Finally Found: Cleansing Oil for Acne Prone Skin

Beauty gurus and beauty vloggers everywhere swear by oil cleansing. For some it even gain “a must” status, because it’s the only way to thoroughly remove dirt, makeup and water resistant sunscreens. But if you own a picky skin like me, I’m almost sure that for a lot of you, finding cleansing oil for acne prone skin is not easy.

This little clique hates my skin.

Here are some that I’ve tried that failed:

  1. Food grade/ pure carrier oils with the oil cleansing method (OCM). The constant hot towel only resulting in drier skin on my already combination-dry, sensitive skin. I’ve tried grapeseed and hemp seed. Side note, I never tried coconut and olive oils because I knew better!
  2. Pure mineral oil, that’s praised a lot by K-Beauty fans on Reddit. Clogged me after couple of days, and in fact it doesn’t really bug me because mineral oil in any form always causes me problem.
  3. Various brands cleansing oils. Kose Cleansing Oil and Etude Real Art were too runny and didn’t cleanse that good. Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Cleansing Oil made my skin glow but clogged me after about a week (still super mad about it because for that one week my skin GLOWED). I guess it’s the hefty amount of essential oils in it that just irritated my skin.

So all those experience led me to the conclusion that, I have to find super basic, non-comedogenic-carrier-oil-based-cleansing oil with little to no amount of essential oil. And it’s gotta be a cleansing oil that rinses completely, so I won’t have to do the OCM method with the hot towel process.

Super happy that few months ago, after a thorough search online, I took the plunge on Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil and it’s a success!

As Mariah said, thank god I found you.

Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil uses grapeseed oil as a base and has a short and sweet ingredients list. It has a thin texture, smells like grapeseed oil (because it’s not fragranced) and cleanses very well. The only con is that unlike its name, the Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil doesn’t feel hydrating, and rather drying. But I never planned to oil cleanse daily, because it’s just too drying. You know, oil attracts oil, applied everyday to my dry skin? Nope~ So I only use this two to three times a week, especially when I wear sunscreen (yes, I don’t apply sunscreen everyday) or when I’m feeling super tired and won’t be bothered with cleansing milk and wet flannel.

For now, I’m happy that I have a cleansing oil and a cleansing milk to alternate as my first cleanser. It’d be nice though to find another alternative. All search always lead me to the Banila Co Purity Balm, but it still seems a bit too botanical ingredients-loaded for my sensitive skin. Please do share if you have any recommendation 🙂

For the next post I’m torn between a post about taking a break from prescription skincare, or how I exfoliate my sensitive-acne prone skin. What do you think?

Love, Annetta.

8 thoughts on “Finally Found: Cleansing Oil for Acne Prone Skin

  1. Wow, that looks like a long journey to find an oil cleanser… glad you found one & I shouldn’t take my skin’s tolerance for granted! I’ll make a mental note about Simple’s cleansing oil since it’s widely available in the US. What cleansing milk do you use now for makeup remover? I remember you using Eucerin, but that’s for 2nd cleanse if I’m not mistaken? And what do you think of claims that oil cleanser removes makeup better than milk cleanser?


    1. Oh and I’d love to see a post on exfoliating sensitive-acne prone skin 🙂 the weather is changing in the US so my skin has become more sensitive prone to over-exfoliation, so I’d love to get tips from you!


  2. I wonder if you ever tried the popular heimish all clean balm and tbs cleansing butter? Well anyway, congrats tho! It must be very tiring to have such a sensitive skin.

    Btw, I vote for exfoliating your sensitive skin for your next post! I mean I have quite a normal skin but still scared to go all out on exfoliating ingredients. I usually use the most minimal percentage haha keep inspiring, kak!


    1. As with Banila, I’m still not interested to try Heimish because it has lot of natural ingredients, shea butter that tend to clog me haha I know my skin too well and I wont take risks~ Noted for the vote and thank you 🙂


  3. Aku lg suka dengan botanic farm cleansing sherbet kak. Fyi, wajahku kombinasi sering lgsg BO jg kl g cocok sama yg aneh2 😌


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