Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Oil cleanser or Milk cleanser?

For my oily on the inside, dry on the outside skin type, I was advised to not use oil cleansers. A doctor that I visited also advised the same as emulsifiers can clog pores. But the thing is, no other cleansers beat the convenience of oil cleansers. With a few pumps, it was thoroughly remove all traces of make up from my skin. Whereas for milk cleansers, I have to repeat the cleansing steps a few times before my skin is make up-free. I am currently using Drgeorgialee cleanser for sensitive skin as a make up remover. She prescribed it to me as she said my skin is a bit sensitive. With this cleanser I have to pump three times while cleansing the first round, remove with cotton pads, then use two pumps and repeat until the cotton pads are do not indicate any colour. This process usually takes me three or four and even five times if my make up is thick. This is why I usually prefer oil cleanser when I have thick make up on. However, I still wonder if I am sacrificing good skin for convenience when I am using oil cleansers.

I don't think I will give up on oil cleansers yet. Although I know it isn't good and might not suit my skin type, I think it is still the easiest alternative for removal of thick make up and when I am in a rush.

It is important to check the suitability of your cleanser for your skin type. If your skin is having adverse reactions to your cleanser, for example sudden breakouts, the cleanser might not suit your skin.

Although my skin used to take well to oil cleansers, my skin type changed while I lived overseas for a period of time. It is also important to observe your skin and skin type to ensure that your skin is kept in its best condition.

I will be doing a full review of drgeorgialee skincare cleanser for sensitive skin soon. Stay tuned!


  1. ohmy this is frightful! how true is it that emulsifiers will clog pores? is this so for all skin types? i just got a fancl mild cleansing oil to remove my sunblock since i read that sunblock is almost equivalent to makeup and requires deep cleansing. however i've been having a mini isolated pimple popping out once every other day and now i fear that it is due to the cleansing oil. what do you think i should do? /:

  2. Hi Jacy, I experienced the same thing with Fancl Mild Cleansing Oil! I had a lot of clogs/whiteheads that developed into pimples. I stopped using Fancl and used other makeup removers. I didn't experience this problem with Shu Uemura cleansing oil and Muji.

    I posted more on Fancl here:

    You are right about sunblocks requiring make up removers. Also remember to double cleanse with cleanser after using cleansing oil. I find that "over-massaging" also causes clogs and breakouts for me.

    I suggest you stop Fancl for a while and use another make up remover. Once your skin condition improves, use fancl again to see if it is the "culprit". If it is, it would be better to stop using Fancl. Remember to do this before the expiry date. =)

  3. And I described my skin clogs/bumps here:

    If you're experiencing something similar, it might be better to stop using Fancl. I hope your mini pimples are not as bad as my skin was.
    I suspect the new Fancl MCO formulation does not suit my skin. I have not purchased it again ever since.


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