cleansing oils for acne-prone skin

Sephora customers often prefer the following products when searching for cleansing oils for acne-prone skin.

If you have acne-prone skin, the right cleanser can make all the difference. The key is to find one that isn't too harsh on your skin and that won't lead to more breakouts. We've rounded up some of the best cleansers for acne-prone skin, so you can find one that will work for your needs. Here are some great options for cleansing oils.

$75.00

After some time though, I noticed these deep breakouts appearing in certain spots, as well as congestion on my cheeks, which I'm guessing are due to the isopropyl palmitate in the oil. I would only recommend this to people that don't have either sensitive or acne-prone skin, since it genuinely is a good cleansing oil, just may break you out depending on your skin type....Love this cleansing oil. By far the best I have tried. No need to double cleanse as this gets every trace of make up off the first time....Beware if you have reactive acne-prone skin

What it is: A cleansing oil that gently yet effectively removes stubborn makeup, pollutants, and micro-dust while visibly softening skin for a healthy-looking glow.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness and Dullness

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, and triclosan.

What Else You Need to Know: Formulated with vitamin E, resilient and rare Japanese peony extract, and Tsubaki, jojoba, and sunflower seed oils, this conditioning cleanser promotes supple-looking skin. It is also designed for all skin types and won’t cause breakouts or clog pores.

$32.50

I have combination skin that’s acne prone so I tend to stay away from oils, but I loved this one!! ...Nice texture, did remove makeup fairly well, not amazing. Did not break out my acne prone skin. But also not noticeably clean out pores.

What it is: A green tea- and amino acid-infused, hydrating cleansing oil that dissolves makeup, sunscreen, and oil-based impurities—without stripping skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Lightweight Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Green Tea Water: Provides rich hydration and is packed with antioxidants and amino acids.
- Amino Acid: Moisturizes, ensuring a gentle, non-stripping cleanse.
- Five Botanical Oils: Includes green tea seed oil to dissolve impurities.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, sulf

DermalogicaPrecleanse Cleansing Oil

ITEM: 2002079

Size: 5.1 oz/ 150 mL

1.3K Reviews

$69.00

It’s perfect for double cleansing. I have acne prone skin and have not had any issues with breakouts since using this product....This has helped my sensitive/ acne prone skin IMMENSELY. The pre-cleanser really lifts all of the oils and makeup from my skin so the cleanser can do its job.

What it is: A thoroughly cleansing oil that melts away waterproof makeup, SPF, debris, and oil without clogging pores or stripping your skin’s natural oils.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Redness, and Acne and Blemishes

Formulation: Lightweight Oil

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E and Rice Bran Extract: Antioxidant-rich ingredients that moisturize, smooth, and soften skin.
- Kukui Nut Oil and Borage Seed Oil: Supply vitamins A and C, as well as skin-barrier-supportive omega-3 fatty acids.
- Apricot Kernel Oil: Soothes irritated skin, nourishes, and moisturizes.

$60.00

Complimentary from KORA Organics - Milky Mushroom Gentle Cleansing Oil. Let me start with saying I have combination - acne prone skin. ...This is the only cleanser/cleansing oil that has worked for my combination, acne-prone skin!

What it is: A certified organic dual-phase cleansing milk that gently and thoroughly removes the appearance of dirt, oil, and makeup.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Dryness, and Dullness

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Silver Ear Mushroom: Natural alternative to hyaluronic acid with better moisture retention.
- Babassu Oil: Rich in fatty acids and antioxidants to help nourish, soften, and smooth skin.
- Sunflower Seed Oil: Contains cleansing properties that help remove excess oil and dirt.

Clé de Peau BeautéCleansing Oil

ITEM: 2606648

Size: 6.7 oz / 200 mL

0 Reviews

$101.00

What it is: A high-performance, lightweight, dewy-feeling cleansing oil that thoroughly dissolves the look of impurities and makeup—even tenacious waterproof formulas.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Dryness

Formulation: Oil

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Marula Oil: Powerfully moisturizes dry, cracked skin.
- Meadowfoam Oil: Softens skin and forms a protective coat that prevents dryness.
- Argan Oil: Hydrates and visibly clarifies skin prone to dryness.​

What Else You Need to Know: This cleansing oil easily dissolves foundation and has a lighter, silkier, less-oily texture than most cleansing oils. Comfortable to apply, it reveals soft, smooth skin aft

$22.00

It really makes my skin feel good. I have acne prone skin, and after starting using this precleanse I'm seeing some positive difference there. ...only answer for my sensitive, acne prone skin...I love this product and it is perfect for my sensitive, acne prone skin. It’s the perfect formula to where I feel like my skin gets clean, unlike balms I’ve used.

What it is: A deep-cleansing vegan oil that helps remove makeup and impurities from skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily

Skincare Concerns: Pores, Oiliness, and Dullness and Uneven Texture

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Vitamin E: Nourishes and protects skin from damage.
- Rice Bran: Gently exfoliates.
- Rosemary: Protects skin from damage.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, formaldehydes, formaldehyde-releasing agents, phthalates, mineral oil, retinyl palmitate, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, and triclocarban, and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

Bobbi BrownMini Soothing Cleansing Oil

ITEM: 2740470

Size: 1 oz / 30 mL

1 Review

$26.00

Super soft and I think would be great for dry skin but it smells like lavender and I have very sensitive skin so I’m not going to keep using it on my face.

What it is: An oil-rich yet water-light facial cleanser and makeup remover that targets impurities and removes waterproof makeup while nourishing skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Pores and Dryness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Rich in omega fatty acids and softens skin with a comfortable feel.
- Tamanu Oil: Derived from the nuts of the Tamanu tree, it comforts with emollience.
- Tsubaki Oil: Derived from seeds of the Camellia Flower, it nourishes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

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Bobbi BrownSoothing Cleansing Oil

ITEM: 2740488

Size: 6.7 oz / 200 mL

7 Reviews

$78.00

I need the smallest amount to achieve maximum effect. My concern is that cleansing oils are bad for the eyes cause they create a film over the eyeballs, and this one is particularly bad with regard to this for some reason — I ended up not being able to see anything for 15 minutes after removing my eye makeup. ...best cleasing oil I ever tried! it also works amazing for deep cleaning my pores.

What it is: An oil-rich yet water-light facial cleanser and makeup remover that targets impurities and removes waterproof makeup while nourishing skin.

Skin Type: Normal, Dry, and Combination

Skincare Concerns: Pores and Dryness

Formulation: Liquid

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Meadowfoam Seed Oil: Rich in omega fatty acids and softens skin with a comfortable feel.
- Tamanu Oil: Derived from the nuts of the Tamanu tree, it comforts with emollience.
- Tsubaki Oil: Derived from seeds of the Camellia Flower, it nourishes.

Ingredient Callouts: Free of parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, sulfates SLS & SLES, triclocarban, and contains less than one percent synthetic fragrance.

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amikaReset Cleansing Oil

ITEM: 2674224

Size: 6.7 oz / 200 mL

55 Reviews

$42.00

This cleansing oil will forever be in my routine. I use it once a month or when I need to get a really good reset to my scalp, and it truly does just that. ...Great pre-cleanse...I really like this scalp cleansing oil! It’s a really nice detoxifying pre-wash product.

What it is: A charcoal-infused, oil-to-foam pre-wash that breaks down product buildup and oil while refreshing the scalp.

Hair Type: Straight, Wavy, Curly, and Coily

Hair Texture: Fine, Medium, and Thick

Hair Concerns:
- Oily Scalp
- Flaky and Dry Scalp
- Damage, Split Ends, and Breakage

Key Benefits:
- Removes product buildup, odor, and sweat
- Refreshes scalp
- Deeply cleans

Highlighted Ingredients:
- Pink Clay and Charcoal: Absorbs dirt, odors, and oil.
- Indian Cress Stem Extract: Enriches hair with antioxidants for a healthier scalp.
- Sea Buckthorn: Superfruit loaded with vitamin C, vitamin A, and fatty acid omega-7.

Ingredient Callouts: This product

$100.00

Great for sensitive/acne prone skin. Hydrating without making my skin breakout. ...Good for dry, acne-prone skin...The Rose Oil is the best oil I have ever tried. Doesn’t break out my acne-prone sensitive skin.

What it is: Visibly brighten, firm and hydrate with this bestselling vitamin C face oil. Made for all skin types–to reveal your most radiant-looking skin.


Skin Type: Normal, Dry, Combination, and Oily


Skincare Concerns: Dryness, Dullness, and Loss of Firmness and Elasticity


Formulation: Lightweight Oil


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