Has it become a BFF? Dermaquest Universal Cleansing Oil

It seems like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? Cleansing oil. My face is already oily and dirty…why would I want to put more oil on it??  Well, because it does one heck of a job of cleansing. I became a cleansing oil believer several years ago and have gone through many bottles from various brands. Any time I have the opportunity to try a new cleansing oil I jump at the chance, because a really good one can become a BFF. I had high hopes that the Dermaquest Universal Cleansing Oil ($39) would prove to be that friend forever.

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The Universal Cleansing Oil is designed to be the first step in double cleansing. It removes makeup, dirt, and both soft and hard oil deposits. It works for any skin type, and is non-comedogenic so it shouldn’t cause breakouts. The ingredients are all things that skin loves – a blend of jojoba oil, almond oil and a variety of botanical oils. Used as a pre-cleanser, it takes off that first layer of yuck at the end of the day so you can then follow it with a regular cleanser that treats your skin for whatever issues you may have, like dry skin or acne.

Universal Cleansing Oil is a lightweight oil that isn’t greasy. It features some oils that I have always been a huge fan of for cleansing, like sweet almond oil and meadowfoam seed oil, plus a host of others:

  • Sweet Almond Oil
  • Safflower botanical extract
  • Jasmine botanical extract
  • Crambe Abysinnica Seed Oil
  • Meadowfoam Seed Oil
  • Stem cell extracts rich in Vitamins, A and B
  • Vitamin E
  • CoEnzyme Q10

These ingredients not only tackle the dirt and bacteria that are on your skin, they also help to balance out your skin’s natural oils. In addition, these ingredients help reduce inflammation and decongest pores, and the retinyl palmitate treats fine lines and wrinkles, not to mention improving skin tone and elasticity.

Start with a dry face, then put a drop onto your fingertips and rub them together. Massage this onto your face and neck to activate the oil. It melts makeup and dirt right away. Then just use a dampened washcloth to wipe away the oil and makeup. I find that it works great on my eye makeup and doesn’t sting my eyes at all, although the instructions say to avoid the eye area. Sometimes you just have to break the rules!

Afterward I use a regular cleanser for the second cleanse. I might use one that addresses my occasional breakouts or I might use one that is hydrating, depending on the season and my skin’s mood of the day.

Overall, I find that the Universal Cleansing Oil does three main things for my skin:

  • Dissolves and washes away surface impurities
  • Helps prevent dehydration and excess sebum
  • Leaves skin refreshed, smooth, radiant and ready for a second cleanse

I am very impressed with the Dermaquest Universal Cleansing Oil and I am very happy that this oxymoron has turned out to be a BFF.  You can find Dermaquest products online at their website, as well as on Amazon, Dermstore, and Walmart.  – Lisa

Ingredients:  isopropyl palmitate, caprylic/capric triglyceride, peg-20 glyceryl triisostearate, cetyl ethylhexanoate, prunus amygdalus dulcis (sweet almond) oil, sorbitan oleate, crambe abyssinica seed oil, peg-10 laurate, limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, decyl glucoside, simmondsia chinensis (jojoba) seed oil, carthamus tinctorius, (safflower) seed oil, ubiquinone, tocopheryl acetate, jasminum officinale (jasmine) flower extract, jasminum officinale (jasmine) oil, adansonia digitata seed oil, borago officinalis seed oil, rosa canina fruit oil, retinyl palmitate, water (aqua), alcohol


  1. Katie Marie | 19th Sep 19

    Ohhh I love cleansing oils, and have never heard of this brand before! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  2. Lola Seicento | 19th Sep 19

    This sounds like a fantastic cleansing oil. I use cleansing oils almost every single day.

  3. Beauty and Fashion Tech | 19th Sep 19

    I love cleansing oils. I Use DHC a lot, but this one looks great as well.

  4. Kathryne | 19th Sep 19

    I use cleansing oil not as much but only when I do wear foundation

  5. Erika Costello | 19th Sep 19

    I love a good cleansing oil and I should give this one a go.

  6. Courtney | 19th Sep 19

    I really need to play with cleansing oils more frequently.

  7. Cindy Ingalls | 19th Sep 19

    I like cleansing oils too, I should give this one a try.

  8. gloria patterson | 20th Sep 19

    I have never used a cleansing oil. But after reading this I think it is pass time for me to get a bottle.

  9. 25 Sweetpeas | 20th Sep 19

    Sounds like a nice product!

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