These 5 Makeup Remover-Cleansers Address Pressing Skin Concerns

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Unless you purposely adopt a multi-step cleansing regimen, your night routine can (and should!) take no more than 3 minutes. If you’re dreading the usual 2 rounds of makeup removal (because it never comes off completely the first time) followed by another rinse with cleanser–it’s time to reevaluate how you’re getting unready.

Remove makeup and cleanse simultaneously with this dual-acting lineup. These hardworking formulas not only melt away makeup and clean pores, but also address some of your most pressing concerns according to your skin type.


Peter Thomas Roth Anti-Aging Cleansing Oil Makeup Remover, $32

Long-wear and waterproof makeup instantly melts away with this luxe cleansing oil. And once it’s gone, this rejuvenating formula enters pores to remove impurities and surface debris. With anti-aging powerhouse mandelic acid, pore-tightening salicylic acid, and a nourishing oil blend, you’ll uncover youthful, invigorated skin with every use.


Belif Aqua Bomb Jelly Cleanser, $30

It’s all in the name. This gentle jelly-to-foam cleanser offers an explosive burst of hydration while removing every stitch of makeup. Amino acids and glycerin-based cleansing agents gently remove makeup and impurities without stripping your skin of moisture. The ultra-hydrating formula boosts hyaluronic acid for plump, more even-toned skin.


Embryolisse Milky Make-Up Remover Emulsion, $25

This milky emulsion harnesses the soothing properties of aloe and moisturizing power of soy protein to remove face and eye makeup without irritating sensitive skin. Rinse to reveal balanced, comfortable skin.


Chemist Confessions Blank Slate Cleanser, $18

Removing all traces of pore-clogging makeup while treating current blockages is of utmost importance for acne sufferers. Blank Slate has a low, skin-friendly pH of ~5.8, which helps keep skin strong and hydrated. Other harsh cleansers can disrupt your skin’s acid mantle, which is composed of sebum. Removing too much oil creates holes in this natural skin shield, causing acne-causing bacteria to proliferate. This low pH cleanser helps to combat damage to the acid mantle with a hydrating, medium foam formula.

Everything in One

Sisley-Paris Triple-Oil Balm Makeup Remover & Cleanser, $132

Nourish, restore, soften, and soothe. This cleanser does it all while also removing traces of pollution and the peskiest waterproof eye makeup. On contact with water, this oil transforms into a milky emulsion to help skin regain suppleness—without a greasy film. Complete with a blend of babassu oil, shea oil, and macadamia oil, this cleanser delivers clean, radiant results for all skin types.