyethanol, Fragrance.

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: Glycyrrhiza Uralensis (Licorice) Root Extract

Comedogenic Ingredients: Butylene glycol (1)

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: Sodium Methyl Cocoyl Taurate

Where To Buy: Jolse

Sulwhasoo is a luxury, prestige skincare brand (when compared to other brands such as COSRX and Etude House) – hence, this cleanser is the priciest on the list of low pH cleansers I am reviewing here. However, if you’re bored of gel cleansers and you really enjoy the feel of a well-foaming cleanser- then the cost of this cleanser might be worth it (remember: low pH !

This cleanser has a nice pearly sheen to it and foams up really nicely with the help of a foaming net (you can just use your fingers though to rub it into a foam).

Although this luxury cleanser is a bit too pricey for me right now, I think it would be a great water-based cleanser for oily and acne prone skin.

#7. Innisfree – Bija Anti-Trouble Cleansing Gel

pH: 3.0 (the lowest pH out of all I reviewed here)

Full List of Ingredients: Water, Dipropylene Glycol, PEG-15 Glyceryl Isostearate, PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Bis-PEG-18 Methyl Ether Dimethyl Silane, Butylene Glycol, PEG/PPG/Polybutylene Glycol-8/5/3 Glycerin, Torreya Nucifera Seed Oil, Salicylic Acid, Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract, Orchid Extract, Camellia Sinensis Leaf Extract, Camellia Japonica Leaf Extract, Disodium EDTA, Opuntia Coccinellifera Fruit Extract, Rosa Centifolia Flower Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Polysorbate 20, Phenoxyethanol, Ethylhexylglycerin, Fragrance.

Sulfate-Free: Yes

Acne-Fighting Ingredients: Salicylic Acid

Comedogenic Ingredients: Butylene glycol (1), Tocopherol (Vitamin E) (3).

Fungal Acne-Triggering Ingredients: PEG-20 Glyceryl Triisostearate, Polysorbate 20.

Where To Buy: Amazon and Jolse

This may be the gentlest cleanser out of them all. It has the lowest pH out of all the cleansers I reviewed here (a pH of 3.0) and is one of those skincare products that constantly gets raved about in all the skincare forums. 

This cleanser doesn’t foam at all, instead the lightweight gel can be used on dry or wet skin. It also has a moderate herbal-pine scent. 

I really like Innisfree, as this brand focuses on using natural ingredients in their products. This cleanser for example contains bija, satsuma (a citrus fruit common in Japan), green tea, and Camellia japonica: all of which are potent antioxidants. 

This cleanser also contains salicylic acid – a form of BHA which exfoliates dead skin, which effectively reduces acne breakouts and blackheads. 

The only downside to this cleanser is that it is so gentle that you really do have to use an oil cleanser beforehand if you wear makeup as it will not remove it on its own (see my post on double cleansing here). 

Final Thoughts

There are so many second-step (water-based) cleansers on the Korean (and Japanese) skincare market. How do you know which one to choose? Often, people go for cleansers that are foaming and leave your skin feeling squeaky clean and tight, however this is actually damaging your skin’s natural barrier – and increases oil production and acne!

It’s so important to choose a low pH cleanser, preferably with a pH below 5.5 – especially if you have oily or acne prone skin. Also, look at the ingredients list before you buy a product (I like to use CosDNA or SkinCarisma) and avoid products that contain ingredients with a comedogenic rating of 3 and above.

If you suspect that you may be suffering from fungal acne, then you will also need to check the ingredients list to make sure your cleanser does not contain any ingredients that are likely to trigger fungal acne.

I hope my post has given you some useful information when it comes to finding the perfect cleanser.

I really enjoyed creating this post, and I actually learned a lot myself! After all my research, I’m pretty happy sticking with my current water-based cleanser – the COSRX Low pH Good Morning Gel Cleanser. However, if it was discontinued tomorrow, I think I would choose Tosowoong Enzyme Powder Wash or the Innisfree Blueberry Rebalancing 5.5 Cleanser 🙂

Let me know in the comments if you have tried any of the 7 water-based cleansers I included in this post and what you think of them. Are there any other cleansers you would recommend for oily or acne prone skin?