The 13 Best Cleansing Balms for Every Skin Type in 2024, Tested & Reviewed

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There are few things that are more satisfying at the end of the day than wiping off a face full of maekup. Whether you have dry, oily or combination skin, cleansing balms generally work for everyone says New York City-based dermatologist Dr. Ryan Turner. In a quest to find the best cleansing balms, PureWow editors tested 25 different brands to winnow it down to their 13 favorites.


Ma:nyo Deep Clear Cleansing Balm

Cleansing balms often promise to remove makeup without leaving your skin taut and dry, but not all deliver. PureWow Assistant Editor Karelle McKay confirms that Ma:nyo’s Deep Clear Cleansing Balm holds to its promise. The ingredients include hyaluronic acid, panthenol (humectant) and allantoin (additional hydration). McKay tested it on her dry, sensitive skin and remarked that “My face felt hydrated and soft, which is the complete opposite to what I [usually] feel when removing my makeup with a cleansing balm. In the past, my face would feel dry to the touch and tight.” She also reports that the gentle fragrance didn’t irritate her skin. The balm has a soft and silky (albeit thick) consistency that removes even stubborn eye makeup. “I find it hard to remove my mascara since it’s so thick. I often double cleanse around my eyes, But the Ma:nyo balm removed my mascara with no problem.”


What Are the Benefits of Using a Cleansing Balm?

“Petroleum jelly is an occlusive, so it will melt whatever is on your skin, but it leaves like a barrier so that it traps moisture,” Patinkin says. “Cleansing oils wipe away much cleaner.”

Additionally, as the name suggests, petroleum is oil—but not necessarily the good kind. Conversely, Dr. Turner explains that cleansing balms can contain biomimetics, like jojoba oil and squalane. As Dr. Turner says, “They help to approximate the natural oils, fats and lipids that are found in the skin. We’re replacing what our body is naturally wanting, even though we’re going to be shedding some of that during the washing process.” He advises avoiding coconut oil, because it can cause congestion.