You've likely seen the videos on TikTok; a user douses their face in oil, gently massages the solution into their skin, and then turns their fingertips to the camera to show all the gunk that was trapped in the pores. That's not merely video magic, but one of the main benefits of using an oil cleanser.
“Cleansing oils gently draw out or loosen oil-based debris, such as sebum, makeup, SPF, and pollutants. Water-based cleansers don’t remove oil-based debris as effectively as oil-based because water repels oil. Most oil cleansers are able to remove oil debris more effectively without drying out the skin,” Charlotte Cho, licensed esthetician, founder of Then I Met You, and co-founder of Soko Glam, tells ELLE.com.
Cleansing oils can seem a bit intimidating for individuals riddled with oily and acne-prone skin, but there are formulas tailored to every skin woe. I scoured my own stash, perused online customer feedback, and interviewed Cho about the benefits of cleansing oils. Ahead, shop the 14 best cleansing oils for all skin types.
Ma:nyo Pure Cleansing Oil
Key ingredients: Grape seed oil, olive fruit oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba seed oil, sunflower seed oil, rice bran oil, lavender oil
Size: 6.76 oz
Waterproof makeup, heavy sunscreens, and matte products don't stand a chance against this oil-rich formula. Manyo's cleansing oil is supercharged by 14 oils that coat the skin to cleanse away tough formulas. The oil evolves into a milky consistency and imparts nourishment to dry skin.
Soko Glam rating: 4.6/5 stars
Our expert says: “This is a popular option for dry skin types because this is made with rice bran oils that nourish the skin while cleansing it.”—Charlotte Cho