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This viral Japanese cleansing oil has over 17,000 five-star reviews — and it's just as great as everyone says

This viral Japanese cleansing oil has over 17,000 five-star reviews — and it's just as great as everyone says

When it comes to my skin care, I don't like to mess around. As someone who has had severe adolescent acne and adult acne (yes, it exists!), I've worked really hard to create a simple and gentle routine that successfully keeps my acne at bay and won't cost a whole paycheck. I really haven't switched it up in five years, except for tossing out my go-to makeup removing wipes and swapping in the viral Japanese DHC Deep Cleansing Oil.

At first, I was nervous that using an olive oil-based cleanser would cause my skin to erupt, but I was pleasantly surprised. In fact, the opposite happened! Not only was every trace of my stubborn waterproof mascara gone, my skin immediately felt cleaner and softer, and was so glowy and hydrated. Basically, my fickle skin went from dry and angry to happy and hydrated. I have not and will never look back, especially since the cleanser is so affordable. It normally retails for $28, but it's on sale at Amazon for 50% off at just $16. Honestly, I would buy the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil for $50+ because it's that good and feels so luxurious.

The cleansing oil is also fragrance and colorant-free, so it's great for sensitive skin.

$29 at Amazon

For those of you who have yet to try one, cleansing oils work by binding to sebum, grime, makeup and other general life residue on your skin to help them lift away. After all, oil dissolves oil. And if the beauty world can agree on anything, it's that you should never go to sleep with your makeup on.

The main ingredient in the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is olive oil. Yes, olive oil — but I promise that it doesn't leave your skin greasy. In fact, my skin has been less oily since I started using the cleansing oil. On top of the olive oil, the cleanser contains vitamin E, an antioxidant that combats free-radical damage while hydrating the skin.

The DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is so easy to use. First, massage it onto your dry face with clean hands. I like to do this for 30 seconds or so, or until all of my makeup is dissolved. Once that's done, add a little bit of water to your hands and massage your face again. This transforms it into a milky emulsion cleanser as you wash it off. Always follow up with a water-based cleanser as you would with any makeup remover (my go-to is the CeraVe Hydrating Facial Cleanser).

"I was really hesitant, but thought 'what the hell, it’s just $16,'" shares a five-star Amazon reviewer. "I’ve had this for no more than two weeks and the pesky black heads on my nose are all but gone. This is also the single best make up remover I’ve ever used."

"Love this product. I neglected my skin for about a year and am a senior citizen," writes another happy Amazon customer. "Started using this, my skin is no longer looks dull. It looks years younger now."

"I started using this after it was recommended by a dermatologist," explains another Amazon shopper. "For the first time in my life, I was suffering from a mild eczema. I couldn't believe you could clean your skin with oil, but it works. It leaves your skin clean and supple without the dryness and flaking. Love this oil!"

Compared to other oil cleansers and cleansing balms, the DHC Deep Cleansing Oil is super lightweight, which is a nice surprise for an olive oil-based cleanser.

$29 at Amazon

The reviews quoted above reflect the most recent versions at the time of publication.

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