The 7 Best Cleansing Oils for Blackheads and Makeup (2024 ✅)

written by: Tom Qiao
last update: December 2, 2023

You might think that oil should never be applied to your face, but they’re actually an asset to your skincare routine.  Cleansing oils in particular have become extremely popular for […]

You might think that oil should never be applied to your face, but they’re actually an asset to your skincare routine. 

Cleansing oils in particular have become extremely popular for their ability to completely dissolve makeup without stripping your skin’s natural oils (Healthline).

Contrary to popular belief, oil cleansers can lift excess sebum, clean dirty pores, dissolve blackheads, and remove foundation and sunscreen. 

In fact, cleansing oils work great even on oily skin and acne prone types!

You just need to make sure that you are using them correctly. Here are some tips to get you started:

  • Only apply to dry face, massage into skin, then rinse off
  • Do not apply to wet face as the oil will be washed away instead of cleansing the skin
  • Oil cleansers usually produce a milky emulsion so don’t wait for suds and bubbles

So now that you know what to do, you need to discover the best cleansing oil for you. In this article, we present the best cleansing oils for every skin type to help you narrow it down!


What Is The Best Cleansing Oil?

Here are my top recommendations:

  1. Editor’s Choice: The Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Facial Cleansing Oil
  2. Runner Up: Innisfree Hydrating Cleansing Oil with Green Tea
  3. OG Bestseller: DHC Deep Cleansing Oil
  4. Face & Body Oil: Bioderma Atoderm Huile De Douche
  5. Rave Reviews: Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil
  6. Premium Pick: Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Oil
  7. Vegan & Cruelty-Free: Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil

Meanwhile, it’s free of mineral oil, sulfates, SLS, and SLES which makes it great for sensitive skin and those just starting with cleansing oils.

Our Verdict: You could get clear and glowing skin with the Face Shop Rice Water Bright Light Facial Cleansing Oil and its mix of rice water, jojoba seed oil, moringa oil, and soap wort! 

If you want even more value for money, you could bundle it with the Face Shop Foaming Cleanser for a two-step cleansing routine (oil first, then cream cleanser).

I’ve personally used this cleansing oil though and have found that it does great at cleansing my acne prone skin without irritation.

Many users point out that it’s excellent for removing makeup, sunscreen, and excess oil without stripping the skin. 

Our Verdict: Experience the best of green tea with Innisfree Hydrating Cleansing Oil With Green Tea! And if you’re up for an even more immersive experience, you could pair the oil cleanser with the Innisfree Green Tea Hydrating Cleansing Foam and Intensive Hydrating Serum.

Our editor has used this before and can attest that it leaves the skin clean and feeling soft and hydrated. You just need about two pumps to cover the entire face. As a plus, it’s great for cleaning makeup brushes too!

Our Verdict: Still considered the best cleansing oil to come from Japan as it removes sunscreen and waterproof makeup with ease, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil provides a true deep cleanse worth every penny.

Because it is formulated for sensitive and very dry skin, even those with eczema can use this without worrying about irritated skin. Users say that the oil feels silky and light on the skin and doesn’t leave a greasy residue. 

Our Verdict: The best cleansing oil if you want to get the bang for your buck, the Bioderma Atoderm Huile De Douche gives you makeup removal and the full body cleansing experience with its skin barrier therapy, niacinamide, and coco and sunflower biolipids!

All of these are also antioxidant rich ingredients. But what makes this cleansing oil really stand out is that its first ingredient is mineral oil. 

Studies even show that mineral oil improves the epidermis, is highly moisturizing, does not clog pores, and is gentle even on the most sensitive skin (IncideCoder).

This oil based cleanser is a bit pricey but it’s the highest-rated product on this list. Plus the reviews say that you just need a tiny amount to get rid of all the dirt and makeup on your face so one bottle will last you a long time.

Our Verdict: The cleansing oil to use if you want to unwind and destress at the end of the day, the Erno Laszlo Phelityl Pre-Cleansing Oil uses rich botanical oils and antioxidant protection that’s great for all skin types!

Our Verdict: Cheaper than a dermatologist visit, ISDIN Flavo-C Ultraglican uses state-of-the-art UltraGlycans (proteoglycans and pre-proteoglycans), vitamin C, vitamin E, and hyaluronic acid to restore healthy, radiant, and bouncy skin with less noticeable wrinkles and fine lines.

The Boscia oil cleanser is great for every skin type and those with dry skin in particular have found it to be good at cleansing without stripping.

Further, an overwhelming sentiment on Amazon is that this cleansing oil does exceptionally well in removing eye makeup without causing irritation or burning. Just be vigilant when purchasing from the platform as some customers complained about receiving fakes and used bottles.

Our Verdict: The Boscia MakeUp-BreakUp Cool Cleansing Oil is one of the gentlest yet most thorough oil cleansers out there. It is very effective as a makeup remover and gives users a vegan and clean beauty experience without sacrificing quality.

Article written by Tom Qiao
Tom is the founder and editor of where he applies his decades of personal experience with skincare problems like acne and acne scarring to provide readers with practical advice and product recommendations.

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