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!
• 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