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Best Face Washes for Combination Skin? Look No Further!

September 17th, 2021 | by

Building a skincare routine can be tough when you’re a beginner with normal, dry, or oily skin. Let alone combination skin, where the task becomes doubly hard since your skin type has both an oily t-zone, along with dry areas. 

This makes it important to use the right cleanser that suits your skin type well, to ensure that it remains clear, healthy and balanced. 

Fortunately, there is a large variety of face washes available in the Indian market, formulated especially for combination skin. Cleansing your skin daily helps get rid of dirt, grime, and any residue from cosmetic products that you may have applied throughout the day. It also helps clean your pores and gives you a clean base for the rest of your skincare and makeup routine.

Choosing a cleanser that is explicitly formulated for your unique skin type is important. After all, if you choose a product that is overly hydrating or too light, your skin may react by overproducing oils, having dry patches, or breaking out with acne.

So, when you are shopping for the right cleanser for combination skin, you should keep a few things in mind. Firstly, always look for one that is formulated specifically for combination skin only. These cleansers are usually gel-based or have a cream-to-foam texture, built to regulate excess sebum production without drying out your skin.

Then, you should – as a rule – look for options that are hypoallergenic and fragrance-free. This is not just important if you have sensitive skin. You never know which ingredient can turn out to be a major irritant for you. If the ingredient list on your cleanser includes vitamin E, salicylic acid, or hyaluronic acid, then it is most likely an instant ‘add to cart’ in our books!

We know that keeping all of these pointers in mind can get a bit confusing, especially if it’s your first time building a targeted skincare routine. So, to make it easier, we have rounded up some of our best picks for cleansers, formulated for combination skin:

1. Lotus Herbals NEEMWASH Neem & Clove Ultra-Purifying Face Wash

If you are dealing with active acne due to excessively oily skin, look no further. This purifying cleanser is not just formulated for combination skin, but the infusion of Neem – which provides bacterial protection to the skin – also helps you get rid of acne and spots. Now isn’t this a win-win?

2. Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser

Does your skin get irritated easily? If your answer is a big YES, this dermatologist-favourite cleanser needs to be in your vanity. Formulated to gently cleanse without stripping the skin of its essential oils, this cleanser is soap-free and helps maintain the optimum pH balance for your skin as well. They also have targeted moisturisers in their range, which are definitely worth exploring if you want to build a one-brand skincare routine and not mix too many formulas.

3. Himalaya Moisturizing Aloe Vera Face Wash

If you’re looking for a budget-friendly cleanser, Himalaya has the answer! This face wash is a soap-free formulation that doesn’t just deep clean your skin but also hydrates it to restore any lost moisture. You can also skip your highlighter if you’re picking this tube up because it claims to leave your skin with a glowing, radiant finish as well. Now if there’s a multi-tasking hero, this is it!

4. MCaffeine Cappuccino Coffee Foaming Face Wash | Rs. 229

Ever wish that your morning cup of coffee could wake up your skin and leave it feeling refreshed too? MCaffeine has just the solution for you! Their caffeine and vitamin E infused face wash helps control oil and acne and reduces redness and inflammation too. Oh, and there’s nothing like adding the smell of caffeine to your morning routine to give your skin that much needed wake up call!

5. Mamaearth Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash

Go ahead and hit your glow goals with the Mamaearth Vitamin C Foaming Face Wash! Foaming face washes are a great option for combination skin as they help keep the moisture sealed into the skin, while also deeply cleansing it and removing impurities. Add to that the goodness of vitamin C, and you have bright and glowing skin all day long.

6. Nykaa Naturals Lavender & Chamomile Face Wash For Calm Skin


Combination skin can often give you trouble – one day you wake up with dry patches, and the other, you’re using up all your blotting sheets! A calming face wash like the Nykaa Naturals Lavender & Chamomile Face Wash can help you maintain smooth and radiant skin. These ingredients’ anti-inflammatory properties also reduce redness and skin irritation, making this a must-have in your bathroom cabinet.

Picking the right facial cleansers and ingredients for your skincare routine can truly make a world of a difference, which is why it is so important to understand your skin type and what it needs. So, doing your research is key, and as always, our beauty team here at BoldLyfe is happy to help.

Our list of face cleansers for combination skin type is the ultimate collection of the best editor-approved picks, available in the Indian market. Go on, and add these into your skincare routine now!


Khanak Mehta