The 13 Best Face Washes for Oily Skin of 2023. Best Exfoliating: Ghost Democracy Transparent Gentle Exfoliating Daily Cleanser. Exfoliation is important for all skin types, but those with oily skin are generally able to tolerate more of it, making an exfoliating cleanser that can be used daily, like this one, a great choice. “The sulfate-free formulation cleanses and gently exfoliates without stripping the skin of moisture,” says Dr. King of another one of her favorites. “It contains glycolic acid, mandelic acid, and willow bark extract to gently remove dead skin cells and pore-clogging debris, as well as niacinamide, which is helpful for improving tone and texture,” she says. Fun fact: Willow bark extract is actually the natural precursor to salicylic acid.