DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review

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DHC deep cleansing oil

I think I have found my new favorite cleanser, one that removes makeup and sunscreen well, while leaving my face baby soft and breakout-free – DHC Deep Cleansing Oil! Woohoo! I’ve been wanting to try this cleanser for years but am so cheap that I kept putting it off because I was happy enough using Philosophy Purity Made Simple, and Neutrogena Healthy Skin Anti-Wrinkle Anti-Blemish Cleanser. Both of those cleansers are good, and safe for acne-prone skin, but they don’t remove eye makeup or waterproof sunscreen that well.

• DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review
Since I live in the desert, I currently have dry skin so the idea of using oil on my face excites me because I would envision it would help moisturize my skin without stripping it of its natural oils. And that’s exactly what DHC Deep Cleansing Oil does – it leaves my face feeling hydrated and not tight and dried out, a problem I have with a lot of cleansers. I bought the DHC cleanser on Amazon for about $26 for 6.7 oz. Per ounce, it’s a little more than the Philosophy Purity Made Simple, and quite a splurge compared to the Neutrogena cleanser. But since neither of those cleansers remove makeup well, I end up having to use a second product to successfully remove my eye makeup.

DHC is a Japanese company, and here in the US I’ve never seen the product in a store, which is another reason why it took me this long to buy it. It appears the best place to buy the DHC cleanser in the US is on Amazon or the DHC website. According to the DHC website, the cleanser is their best-selling product worldwide. The site claims “dirt, excess oil, makeup – even waterproof mascara – and other pore-cloggers dissolve easily, leaving your face a grime-free zone that is soft to the touch. Its unique water-soluble formula rinses completely, so you’ll never see a greasy residue. Olive oil and vitamin E help ensure you won’t see dryness either.” I would agree!

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• Instructions and Results
The cleanser comes with instructions written in Japanese, but on the website I found: “dispense into dry hands, then massage dry face to dissolve makeup, dirt and other impurities. Rinse thoroughly.” Pretty simple. One full pump of the cleanser is enough to thoroughly wash my face, and the product easily removes waterproof sunscreen and face makeup. I have a little trouble getting my eye makeup off, but with help of a washcloth, almost all of it comes off – a big improvement over my other cleansers. The cleanser really does leave my face feeling soft, and it even makes my skin appear smoother, more even, and my pores appear smaller. It doesn’t get rid of the blackheads on my nose (my biggest skin care issue I can’t seem to fix) but it helps reduce them slightly. The DHC cleanser reminds me of how my skin looks and feels after putting on some jojoba oil. One thing to note – I started using the cleanser before I looked up the instructions online, and I used it on a wet face with wet hands. When I did that I was left with soft, hydrated skin. When I used the cleanser per the instructions – on a dry face – my face felt dry and tight afterwards for some crazy reason. If I had oily skin I would use it that way, but you might want to try it both ways and see what works best for you.

I looked up DHC Deep Cleansing Oil on the cosmetics database to check for its safety rating, but it wasn’t listed there. After looking up the product’s individual ingredients, it appears to be an extremely safe product. The first ingredient of the cleanser is olive oil, which is a great ingredient to use on your face. The product has a very faint pleasant scent (olive oil) and while I am bothered by a lot of scents, I actually like this one.

• Safe for acne-prone skin?
So far I haven’t had any breakouts from the DHC cleanser, and the ingredients all appear non-comedogenic and safe for acne-prone skin. As with any product, if you are prone to breakouts, unfortunately the only way to know for sure if a product will be safe for your skin is to try it yourself. After reading online reviews, I see most people with acne-prone skin like this cleanser, although a few people do report breakouts (which could be from this cleanser, or something else they are using). This product could potentially help acne-prone skin because it removes makeup well, so if you happen to wear pore-clogging makeup, this may remove it better than a lot of cleansers. Either way, Amazon will normally let you do returns if you don’t it.

• Good for all skin types?
As someone with skin that ranges from very dry to normal, this cleanser works great for my skin type when I use it with water. A lot of reviews from people with oily skin also report loving this cleanser when they follow the instructions and use it on a dry face.

• Oil-Cleansing Method
Have you heard of the concept of using an oil-based cleanser on oily skin because “like dissolves like?” According to Paula Begoun’s article on the oil-cleansing method, this principle is flawed because “Dissolving oil from the surface of your skin cannot affect what is happening below the surface, inside the pore, or in your body, where these hormones are generated. Using cleansing oil may remove facial oil from the surface of your skin, but that’s about all it can do.” Again I can’t personally attest to whether or not the oil-cleansing method works since my skin is normally dry, but out of curiousity I would still try it out if I had oily skin.

• Bottom Line
DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is a great cleanser that should work for all skin types because it removes makeup and sunscreen well, without overly stripping the skin. I plan to repurchase this product as long as it lasts for several months (because it’s expensive)! This cleanser is worth trying if you are acne-prone, but don’t hesitate returning it if it doesn’t work out for you. Have you tried this DHC cleanser? Do you love it or hate it?

Ingredients: olea europaea (olive) fruit oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, sorbeth-30 tetraoleate, pentylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, tocopherol, stearyl glycyrrhetinate, rosmarinus officinalis (rosemary) leaf oil

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12 Responses to “DHC Deep Cleansing Oil Review”

  1. cara Says:

    this is on my list of cleansers to try too. I’ve never used an oil cleanser before. I also want to try the ones by Shu Eumura because those are also popular.

  2. Claudia Says:

    I alternate between the DHC Cleansing Oil and the Shu Uemura ones during the Fall/Winter when my skin tends to be a bit drier. My skin during Spring/Summer is more on the combination side so, like you, I too use Purity Made Simple. I do LOVE the DHC over the Shu Uemura one. I feel like the DHC cleanses my skin better and rinses off a bit more easily (and causes NO breakouts). You can buy DHC products at http://www.skincarerx.com. I love that site along with http://www.dermstore.com. I rely and trust both of those sites to purchase my “higher end” skin care products

  3. Paula Says:

    I use DHC cleansing oil and really like it. Mine didn’t come with instructions either so I have been using it with water like you would do with most cleansers. I will have to see how it works by using it dry. It’s funny because I never would have thought to try it that way.

  4. Linda Says:

    Hey there! I have oily/combination acne prone skin and I love this cleanser! I massage a nickel size dollop onto dry skin. When I see that all makeup is removed, I rinse it off with warm water. You will see it turn into a milky solution once it comes into contact with water. You can follow up with another cleanser, but I found it to be unnecessary. I have used numerous oil cleansers and I found this to be one of the best. Many Japanese supermarkets will care a pretty good range of oil cleanser, too. I, also, like this better than the Shu Uemura one. It definitely rinses off nicely without overstripping.

  5. Candy Says:

    I plan on buying this soon. I want something that works well to remove waterproof sunscreen.

  6. TC Says:

    Jeny I have acne prone skin and have been following your blog and skin regimen for awhile now( and it has been working for my skin!).
    Recently I’ve been trading out products for more natural ones and am interested in trying the DHC cleanser instead of philosophy purity. I have not found a great replacement for shiseido suncream yet. It just stands up to UV rays the best over more natural blocks! However Dr hauschka translucent foundation works well in place of the maybelline. And Coastal Classic creations makes a great powder that is talc, titanium dioxide and mica free. This one is a little expensive but I not breathing in toxic dust is a plus for me.
    So far no breakouts on this altered regimen. Thanks for all your info! You got me started on this quest for clear skin, which I thought I would never have! :-)

  7. Jeni - Savvy Skin Says:

    I’m glad you are having luck achieving clearer skin! I’m always testing new sunscreens and found a new one I’ll be writing about soon – Burnout.

  8. catla Says:

    I was looking for such cleanser. Thanks for sharing.

  9. clarisonicface Says:

    I like DHC products, just like this cleansing oil, can clean my makeup deeply, but recently, I just found an amazing product, that is clarisonic mia, I met this online, it can clean my skin quickly and deeply.

  10. Skincare Says:

    People with oily skin think the last thing they want is an oily cleanser, but the truth is that natural oils can actually reduce spots because they give the skin a totally deep clean and take out all those impurities!

  11. Jen Says:

    I’ve used this product for years. DHC recommends washing with their soap after — there’s an olive soap and a pure soap depending on your needs. It’s pricey but it lasts forever.

  12. John Says:

    Hi, I saw you mentioned a stubborn blackhead problem on your nose. I had the same problem too, in the same exact spot, until I tried a Shiseido foaming cleanser. It is a miracle. It doesn’t happen overnight, but with continued use you will see a marked reduction in blackheads until they virtually disappear. I am sharing this with you because I had given up, and had resigned myself to just live with it. It is only when I tried their deep cleansing foam that I realized the problem IS solvable.

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