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Why Facial Cleansing Oils Work

Why Cleansing Oil Is Awesome

I'm obsessed with cleansing oil these days, and with good reason. Anyone who's ever spent time in Japan won't be surprised by this; oil formulations have been popular there since 1967, when Shu Uemura introduced the first oil-based cleanser. But for those of us on this side of the Pacific, cleansing oil gets short shrift even though it's a brilliant idea. So why is washing your face with oil so great? To find out, just keep reading.

Cleansing oils work because they're an ingenious combination of water solubility and oil. All oils have similar molecular bonds (specifically covalent ones), and as a result, are capable of breaking apart similar molecules. So when you rub on an oil cleanser, it dissolves even tough makeup and breaks up sebum and grime on the surface of your skin. Then, because the oil has been made water soluble, the entire formulation washes away completely. Your skin gets clean without getting stripped of its natural moisture the way it does with some traditional cleansers.

I especially love cleansing because I have dry, sensitive skin that's also prone to acne (fun!), so oil cleansers are a great way to get clean without getting dried out and irritated. Right now, I'm using DHC Deep Cleansing Oil ($12.50), but Shu Uemura Cleansing Beauty Oil ($34) is also great. And if you love the results of cleansing oil and want to go even more natural, think about trying the Oil Cleansing Method.

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siggie_stardust siggie_stardust 6 years
I have very oily, sensitive skin that is prone to breakouts. On a whim I started using Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil on my face in addition to my body. It had cleared up most of my chest acne after a few months of moisturizing my body with it post-shower, so I figured it could work on my face too. After a few weeks it has really cleared up my skin and it's not nearly as oily. I still have some pimples on my forehead and jawline, but not nearly as bad as it used to be. I just ordered cleanser from DHC so maybe that in combination with the Palmer's will completely clear up my complexion.
brock2478 brock2478 6 years
I just ordered! Hope it works!!!
cara-s cara-s 6 years
Fabulous, Miriam! You totally should! Excited to read your new post about it :). Thx!
Miriam-Lacey Miriam-Lacey 6 years
Yay! Glad to hear everyone's as excited about oil cleansers as I am :) Cara-s, I haven't tried the OCM, but I think I should. I'm going to start right now in fact. Look for a story about it soon!
Annie-Tomlin Annie-Tomlin 6 years
Juicy, I love Nude's oil, too. It smells amazing.
farrahdiba farrahdiba 6 years
I've used both neutrogena's and biore's and i'm loving them both!
cara-s cara-s 6 years
Extra Virgin Olive Oil is an awesome alternative, too! Super affordable and works wonder for dissolving makeup and dirt :P. Have you tried it, Miriam?
Burkina Burkina 6 years
Castor oil is the best facial cleanser. In a 70% ratio with 30% olive or coconut oil it cleans the skin. I no longer have blackheads.
risqueredhead risqueredhead 6 years
I've had good luck with the Oil Cleansing Method, but I bought Origins' Clean Energy cleansing oil, and it gave me cystic acne.
junebrug junebrug 6 years
Since I tried this (I use the Laura Mercier one right now), I'll never go back to regular cleansers. I was very skeptical that you could just rub oil on your face and get it clean, but breakouts have all but disappeared and my skin is less dry. Can't recommend it enough.
jsa333 jsa333 6 years
I totally agree. In fact, JOJOBA oil is something I use for cleansing and also as a moisturizer every morning and evening. It is EXCELLENT for your skin...not oily and does not clog pours. I also have a bottle in the shower and put lightly all over my body as I swim in a pool four days a week. Trader Joes has their own bottle of JOJOBA for only $6.99 and Jason Beauty Oil (jojoba) is also fantastic. INEXPENSIVE and safe way to have glowing, fabulous-looking skin!! : )
janetmouse janetmouse 6 years
I just started cleansing with oil too!! I have oily skin and was skeptical but it works AMAZING and doesn't cause any kinds of breakout or irritations and my skin has never felt better!!! I use a combination of castor oil and jojoba oil.
lauren lauren 6 years
I love cleansing oils, I actually picked up origins a while back and have been using it pretty frequently. It leaves my face soft and clean!
nholcombe nholcombe 6 years
I think I'd like to try this too!! The non-drying, soothing effect has got me intrigued haha :). Thanks Miriam!!
socialitedreams socialitedreams 6 years
i think that i'd love to try some of this! i didn't like when i did the ocm before, but i may not have done the right oils...this way if it's packaged for me, all the better
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