Best Japanese Face Washes for Combination Skin

Must-Buy Facial Cleansers for Combination Skin

Does your skin feel both dry and oily on different parts of face? Does your T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) tend to get oily while your cheeks and around mouth are feeling dry?? If yes, you may have combination skin and need to use skin care products that can balance your skin condition. Especially, face wash is the key item to calm the balance of the combination skin.

Finding right skin care products for combination skin could be slightly tricky since most skin care products are designed for dry or oily/acne-prone skin. By using those products, you may end up with over-moisturized T-zone or dried out cheeks, which can cause even worse skin problems.

But don’t worry, there are some skin care products that are specially formulated for combination skin. In this article, I’m sharing the list of the Japanese face wash for combination skin.

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1. Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam

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Senka Perfect Whip Cleansing Foam (専科 パーフェクトホイップ) is one of the best-selling Japanese face washes of all time, which is popular both in Japan and abroad. The product is known for its micro-dense foam that gently removes impurities and brightens up the skin tone. It contains beauty ingredients such as natural silk essence and hyaluronic acid, and results smooth and soft skin without dry and tight feeling. This face wash is recommended for all skin type.

For acne prone skin, I recommend Senka Perfect Whip Acne Care (洗顔専科 パーフェクトホイップ アクネケア) which is a medicated face wash and contains an active ingredient to prevent adult acne and skin irritation. It leaves the skin fresh, clean and moisturized.

Price: 495 yen (120g) 【Buy it Now】

2. Biore Ouchi de Esthe Massage Face Wash Gel

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Biore Ouchi de Esthe Massage Face Wash Gel (Biore おうちdeエステ マッサージ洗顔ジェル) is one of the most trending drugstore skin care products in Japan lately. The non-foaming, gel type face wash features with Clogged Pore Cleansing Formula which unclogs pores and removes excess sebum and impurities in deep down as you massage. As you use it everyday, it helps to archive smooth and pore-less skin. It’s also recommended to use in the morning for makeup to apply smoothly.

The product is available with two variation: Green for clogged pore prone skin and Pink for dry skin.

Price: 700 yen (150g) 【Buy it Now】

3. Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Wash

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Suisai Beauty Clear Powder Wash (スイサイ ビューティクリア パウダーウォッシュ) is an award-winning face wash by Kanebo. The powder type facial wash works effectively for solving blackheads and clogged pores. It contains two types of enzyme and amino acid based cleansing ingredients, which actively remove excess sebum and impurities deep inside pores. It also contains moisturizing ingredients such as Ethyl Glucoside and Sodium Hyaluronate which keep the skin hydrated while washing. The skin feels smoother and looks brighter every time you wash. To keep the stabilization of enzymes, the powder is packed by portion.

Price: 1,980 yen (32pc) 【Buy it Now】

4. Curel Sebum Care Foaming Wash

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Curel produces skin care products for sensitive skin based on their over 30 years of dermatological research. Their Intensive Moisturure Face Care series is one of the most popular skin care lines among dry, sensitive skin. Besides the moisturizing skin care series, the brand also has Sebum Care series suitable for oily and combination skin which is often plagued by blackheads and enlarged pores.

Curel Sebum Care Foaming Wash (キュレル 皮脂トラブルケア 泡洗顔料) is a self-foaming face wash which contains sebum solvent to cleanse away excess sebum and impurities from pores, and features active ingredients to prevent acne and skin roughness. It’s formulated with ceramide care which helps to retain skin’s ceramide and enchance its natural barrier function for healthy and hydrated skin.

Price: 1,320 yen (150ml) 【Buy it Now】

5. FANCL Acne Care Washing Cream


FANCL Acne Care Washing Cream (ファンケル アクネケア 洗顔クリーム) is highly recommended for those who has sensitive or combination skin but also struggle with acne. Many acne care products contain sterilizer and preservation, but this acne care face wash is additive-free and does not contain sterilizer, putting less burden on the skin.

The smooth and creamy foam removes sebum and dirt in pores which cause acne, and also prevents further development of acne and skin irritation. It protects the skin moisture and leaves it fresh and hydrated without tight feeling.

Price: 1,540 yen (90g) 【Buy it Now】


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ORBIS CLEARFUL is a skin care range developed for acne-prone skin to prevent repeated acne and archive healthy skin. ORBIS CLEARFUL Wash (オルビス クリアフル ウォッシュ) is a medicated face wash which provides both acne and moisturizing care. The hypoallergenic face wash is additive-free, patch-tested and suitable for sensitive skin.

The micro-dense bouncy foam deeply cleanses clogged pores so that skin toner can penetrate deep down the skin. It contains Japanese and Chinese plant-derived ingredients (purple root extract and dipotassuym glycyrrhizinate) and two kinds of skin conditioning ingredients which improve the skin’s barrier function to reduce acne occurrence and skin roughness. It’s formulated with amino-acid cleansing ingredients which is gentle on sensitive skin.

Price: 1,430 yen (120g) 【Buy it Now】

7. d program Essence In Cleansing Foam

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d program is a skin care brand launched by Shiseido in 1997, and all products are designed to be hypoallergenic and suitable for sensitive skin. The brand offers a range of skin care products for various skin types which help to protect the skin from harmful environment and also to bring out the inner beauty of the skin.

d program Essence In Cleansing Foam (d program エッセンスイン クレンジングフォーム) is a low-irritant, medicated face wash which prevents skin roughness and acne. It creates cushion-like foam that wraps the skin, gently removes impurities and leaves the skin smooth and moisture without feeling tight after wash. This hypoallergenic face wash is free of paraben, alcohol, mineral oil, colorant and fragrance, and tested for allergy.

Price: 2,090 yen (120g) 【Buy it Now】

Thanks for reading! How did you like my picks of the best Japanese face washes for combination skin?? I hope this list could help you to solve your skin trouble! The listed products are commonly sold at drugstores, cosmetics stores and variety shops in Japan, and some of products are also available to shop online with international shipping!

If you are into Japanese beauty, I’d recommend you to check out the online beauty store Kokoro which offers a wide selection of Japanese beauty products with worldwide shipping. Visit their website (Kokoro: to check more Japanese cosmetics products! Free shipping is available when you spend over 40 USD 🙂

Do you have different skin type? Then please check out listed articles below that suit your skin type and concern!

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