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Cleansing oil just seems like an oxymoron. Cleansing has always been something you do to get rid of oiliness, after all, and here we’re using oil as a cleanser. But it’s not as crazy as it sounds. Like attracts like when it comes to oil and water, so the cleansing oil ends up attaching to the pore-clogging sebum your face produces and rinses it right off. Along with the dirt and makeup. So below are some of the best cleansing oils.

DHC Deep Cleansing Oil

This formula is water soluble, so it rinses off very well. Meanwhile, it also imparts vitamins and antioxidants. It’s great at removing makeup and can help moisturize skin.

Simple Kind to Skin Cleansing Oil

While this product is advertised to be very hydrating, it also is formulated to not leave behind a greasy residue. It’s made with 100 percent pure grape seed oil to get rid of makeup and cleanse pores.

The Face Shop Rice Water Bright

The rise water in this product is made to help brighten the skin. The product is made with moringa oil, which has a detox property. It’s a lighter formula that may be better for oily skin.

Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil and Makeup Remover

This product specializes in makeup removal, as well as cleansing. It can even remove waterproof mascara. Its blend of oils was made to attract and remove pore-clogging oils on the face.

Julep Love Your Bare Face Age-Defying Cleansing Oil

As the name suggests, this product is made with strong anti-ageing properties. It includes grape seed oil, olive oil and power cell complex, which is made to help with anti-ageing and hydrate the skin.

KOSE Softy Mo Facial Cleansing Oil Speedy

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Reviewers on Amazon state it’s great for removing both sunscreen and makeup, and one reviewer even stated that it helped with cystic acne and blackheads. Once it makes contact with water, a reviewer says, it turns a milky consistency and washes off easily.

Acure Organics Argan Oil Natural Face Cleanser Towelette

If you want the ease of a towelette you can sweep across your face, give this product a try. It’s infused with argan oil, which is one of the least pore-clogging oils you can find.

Murad Renewing Cleansing Oil for Face

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This is another cleansing oil made from grape seed oil, which is rich in antioxidants. It’s also formulated to remove dirt and impurities from the skin.

L’Occitane Shea Cleansing Oil

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This product can also remove even waterproof makeup. It’s enriched with 5 percent nourishing shea oil. It also turns into a milky lotion when it makes contact with water for ease in washing off.

Etude House Real Art Cleansing Oil Moisture

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This wash is formulated with coconut oil. It can remove makeup and imparts moisture into the skin. Reviewers state it also gets sunscreen off well.