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How do oil cleansers work on my skin?

Dr. Ellen Marmur, MD
Dermatology

Cleansing oil is oil-soluble, meaning it's compatible with the other oils and makeup ingredients on your face. It's able to bind with that residue, loosen it, and make it easier to lift off the face. It's similar to using a cold cream or an oily makeup remover. Some oil-based cleansers also contain a super-gentle surfactant, such as polysorbate 80, to help the emulsification process along. Another big positive with cleansing oil is that you tend to massage it into your skin for much longer than you would a foaming cleanser. This stimulates circulation and dilates the vessels on top of the dermis. Massaging the face delivers oxygen and nourishment to the skin (through the dilated blood vessels). And it feels good too.

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