Thou shalt take your makeup off before bed: The skin care commandment we all know and don’t really love, but just gotta do anyway. But to get a little more commanding about it, you should really be choosing a makeup remover based on your skin type — and for today’s purposes, we’re focusing on the best makeup removers for oily skin. They don’t contain any harsh astringents that can strip your skin of the oil it needs to stay properly moisturized, and since oily skin also tends to be prone to acne, some of these makeup removers also contain ingredients like zinc, clay, and rosehip, which can help calm breakouts.
Generally speaking, micellar waters and oil-based cleansers are ideal makeup removers for oily skin (and all skin types, for that matter). First of all, they’re pretty much the only types of makeup remover that thoroughly remove waterproof mascara, matte lipsticks, and other infamously stubborn makeup, without the need to scrub at your skin. In the process, they’ll also absorb excess sebum and other pore-clogging impurities that can lead to breakouts. That said, the other kinds of makeup removers on this list, including some gentle foaming cleansers, are equally effective for clarifying and balancing oily skin. Consider using them together — an oil-based cleanser or micellar water first, followed by a water-based cleanser (typically gels or foams) — for a deeper, more effective clean. This is called the double-cleansing method, and when you wear a lot of makeup, you'll probably find it quite necessary.