Years ago, after seriously struggling with acne, I started getting regular facials, and after our first appointment, my esthetician asked me to bring in all my products so she could better understand what might be causing my blemishes. She taught me two incredibly important things: when it comes to skin care, less is more, and my cleanser was breaking me out. Ever since then, I've been incredibly discerning about my cleansers. I need something that's gentle enough to not cause breakouts but potent enough to remove my makeup, and I finally found it in the Farmacy Green Clean Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm ($34).
Now, cleansing balms are usually everything I used to avoid in a cleanser. They are thick and normally leave a film-like feeling on my skin that's not ideal. This one, though, is different. It strikes the delicate balance of powerful yet gentle, and I can always rely on it to take off my makeup after a long day. It removes just about anything without that tight, film feeling. I'm talking waterproof mascara and heavy-duty foundation, all gone. Plus, and this is worth repeating, it doesn't break me out but rather leaves my face feeling soft and clean. I have never found such a potent cleanser that my skin could handle, and I'm never letting this one go.