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Top 20 Best Face Washes in India | Updated March 2021

best face wash

95%

Our Score

The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Wash
  • COrganic product
  • Tea tree extracts
  • Smells refreshing

88%

Our Score

Nivea Milk Delights Face wash with Caring Rosewater
  • Sensitive skin friendly
  • Milky formulation
  • Heals skin rashes

95%

Our Score

Forest Essentials Mashobra Honey, Lemon and Rosewater Face Wash
  • Luxe product
  • Unique ingredients
  • Organic formulation
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  1. The Body Shop Tea Tree Face Wash

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

Tea tree oils magical benefits in this love potion comes together to give you delightfully fresh and clean skin with every use.

 

CHEMICAL-FREE

97%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

EFFECTIVENESS

99%

USER RATING

88%

BRAND TRUST

90%

Product Features :

  • Enriches with community trade tea tree oil from Kenya .
  • Suitable for all skin types but is targeted for oily and acne prone skin lily
  • Has a refreshing effect on the skin and wakes the skin up with a blast of fresh aroma
Pros : Cons :
Clears blemishes No travel size
Fades acne scars Expensive
Maintains natural oil
Mild, everyday usage
Hypoallergenic, Dermatologically tested, Organic

  1. Forest Essentials Mashobra Honey, Lemon and Rosewater Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

Mashobra Honey and Rosewater are kind to your skin and bring about the divine glow you always needed in this all organic handmade face wash with cold pressed oils.

 

  • Quantity 200ml
  • Best Luxe face wash
  • Thick gel formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

99%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

EFFECTIVENESS

97%

USER RATING

88%

BRAND TRUST

95%

Product Features :

  • A face wash with natural ingredients such as honey which is known to be an effective skin care ingredient, steam distilled rose water for sensitive skin and lemon for clearing out skin problems’ . 
  • A pure ayurvedic product that is made from organic ingredients and is handmade to pack all the goodness
  • The face wash is also laced with Vit E oil which protects the skin against UV Rays
Pros : Cons :
Ayurvedic product - natural ingredients Expensive
Suitable for sensitive skin No size options
Lemon, honey thoroughly cleanses
Rose water adds glow
Great results overtime

  1. Kama Ayurveda Anti Acne Foaming Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
95%

Our Review

The goodness of neem and basil and power packed by natural, all organic ingredients, this face wash is meant for oily skin woes with acne issues. It’s a blind buy!

  • Quantity : 100ml
  • Best face wash for oily, acne prone skin
  • Foam formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

98%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

EFFECTIVENESS

98%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

95%

Product Features :

  •  very powerful formula that can cure acne and skin infections from the first few washes
  • Pure organic ingredients which cure and heal the skin. The brand is completely vegan
  • Neem fights off skin infections and purifies from deep within, Tulsi is a powerful astringent and detoxifies the skin. Tea tree aids in healing and soothing the skin.
Pros : Cons :
Pump bottle - travel friendly Expensive
Reduces outbreak of acne No size options
Calms the skin
Suitable for all skin types
Cures chronic skin ailments packaging

  1. Lakme Absolute Perfect Radiance Face wash

Critik Overall Rating

94%

Our Review

This carefully packaged cosmetic face wash has many skin benefits such as clearing the skin tone and lightening the skin shade. The face wash also combats with skin imperfections.

 

  • Quantity : 50g
  • Best face wash for skin lightening
  • Cream formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

96%

SKIN SAFETY

96%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

EFFECTIVENESS

98%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

95%

Product Features :

  • Cleans thoroughly for a deep pore cleansing effect and washes away oil, dirt and impurities logging the pores
  • Infused with complex vitamins and a ‘continuous release technology’ this face wash promises to lighten the skin tone
  • The formula helps in releasing skin vitamins through the day even after your first  face wash
  • Treats major 6 problems with skin – – Acne, spots, dullness, Tanning, oiliness, uneven skin tone
Pros : Cons :
Addresses 6 skin concerns Quantity is less
Lightens the skin tone
Reduces dark spots, acnes
Travel-friendly packaging

  1. Clean and Clear Foaming Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
94%

Our Review

The retro classic face wash, every teenage girls first face wash, this absolute favourite is a mild and gentle formula for beginners but essential for those perky acne issues.

 

  • Quantity : 150 ml
  • Best face wash for Teenage girls
  • Clear Gel formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

94%

SKIN SAFETY

95%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

EFFECTIVENESS

97%

USER RATING

92%

BRAND TRUST

88%

Product Features :

  • A mild Chemical formula for daily use that can clear off any excess oil and dirt from the face and leaves the skin soft and supple
  • One of the most used product for clearing acne causing germs that attack the face due to excess clogging of pores
  • It prevents from blackheads to appear on to the face
Pros : Cons :
Mild, refreshing formula Chemical Formulation
Cleanses face effectively No active ingredients mentioned
Travel friendly packaging
Prevents oiliness, acne, blackheads
Clinically Tested formula

  1. Neutrogena Deep Clean Foaming Cleanser

Critik Overall Rating

93%

Our Review

A global trendsetter, this make-up dissolving, skin clearing and oil busting face wash is a must for those who need the extra squeaky clean skin texture. 

 

  • Quantity : 100 g
  • Best face wash for deep cleansing
  • Foam formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

95%

SKIN SAFETY

96%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

EFFECTIVENESS

97%

USER RATING

86%

BRAND TRUST

90%

Product Features :

  • Formulated for the users that need effective cleansing after a day out in the sun and harsh pollution. This formula peels off all the dirt and impurities with just one wash
  • Formulated for normal to oily skin, the deep clean cleanser can clean off 99% micro pollutants from the skin in one go
  • Effective formula with the goodness of glycerin and beeswax
Pros : Cons :
Deep cleanses pores Chemical formulation
Reveals clean, purified skin May cause dryness
Counteracts pollution, harmful toxins
Reduces sebum, acne

  1. Urban Botanics Tea Tree and Basil Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
93%

Our Review

Another tea tree and basil gift from nature, this face wash comes with the goodness of both these plus the added antibacterial benefits of neem for an acne free skin.

  • Quantity : 200 ml
  • Best face wash for basil lovers

     

CHEMICAL-FREE

98%

SKIN SAFETY

98%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

EFFECTIVENESS

97%

USER RATING

90%

BRAND TRUST

80%

Product Features :

  • Effectively cleanses the dirt and impurities on the face and creates a shine free appearance 
  • Neem and basil work towards clearing out excess oils from the face and help control the sebum level on the skin through the day
  • It is a mild formulation which is suitable for daily use and effectively counters skin problems with regular usage.
Pros : Cons :
Tube format - travel- friendly Dries skin out
Thorough cleansing
Organic formulation
SLS, Paraben, chemicals free
Reduces environmental damage on skin

  1. Lakme Blush and Glow Strawberry Gel Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
92% 

Another perky teenage and young women favourite, this fresh smelling face wash comes in a wide range and our favourite is the awe-striking super refreshing strawberry gel face wash.

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best Fragrance face wash
  • Gel formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

92%

SKIN SAFETY

93%

VALUE FOR MONEY

95%

EFFECTIVENESS

94%

USER RATING

86%

BRAND TRUST

95%

Product Features :

  • The Blush and Glow Strawberry face wash has a refreshing strawberry scent that immediately wakes your skin up and makes one feel refreshed.
  • The formula has a strawberry bead texture that can help scrub away the dead skin cells and remove oil and dirt from the skin
  • A mild formula that is suited for young girls and teenagers and is perfectly safe on skin
Pros : Cons :
Pleasant smelling face wash No active ingredients
Fresh burst of strawberry scent
Helps remove oil, impurities
Buffs skin with micro scrubs

  1. St Botanica Vit C Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
91%

Our Review

This super packaged orange and brightVit C pump bottle face wash is a burst of natural extracts of citruses which can clear the skin and repair skin imperfections.

  • Quantity :100ml
  • Best Skin tone correcting face wash
  • Translucent Gel formula /span> 

CHEMICAL-FREE

91%

SKIN SAFETY

93%

VALUE FOR MONEY

97%

EFFECTIVENESS

96%

USER RATING

80%

BRAND TRUST

80%

Product Features :

  • The St Botanica Vit C face wash is a super charged lemon and orange based face wash that cleans the skin thoroughly off of impurities and leaves a glowing skin
  • It is infused with rich kashmiri saffron, lemon peel and cypress that leave the skin glowing and lightens the skin tone
  • Does not make the skin feel stripped off of natural oils
Pros : Cons :
Cleanses pores thoroughly Not recommended for everyday use
Clears excess oil
Lemon lightens skinNeem,
turmeric fights germs

  1. Nivea Men Face wash for oil control

Critik Overall Rating

91% 

Our pick for the gentleman with the oily skin woes, this oil control face wash will soak in excess oil and keep you looking shine-free and fresh all through your busy day.

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best face wash for Oily skin for men
  • Gel formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

91%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

94%

EFFECTIVENESS

95%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

90%

Product Features :

  • An all-in-one formula that cleans dirt and melts off excess oil for men’s facial skin from the first wash itself
  • Controls acnes, clears blackheads and blemishes, controls scars and helps them fade away and cleans the facial skin effectively
  • Also suitable for men who have a beard or mustache as the Vit C in the formula can help clean the facial hair and control the grease.
Pros : Cons :
Sturdy, travel friendly packaging Does not foam
Vit C clears marks
Minty, cool after-effect
Fights skin infections, acnes

  1. Paula's Choice RESIST Face WashBlue Nectar Ayurvedic Honey and Neem Face Wash

Critik Overall Rating
91% 

Our Review

This relatively new brand is a hit with the users thanks to its organic ingredients that cleanses the face and yet makes it feel moisturized and nourished.

 

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best face wash for dry acne prone skin
  • Gel formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

93%

SKIN SAFETY

92%

VALUE FOR MONEY

93%

EFFECTIVENESS

92%

USER RATING

94%

BRAND TRUST

80%

Product Features :

  • The formula combines 11 ayurvedic ingredients to provide clear and glowing face from the first wash
  • Honey helps in retaining the youthfulness in the skin and prevents wrinkles and damage
  • Neem and aloevera cleans and purifies the skin as well as keep the skin moisturised 
Pros : Cons :
Active enzymes nourishes skin New brand in market
Cleans excess dirt, oil
Honey, aloe vera softens skin
Mild for everyday use
Pump bottle - travel friendly

  1. WOW Skin Science Apple Cider Vinegar Foaming Face Wash

Critik Overall Rating
90%

Our Review

The unique and distinctive formula and packaging is bound to catch attention, this face wash comes with a skin exfoliating brush and a formula of Apple Cider Vinegar which is great with acne and blemishes.

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best packaging for face wash
  • Foam formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

94%

SKIN SAFETY

94%

VALUE FOR MONEY

96%

EFFECTIVENESS

96%

USER RATING

82%

BRAND TRUST

80%

Product Features :

  • Made with ingredients like Apple cider vinegar Vitamin B5, Vitamin E, Aloe vera extracts which are natural skin enhancers
  • Apple Cider Vinegar is Bioactive-rich which supplements skin, removes dirt and grease, kills the bacteria and removes the dead skin cells
  • Clears the skin, reduces blemishes, wrinkles, fine lines, clears the pore
Pros : Cons :
Brush exfoliates skin, buffs cells Strong vinegar smell
Reduces puffiness, tones skin
Maintains skin elasticity
Vit E oil Prevents wrinkle

  1. The Man Company Activated Charcoal Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
89% 

Our Review

This face wash for men is tough just like you, gives you deep cleansing and the activated charcoal removes impurities and dirt from deep under the skin for a fresh looking skin.

  • Quantity : 100 ml 
  • Best Mens charcoal face wash 
  • Cream to gel formulation

CHEMICAL-FREE

91%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

92%

EFFECTIVENESS

93%

USER RATING

82%

BRAND TRUST

85%

Product Features :

  • The Man company is a premium men specific grooming product that has activated charcoal as their base for all skincare products – this face wash as well
  • The face wash has extracts of ylang ylang and Argan that unclogs the pores and restores skin smoothness and fights signs of ageing
  • The activated charcoal base helps scrubbing away excess oil, dead skin, dirt and debris from the skin
Pros : Cons :
Charcoal - scrubs dead cells Smell is not pleasing
Cleanses facial hair - beard, mustache
Fights environmental skin stress
Fights environmental skin stress

  1. Plum Green Tea Pore Cleansing Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
89% 

Our Review

Anopthe tea tree wonder, this face wash smells like fresh tea tree oil in a mild and gentle formula for a double cleansing effect on the skin.

 

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best face wash for double cleansing
  • Gel formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

91%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

89%

EFFECTIVENESS

89%

USER RATING

86%

BRAND TRUST

85%

Product Features :

  • Rich in Green tea extracts which has high antioxidants making it great to refresh the skin
  • Enriched with glycolic acid which is excellent for skin rejuvenation
  • Green tea helps in countering acne causing germs and cleans the skin thoroughly
Pros : Cons :
Lathers mildly, cleanses thoroughly Suited for oily, combination skin
Recyclable bottle with press-pump
Recyclable bottle with press-pump
Vegan, cruelty free brand
No harmful chemicals used

  1. Dermafique Acne Avert Cleansing Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
88% 

Our Review

The Acne Avert formula creates a shield on the skin and breaks down pimple causing bacteria and cleans the skin from within making it look cleaner and brighter.

 

  • Quantity : 100 ml 
  • Best dermatological face wash
  • Removes stubborn residues
  • Gel formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

89%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

91%

EFFECTIVENESS

92%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

80%

Product Features :

  • The brand claims that it is a ‘bio-intel’ system that helps break the biofilms created by germs that attack the skin and cause acnes
  • It is a mousse texture that spreads and cleans evenly and feels refreshing and mild.
  • The aim of the face wash is to create a healthy routine together with its other products to cleanse, balance and hydrate the skin. 
Pros : Cons :
Travel friendly package May not give immediate results
Light, creamy mousse texture
Dermatologist tested & recommended
Prevents acne, controls excess oil

  1. Nivea Milk Delights Face wash with Caring Rose water

Critik Overall Rating
88% 

Our Review

As the name suggests, the rose water extracts in this face wash acres and soothes dry and sensitive skin and heals the skin from within while cleansing it without leaving it dry.

  • Quantity 50/100ml
  • Best face wash for sensitive skin
  • Cream formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

90%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

93%

EFFECTIVENESS

93%

USER RATING

72%

BRAND TRUST

90%

Product Features :

  • The Nivea Milk Delights Caring rose water face wash is specially formulated for the sensitive skin users with irritation from chemicals or sunburns.
  • The rose water extracts coupled with the milk base helps heal the skin and calm down any irritation or inflammation on the skin
  • Helps achieve a healthy glow with regular usage as the rose water is proven ingredient to lighten the skin tone
Pros : Cons :
Milk, rose water based formula Does not clear oil,dirt
Clean, soft, glowing skin
Heals chapped skin
Mild for extra sensitive skin

  1. Organic Harvest Premium Face wash for oily skin

Critik Overall Rating
88% 

Our Review

The Premium face wash is not limited in the name, it does feel very light and luxurious on the face and scrubs, exfoliates and clears the skin off oil and dirt and helps with acne buildup.

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best all-in-1 face wash
  • Cream with microbeads formula

     

CHEMICAL-FREE

89%

SKIN SAFETY

90%

VALUE FOR MONEY

90%

EFFECTIVENESS

91%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

85%

Product Features :

  • This formula is a 3-in-1 product – it cleans scrubs and exfoliates the skin with tiny beads in the creamy formula
  • Contains Pure Ribose that help in restoring new skin cells and help with a clear looking skin 
  • The formula scrubs away excess oil, dirt and dead skin build up from the face and gives a fresh new skin with thorough exfoliation
Pros : Cons :
100% pure organic with ECOCERT Not for frequent usage
Uses plant-derived ingredients
Cleanses skin, makes skin glow
3 in 1 formula

  1. Mamaearth Vit C and Turmeric Face wash

Critik Overall Rating
88% 

Our Review

The good skin as well as works in lightening the skin toneness of turmeric and Vit C this skin illuminating face wash helps clear the  in a killer formula,

 

  • Quantity :100 ml
  • Best Skin illuminating face wash
  • Cream formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

88%

SKIN SAFETY

89%

VALUE FOR MONEY

91%

EFFECTIVENESS

90%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

85%

Product Features :

  • Vitamin C, Cucumber, Aloe Vera and turmeric are the key ingredients in this face wash formula with each one having its own benefit on the skin
  • This face wash acts as an excellent Cleansing agent by exfoliating the pores and excess oil with high foaming textures which can be very effective
  • Turmeric gives a pleasant glow to the skin and helps in lightening the complexion
Pros : Cons :
Powerhouse ingredients - clean, fresh skin Does not lighten skin tone
Brush exfoliates dead skin
Dermatologically tested product
No harmful chemicals

  1. Muuchstac Men’s Ocean Face wash for acne

Critik Overall Rating
87% 

Our Review

Another great face wash for men, this acne clearing formula is mild and yet effectively clears pimples and acne marks from the skin and does not irritate your facial hair.

 

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best face wash for men with facial hair
  • Gel to cream formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

89%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

91%

EFFECTIVENESS

92%

USER RATING

80%

BRAND TRUST

78%

Product Features :

  • Contains powerful ingredients such as chamomile extracts, glycerine and liquorice extracts
  • Chamomile is natural antioxidant that reduces pores, and unclogs them, cools down the irritation and redness on the skin
  • Glycerine acts as a natural moisturiser and prevents skin from drying
Pros : Cons :
Could dry skin out Could dry skin out
Active ingredients clears skin
Pump bottle, travel-friendly
Pump bottle, travel-friendly

Critik Overall Rating
68% 

Our Review

Bio neem has the extracts of naturally picked neem leaf extracts in a organic formulation to effectively clear the skin and target acne and lighten acne marks.

  • Quantity : 100 ml
  • Best Organic Face wash
  • Gel formula

CHEMICAL-FREE

90%

SKIN SAFETY

91%

VALUE FOR MONEY

91%

EFFECTIVENESS

90%

USER RATING

84%

BRAND TRUST

88%

Product Features :

  • Comes in neem and glycerin base formula  that fights off skin infections and pimple causing germs
  • Bio neem is organically sourced neem leaf extract which is very effective in deep cleansing the skin and for an antibacterial shield for the skin
  • The glycerin helps in hydrating the face and helps seal back the moisture that is lost during the face wash
Pros : Cons :
Mild, organic soap base May cause dryness
Neem leaf extracts, glycerin Soap base
Fights against acne causing bacterias
Glycerin helps seal moisture
Feels refreshing, super clean

Conclusion

These are the best face wash in India. This list includes an overview of the best face wash for every single category out there- dry skin, oily skin, sensitive skin, combination, acne prone skin and for specific use of men or women. This guide can help you in choosing the best product in the market without having to worry about the reviews and ratings each product has online. We have carefully chosen only the ones that have the best ratings and the ones that customers vouch for. 

 

Face washes are pivotal for face hygiene and effective maintenance of the facial skin. The skin around the face, ears and neck is susceptible to debris of smoke, dirt and impurities when you step out and is mor=st vulnerable when you come in contact with direct sunlight. Always thoroughly clean the skin around these areas to avoid any build-up of oil and dirt that can cause clogging of pores and cause acne and other skin ailments. Remember to follow this up with a soothing moisturiser so that you can lock the hydration back into the skin after a thorough face wash.

FAQs: Common concerns regarding face wash for oily skin

1. Can Face washes be used regularly on the face?

Yes! Face washes are absolutely safe to be used regularly on the face. Conventional soaps are much harsh and dries the skin out but a face wash is formulated to match the pH of the skin and comes in various different format to suit what you require for your face.

2. Is face wash better than a soap?

By all means, a face wash is better than soap. Soaps are made from chemicals and sulphate based compounds which are not good for the skin in the long run. Face washes are formulated with active key ingredients to target specific concerns and are much safer these days as they strive to keep it SLS, Paraben and Toxic chemical free.

3. How can I determine which face wash is best for my skin?

The first step for that would be to identify your skin type. If you have oily and acne prone skin, you have plenty of options to choose from. If you have dry skin that feels stretchy and lifeless, choose a milk based creamy face wash. For sensitive skin choose a rosewater or aloe vera based face wash. 

4. How are face washes, cleansers and scrubs different?

Face washes are mild in nature and more oriented towards regular usage, even 2 to 3 times a day. A cleanser is a heavy duty formula that targets deep pore cleaning and removes tough make up, dead skin cells, impurities etc. A scrub provides a mild exfoliation effect by slowly rubbing away dead cells and oil from the skin to reveal a fresh layer of skin.

5. Can men and women’s face wash be used interchangeably?

There is not much a difference between the two however more and more brands are trying to create a tailor made product for men and women when it comes to face washes. The men’s face wash takes into account the tough skin, facial hair and more dirt and dead cells build up on contrary to women’s face. Hence it is advisable to choose the one that fits your skin the best.